Starling numbers drop by 60 per cent

THE number of starlings has declined in Northumberland over the last ten years.

Figures show that the number of breeding starlings across the north east – including Northumberland – has decreased by 60 per cent since 2002.

The dramaticfall has triggered concern about the bird’s future status.

The RSPB has launched a research project to find a reason behind the decrease.

In 2002 the starling was added to the UK ‘red list’ of the Birds of Conservation Concern, because its population had halved during the previous three decades.

Martin Harper, RSPB’s conservation director, said: “We don’t know the reasons for the starling’s decline, but we hope that our research will yield the answers to ensure this bird has a secure future.”