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Gloucestershire birdwatchers urged to look out for garden birds

By Impeyecho  |  Posted: January 20, 2014

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More than half a million people are expected to be watching their garden birds at the weekend for the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch.

And with many of the UK’s most common garden birds and other creatures in steep decline, the charity is urging for more participation to bring numbers up.

Martin Harper, RSPB Conservation Director said: “Winter has felt more like autumn for many of us and this could have a significant impact on the number of birds in our gardens.

“Birds come into gardens for food when they can’t find it in the wider countryside but if insects and berries continue to be available long into winter, numbers visiting gardens may be down.”

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  • clairey2010  |  January 21 2014, 10:03AM

    All I seem to get in my garden are woodpigeons and the occasional blackbird. I put seed out and the woodpigeons just gorge themselves, but even when there is adequate seed before they get to it, we don't seem to get anything else, which is really sad. Ever since the hedgerows were taken down for housing near us, we don't get anything. We did get a confused looking grouse one day which presumably was looking for the field that had been built on plus a fox from the field also. No provision is made for birds. Even if our useless Planning Department don't have any teeth or are too greedy when getting fees from developers, they really should have more say over planting of native species, rather than just letting developers get away with chucking up any old foreign rubbish.

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