THE Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre will be devoting a day for the birds at the end of January.

There will be a programme of activities at the Discovery Centre in Craven Arms on the same day as the Big Garden Bird Watch on Saturday, January 25.

People will have a chance to join in with talks, walks and craft activities in celebration of RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch.

With talks on bird species, how best to feed birds throughout the year, bird walks and children’s craft activities, there is something for everyone to join in with on this jam-packed day of fun.

The whole family is welcome, with free entry and a delicious lunch and drinks menu.

Many birds struggle to survive during the winter, especially if it is very cold and if there is snow and ice finding food can be extremely difficult.

But having access to water, not just for drinking but to keep feathers in good condition is also vital.

On the same day the Discovery Centre will have a Tots Big Garden Birdwatch between 10am and 10.45am.

There is a new club for children under the age of three packed full of fun things to do encouraging children to get back to nature, enjoy the outdoors and get creative.

The cost is £2.50 per child, adults go free, just turn up. Bring wellies and appropriate outdoor clothing.

A Discovery Club on the same day will show children how to make a bird feeder.

The Big Garden Birdwatch is a national initiative that is organised by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) and encourages people to identify as many birds as they can.

As well as helping and encouraging people to take an interest in birds and wildlife, it also provides information on the range of different species that can be seen in different parts of the country.

This provides a picture about the species that are doing well and those that are in decline and in need of help.