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March 2013

Friday, 29 March 2013



Merseyside gardens vital for some of our most threatened birds RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch results 2013

Some of the UK s most threatened and best-loved bird species are continuing to decline in Merseyside, according to results from the RSPB s annual Big Garden Birdwatch survey 2013, released today
Thursday 28 March, 2013.

Starlings, a UK red-listed species meaning it is of the highest conservation concern, hit an all-time low in the Birdwatch last year and their numbers dropped a further 19% in Merseyside gardens this

Numbers of house sparrows, also on the red-list, dropped by 20% in Merseyside gardens compared to 2012, whilst bullfinches and dunnocks, both amber-listed, fell by 43% per cent and 17% respectively.

Martin Harper, RSPB Conservation Director, said; We know from the many people who take part in Big Garden Birdwatch every year that garden birds are incredibly precious to us and connect us to nature every day. I had the joy of doing the Birdwatch with my children again this year and, fidgeting aside, it was one of those memorable mornings when the family is captivated by nature. But, several of our familiar and best-loved species have been declining at alarming rates over the 34 years that the RSPB has been running the Birdwatch and this years results show a continuing decline.

We go to great lengths to ensure that special UK habitats are given the right levels of designation and legal protection because of their role in supporting threatened wildlife, but what s very clear is that
every one of our gardens, the places literally on our doorsteps, are important too.

Almost 590,000 people across the UK, including 75,000 pupils and teachers at schools, took part in the Birdwatch in January. In Merseyside nearly 6,000 people participated in the survey.

Whilst the decline of some species continued, others fared better with garden sightings of siskins and fieldfares up in Merseyside gardens.
The cold, harsh conditions in the wider countryside back in January is likely to have driven more of these birds into gardens on their search for food.

Martin continued; Gardens make up around 4 per cent of land area in the UK and their role as habitats for our wildlife is clear. They are the places that birds come to for food and shelter when conditions in
the countryside are especially tough and together, we can all play a part in making them more welcoming and supportive for wildlife, whether we have a garden full of greenery, a yard or a window box.

Do something now to help the wildlife in your garden, find out how at

Visit and to find out more about Big Garden Birdwatch.

The RSPB s Big Garden Birdwatch is the world s biggest wildlife survey with half a million people taking part each year. Running for 34 years the survey has made a major contribution to tracking garden bird
numbers over the winter

1 Merseyside Blackbird 2.7 AVERAGE PER GARDEN
2 Merseyside House sparrow 2.6
3 Merseyside Starling 2.5
4 Merseyside Blue tit 2.1
5 Merseyside Woodpigeon 1.9
6 Merseyside Collared dove 1.3
7 Merseyside Magpie 1.3
8 Merseyside Robin 1.2
9 Merseyside Feral pigeon 1.2
10 Merseyside Great tit 1.1
11 Merseyside Chaffinch 1.0
12 Merseyside Dunnock 0.8
13 Merseyside Coal tit 0.7
14 Merseyside Common gull 0.7
15 Merseyside Greenfinch 0.6
16 Merseyside Carrion crow 0.3
17 Merseyside Black-headed gull 0.3
18 Merseyside Long-tailed tit 0.3
19 Merseyside Jackdaw 0.2
20 Merseyside Goldfinch 0.2
21 Merseyside Wren 0.2
22 Merseyside Song thrush 0.2
23 Merseyside Fieldfare 0.2
24 Merseyside Mallard 0.2
25 Merseyside Jay 0.1
26 Merseyside Nuthatch 0.1
27 Merseyside Gt spotted woodpecker 0.1
28 Merseyside Blackcap 0.1
29 Merseyside Herring gull 0.1
30 Merseyside Mistle thrush 0.1
31 Merseyside Tree sparrow 0.1
32 Merseyside Waxwing 0.1
33 Merseyside Sparrowhawk 0.1
34 Merseyside Pied wagtail 0.1
35 Merseyside Ring-necked parakeet 0.1
36 Merseyside Pheasant 0.1

Saturday, 23 March 2013



Twitter ye not? To twit to woo...

Hello all,

Liverpool RSPB has a Twitter account @RSPBLiverpool

seems like a good idea for sending out news etc; we can even tweet sightings from the field.

Members, please link up to our twitter account: The more the merrier, many eyes and all that.

Just search for rspbliverpool once you're logged on, then we will link you to follow your twitterings!

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Friday, 1 March 2013

Great News for RSPB Hesketh Out Marsh

Great News for RSPB Hesketh Out Marsh

RSPB celebrates funding boost for saltmarsh restoration.

Rare lagoon habitats could soon be created at RSPB Hesketh Out Marsh thanks to a funding boost of £48,786 from The Veolia Environmental Trust.

The reserve, near Southport, will use the funding to carry out saltmarsh restoration work, which will involve enhancing the lagoons to hold water at low tide. Such coastal lagoons are one of the UK s rarest
habitats and the work will increase the diversity of the wildlife populations in the area. In addition, habitat refuges will be created, in the form of ridges and bunds, to provide elevated areas at high tide.

The project will also deliver a comprehensive monitoring programme, which will document the plants and animals that are found on site and monitor the changes as they take place.

Tony Baker, RSPB Ribble Sites Manager, said: We are extremely grateful for the generous donation from The Veolia Environmental Trust and the work it will enable us to do at RSPB Hesketh Out Marsh.

As part of the project, RSPB reserve staff and volunteers will also be involved in monitoring wintering and breeding bird populations on site.

The Executive Director of The Veolia Environmental Trust, McNabb Laurie, said: Saline lagoons such as this are critically important for a number of specialised species and habitats, as well as having a
significant role in flood control. I m so glad The Veolia Environmental Trust is able to support the RSPB s work to enhance the Hesketh Out Marsh reserve for wildlife and the visiting public.