Bullfinch on feeder in leaves

The reasons for songbird decline are intricate and complex. They can divide opinion among scientists and conservationists.

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There are also gaps in the evidence base that informs UK policy for conservation action.  Only detailed scientific study will help us understand what’s really going on and identify the real drivers behind continued songbird declines.


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SongBird Survival is a science-led organisation. We commission and fund high quality scientific research to fill in these evidence gaps and influence conservation action. Such as:

    Cats and their owners

    Understanding how cats affect wildlife populations is important. This multi partner project combined social science and ecology, working directly with cat owners to co-design research activities. The results are promising with the project finding practical demonstrable solutions which can reduce predation of birds.

    Ginger cat in woodland
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    Gardens for birds

      We spend over £200million on bird food every year but how do we know we are doing the right thing for wildlife?  Our research has identified how to increase garden bird survival and developed best practice advice for bird feeding.

      Tree sparrow on food dish in flowers
      House Sparrow

      Practical, expert advice to help songbirds

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      We help you make a positive difference for songbirds by providing practical expert advice and information on ways in which to protect and support birds and wildlife in your gardens and local environment.

      Terraced bird box for sparrows and house sparrows
      House Sparrows

      Educational Campaigns

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      Our educational campaigns turn our scientific research into practical solutions which help birds to survive and thrive.

      Robin on stone bird bath
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