Poll: What is the cause of songbird declines?
Over the last 25 years, the populations of some songbird species in Britain have declined drastically.
Species such as yellowhammers, corn buntings and skylarks have suffered, with the latter having declined 75 per cent between 1972 and 1996. Familiar garden species such as song thrushes, starlings and house sparrows have fallen heavily, too.
In 2012, it was revealed that the number of British breeding birds had tumbled by 44 million since 1960s.
Yet there is good news for some species. Goldfinches, blue tits, long-tailed tits and chiffchaffs are on the rise. The RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch announced its results for 2014 recently, revealed huge increases in the population of great tits since 1979.
There is huge debate over what is the MAIN cause of songbird declines in the UK. What do you believe is the cause?