PENDLE MP Andrew Stephenson will be doing a spot of birdwatching in his Colne garden this weekend.

The Foreign Office minister is taking part in the 'Big Garden Bird' watch.

Mr Stephenson is encouraging his constituents to take part in the event which has been organised by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds for more than 40 years

This year’s event takes place on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

The public is asked to spend just one-hour watching and recording the birds in their garden, park or local green space, then send their results to the RSPB. Close to 500,000 people take part every year.

Mr Stephenson said: his is a fantastic initiative from the RSPB, and one that’s incredibly easy for us all to get involved with.

“Apart from the opportunity to get that little bit closer to nature, it’s also a way to help contribute to understanding the health of bird populations, not just in Pendle but right across Britain.”

It was one of the first surveys to alert the RSPB to the decline in the number of song thrushes in gardens