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Millions of birds recorded in world's largest garden survey

Waxwing Bombycilla garrulus bird Credit: RSPB

Close to half-a-million people joined in the world’s largest garden wildlife survey as part of the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch.

More than eight million birds were recorded.

The event held over the last weekend in January, revealed a rise in the number of registered sightings of waxwings. The birds fly to the UK in the winter, once every 7-8 years when the berry crop fails in their native Scandinavia.

Side view of a redwing in short green grass Credit: RSPB

Weather conditions leading up to the Birdwatch meant that this year UK gardens were treated to a range of different visitors.

Along with waxwings, there was a rise in the number of migrating birds, such as redwing, fieldfare and brambling which were attracted by our milder conditions compared to the sub-zero temperatures on the continent.

Goldfinch Carduelis carduelis, looking around from a bare twig Credit: RSPB

The sight of a robin or blackbird perched on the garden fence is often one of the first experiences we have with nature.

So to have over half-a-million people taking part and counting a bumper eight million birds across one weekend is amazing.

Using the information from the weekend we’ll be able to create a snapshot of how our garden birds are doing.

– Dr Daniel Hayhow, RSPB Conservation Scientists

Police appeal for witnesses after 10 year old is knocked down

The incident happened yesterday afternoon in Portland Credit: ITV news

A 10 year old girl has been knocked down by a car in Portland

The incident happened yesterday afternoon on Grove Road, when a Nissan car, driven by a 37 year old woman, collided with the 10 year old.

The girl was treated by emergency services at the scene and is thought to have suffered serious but not life-threatening injuries.

Enquiries into this incident are ongoing at this time and I would ask any witnesses who have not already contacted Dorset Police to please get in touch

– Police Constable Stuart Smith, of the traffic unit

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