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The results from the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch 2020 indicate an increased number of small birds in gardens across the country than in 2019 due to a milder winter.
The results of the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch 2020 have just been released and show an increase in small birds to UK gardens. Little birds like long-tailed tits, wrens and coal tits were all recorded in larger numbers compared to in 2019.
The annual Birdwatch took place over the last weekend in January and marked the 41st year of the world’s largest garden wildlife survey. Almost half a million people across the UK spent an hour watching the birds in their garden and counted over 8 million birds in total.
The survey showed the house sparrow to be the most popular garden visitor, as in previous years. It also indicated an increase in long-tailed tits by 14%, in wrens by 13% and in coal tits by 10%, compared to in 2019. The milder January weather helped populations of smaller birds that are usually more susceptible to cold weather.
RSPB chief executive Beccy Speight says, “We know that for many people, garden birds provide an important connection to the wider world and bring enormous joy. These are difficult and unsettling times for all of us, but we hope that nature can provide a welcome respite wherever you may encounter it.
“Over the coming days and weeks, we will be providing ideas for things you can do for wildlife close to home. You can also join the RSPB for #BreakfastBirdwatch from your home on weekdays between 8–9am.”
To find out more, visit rspb.org.uk