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RSPB Scotland is looking for Borderers to take part in its annual garden bird survey at the weekend, spending an hour on Saturday and Sunday cataloguing garden visitors.

The project this year is likely to highlight the effects of the hard winter on the region’s wild birds.

A spokesperson said: “Many of our garden birds were forced to rely on food and water provided by humans, but there is little clue as to how many survived the cold spell.

Last year 1,485 people took part in the Borders where the chaffinch was the most commonly spotted bird, followed by the house sparrow and the blackbird.

For more information visit www.rspb.org.uk/birdwatch