Manx birdwatchers asked to record Christmas sightings

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Birdwatchers on the Isle of Man are being encouraged to take part in a competition to record visiting bird life around the island over Christmas.

Bird conservation charity Manx BirdLife is encouraging residents to record all sightings of local or visiting birds.

Spokesman Mark Fitzpatrick said the recent severe weather could lead to several unusual sightings.

The competition will run from 25 to 31 December and sightings should be sent to the Manx BirdLife website.

'Rare visitors'

Mr Fitzpatrick said: "We want people to get out and enjoy the birds visiting the island.

"As well as local birds there may be the chance to see lots of interesting species.

"We are really hoping to build up a detailed picture of what species are on the island.

Those interested can submit their sightings with the date, place and species by email or by using the form on the Manx BirdlLife website.

The website will be regularly updated so people can keep up-to-date with all sightings.

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