BIRD-WATCHERS are urging people in Notts to put up bird boxes and plant bushes to help dwindling starling numbers.
The plea follows the RSPB's 35th Big Garden Birdwatch at the weekend.
Last year the survey revealed starling numbers had plummeted by 16 per cent – with less than three sightings per garden – an all-time low.
Notts Birdwatchers fear the trend could continue this year unless people help their feathered friends.
Chairman of the Notts Birdwatchers and RSPB conservation officer Carl Cornish said: "Starlings are a native British bird who love to nest in cavities, so they love a badly insulated house. But because we are more environmentally conscious now they are struggling to find places to nest.