In Wales, Skylarks, Starlings and Meadow Pipits have fallen to their lowest levels since the survey began. Positive news is available though. Stonechats recovered from the harsh winter of 2009, and Redstarts, Blackcaps and House Sparrows have seen their biggest increases since recording began.
Indeed, House Sparrows are bucking the UK trend of decline by showing an 87% increase since 1994. Now we need to find out why?
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