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Results coming in from
the big garden birdwatch

February 2017

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RSPB: giving nature a home
More than half a million people are thought to have counted their garden birds last weekend for the 2017 RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch.

This is the world’s largest garden wildlife survey, now in its 38th year, and provides valuable information about the wildlife using our gardens in winter.

The results will take a while to come in and Laterlife will let you know all the details once they have been published.

Last year more than eight million birds were spotted in just one weekend, with the house sparrow remaining the top of the rankings, followed closely by starlings and blue tits. It will be interesting to see what has changed this year.  A decline of starlings and song thrushes is predicted, but there is hope that numbers of the tiny long-tailed tits might be increasing.

Daniel Hayhow, RSPB Conservation Scientist said: “With over half a million people now regularly taking part, coupled with over 30 years worth of data, Big Garden Birdwatch allows us to monitor trends and helps us understand how birds are doing. With results from so many gardens, we are able to create a 'snapshot' of the birds visiting at this time of year across the UK.”

The survey is part of the RSPB’s major Giving Nature a Home campaign, aimed at tackling the housing crisis facing the UK’s threatened wildlife. They are also collecting data on other wildlife seen in gardens and green spaces such as grass snakes, hedgehogs, stag beetles, stoats and moles. Gardens or outdoor spaces are an invaluable resource for many species – they can provide a safe habitat and enough food and water to survive – which are likely to have a significant effect on their populations.

Daniel added: “The threats to our wildlife means that it’s facing tough times. For example it is estimated that we’ve lost more than half of our hedgehogs in the last 50 years.”

The RSPB is asking people to provide a place for wildlife in their own gardens and outside spaces – whether it’s putting up a nest box for birds, creating a pond to support a number of different species or building a home for a hedgehog. Wherever you live, you can help give nature a home.

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