Big Garden Birdwatch - Results 2012 | 100 Acre Wood | Scoop.it

Starlings at all time low.

Sadly, the counts revealed that starling numbers are at an all time low since the survey began more than thirty years ago.

Though still at number two on the results board, starlings were seen in fewer than half the UK's gardens. In the first survey in 1979, the average number of starlings seen in UK gardens was 15. This year, that number fell to its lowest ever with an average of just three starlings seen per garden.

These declines are being mirrored across much of northern Europe too, and because of this drop in numbers, the species is red listed as a bird of high conservation concern.