Bird numbers in area in decline

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SOME of the UK’s most threatened and best-loved bird species are continuing to decline in South Yorkshire, according to results from the RSPB’s annual Big Garden Birdwatch survey.

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 14 per cent in South Yorkshire gardens this year. Numbers of house sparrows, also on the red-list, dropped by 23 per cent in compared to 2012.