STAFF at a Cheshire garden centre are backing the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds’ (RSPB) latest campaign to record sightings of gardeners’ feathered friends.

The team at Tarporley Garden Centre is offering bird lovers the chance to get involved with the Big Garden Birdwatch on Saturday, January 28 and Sunday, January 29.

Neil MacWilliam, manager of the garden centre on Forest Road in Cotebrook, said: “The Big Garden Birdwatch weekend is designed to help raise awareness of the RSPB and its important conservation work.

“The charity is inviting people to get involved in the world’s biggest bird survey, which provides the organisation with a vital snapshot of the UK’s bird population.

“Anyone can join in the fun by visiting and downloading a spotting form. We are also offering people the chance to pick up free bird spotting charts from the garden centre and we will be recording our sightings on-site during the weekend too.”

The annual event, which was established in 1979, invites people of all ages from all across the UK to spend one hour counting the birds that visit their gardens.

Neil added: “To take part in the Big Garden Birdwatch you will just need a pen and a printout of the RSPB bird spotting sheet.

“On Saturday, January 28, or Sunday, January 29, spend an hour watching the birds in your garden or park and make a note of the highest number of each bird species seen on the ground at any one time. Then visit the RSPB website to enter your findings.”

To find out more about the Big Garden Birdwatch Weekend at Tarporley Garden Centre, call 01829 760 433 or visit