Less finches in gardens

A chaffinch perched in a conifer. Picture by Ray Kennedy
A chaffinch perched in a conifer. Picture by Ray Kennedy
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A national birdwatch survey has revealed that fewer finches are visiting gardens in the county, but visits by wrens, robins and blackbirds are up.

More than 4,400 people across the county took part in this year’s RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch, watching their gardens and recording any birds which made a flying visit.

The survey revealed a fall in visits from chaffinches, goldfinches and greenfinches, but the average number of robins and blackbirds rose.

RSPB conservation scientist, Dr Daniel Hayhow, said: “We hope through this year’s challenge, of seeing things through the eyes of birds, helped people to understand how they use your garden, and will allow them to improve the ways to give nature a home all year round.”