With hundreds of thousands of people taking part each year we get an invaluable snapshot of how the birds are doing across the UK. The scale of this survey, which is widely considered the largest of it’s kind in the world, helps us with reasonable accuracy to spot potentially worrying trends and hopefully gives us time to discover ways to put them right before it’s too late.
A classic example of this is the House Sparrow and Starling. Personally, around this area of Suffolk I see good numbers of both species but across the UK numbers have dropped alarmingly. Since its start in 1979 the survey has shown a staggering 58% drop in house sparrow numbers and an massive 80% reduction in Starlings. The reason? Lack of food? A reduction in safe places to nest? Probably both and this is just one of many reasons why taking part in the survey and giving nature a home in your garden is so important.