The lesser spotted starling: a 79% decline
PUBLISHED: 11:33 05 April 2012 | UPDATED: 08:38 28 March 2014
APRIL 5, 2012: The number of starlings seen in people’s gardens has fallen by almost four-fifths since 1979, the RSPB has said.
Although the species was the number two ‘most spotted’ bird, it was seen in fewer than half of UK gardens.
The British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) confirmed that starlings were “a conservation concern”.
The average number of wood pigeons in gardens increased from zero to two, and there was an average of one collared dove per garden, while there were none in most gardens in 1979.
The RSPB confirmed that almost 600,000 people took part in the survey - more than ever before.