Country Living (UK) - - A Month In The Country -

Do you have a favourite avian vis­i­tor? Per­haps a fa­mil­iar robin or a colour­ful ‘charm’ of goldfinches? Ev­ery Jan­uary since 1979, the RSPB has asked us to count the birds in our gardens. More than half a mil­lion peo­ple take part an­nu­ally, help­ing the char­ity to spot is­sues and safe­guard the fu­ture of Bri­tish birds. Over the past few decades, some in­ter­est­ing trends have emerged – the de­cline of star­lings, for ex­am­ple, whose num­bers are three-quar­ters of what they were in the late 1970s. On the other hand, blue tit pop­u­la­tions have in­creased by 20 per cent – some­thing ex­perts be­lieve is partly due to gar­den feed­ers and nest­ing boxes help­ing them to sur­vive win­ter. For in­for­ma­tion, visit rspb.org.uk.

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