House sparrows, blue tits and blackbirds were among the most frequently seen birds in Gloucestershire’s gardens in the past year.
Almost 11,500 people took part in the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch in the county in January
The survey, the largest of its kind in the world, involves people counting the different birds that come to their gardens in one hour any time over the last weekend of January. Goldfinches were the fourth most spotted bird in Gloucestershire’s gardens, with starlings sixth most common.
Tony Whitehead, spokesman for the RSPB in the south west said the mild winter might be a good thing for garden birds. : “2014 was always going to be an interesting Big Garden Birdwatch as the winter has been so mild, and we wondered if it would have a significant impact on garden birds.
“They were out and about in the wider countryside finding natural food instead of taking up our hospitality. This may mean we have more birds in our gardens in the coming breeding season because more survived the mild winter.
"It is a great time to give nature a home by putting up a nesting box and supplementary feeding.”
Numbers of starlings have dropped by 84 per cent since the Birdwatch began in 1979. This species is on the UK ‘red list’ meaning it is of the highest conservation concern.
Gloucestershire’s top 10 and the average number of birds spotted per garden:
1. House sparrow: 3.779
2. Blue tit: 2.469
3. Blackbird: 2.066
4. Goldfinch: 1.699
5. Wood pigeon: 1.677
6. Starling: 1.548
7. Great tit: 1.301
8. Chaffinch: 1.2
9. Robin: 1.127
10. Long-tailed tit: 0.950
Fore all the results nationally check out: RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch