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  Fears over birds hitting windows
Updated 15 March 2004, 17.54
Song thrush on branch in a  tree
Experts are worried that up to 100 million birds are crashing into garden windows every year.

One in three of these is thought to be killed immediately, while the rest of them are getting injured or dazed.

The British Trust for Ornithology is now trying to work out why birds fly at windows, and wants people to take part in a survey to help them find out.

It says putting stickers shaped like birds of prey or spider webs on windows can help stop the problem.

Putting up net curtains might also help.

Fall in bird numbers

The BTO fears these bird crashes may be adding to the fall in bird numbers, especially among song thrushes and house sparrows.

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If you find a bird who's been stunned by a window, here's some advice on what to do:

  • Put it in a dark cardboard box - without food or water - and leave it in warm quiet place.

  • After about an hour take the box outside outside and hopefully the bird will fly off.

  • If it doesn't seem to be getting better you should speak to a vet for advice.

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