Bird Numbers Bounce Back In Kent

Good news for bird conservation as numbers drastically rise for the Long-tailed tit, Goldfinch and Coal tit.

The RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch, a national survey looking into bird numbers in gardens across the UK. The survey was taken by half a million people counting 6.7 million birds over the last weekend in January.

Daniel Hayhow, RSPB Conservation Scientist, in a press release said, “Our garden birds are a part of our everyday life, whether its the robin perched on the garden fence or the flock of starlings you see on your way back from work.

To have hundreds of thousands of people spend an hour watching the wildlife in their garden isn’t only great to see, but it also helps us build up a picture of how our garden birds are doing, which is really helpful.”

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The survey revealed that in Kent Long-tailed Tit numbers have risen by 143.57 since 2008, while the Goldfinch numbers were raised by 107.9 and Coal Tit by 56.2.

Hayhow went on to say, “The rise in goldfinch, long-tailed tit, and coal tit goes to show that in the absence of cold weather they can survive the winter months in good numbers. Looking at the result it is likely that across the UK this is what people are seeing in their garden.”

Press Officer for the RSPB, Tim Webb, said, “Goldfinches are increasingly seen in Kent’s gardens (up more than a 100% since 2008) and are now recorded in about a third of gardens surveyed.”

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Hayhow believes that the good weather of December and January contributed to the rise of our feathered friends, “Last summer was a really good year for many breeding birds with warm weather creating great conditions for many smaller birds to raise their young to adulthood.

The rise in sightings of goldfinch, long-tailed tit and coal tit goes to show that in the absence of cold weather they can survive the winter months in good numbers. Looking at the results it is likely that across the UK this is what people are seeing in their garden.”

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