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Top 10 most spotted birds in Cumbrian gardens

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

The 'Big Garden Watch': How you can get involved

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.

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Top 10 species spotted in Cumbria

  1. House Sparrow
House Sparrow Credit: Hinrich BÀsemann/DPA/Press Association Images
  1. Chaffinch
Chaffinch Credit: David Jones/PA Archive/Press Association Images
  1. Blackbird
Blackbird Credit: Tim Brakemeier/DPA/Press Association Images
  1. Blue Tit
Blue Tit Credit: Tim Brakemeier/DPA/Press Association Images
  1. Starling
Starling Credit: Tim Goode/PA Archive/Press Association Images
  1. Great Tit
Great Tit Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Archive/Press Association Images
  1. Coal Tit
Coal Tit Credit: David Jones/PA Archive/Press Association Images
  1. Jackdaw

  2. Robin

Robin Credit: Nigel French/EMPICS Sport
  1. Long Tailed Tit
Long Tailed Tit Credit: Chris Ison/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Preparations underway for 'Big Garden Watch'

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.

Hen harrier on the brink of "extinction"

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.

"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."

– Martin Harper

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.

"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."

– Martin Harper