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RSPB encourages even younger wildlife curiosity

[Friday 28 April 2006]

ONE of the UK's leading birds and wildlife charities is aiming to encourage supporters from an even younger age.

The RSPB has produced a unique educational book entitled 'My First Book of Garden Birds', aimed at children as young as 4.

Introducing birds to a younger readership
Introducing birds to a younger readership

Produced in partnership with publishers A & C Black, the book is intends to inspire a love of birds and wildlife from an early age and enable youngsters to identify the birds they see in their garden and understand some of their traits.

Materials to educate young children on the importance of birds and wildlife is traditionally aimed at the over 8s, but the RSPB insists there is a need to tap into the natural enthusiasm that children of a younger age possess.

The book provides a simple overview of a typical garden environment and lists the 20 most common bird species that children are likely to see in their own garden.

Packed with pictures, the book is definitely aimed at a younger readership but RSPB also hopes that it will appeal to parents and provide an opportunity for families to explore their local environment together.

The RSPB's Doug Christie said: 'This is a unique book aimed at getting children interested in birds and wildlife from a very early age. This is an age when youngsters are very inquisitive and the book provides a simple, interesting means of developing the interest to the next level."

'My First Book of Garden Birds' is available in all major bookstores from May.

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