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New birdwatching event near Carlisle, just for grown-ups

We’re all familiar with the robin, but how many other garden birds can you identify? Photo: Amy Lewis

[I]f you want to take part in the RSPB’s annual Big Garden Birdwatch (27-29 January) but are unconfident about your bird-spotting skills, why not take part in an introductory birdwatching morning at Cumbria Wildlife Trust’s gardens at Gosling Sike near Houghton?

Jamie Normington, Senior Education and Volunteering Officer at the Trust says: “I run lots of events like this for children, including at our regular Wildlife Watch groups, but on Monday 29 January I’m doing our first-ever Big Garden Birdwatch (for grown-ups). This friendly event is especially for those who think that kids get to do all the fun stuff! Absolute beginners are welcome, as well as those who want to be a bit more confident about recognising birds by sight. We’ll provide basic binoculars and hot drinks – please bring outdoor clothing to match the weather!”

This is an opportunity to see Cumbria Wildlife Trust’s newly-opened northern base in the village of Houghton, near Carlisle and to find out more about the Trust’s ambitious plans to develop a community garden on the site, including wildflower areas, an orchard, pond, food-growing and bird-feeding areas.

The Big Garden Birdwatch (for grown-ups) takes place on Monday 29 January from 10.30am to 12.00pm at Gosling Sike near Houghton and is free (donations welcome). To book your place please contact Cumbria Wildlife Trust on 01539 816300 or email [email protected]

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