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Try your hand at twitching to spot Britain's birds
Blue tits - credit RSPB
The RSPB invites you to take part in the Big Garden Birdwatch Live, offering the chance to discover wildlife on your doorstep by spending an hour bird-watching.
Try your hand at "twitching", as bird spotting is sometimes known, spend time in nature and discover more about the UK's native species. Birds you might expect to see at this time of year include blue tits, sparrows, blackbirds, and that well-known winter visitor, the red-breasted robin.
To take part in the survey, spend an hour counting the birds that land in your garden, backyard, or on the balcony, or you could visit a local park. Ignore any birds that are still in flight. To avoid double-counting, record the highest number of each bird species you see at any one time, rather than a running total.
You can make your garden more attractive to birds by placing a bird feeder in a sheltered spot, filled with bird \seed, or unsalted peanuts. Share your photos on social media using the hashtag #BigGardenBirdwatch
The event takes place from 29-31 January. The results of the survey will be used to gather data on the distribution of different species of birds. You can sign up for the event in advance and submit your results online at rspb.org.uk/birdwatch from 29 January until 19 February.