Fewer finches seen in East Yorkshire

Published: Thursday 26th March 2015 by The News Editor

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Gardens in East Yorkshire are attracting fewer finches – but wrens, robins and blackbirds seem to be visiting more often.

Residents across the region spotted lower numbers of goldfinch and greenfinch compared to last year, as they spent an hour recording any birds they saw for the Big Garden Birdwatch back in January.

Sightings of chaffinch remained mostly unchanged, but they slipped from eighth to ninth in the local rankings.

The robin held onto tenth position in East Yorkshire, as it was spotted in 80% of gardens that took part – an increase on last year – while the wren, blackbird and tree sparrow also grew significantly in number.

Upwards of 585,000 people nationwide took part in this year’s Big Garden Birdwatch, over the weekend of 24 and 25 January, up almost 100,000 on 2014.

This included more than 5,800 in East Yorkshire.

It was another bumper year, with over 8.5 million birds spotted nationally. Sightings of every bird that featured in this year’s national top 20 increased on the numbers recorded in 2014, apart from the chaffinch, goldfinch and greenfinch.

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Published: Thursday 26th March 2015 by The News Editor

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