Tips for bird lovers at Parkgate store

BIRD LOVERS can gather tips on spotting species at a free workshop next week.

Parents can take their children to a series of fun, free wild bird workshops at Pets at Home at Parkgate to support the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch.

From next Monday to Friday (January 25 to 31), the store is hosting a series of My Pet Pals Wild Bird workshops to educate the next generation of animal lovers on how to care responsibly for their flying friends and get the best out of the Big Garden Birdwatch.

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The workshops will cover how to help birds survive the colder months, how and what to feed them and how human behaviour can negatively affect the wildlife around us.

There will also be games which look at how different birds fly, as well as a chance to make a bird feeder to attract birds into their own garden.

Children will also be able to learn how to recognise which bird is which as well as ways to attract certain species of birds to their gardens and local outdoor spaces via materials provided through the My Pet Pals workshops.

Pets at Home team members will be providing tips toensure children learn everything they can to help wild birds while having fun.

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More than half a million people from across the UK are set to take part in the RSPB's Big Garden Birdwatch by counting the birds in their gardens over the weekend of January 30 and 31.

They will also make a record of the other wildlife they see throughout the year, providing a vital snapshot of UK nature.

Store manager, Antony Gilliver, says: “We are very excited about welcoming children to My Pet Pals Wild Bird workshops to support the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch.

“It’s a great way for children to learn about the importance of being responsible for the wildlife around them, whilst having fun at the same time.”

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Each child taking part will receive an A3 poster to help them identify the birds around where they live, activity sheets and stickers to take home.

They will also be given a leaflet which details how to send off for the RSPB's Give Nature a Home pack, which lists 20 free ways children can encourage and help nature around their local area.

To find out more about My Pet Pals Wild Bird workshops and book your place in your nearest workshop, visit