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Wren retains title of Britain’s commonest bird as a run of mild winters sends the number of pairs soaring to 11 million Thousands of volunteers helped the British Trust for Ornithology survey birds  The wren is more numerous than the blackbird, the robin and the sparrow Numbers of turtle doves and waders like lapwing and oystercatcher are falling The results will help inform conservation policy and site management decisions 

By Ian Randall For Mailonline

Published: 19:17 GMT, 3 February 2020 | Updated: 19:18 GMT, 3 February 2020

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The wren has retained the title of Britain's commonest bird as a run of mild winters has sent the number of pairs of the tiny bird soaring to around 11 million.

This figure means that the wren is more numerous than the blackbird, the robin and the sparrow, a report from the British Trust for Ornithology found.

Their last survey — which was undertaken in 2013 — also had the wren at the top of the list, but with a population of just over 8.5 million pairs.

Wren numbers are known to fluctuate with environmental conditions, and it is possible that climate change has benefited one of our smallest birds.

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The wren, pictured, has retained the title of Britain's commonest bird as a run of mild winters has sent the number of pairs of the tiny bird soaring to around 11 million

The wren, pictured, has retained the title of Britain's commonest bird as a run of mild winters has sent the number of pairs of the tiny bird soaring to around 11 million

TOP SIX BRITISH BIRDS BY NUMBER 

1. Wren (11 million pairs)

2. Robin (7.35 million pairs)

3. House sparrow (5.3 million pairs)

4. Wood pigeon (5.15 million pairs)

5. Chaffinch (5.05 million territories)

5. Blackbird (5.05 million territories)

Although the number of wrens has continued to rocket, not all of the UK's bird species

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