MORE than 600,000 people took part in this year’s RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch, a record-breaking number watching their garden birds.
In Cheshire, more than 11,000 people participated in the survey across 6,000 gardens. And their counts revealed some of the smaller birds that decreased in numbers last year have bounced back this year.
Sightings of goldcrests, the UK’s smallest birds, doubled, long-tailed tits increased by 37% and coal tits increased by 25%.
The long, harsh winter of 2009-2010 hit birds such as long-tailed tits, goldcrests and coal tits hard, with all three species dropping in last year’s Big Garden Birdwatch.