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U3A members are being asked to help keep track of our garden birds. 

You are invited to join BirdTrack, a free online tool to record your own bird sightings and keep up to date with trends.

Provided by the British Trust for Ornithology, BirdTrack is for observers to manage their own personal records and contribute data to BTO science; supporting species conservation on local, regional, national and international scales.

This is a great opportunity – not only for members of existing U3A Birdwatching groups but for any nature enthusiast looking for a fun, outdoor project. Read more about the BTO BirdTrack Project

We would also love to hear about your sightings of different species or bird related garden activity and for you to share any photographs you have managed to take of your feathered visitors.

We will publish a selection of these sightings and photos on our website so please fill out our online form to record these also.

Mary Gibbons is our Birdwatching subject adviserfor the U3A movement, Mary has a lot of information on her Subject Adviser page to help with this and can help with any individual enquiries.

Look out for a feature interview with Mary and learn more about the garden birdwatch project in this month’s U3A Magazine – Third Age Matters – out next week.  See more on the magazine on TAM's new twitter account @MagU3a

Another initiative to be aware of is the 2020 Big Butterfly Count. You can either download the Big Butterfly Count App or record your results on of the downloadable sheets from their website - bigbutterflycount.org - where you can enter your findings. The Big Butterfly Count will launch on Friday 17 July and run until Sunday 9 August, which is the time when the most widespread and numerous species are on the wing. The website and app will remain open throughout August so that you can submit your counts.