Garden bird survey concerns

The Big Birdwatch Survey by the RSPB has found that the number of many species of garden birds continue to decline in Wales.

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Garden birds declining at 'alarming rate'

We know from the many people who take part in Big Garden Birdwatch every year that garden birds are incredibly precious to us. But, several of our familiar and best-loved species are continuing to decline at alarming rates.

We go to great lengths to ensure that special habitats in Wales are given the right levels of designation and legal protection because of their role in supporting threatened wildlife, but what's very clear is that every one of our gardens, the spaces literally on our doorsteps, are really important too and help connect us all to nature on a daily basis.

– Bethan Lloyd, RSPB Cymru

Birdwatch survey results

Sightings recorded in the survey are as follows:

  • House sparrows down by 18 per cent.
  • Starlings down by 15 per cent.
  • Bullfinches down by 22 per cent.
  • Dunnocks down by 5 per cent.
  • Siskins up by 50 per cent.
  • Long tailed tits up by 66 per cent.

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Birdwatch survey provides bleak picture

The number of starlings has fallen again by 15 per cent in gardens this year. Credit: Tim Goode/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The results of the RSPB's annual Big Garden Birdwatch survey are out and they don't make for positive reading.

In previous years the number of garden birds have declined and this year is no different. The birds we are visited by less and less include starlings, house sparrows and bullfinches.

The number of bullfinches have declined by just over a fifth since last year. Credit: Chris Ison/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Both starlings and house sparrows are both 'red-listed' species meaning it is of the highest conservation concern in Wales and across the UK. Bullfinches and dunnocks are both amber-listed.

Almost 30,000 people across Wales, including over 4,500 pupils and teachers at schools, took part in the Birdwatch in January counting almost 500,000 birds between them.

For more details on the numbers of birds surveyed, along with advice on making a home for wildlife in your garden visit the RSPB website here.

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