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Last Updated: Monday March 26 2007 18:15 GMT

Fewer birds visit our gardens

Robin

The number of birds visiting gardens in the UK is down, says a report.

The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) says that more than half of the usual amount of song thrushes are staying away from gardens.

Robins and blackbirds are also at their lowest levels for five years.

The RSPB says that some birds are not coming to gardens because there is enough food in the countryside due to warmer weather.

The bird charity discovered the falling numbers after more than 400,000 people took part in the Big Garden Birdwatch earlier this year.

More than six million birds were counted in 236,000 gardens.

Ruth Davis, from the RSPB, says the falling number of birds visiting our gardens is one example of the impact of climate change.
Blue tit
The number of blue tits visiting gardens is also down

"Many birds will struggle with the different weather patterns as changes to our climate become more extreme," she said.

Meanwhile, the house sparrow was the most popular bird spotted although numbers are thought to have halved since 1979.



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