Chris Collett from the RSPB was in the Lookaround studio earlier today to discuss the latest Big Garden Birdwatch results:
The RSPB's annual Big Garden Birdwatch results are in.
Almost 5,000 Cumbrians took part in the national study which looks to monitor bird populations across the UK.
The top ten most spotted birds in our region are:
- Number 1 - House Sparrow
- Number 2 - Chaffinch
- Number 3 - Blue tit
- Number 4 - Blackbird
- Number 5 - Great tit
- Number 6 - Goldfinch
- Number 7 - Starling
- Number 8 - Coal tit
- Number 9 - Jackdaw
- Number 10 - Robin
Hill walkers in Cumbria are being asked to keep their eyes open for England's most endangered bird of prey.
The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds has relaunched it's Hen Harrier Hotline in the hope of discovering where the birds breed.
You can visit the RSPB for more information here.
The country's biggest conservation charity is about to launch the WORLD's most extensive survey of garden wildlife.
The RSPB wants to hear from people spotting wild creatures in their neighbourhoods.
One of the RSPB sites playing a key role is at Geltsdale in Cumbria.
Ryan Dollard reports .
For people living in built up areas or those looking to get out into the wider countryside the RSPB are organising events over the weekend of the 25th-26th of January.
Visitors to Whinlatter Visitor Centre in Keswick and Grizedale Visitor Centre in Ambleside on those days will be able to take part in the Big Garden Birdwatch there as well as learning how to attract more wildlife into their gardens and how to identify the wildlife they see in them.
There will also be an event at Leighton Moss on the 18-19 of January.
You can register to take part in Big Garden Birdwatch 2014 and find out more information about events near you at www.rspb.org.uk/birdwatch or call 0300 456 8330.
- House Sparrow
- Blue Tit
- Great Tit
- Coal Tit
- Long Tailed Tit
The RSPB are gearing up for the thirty-fifth annual 'Big Garden Watch' at the end of this month.
The event sees members of the public up and down the country take part in one one of the world's biggest wildlife surveys.
Since it began in 1979, over half a million people have given up an hour of their time over a specified weekend to count and identify the birds they see in their gardens in order to build up a picture of the health of the populations of some of Britain's most popular garden Bird species.
A farm near Lockerbie which was chosen as one of the locations for a diamond jubilee wood last year has won the RSPB's top environmental award in Scotland.
The award recognises the way that wildlife benefits on the farm.
For the first time since the 1960s, hen harriers have failed to nest successfully in England.
Just two pairs attempted to nest this year in England, but both failed.
The RSPB had been working with one landowner to ensure that the nest at that site was protected but the eggs then did not hatch.
– Martin Harper
"The hen harrier is one of our most charismatic birds of prey enjoyed by many visitors to the uplands. However, managers on some intensively managed shooting estates have been attempting to remove this bird since it re-colonised.
"The latest news is a huge set-back and only a victory for those who want to see this bird of prey disappear from England's skies, but we will continue to fight to ensure that this bird has a future in some of our most iconic landscapes."
The Government's wildlife advisors say that the population has been forced into this position by illegal killing.
The RSPB is now working with stakeholders as part of a Defra group to produce an emergency recovery plan for the hen harrier in England.
– Martin Harper
"We are only a few days away from 'the Glorious 12th' - the traditional August start of the grouse shooting season.
"My challenge to those who run grouse moors is simple: respect the law and allow hen harriers and other birds of prey to flourish again."