Photo Gallery: Readers answer RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch appeal

Kestrel in Waxham. Picture: Anne Marks Kestrel in Waxham. Picture: Anne Marks

Monday, January 27, 2014
10:24 AM

We asked you to take part in the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch, the world’s largest wildlife survey, at the weekend, and you came up trumps.

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We appealed for your help and you answered our call.

Readers spotted several species of birds in gardens across East Anglia including blue tits, goldfinches, greenfinches and even a kestrel.

To take part in the Big Garden Birdwatch, you just needed to spend an hour birdwatching at any time over the weekend, recording the highest number of each bird species seen in their garden or outside space at any one time.

More than half a million people were expected to take part in the annual RSPB bird counting scheme to help assess the state of UK wildlife.

Last year’s scheme saw starlings hit an all-time low, while house sparrows dropped 17pc in 2013 compared with 2012 figures, bullfinches were down a fifth and dunnocks fell 13pc on the previous year. Some 590,000 people took part, counting 8.2 million birds last year alone.

And for the first time this year, people were also asked to tell the RSPB if they saw some other wildlife in their gardens, including deer, squirrels, badgers, hedgehogs, frogs and toads.

The information on other wildlife will be shared with other conservation groups to help with their work, and will enable the RSPB to give advice on how people can help creatures who visit their gardens to nest, breed and feed successfully.

Martin Harper, RSPB conservation director, said: “We will be able to compare results to other milder winter years and compare regional trends.”

Did you take part in the Birdwatch? If so, please e-mail your photos and findings to sophia.france@archant.co.uk

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