Over 600,000 people, including 7,000 in Merseyside, have taken part in this year’s record breaking RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch.
The results of the event have also shown that Britain’s smaller birds have bounced back, following a decrease in numbers due to the harsh winter of 2009/2010.
Sightings of Goldcrests, the UK’s smallest birds, doubled. Sightings of Long-tailed Tits and Coal Tits also increased # by 54 per cent and 29 per cent respectively.
Thousands of people also sighted waxwings, striking birds which flood to the UK from Scandinavia every few winters in what is known as a ‘waxwing winter’.
Waxwings, bold birds which feed around towns and cities, were seen more than 7,000 in the survey.
Carolyn Jarvis, the RSPB’s People Engagement Manager for Northern England, said: “It’s fantastic that so many people stepped up for nature by taking part.
“We were really interested to see how the small birds fared, after such a disastrous winter last year. It appears that many may have had a decent breeding season and have been able to bounce back a little.”
“But we all know that the cold spell can return, and feeding our garden birds really helped see them through this year. So it’s really important we carry on putting out food to continue to see them through future tough times.”
RSPB Scientist Mark Eaton added: “We knew this was going to be a bumper year for waxwings, as we’d had so many reports from all over the UK.
“But the Big Garden Birdwatch is the first indicator of exactly how many were seen in gardens, and we’re pleased that so many people got to enjoy sightings of these beautiful birds.
“They’d only come into gardens if the right food was available to them, so it shows that lots of people are planting the right things for wildlife and reaping the rewards.”