Reduction in the number of starlings seen in Dales gardens

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Dales birdwatchers have revealed a startling decline in the number of a native bird.

The RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch reveal a reduction in the number of starlings spotted in people’s gardens.

Starlings have been on a downward trend for the past 25 years and have declined by almost 80 per cent.

In the first survey in 1979, the average number of starlings seen in UK gardens was 15.

This year starling figures were at their lowest ever with an average of three seen per garden.