Parents can take their children to a series of free wild bird workshops at Pets at Home stores to support the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch next week.
Pets at Home, in Burrfield Retail Park, Portsmouth will be hosting the workshops to educate youngsters on how to look after birds and spot them in the garden.
The workshops 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 fun 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.
After completing the workshops, each child will receive an A3 poster to help them identify the birds around where they live, plus activity sheets and stickers to take home.
Portsmouth store manager Victoria Cripps said: ‘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.
‘The workshops also provide a free way for children to learn about how to care for animals, even if they don’t have a pet.’
The Portsmouth workshops are next Tuesday and Friday from 3.30pm-4pm and next Sunday from 1pm-1.30pm.
In Fareham, it is next Wednesday at 2pm and in Havant it is next Monday at 2pm.
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 on January 30-31.