Survey reveals drop in finches in gardens

A chaffinch perched in a conifer. Picture by Ray Kennedy
A chaffinch perched in a conifer. Picture by Ray Kennedy

A birdwatch survey has revealed a drop in the number of finches visiting gardens.

More than 5,700 people in Tyne and Wear took part in the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch in January.

Despite a rise in the number of some birds being spotted in gardens, such as robins, there was a drop in the finches – chaffinch, goldfinch and greenfinch.

RSPB Conservation Scientist, Dr Daniel Hayhow, said: “Many garden birds are in desperate need of our help. During winter, birds need extra food and water, a safe place to shelter and make their home.

“Gardens providing these things are an invaluable resource for birds and are likely to have a significant effect on their numbers, perhaps even playing a pivotal role in reversing some declines.

“Birds such as goldfinch, greenfinch and chaffinch may not have been as reliant on food found in our gardens during the cold snap because of a decent natural seed supply found in the countryside.”

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