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Yorkshire prepares for annual bird count

People from Yorkshire and the Humber are being asked to fill up their feeders in preparation for RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch 2017

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People are expected to watch and count their garden birds for this year's Big Garden Birdwatch, organised by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds.

The world's largest garden wildlife survey, now in its 38th year, takes place on 28, 29 and 30 January 2017.

The charity is asking people to spend just one hour watching and recording the birds in their garden or local public space, then to send their results to them.

Ensuring there is still room for wildlife is key to the survival of many familiar species. RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch provides valuable information about the wildlife using our gardens in winter, enabling the RSPB to monitor trends and declines.

Over half a million people counted more than eight million birds in 2016 - and even more are expected to take part this year.

With over half a million people now regularly taking part, coupled with over 30 years worth of data, Big Garden Birdwatch allows us to monitor trends and helps us understand how birds are faring. With results from so many gardens, we are able to create a 'snapshot' of the birds visiting at this time of year across the UK. Even if you see nothing during your Big Garden Birdwatch hour, that's important information too, so please let us know.

– Daniel Hayhow, RSPB Conservation Scientist

Results will be published in March 2017