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British gardens are a vital habitat for birds, and many species depend on birdfeeders to sustain their populations during the cold winter months. Some once common garden birds, such as house sparrows, starlings and song thrushes, have shown worrying and unexplained declines in recent years.

Visit www.rspb.org.uk/birdwatch/ to find out more about the RSPB's annual Big Garden Birdwatch, which has been collecting vital data on British garden birds since 1979.

Blue tit (Parus caeruleus) perched in snow, Wales, UK (non-ex) January - Andy Rouse
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Andy Rouse / Blue tit (Parus caeruleus) perched in snow, Wales, UK (non-ex) January
Mixed flock of House sparrows (Passer domesticus) and Chaffinchs (Fringilla coelebs) on bird table after heavy snowfall, UK - Ann & Steve Toon
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Ann & Steve Toon / Mixed flock of House sparrows (Passer domesticus) and Chaffinchs (Fringilla coelebs) on bird table after heavy snowfall, UK
Robin (Erithacus rubecula) displaying in snow, nr Bradworthy, Devon, UK. December 2010,  HIGHLY COMMENDED, ANIMAL PORTRAITS, 2011 WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR COMPETITION - Ross Hoddinott
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Ross Hoddinott / Robin (Erithacus rubecula) displaying in snow, nr Bradworthy, Devon, UK. December 2010, HIGHLY COMMENDED, ANIMAL PORTRAITS, 2011 WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR COMPETITION
Garden in heavy snow with bird tables. Sussex, England, UK, Winter. - Stephen Dalton
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Stephen Dalton / Garden in heavy snow with bird tables. Sussex, England, UK, Winter.
Male Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs) perched in crab apple tree in winter, Scotland, UK, December 2010 - Mark Hamblin / 2020VISION
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Mark Hamblin / 2020VISION / Male Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs) perched in crab apple tree in winter, Scotland, UK, December 2010
Green Woodpecker (Picus viridis) male among wind-fallen apples. Hertfordshire, England, UK, February. - Andy Sands
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Andy Sands / Green Woodpecker (Picus viridis) male among wind-fallen apples. Hertfordshire, England, UK, February.
Adult Robin (Erithacus rubecula) in winter, perched on twig with frozen crab apples, Scotland, UK, December 2010. Did you know? The association of Robins with Christmas came from the postmen, known as... - Mark Hamblin / 2020VISION
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Mark Hamblin / 2020VISION / Adult Robin (Erithacus rubecula) in winter, perched on twig with frozen crab apples, Scotland, UK, December 2010. Did you know? The association of Robins with Christmas came from the postmen, known as...
Male Blackbird {Turdus merula} digging for food in snow, Bradworthy, Devon, UK. December 2010 - Ross Hoddinott
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Ross Hoddinott / Male Blackbird {Turdus merula} digging for food in snow, Bradworthy, Devon, UK. December 2010
Long tailed tits (Aegithalos caudatus) pair perched on pine branch in snowfall, Cheshire, UK March - Ben Hall
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Ben Hall / Long tailed tits (Aegithalos caudatus) pair perched on pine branch in snowfall, Cheshire, UK March
Two Goldfinches (Carduelis carduelis) squabbling over Common teasel (Dipsacus fullonum) seeds in winter, Hope Farm RSPB reserve, Cambridgeshire, England, UK, February. 2020VISION Exhibition. 2020VISIO... - Mark Hamblin / 2020VISION
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Mark Hamblin / 2020VISION / Two Goldfinches (Carduelis carduelis) squabbling over Common teasel (Dipsacus fullonum) seeds in winter, Hope Farm RSPB reserve, Cambridgeshire, England, UK, February. 2020VISION Exhibition. 2020VISIO...
Fieldfare (Turdus pilaris) on snow covered lawn, Berwickshire, Scotland, February - Laurie Campbell
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Laurie Campbell / Fieldfare (Turdus pilaris) on snow covered lawn, Berwickshire, Scotland, February
Common starling (Sturnus vulgaris) on bird feeder with man in background watching through house window with binoculars, Poynton, Cheshire, England, UK, May. Property released. - Ben Hall / 2020VISION
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Ben Hall / 2020VISION / Common starling (Sturnus vulgaris) on bird feeder with man in background watching through house window with binoculars, Poynton, Cheshire, England, UK, May. Property released.
Male Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula) perched on branch, Dorset, UK, February - Colin Varndell
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Colin Varndell / Male Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula) perched on branch, Dorset, UK, February
Blackbird (Turdus merula) male feeding on apple in snow, Derbyshire, UK, January - Chris O'Reilly
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Chris O'Reilly / Blackbird (Turdus merula) male feeding on apple in snow, Derbyshire, UK, January
Coal Tits (Periparus ater) on feeder in winter. Glenfeshie, Scotland, February. - Peter Cairns
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Peter Cairns / Coal Tits (Periparus ater) on feeder in winter. Glenfeshie, Scotland, February.
Female blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla) perched in garden shrub, Cheshire, UK, December - Alan Williams
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Alan Williams / Female blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla) perched in garden shrub, Cheshire, UK, December
Male House sparrow (Passer domesticus) on feeder with man in background standing by window, Poynton, Cheshire, England, UK, May. Property released. - Ben Hall / 2020VISION
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Ben Hall / 2020VISION / Male House sparrow (Passer domesticus) on feeder with man in background standing by window, Poynton, Cheshire, England, UK, May. Property released.
European Nuthatch (Sitta europaea) on tree trunk in snowfall, Cheshire, UK February - Ben Hall
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Ben Hall / European Nuthatch (Sitta europaea) on tree trunk in snowfall, Cheshire, UK February
Goldfinches {Carduelis carduelis} feeding on niger seed on garden feeder, UK, January - Gary K. Smith
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Gary K. Smith / Goldfinches {Carduelis carduelis} feeding on niger seed on garden feeder, UK, January
Coal tit (Periparus ater) adult perched in winter, Scotland, UK, December. Did you know? Coal tits keep in contact with their flock when searching for food, with constant 'dee' or 'seesee' calls. - Mark Hamblin / 2020VISION
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Mark Hamblin / 2020VISION / Coal tit (Periparus ater) adult perched in winter, Scotland, UK, December. Did you know? Coal tits keep in contact with their flock when searching for food, with constant 'dee' or 'seesee' calls.
Blue and great tits on nut feeder (Parus caeruleus) Wiltshire UK - WILLIAM OSBORN
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WILLIAM OSBORN / Blue and great tits on nut feeder (Parus caeruleus) Wiltshire UK
Male Greenfinch (Carduelus chloris) in flight, calling Dorset, UK, February - Colin Varndell
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Colin Varndell / Male Greenfinch (Carduelus chloris) in flight, calling Dorset, UK, February
Siskin (Carduelis spinus) male perched on frosted Cotoneaster branch, Scotland, UK - Pete Cairns
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Pete Cairns / Siskin (Carduelis spinus) male perched on frosted Cotoneaster branch, Scotland, UK
European Robin (Erithacus rubecula) perched in snow, Wales, UK, January - Andy Rouse
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Andy Rouse / European Robin (Erithacus rubecula) perched in snow, Wales, UK, January
Mistle Thrush (Turdus viscivorus) perched in Cotoneaster bush, in garden, in the snow Cheshire, UK, January - Alan Williams
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Alan Williams / Mistle Thrush (Turdus viscivorus) perched in Cotoneaster bush, in garden, in the snow Cheshire, UK, January
Five thrush species feeding at fallen fruit in snow, England UK. Clockwise from top: Fieldfare {Turdus pilaris} Song thrush {T. philomelos) Blackbird {T. merula} Redwing {T. iliacus} Mistle thrush {Tu... - Mike Wilkes
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Mike Wilkes / Five thrush species feeding at fallen fruit in snow, England UK. Clockwise from top: Fieldfare {Turdus pilaris} Song thrush {T. philomelos) Blackbird {T. merula} Redwing {T. iliacus} Mistle thrush {Tu...
Goldfinches (Carduelis carduelis), Greenfinches (Carduelis chloris) and Siskins (Carduelis spinus) feeding on Nyger Seed, Peanuts and Black Sunflower seed from garden bird feeders in the snow, Norfolk... - Gary K. Smith
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Gary K. Smith / Goldfinches (Carduelis carduelis), Greenfinches (Carduelis chloris) and Siskins (Carduelis spinus) feeding on Nyger Seed, Peanuts and Black Sunflower seed from garden bird feeders in the snow, Norfolk...
Wood pigeon (Columba palumbus) with feathers fluffed out for warmth, perched on a frost-covered branch in winter. Gloucestershire, UK, December - Steve Nicholls
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Steve Nicholls / Wood pigeon (Columba palumbus) with feathers fluffed out for warmth, perched on a frost-covered branch in winter. Gloucestershire, UK, December
Male Chaffinch (Fringella coelebs) in flight. Dorset, UK March 2009 - Colin Varndell
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Colin Varndell / Male Chaffinch (Fringella coelebs) in flight. Dorset, UK March 2009
Waxwings (Bombycilla garrulus) feeding in garden on ornamental Rowan (Sorbus sp) berries, Berwickshire, Scotland, November 2010 - Laurie Campbell
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Laurie Campbell / Waxwings (Bombycilla garrulus) feeding in garden on ornamental Rowan (Sorbus sp) berries, Berwickshire, Scotland, November 2010
Great spotted woodpecker (Dendrocopos major) perched on a bird feeder, eating peanuts. London, UK - Laurent Geslin
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Laurent Geslin / Great spotted woodpecker (Dendrocopos major) perched on a bird feeder, eating peanuts. London, UK
Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus) adult male in a snowy garden. West Yorkshire, UK. January. - STEVE KNELL
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STEVE KNELL / Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus) adult male in a snowy garden. West Yorkshire, UK. January.
Great spotted woodpecker {Dendrocopus major} + Blue tits on squirrel proof garden feeder, UK - DAVID TIPLING
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DAVID TIPLING / Great spotted woodpecker {Dendrocopus major} + Blue tits on squirrel proof garden feeder, UK
Jackdaw (Corvus monedula) profile on roof, Northumberland UK June - Robin Chittenden
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Robin Chittenden / Jackdaw (Corvus monedula) profile on roof, Northumberland UK June
Robin (Erithacus rubecula) resting on spade handle in a garden, Nr Bradworthy, Devon, England, UK. January - Ross Hoddinott
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Ross Hoddinott / Robin (Erithacus rubecula) resting on spade handle in a garden, Nr Bradworthy, Devon, England, UK. January
Two Jackdaws (Corvus monedula) perched, Bristol, UK, December - Steve Nicholls
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Steve Nicholls / Two Jackdaws (Corvus monedula) perched, Bristol, UK, December
Portrait of a young male Sparrowhawk (Accipter nisus) on hunting perch in suburban garden, Northumberland, UK - Roger Powell
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Roger Powell / Portrait of a young male Sparrowhawk (Accipter nisus) on hunting perch in suburban garden, Northumberland, UK
Redwing {Turdus iliacus} amongst Cotoneaster berries UK - Mike Read
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Mike Read / Redwing {Turdus iliacus} amongst Cotoneaster berries UK
Goldfinches feeding on teasel seeds {Carduelis carduelis} in garden, UK - flock charm - David Kjaer
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David Kjaer / Goldfinches feeding on teasel seeds {Carduelis carduelis} in garden, UK - flock charm
Robin {Erithacus rubecula} Perched on a watering can rose, Derbyshire, UK - Chris O'Reilly
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Chris O'Reilly / Robin {Erithacus rubecula} Perched on a watering can rose, Derbyshire, UK
Song thrush (Turdus philomelos) on garden fence. Bedfordshire, UK. July 2006 - Chris Gomersall
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Chris Gomersall / Song thrush (Turdus philomelos) on garden fence. Bedfordshire, UK. July 2006
Marsh tit (Poecile palustris) feeding on nut feeder amongst Cotoneaster berries, UK - Dave Bevan
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Dave Bevan / Marsh tit (Poecile palustris) feeding on nut feeder amongst Cotoneaster berries, UK
Jay (Garrulus glandarius) perched on nut feeder, UK - Dave Bevan
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Dave Bevan / Jay (Garrulus glandarius) perched on nut feeder, UK
Tree sparrows (Passer montanus) males feeding at seed feeder, Derbyshire, England, UK. December. - Paul Hobson
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Paul Hobson / Tree sparrows (Passer montanus) males feeding at seed feeder, Derbyshire, England, UK. December.
Pheasant {Phasianus colchicus} perched on roof of garden bird table in snow, Essex, UK, February - Alan Williams
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Alan Williams / Pheasant {Phasianus colchicus} perched on roof of garden bird table in snow, Essex, UK, February
Rose-ringed / Ring-necked Parakeet (Psittacula krameri) and Feral pigeons (Columba livia) on a feeder, in urban garden, London, England, UK, November. - Laurent Geslin
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Laurent Geslin / Rose-ringed / Ring-necked Parakeet (Psittacula krameri) and Feral pigeons (Columba livia) on a feeder, in urban garden, London, England, UK, November.
Common Reed Bunting (Emberiza schoeniclus) male in winter plumage at feeder. Hampshire, UK, March. - Mike Read
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Mike Read / Common Reed Bunting (Emberiza schoeniclus) male in winter plumage at feeder. Hampshire, UK, March.
Male Reed Bunting (Emberiza schoeniclus) perched on garden fence, Cheshire, England, UK, March 2010 - Alan Williams
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Alan Williams / Male Reed Bunting (Emberiza schoeniclus) perched on garden fence, Cheshire, England, UK, March 2010
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