Magpie: not guilty my lord | Nature Notes from Dorset

This is they bird people love to hate! If you listen to many people you would soon believe that the poor magpie (Pica pica) is the sole reason for the decline in numbers of garden birds. This is, of course, absolute rubbish and these prejudices against the magpie have no basis in science at all. 
The fact is that garden birds populations reflect total populations. If a bird has decreased in numbers across the country in all habitats it will, obviously, be seen less often in gardens! The decline in many bird species populations are usually complex and revolve around loss of suitable breeding territory and problems with food supply.

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