UK bird numbers drop

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.

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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

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