Baby bird sightings down according to RSPB survey
August 29, 2012
The results of the RSPB’s annual Make Your Nature Count survey have been published and more than 150 Reading residents participated.
The results showed that sightings of baby blackbirds, robins and song thrushes, all members of the thrush family, were down on last year by as much as 27 per cent.
The RSPB says the drop may be a result of the cold weather during the early part of the breeding season, leaving chicks more exposed to the cold while the adults tried to find enough food.
The number of sightings of housemartins and swifts also dropped while blackbirds are still being seen in good numbers.
The RSPB’s Samantha Stokes said: “It’s a really useful snapshot of how UK wildlife fared this summer.
“Make Your Nature Count has helped to give us data on a scale that just wouldn’t be possible if we tried to collect it in any other way.”
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