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Kings Hill’s RSPB Birdwatch with George Hammond

George Hammond is Kings Hill’s local eye in the sky! George, like many bird enthusiasts, took part in the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch; however, unlike most George has documented his sightings in the sky with some superb drawings.

As well as this those generous members among our community who donated to George’s fundraiser, that raised in excess of £200 for the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, well, they were rewarded with a bird pin badge. CommunityAd had the pleasure of speaking to George and his mother Suzie about his fundraising efforts over the last weekend of January.

 

Firstly, Suzie, what would you like to say to everyone who donated to the fundraiser?

We would like to thank everyone who took part and donated money to the RSPB. All charities are under great pressure for fundraising and we are so grateful for every donation from friends, family, classmates and fellow Kingshillians!

George tells CommunityAd that he “first got into birds when I was 5 and I’ve loved learning about them thanks to my mum’s sister Auntie Steph who works for the RSPB that we visit in Scotland”. Suzie adds “George has a great love for animals and birds – there are so many amazing facts that he has learnt. We always try and identify what we see around us. As George said, my sister is a Reserve Warden for RSPB North Scotland and George is a member, too. We always take part in the Big Garden Birdwatch but as everyone was at home in lockdown, we saw an opportunity to get others involved and try to raise a bit of money for them, too. The RSPB fundraising team supplied George with the pin badges, which were a nice gift to give to everyone who took part”.

 

What would you say to others thinking of joining the Birdwatch next year?

I would first suggest you learn about birds in your area so you know what food they need and what type of habitat they need to live in.

 

What was your favourite bird, George?

My favourite bird overall is a Peregrine Falcon. My favourite bird that I saw was a Gold Crest.

 

From everyone here at CommunityAd we’d like to extend a massive well done to George Hammond, it’s reassuring to know for the future there’s a younger generation of wildlife and nature minded members within our community. It’s not too late to donate at: justgiving.com/fundraising/susan-hammond6.

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