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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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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