MORE than half a million people are thought to have watched their garden birds at the weekend for the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch.

With many of the UK’s most common garden birds and other creatures in steep decline, the charity wanted more participants than ever.

The results will be compared with those from winters in the past, stretching back to the first Big Garden Birdwatch in 1979.

The RSPB also wanted to know whether people ever see deer, squirrels, badgers, hedgehogs, frogs and toads in their gardens.

Miranda Krestovnikoff, RSPB president, said: “So many of us spend time giving our nature a home, whether that is feeding garden birds, putting up nestboxes or planting the right things.

“This was the perfect opportunity to reap the benefits.”

Those who have taken part are reminded to upload their findings to