Gardeners going for gold

01 Jul 2012 | No. 2012-21

As the Olympic Games come to London, gardeners across the country are going for gold. A record number of householders are seeing the stunning Goldfinch in their gardens and, to celebrate, the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) is giving away a free factsheet about this dazzling bird.

Goldfinches are instantly recognisable, with their bright gold wing bars and blood-red faces. Numbers of this species in gardens have reached an all-time high as garden bird enthusiasts provide foods such as nyjer seed and sunflower hearts. In this Olympic year, the BTO has produced a free factsheet to help more people to attract this colourful visitor and to discover more about them.

For the free Goldfinch Factsheet: email gbw [at]  telephone 01842-750050 or write to Goldfinch Factsheet, Garden BirdWatch, BTO, The Nunnery, Thetford, Norfolk, IP24 2PU.

 Notes for Editors

  1.  To see a preview of BTO Goldfinch Factsheet please visit


    here (PDF, 283.64 KB)
  2. Find out more facts and figures about Goldfinches through BTO BirdFacts
  3. The BTO is the UK's leading bird research organisation. Over thirty thousand birdwatchers contribute to the BTO's surveys. They collect information that forms the basis of conservation action in the UK. The BTO maintains a staff of 100 at its offices in Norfolk, Stirling and Bangor, who analyse and publicise the results of project work. The BTO's investigations are funded by government, industry and conservation organisations.

Contact Details

Tim Harrison
(BTO Garden BirdWatch Development Officer)
Office: 01842 750050
(9am to 5.30pm)
Email: gbw [at]

Paul Stancliffe
(BTO Press Officer)
Office: 01842 750050
(9am to 5.30pm)
Mobile: 07585 440910 (anytime)
Email: press [at]

Images are available for use alongside this News Release - including a high resolution image of the front cover of this factsheet.Please contact images [at] quoting reference 2012-21

The BTO has an ISDN line available for radio interviews. Please contact us to book an interview Office: 01842 750050

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