Britain's top 10 most common garden birds

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Almost half a million people have helped to compile this year's RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch - a ranking of the birds most commonly seen in British gardens.

Big risers include the goldfinch and the blue tit while the robin continues its slide down the chart.

The number one slot remains unchanged from last year.

The top 10 is as follows:

10. Robin

2013 rank: 9

9. Collared dove

2013 rank: 11

Collared dove, Streptopelia decaocto. Credit: Ray Kennedy / RSPB

8. Great tit

2013 rank: 7

Great tit, Parus major. Credit: Ray Kennedy / RSPB

7. Goldfinch

2013 rank: 8

Goldfinch Carduelis carduelis. Credit: John Bridges / RSPB

6. Chaffinch

2013 rank: 6

Chaffinch, Fringilla coelebs. Credit: Ray Kennedy / RSPB

5. Woodpigeon

2013 rank: 5

Woodpigeon, Columba palumbus. Credit: Chris Gomersall / RSPB

4. Blackbird

2013 rank: 2

Blackbird, Turdus merula. Credit: Ray Kennedy / RSPB

3. Starling

2013 rank: 4

Starling, Sturnus vulgaris. Credit: Ray Kennedy / RSPB

2. Blue tit

2013 rank: 3

Blue tit, Parus caeruleus. Credit: Nigel Blake / RSPB

1. House sparrow

2013 rank: 1

House sparrow, Passer domesticus. Credit: Ray Kennedy / RSPB

Martin Harper, RSPB conservation director, said: “Many garden birds rely on us humans for help.

"During winter, birds need extra food and water, and at other times of the year, as well as sustenance, a safe place to shelter and make their home can really give them a boost.

“Two of the species that moved up the rankings this year, blue tits and goldfinches, are adaptable, friendly garden birds and great examples of birds that can flourish with our help.

"If we put up a nestbox, leave out some food or let our gardens grow a bit wild they’ll be among the first to take advantage.”