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House Sparrow Is Dorset's Most Recorded Bird

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9:30am 27th March 2014

The House Sparrow was the most recorded bird during the RSPB's great Garden Birdwatch in Dorset.

More than half of all gardens here recorded the species, which has been in decline in recent years.

Next most recorded birds were  Blue Tits, Blackbirds and Starlings.

RSPB spokesman Graham Madge told Wessex FM the sparrow's decline appears to have' bottomed out', even though it remains on their 'red list' with numbers down 62% since the Big Garden Birdwatch began in 1979.

There's even more concern about starlings, which has recorded an 84% fall over the same time period.

He says numbers of blackbirds and chaffinches may appeared to have dropped, but haven't come into our gardens simply because they don't need to in mild winters, when plenty of natural food was still available in the wider countryside.

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