VISITORS to the Museum Gardens at the weekend were encouraged to turn their attention to the varieties of bird that frequent the park.

The RSPB Big Garden Bird Watch saw curators and the gardens team leading free tours on Saturday to try and count as many different species as possible.

Feathered friends regularly seen in the gardens include dunnocks, robins, chaffinches, blue tits, greenfinches, blackbirds and goldfinches.

Stuart Ogilvy, assistant curator of natural sciences, said: “The gardens offer a wide range of habitats and feeding opportunities for many different types of bird ranging from mistle thrushes to long-tailed tits and even the odd great-spotted woodpecker. At this time of year we also see a lot of migrants taking advantage of the food supplies, such as redwings and bramblings.

“We will be on hand to help people recognise the different types of bird and tell them more about the wildlife living in their midst.”