Movers and shakers

The results of the Big Garden Birdwatch are out. More than 6m birds were spotted in some 236,00 gardens. The table summarises the results for the UK as a whole, and shows the winners and losers.

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For the UK as a whole the decline in numbers continues. The House Sparrow remains on top spot but their numbers have fallen by two-thirds in the past 29 years; likewise the numbers of starlings, which was also the highest counted bird until 2003. These species and song thrushes are on the RSPB’s red list. But pigeon and common tit numbers are increasing (for the latter 2 are in the top-10 and 4 in the top-15), together with more frequent winter visits by finches.

RSPB results

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