More than 8,000 East Yorkshire residents take part in this year’s Big Garden Birdwatch survey

The number of nature lovers who took part in the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch soared to a million people this winter after a year of lockdown restrictions saw people turn to nature for comfort.

Wednesday, 14th April 2021, 10:12 am
The Big Garden Birdwatch is a chance for people of all ages to count the number of birds that visit their garden. Photo courtesy of Nigel Blake/rspb-images.com

Now in its 42nd year, the Big Garden Birdwatch is a chance for people of all ages to count the number of birds that visit their garden, helping the RSPB build up a picture of how birds are faring.

This year, more than a million people across the country took part counting 17 million birds, with over 8,000 people taking part across East Yorkshire

The house sparrow remained at the top of the Big Garden Birdwatch rankings in East Yorkshire as the most commonly seen garden bird.

Found in more than 70% of East Yorkshire gardens, across the country more than 2.6 million house sparrows were sighted throughout the weekend.

Meanwhile, blackbirds and starlings joined house sparrows to form the top three most sighted birds in this area as local people enjoyed watching the wildlife found in their gardens.

Beccy Speight, RSPB CEO, said: “We have been blown away by the enthusiasm with which people have taken part in the Birdwatch this year.

“Lockdowns have brought few benefits, but the last year has either started or reignited a love of nature for many people, right on their doorsteps.

“This winter has been a bleak ordeal but as the dawn chorus starts to burst into song and the blossom starts to flower from the trees once more, we are emerging from this pandemic a new generation of nature lovers.

“We hope the Birdwatch has kindled a new passion for wildlife for the thousands who took part for the first time this year – we need every voice raised to stand up for nature. The wildlife that gave us so much interest and solace is now just a fraction of what should be there.

“On the back of this wave of public support, we need the government to take the global leadership, policy and legislative opportunities open to it this year to reverse the decline and restore nature now.”

For a full round-up of all the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch results and to see which birds were visiting gardens where you live, visit www.rspb.org.uk/birdwatch