Time to get ‘twitching’ with help from Staffordshire Libraries


Staffordshire residents who want to take part in a national bird watching survey can get help from their local library.

The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds’ (RSPB) Big Garden Birdwatch is taking place over the weekend of 24 – 25 January.

Staffordshire’s library chief is reminding residents who want to take part that their local library has a generous collection of books on Britain’s flora and fauna that can be a real help with identification.

County Councillor Mike Lawrence:

“According to the RSPB, bird populations are a great indicator of the health of our countryside.

“Our local libraries are ideally placed, with their collections of natural history books, to help with this national survey aimed at keeping an eye on the ups and downs of the wildlife where we live.

“Staffordshire Libraries offer access to over a million books on a wide variety of subjects. Children can request books for free in Staffordshire and it still only costs 50p for adult customers to reserve a book that is not immediately available or out on loan, delivered to their local library.”

All you need to do is spend an hour over the weekend of 24-25 January counting the birds in your garden. It’s that simple!

For more information on the RSPB Big Garden Bird Watch, please visit www.rspb.org.uk/birdwatch

For more information on Staffordshire Libraries visit www.staffordshire.gov.uk/libraries