Bird watching taking off in prison wings as lags love Chris Packham’s Birdwatch

Prisoners doing fowl are passing time by counting our feathered pals.

Lags are itching to grow to be twitchers and participate in Chris Packham’s Huge Backyard Birdwatch.

Some can use binoculars to identify nice tits, collared doves and ­magpies.

And hundreds have wall charts of their cells to establish which 18 must-see breeds land in a one-hour interval every day.

A supply stated of the RSPB-backed occasion: “It’s uncommon however the powers that be will attempt something to maintain prisoners nicely behaved.”

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Chris Packham with a burrowing owl

To maintain cons’ curiosity flying excessive, they got an inventory of the rarest birds at UK jails.

Latest sightings included a mistle thrush and curlew at HMP Frankland at Co Durham, and an awesome noticed woodpecker at HMP Bullingdon, Oxfordshire.

A black redstart was at HMP Isle of Wight, a buzzard at Spring Hill in Bucks, and a European stonechat at The Verne in Dorset.



Great spotted woodpecker in evening sunlight.
A Ggreat noticed woodpecker

Bea Finch, of the Ministry of Justice ecology group stated: “The sustainability group encourages prisons to be extra wildlife-friendly, from planting wild flowers to placing up fowl packing containers.”

Chris Packham to reunite with Michaela Strachan for Actually Wild Present reboot

Chris Packham is about to reunite along with his co-star Michaela Strachan for an epic The Actually Wild Present reboot.

The telly naturalist is planning a reunion along with his presenter pal for a revival of the basic children’ favorite CBBC present.



A Mistle Thrush [Turdus viscivorus] perched on a wooden fen
A Mistle Thrush [Turdus viscivorus] perched on a wood fen

“There’s an urge for food for some type of Actually Wild Present reunion,” he instructed the Day by day Star.

“It stays one thing Michaela and I are keen about – and the BBC are eager. It has been batted backwards and forwards however for the second the programmes we’re capable of make are restricted.”

The favored programme, which ran between 1986 and 2006, educated younger folks on the significance of nature.

However the present’s reboot could also be some time off but as lockdown guidelines imply that South Africa-based Michaela cannot at the moment journey to the UK – so it may very well be a while earlier than we see the duo reunite on our screens.

As a result of journey restrictions, Michaela can also be lacking new sequence of Winterwatch, which kicks off tomorrow.

“We’re hoping by Springwatch the laws permit Michaela to journey,” Chris defined.

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