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Join study to find best berries for birds

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Song Thrush © John Harding/BTO

Gardeners are being encouraged to join the first ever large-scale study of how birds use berries and other fruits during the colder months.

The British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) are asking participants to record which of these important food sources are available in their gardens this autumn and winter and which birds are eating them.

Although there are many lists of berries and other fruits thought to attract birds, with colour being thought to play an important part, the BTO are hoping to collect hard evidence of which plants are favoured by which bird species through the research.

The Birds and Garden Berries Study starts on Sunday 30th September 2012 and runs through until Saturday 30th March 2013. A free enquiry pack, containing more information on the survey, recording forms and advice on making your garden more attractive to birds is available from Birds and Garden Berries Study, BTO, The Nunnery, Thetford, Norfolk, IP24 2PU, by calling 01842 750050 or by emailing gbw@bto.org.

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