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Counting the birds that are counting on you

 

Big Garden Birdwatch 24 and 25 January 2015

 

It will be eyes to the skies on Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 January 2015, as the people of Berkshire take part in the RSPB’s annual Big Garden Birdwatch.

 

The activity is the biggest garden wildlife survey in the world and last year almost 600,000 people across the UK counted the birds in their garden.

 

This year, participants will be hoping that further declines of garden favourites recorded last year have slowed down.

 

Starlings hit an all-time low in the 2012 Birdwatch but their numbers then sunk by a further 16 per cent last year. Numbers of house sparrows, which are of high conservation concern, dropped by 17 per cent in gardens compared to 2012, whilst bullfinches and dunnocks fell by 20 per cent and 13 per cent respectively.

 

These worrying declines mirror the findings of the State of Nature report which was launched earlier this year by 25 UK wildlife groups with the backing of Sir David Attenborough. The report revealed that 60 per cent of the wildlife species included are in decline, and one in ten of these could be on the road to extinction in the UK unless something is done to save them

 

 

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