The results from the RSPB's big garden Birdwatch 2016 are in

Across the UK a whopping 8,262,662 birds were counted. Across the UK the most frequently counted bird was the house sparrow followed by the starling, then blue tit. These results are nearly the same in England but with the blue tit in second place and the starling in third. Lincolnshire tells a slightly different story however.

In Lincolnshire the most frequent bird is the same, with house sparrow topping the charts, but up next is the blackbird with starling at number three. Apparently the blackbird was the most widespread garden bird overall, appearing in 88% of gardens. However, their numbers have declined since the first Birdwatch in 1979.