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THE RSPB's annual Big Garden Birdwatch is back this weekend, giving people the chance to be part of the world's biggest wildlife survey.

People are asked to spend just one hour at any time over Big Garden Birdwatch weekend noting the highest number of each bird species seen in their gardens or local park. They then have three weeks to submit their results to the RSPB, either online at www.rspb.org.uk/birdwatch or in the post.

Now in its 35th year, the survey provides the RSPB with an important snapshot of garden bird populations in winter and has helped to highlight some dramatic declines in UK garden birds.

In the first survey in 1979, an average of 15 starlings were seen per garden, but that fell to an average of just three starlings per garden in 2012.

Some bird species have fared considerably better. Sightings of blue tits, great tits and coal tits in gardens have increased since 1979.

You can register to take part in Big Garden Birdwatch 2014 at www.rspb.org.uk/birdwatch Councillor Rob Curtis Vale of Glamorgan Bio-diversity Champion See Friday supplement |
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jan 24, 2014
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