About birds

A focus on - Blackbird

Turdus merula
Blackbird. Photograph by Tommy Holden
UK Conservation Status: green
Number In Britain: 4.9 million Pairs (Summer)
Maximum recorded age: 14 years 9 months 15 days (Recorded in 2013)
Habitat: Woodland, scrub, towns
Diet: Mainly insects and earthworms, also fruit, mostly from ground
BirdTrends Report

Discover the latest bird trends

Get the big picture of what is happening to some of the UK's key bird species in the BirdTrends report.

Drawing on data from a number of schemes including the Breeding Bird Survey, Nest Record Scheme and Ringing Scheme, this annual report reveals which species are decreasing in numbers, which are booming and how breeding succes is changing over time.

BirdTrends now includes trends across habitats.

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Learn more about birds from BirdFacts

BirdFacts gives in depth information about all of the 580 species recorded in the wild in Britain. For each bird, BirdFacts provides details of Population and Distribution, Breeding and Survival and Biometrics, along with other fascinating facts.

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Peregrine. Photograph by Dennis Atherton
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