Nature lovers are once again gearing up for the annual Big Garden Birdwatch this weekend amid fears the recent erratic weather has affected the number of birds visiting our gardens.
Over half a million people in the UK are expected to get out in their gardens and get involved in the RSPB initiative, with the charity hoping for a good turnout in order to get a clearer picture of the country’s birdlife.
Last year’s event revealed starling numbers had hit an all-time low, while the number of house sparrows had declined by 17%, bullfinches fell by a fifth and dunnocks were 13% down on the previous year.
The RSPB said numbers could be down again in 2014 as birds may be finding more food in the countryside.
RSPB conservation director Martin Harper said a mild winter in many areas might have had a big impact, as insects and birds might have been available for longer than usual in rural areas.
“The key thing for the RSPB is that, even when you feel you don’t have as many birds in your garden compared to normal, we still desperately need your results,” he said.
“We will be able to compare results to other milder winter years and compare regional trends, so if you don’t see many birds, we still need to know, it’s really useful information.”
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