A snapshot of garden fauna

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BIRD-lovers are being invited to take part in a massive survey of life found in gardens.

The RSPB’s annual Big Garden Birdwatch is back on the weekend of January 25 and 26.

The survey provides the RSPB with a snapshot of garden bird populations in winter and has helped to highlight some dramatic declines in UK garden birds over the past 30 years.

Schools can also get involved in the Big Schools’ Birdwatch.

Almost 90,000 children and teachers take part each year nationally and a free teachers’ pack is available.

This year for the first time people can use their mobiles and tablets to take part in the survey.

Visit rspb.org.uk/birdwatch or rspb.org.uk/schoolswatch