Call to Midlothian birdwatchers

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The world’s biggest garden bird survey returns this weekend and RSPB Scotland is appealing to people in Midlothian to make this year’s the biggest ever.

More than 45,000 Scots participated in last year’s RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch, each spending one hour counting the birds that visit their gardens and parks.

The most common garden visitor in Midlothian was the chaffinch, with an average of five spotted at any one time.

This year, the conservation charity is keen to see if 2011’s mixed weather will have had any impact on garden bird numbers.

For more information about the Big Garden Birdwatch visit http://www.rspb.org.uk/birdwatch/