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Where have all the birds gone?

Adult starling on bird feeder

Image: Chris Gomersall

Have the birds disappeared from your garden? Swallows failed to return this year? No blue tits on your peanuts? Where are all the starlings?

We've got the answers - and some advice.

It's understandable to be worried when it seems that birds have gradually or suddenly disappeared from your garden, or local area.

Often, there are natural reasons for this though and there is nothing sinister at work. All sorts of factors, including what season it is, changes in the the weather and the abundance of nuts and seeds in the countryside can all have a big effect on what birds are coming to your garden.

In these pages, we describe and explain many of the real and apparent reasons why birds ‘disappear’ at various times of the year.

Garden birds in decline?

Why do numbers of certain birds in your garden fluctuate from year to year? There could be many causes, but what are the most likely ones? More...

Garden birds in decline?

Where have all the birds gone in summer?

Garden birds often seem to be rather thin on the ground in summer and there is little birdsong to be heard. What are they up to? More...

Where have all the birds gone in summer?

Where have all the birds gone in autumn?

It's autumn but the food you so generously provided has gone untouched. Why aren't the birds hungry, and when will they turn up? More...

Where have all the birds gone in autumn?

Where have all the birds gone in winter?

If birds don't come to your bird table, don't give up hope. They will discover it eventually! Find out more about the reasons behind their behaviour. More...

Where have all the birds gone in winter?

Where have all the starlings gone?

You might see big flocks of starlings in your garden at some times of year, but only a few at other times. Ever wondered why? More...

Where have all the starlings gone?

National trends

Regularly, there are stories in the newspapers about bird species being in decline nationally, but what does that really mean? And is it true? More...

National trends