Birdwatching in Aberdeenshire this month

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North-east residents are being asked to look out for birds in their gardens or parks as part of the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch this weekend.

The yearly event is the biggest garden wildlife survey in the world with over 3,000 people from Aberdeenshire taking part last year.

Last year Aberdeenshire’s most common garden visitor was the house sparrow with an average of six spotted at any one time.

For the first time, participants are being asked to note down other wildlife they spot in their gardens.

Numbers of deer, squirrels, badgers, hedgehogs frogs and toads can be submitted to the charity.

These other animals don’t have to be counted over the Big Garden Birdwatch weekend, it can be done at any time of year.

To take part, people can spend around an hour any time over the Big Garden Birdwatch weekend (Saturday, January 25 and Sunday, January 26) noting the highest number of each bird species they see in their gardens or parks.

Or join the RSPB at David Welch Winter Gardens in Duthie Park on Saturday, January 25, and at Hazlehead Park Cafe on Sunday, January 26. Both from 10am-3.30pm.