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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 tits {Parus caeruleus} feeding from garden peanut feeder, UK  -  Stephen Dalton
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Stephen Dalton / Blue tits {Parus caeruleus} feeding from garden peanut feeder, UK
Lesser Redpoll (Carduelis flammea cabaret) male feeding on Niger seed in garden, winter, Cheshire, England, UK, March  -  Alan Williams
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Alan Williams / Lesser Redpoll (Carduelis flammea cabaret) male feeding on Niger seed in garden, winter, Cheshire, England, UK, March
Three Redpolls (Carduelis flammea) drinking from a birdbath, Surrey, England, January  -  Kim Taylor
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Kim Taylor / Three Redpolls (Carduelis flammea) drinking from a birdbath, Surrey, England, January
Rose ringed Parakeet (Psittacula krameri) at bird feeders in urban garden, London, UK January  -  Robin Chittenden
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Robin Chittenden / Rose ringed Parakeet (Psittacula krameri) at bird feeders in urban garden, London, UK January
European Robin (Erithacus rubecula) perched on tree stump in garden with snow falling, Wales, UK. December  -  Andy Rouse
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Andy Rouse / European Robin (Erithacus rubecula) perched on tree stump in garden with snow falling, Wales, UK. December
Magpie (Pica pica) perched, UK  -  Ernie Janes
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Ernie Janes / Magpie (Pica pica) perched, UK
Magpie (Pica pica) foraging on snow covered ground. Derbyshire, UK, January (non-ex)  -  Andrew Parkinson
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Andrew Parkinson / Magpie (Pica pica) foraging on snow covered ground. Derbyshire, UK, January (non-ex)
Jackdaw (Corvus monedula) foraging among fallen apples among frost. Hertfordshire, England, UK, January.  -  Andy Sands
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Andy Sands / Jackdaw (Corvus monedula) foraging among fallen apples among frost. Hertfordshire, England, UK, January.
Wood pigeon at garden birdbath {Columba palumbus} UK  -  Chris Gomersall
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Chris Gomersall / Wood pigeon at garden birdbath {Columba palumbus} UK
Song thrush on berry laden tree, England, UK  -  Mike Wilkes
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Mike Wilkes / Song thrush on berry laden tree, England, UK
Common blackbird {Turdus merula} male drinking from garden bird bath, Hampshire, UK, January  -  Mike Read
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Mike Read / Common blackbird {Turdus merula} male drinking from garden bird bath, Hampshire, UK, January
Male Blackbird (Turdus merula) perched on garden seat in winter, with feathers ruffled to insulate against cold, Scotland, UK, December 2010  -  Mark Hamblin / 2020VISION
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Mark Hamblin / 2020VISION / Male Blackbird (Turdus merula) perched on garden seat in winter, with feathers ruffled to insulate against cold, Scotland, UK, December 2010
Dunnock (Prunella modularis) perched on fence in garden, Cheshire, UK, January  -  Alan Williams
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Alan Williams / Dunnock (Prunella modularis) perched on fence in garden, Cheshire, UK, January
Winter Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes) perched on rusty bolt, Wiltshire UK  -  David Kjaer
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David Kjaer / Winter Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes) perched on rusty bolt, Wiltshire UK
Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula) pair on niger seed feeder, Wales, UK  -  Dave Bevan
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Dave Bevan / Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula) pair on niger seed feeder, Wales, UK
Robin (Erithacus rubecula) resting on trowel handle in a garden, Nr Bradworthy, Devon, England, UK. January  -  Ross Hoddinott
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Ross Hoddinott / Robin (Erithacus rubecula) resting on trowel handle in a garden, Nr Bradworthy, Devon, England, UK. January
Goldfinches (Carduelis carduelis) Greenfinch(Carduelis chloris) and Siskin (Carduelis spinus) feeding on Niger Seed, Peanuts and Black Sunflower seed from garden bird feeders in the snow, Norfolk, UK  -  Gary K. Smith
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Gary K. Smith / Goldfinches (Carduelis carduelis) Greenfinch(Carduelis chloris) and Siskin (Carduelis spinus) feeding on Niger Seed, Peanuts and Black Sunflower seed from garden bird feeders in the snow, Norfolk, UK
Green woodpecker (Picus viridis) female perching on log by garden pond, Bedfordshire, UK  -  Dave Bevan
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Dave Bevan / Green woodpecker (Picus viridis) female perching on log by garden pond, Bedfordshire, UK
Male chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs) on snow covered lawn, Cheshire, UK, December  -  Alan Williams
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Alan Williams / Male chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs) on snow covered lawn, Cheshire, UK, December
Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs) male in snowstorm, Glenfeshie, Scotland, UK, February  -  Peter Cairns
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Peter Cairns / Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs) male in snowstorm, Glenfeshie, Scotland, UK, February
Nuthatch bird (Sitta europaea)  standing on tree trunk in winter, Dorset, England, UK February.  -  Colin Varndell
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Colin Varndell / Nuthatch bird (Sitta europaea) standing on tree trunk in winter, Dorset, England, UK February.
European nuthatch {Sitta europaea} male on bird feeder. UK.  -  Roger Powell
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Roger Powell / European nuthatch {Sitta europaea} male on bird feeder. UK.
Male Blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla) perched on holly branch, Cheshire, UK, December  -  Alan Williams
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Alan Williams / Male Blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla) perched on holly branch, Cheshire, UK, December
Green Woodpecker (Picus viridis) male by old nest hole in apple tree. Hertfordshire, England, UK, November.  -  Andy Sands
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Andy Sands / Green Woodpecker (Picus viridis) male by old nest hole in apple tree. Hertfordshire, England, UK, November.
Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopus major) in winter. Cairngorms National Park, Scotland, February.  -  Peter Cairns / 2020VISION
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Peter Cairns / 2020VISION / Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopus major) in winter. Cairngorms National Park, Scotland, February.
Great Spotted woodpecker (Dendrocopos major) male drinking at bird bath in garden, Cheshire UK June  -  Alan Williams
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Alan Williams / Great Spotted woodpecker (Dendrocopos major) male drinking at bird bath in garden, Cheshire UK June
Great spotted woodpecker {Dendrocopus major} Blue tits (Parus caeruleus) on garden feeder, UK  -  DAVID TIPLING
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DAVID TIPLING / Great spotted woodpecker {Dendrocopus major} Blue tits (Parus caeruleus) on garden feeder, UK
Siskin (Carduelis spinus) adult male perched on larch cone, Lancashire, England, UK, March.  -  Steve Knell
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Steve Knell / Siskin (Carduelis spinus) adult male perched on larch cone, Lancashire, England, UK, March.
Male Siskin (Carduelis spinus), spring, Wiltshire UK  -  David Kjaer
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David Kjaer / Male Siskin (Carduelis spinus), spring, Wiltshire UK
Male Siskin (Carduelis spinus) on peanut feeder, North Wales, UK, March.  -  Alan Williams
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Alan Williams / Male Siskin (Carduelis spinus) on peanut feeder, North Wales, UK, March.
Portrait of European Robin (Erithacus rubecula) perched on lichen. Wales, UK, February.  -  Andy Rouse
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Andy Rouse / Portrait of European Robin (Erithacus rubecula) perched on lichen. Wales, UK, February.
Robin (Erithacus rubecula) adult perched on the ground, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland, UK, December.  -  Andrew Parkinson
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Andrew Parkinson / Robin (Erithacus rubecula) adult perched on the ground, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland, UK, December.
Robin {Erithacus rubecula} in snow, nr Bradworthy, Devon, UK. December 2010  -  Ross Hoddinott
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Ross Hoddinott / Robin {Erithacus rubecula} in snow, nr Bradworthy, Devon, UK. December 2010
Common starling {Sturnus vulgaris} Warwickshire, UK  -  Mike Wilkes
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Mike Wilkes / Common starling {Sturnus vulgaris} Warwickshire, UK
Common starling (Sturnus vulgaris) in snow, nr Bradworthy, Devon, UK. December 2010  -  Ross Hoddinott
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Ross Hoddinott / Common starling (Sturnus vulgaris) in snow, nr Bradworthy, Devon, UK. December 2010
Common starling (Sturnus vulgaris) perched, UK, May  -  Ernie Janes
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Ernie Janes / Common starling (Sturnus vulgaris) perched, UK, May
Greenfinch (Carduelis chloris) male perched in winter, Dorset, UK, December  -  Colin Varndell
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Colin Varndell / Greenfinch (Carduelis chloris) male perched in winter, Dorset, UK, December
Greenfinch male on feeder {Carduelis chloris} Bristol, UK  -  Nigel Bean
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Nigel Bean / Greenfinch male on feeder {Carduelis chloris} Bristol, UK
Goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis) perched on snow covered Lesser Burdock seedhead, December, Hertfordshire, UK  -  Andy Sands
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Andy Sands / Goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis) perched on snow covered Lesser Burdock seedhead, December, Hertfordshire, UK
Goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis) perched on twig. Ringwood, Hampshire, UK, January.  -  Peter Lewis
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Peter Lewis / Goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis) perched on twig. Ringwood, Hampshire, UK, January.
Goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis) on 'niger seed feeder'. Gloucestershire, England.  -  David Kjaer
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David Kjaer / Goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis) on 'niger seed feeder'. Gloucestershire, England.
Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula) male perched, looking inquisitive, Wales, UK, January  -  Andy Rouse
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Andy Rouse / Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula) male perched, looking inquisitive, Wales, UK, January
Male Common / House sparrow {Passer domesticus} UK.  -  Colin Varndell
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Colin Varndell / Male Common / House sparrow {Passer domesticus} UK.
Male Common / House sparrow (Passer domesticus) perched on twig, grey cap clearly visible, Gloucestershire, UK  -  Michael Hutchinson
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Michael Hutchinson / Male Common / House sparrow (Passer domesticus) perched on twig, grey cap clearly visible, Gloucestershire, UK
Adult male House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) Dorset, UK March  -  Colin Varndell
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Colin Varndell / Adult male House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) Dorset, UK March
Male Blackcap (Sylivia atricappila) in breeding plumage in spring. Dorset, UK April  -  Colin Varndell
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Colin Varndell / Male Blackcap (Sylivia atricappila) in breeding plumage in spring. Dorset, UK April
Female Blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla) in garden with feathers fluffed up against the cold, Cheshire, UK, December  -  Alan Williams
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Alan Williams / Female Blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla) in garden with feathers fluffed up against the cold, Cheshire, UK, December
Blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla) female feeding on garden feeder, Cheshire, UK, April.  -  Alan Williams
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Alan Williams / Blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla) female feeding on garden feeder, Cheshire, UK, April.
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