Small birds suffered in Welsh winter weather
Monday 29 March 2010, 10:57
Species such as the long-tailed tit
, the coal tit and the goldcrest
were the worst affected, with average numbers of all three falling
significantly since last year's survey.
Long-tailed tit by Andrew Davies
The cold snap also meant that species that normally don't venture into
urban areas were drawn into our gardens in search of food. Fieldfares,
redwings, bullfinches and yellowhammers
were among the species which
"visit our gardens for food when they can't find enough in their usual
haunts" according to RSPB Cymru's Dana Thomas.
"We were particularly concerned for small birds over the winter, asking
people to make sure that they kept feeders topped up and supplied fresh
water to help them." she says. "These results highlight the importance
of feeding and gardening for wildlife, especially during prolonged cold
Continuing their steady decline in numbers over the years were house sparrows and blue tits.
One species, however, bucked the trend. Blackcaps
were up in numbers,
perhaps illustrating a changing behaviour and willingness to visit
garden feeders, according to Thomas.
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