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How to help our wildlife flourish

The RSPB has launched a campaign to encourage all of us to provide a place for wildlife to flourish in our gardens and outside space.

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Bird numbers significantly down in London

Sparrows are one of the species whose numbers have significantly dropped in the last decade Credit: PA

The number of farmland birds in London has fallen significantly in the past decade, according to the latest RSPB report.

The report looked at over 100 of the UK's most common birds and of these species, about a fifth have declined in the south east by more than a third since 1995, including turtle doves, willowtits and cuckoos. The number of starlings has fallen 40% in London since 1995.

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The growing problem as green spaces shrink

As urban sprawl and city development increases, the countryside is taken over. Now the RSPB says more needs to be done by each of us to help those species under threat. It's asking us all to create habitats to nurture our wildlife.

"Gardens provide a valuable lifeline for species like starlings, toads, hedgehogs and butterflies, which are struggling to find homes in the wider countryside.

"Although the overall problem is huge, the solution can start on a small scale, right on our doorsteps. It doesn't matter what sort of garden you have, what size it is, or even if you have no garden at all, we need everyone to help by turning their outside space into a wildlife haven.

– Mike Clarke, Chief Executive of the RSPB

"Our aim is to provide one million homes for nature across the UK, because if there's no home for nature, then there's no nature - it really is that serious."

– Mike Clarke, Chief Executive of the RSPB

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A call to arms over our struggling wildlife

More warnings our hedgehogs are in trouble
More warnings our hedgehogs are in trouble Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

Conservationists are calling for help to save the struggling wildlife habitats in London.

It comes following a report by a coalition of wildlife organisations which found that 60% of species that had been studied had suffered declines in the past few decades.

Ladybirds in a daffodil
Ladybirds in a daffodil Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Those in trouble include starlings, hedgehogs, some species of butterfly and ladybird. They are all in danger of further declines without work to provide them with better habitats, according to the RSPB, one of the wildlife groups behind the State of Nature report.

London the place to be if you're a robin

RSPB research found that the number of robins in London has shot up. Credit: David Jones/PA Wire

Research by the RSPB has revealed that robins in London thrive better than anywhere else in the country. Between 1995 and 2010, the charity believes the numbers of the robins rose by 76%.

However, they warn that robins are susceptible to very cold weather so the numbers may have declined since then because of the cold winters.

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