Some of the most endangered species of birds, including house sparrows and bullfinches, have fallen further in numbers over the past year, studies show.

 Gold Finch

      The Big Garden Bird watch, which encourages it’s participants to sit for an hour in the garden on the last weekend in January each year and count the number of each species they see showed that several of our favourite species have been declining at alarming rates.

    The house sparrow has fallen by 17% compared to last year, with bullfinches and green finches falling by 20% and 21% respectively.

    The harsh conditions occurring in the British Countryside have driven birds to find food and shelter in our gardens, which make up around 4% of the UK’s land area.

    Their role has been made clear, and we can all play a part in making them more welcoming and supportive for birds and other wildlife.

    Rapid decline has occurred particularly in urban and suburban areas for a number of reasons, but a way that we can make our gardens more welcoming is through less hard landscaping and the inclusion of ‘wild areas’ in our gardens, such as can be created through MeadowMat. Wild flowers attract food for birds, such as small insects and moths as well as through the seed heads created by MeadowMat itself.