Council holding two birdwatches as part of national RSPB initiative

Friday, 11 January, 2019
Tendring District Council open spaces staff and volunteers with the Cliff Park Green Flag awarded for 2018/19

Two events are being held by Tendring District Council (TDC) as part of the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch.

Birders are invited to the grounds of Weeley Crematorium between 10am and 12noon on Saturday, January 26, to take part in the event there. Later on the same day, between 2-4pm, another birdwatch is taking place at Cliff Park, Dovercourt.

The events are part of the council’s community involvement commitment for its Green Flag awards, which four of the council’s open spaces hold.

Anyone attending is advised to wear warm clothing, and attendees can bring their own equipment for viewing but a number of binoculars will be available to borrow at both events. Tendring District Council staff will also be in attendance to assist.

The RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch takes place annually and is now 40 years old. Taking place this year from January 26-28, it is the world’s largest wildlife survey with more than eight million hours spent watching garden birds since it was launched in 1979 – with more than 130 million birds spotted.

Michael Talbot, TDC Cabinet Member for Environment, said the birdwatches are a wonderful opportunity to see wildlife within the community.

“Whether you’re an avid twitcher or an occasional birder – or just find nature interesting – it can sometimes be easy to forget that there is so much to see right on our doorstep,” Councillor Talbot said.

“You don’t have to go far afield to a nature reserve to see some of nature’s most beautiful specimens. So why not come along to one of our birdwatch events and see what you can see?”

For further details please phone 01255 686677 or email

Last updated on: 11/01/2019 - 17:02