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Fall in bird numbers is ‘alarming’

A starling in Blackheath in south-east London. Credit: Johnny Green/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The conservation director of the RSPB has warned that the “alarming” decline of bird species in the UK is continuing.

Martin Harper, commenting on the RSPB’s annual Big Garden Birdwatch survey, said: “We know from the many people who take part in Big Garden Birdwatch every year that garden birds are incredibly precious to us and connect us to nature every day.

“But several of our familiar and best-loved species have been declining at alarming rates over the 34 years that the RSPB has been running the Birdwatch and this year's results show a continuing decline.”


Best-loved bird species continue to decline

A pair of juvenile Royal Starlings at Chester Zoo Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Some of the UK’s most threatened and best-loved bird species are continuing to decline, according to results from the RSPB’s annual Big Garden Birdwatch survey, released today.

Starlings hit an all-time low in the RSPB's survey last year and their numbers sunk by a further 16% in gardens this year.

Numbers of house sparrows dropped by 17% in gardens compared to 2012, while bullfinches and dunnocks fell by 20% and 13% respectively.

A starling in a garden in Bottesford, Nottinghamshire. Credit: Tim Goode/PA Wire/Press Association Images