The RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch results are now in- 472, 758 people took part, giving the RSPB a good idea on how wildlife in our gardens is faring. The Big Garden Birdwatch has become the world’s largest garden wildlife survey – and RSPB now have a huge amount of valuable data on common British birds to look back on. This is vital information that will help on the mission to save nature.

RSPB can now reveal 2019’s results. Once again, the house sparrow has hit the top spot. At number two is the starling, closely followed by the blue tit and the blackbird. The woodpigeon flies in at number five, followed by the goldfinch, great tit, and robin at number 8. The top eight remain the same as last year, so it’s a battle for numbers nine and 10. The chaffinch has seen off the long-tailed tit to be at number 9, and the magpie has crept in at number 10.

Although the top of the list stayed stable, there were more shifts lower down. Bullfinches have climbed the rankings since the early 2000s, regularly reaching the top 25.  Another finch species, the brambling, moved from number 50 in 2018 to number 43. They’re winter visitors and migrate here in large numbers if conditions here are more favourable than on the Continent or, when their favourite food – seeds of beech trees – are in plentiful supply.

Sadly, it’s bad news for song thrushes and starlings. Both have declined by around 77% since the Big Garden Birdwatch began in 1979. RSPB think the decline of song thrushes is down to loss of places where they prefer to live and breed.
But there’s also good news: coal tits are up by nearly 245% since 1979, and goldfinches, not even included in the first Birdwatch, have increased by around 70% since the early 2000s!

Read more about the results of the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch here.