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Good news for our smaller garden birds

The results for the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch are in and reveal good news for smaller birds who were spotted in greater numbers in our gardens across the country this year.

The wildlife survey, which takes place over the last weekend in January, attracts over half a million people of all ages with almost 8 million birds recorded for 2020.

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More of us reported seeing long-tailed tits (up by 14%), wrens (up by 13%) and coal tits (up by 10%) this year compared to 2019. The milder weather at the start of the year appears to have helped these smaller bird species who are more susceptible to spells of cold weather.

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This year, the house sparrow held on to its number one spot, with more than 1.3 million recorded sightings, with the starling in second place once more, and the blue tit at number three.

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Over its four decades, Big Garden Birdwatch has highlighted the winners and losers in the garden bird world, being the first to alert the RSPB to the decline in song thrush numbers. This species was a firm fixture in the top 10 in 1979 but by 2009, its numbers were less than half those recorded in 1979.

For a full round-up of all the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch results and to see which birds were visiting gardens where you live, visit

Main image: House sparrow – Ray Kennedy (

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