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THE winners and losers of Hampshire’s wet spring have been revealed.

More than 3,000 people took part in an RSPB survey and reported birds they saw in their gardens.

The results show the number of gardens with baby thrush species in them this spring was down by as much as a quarter compared to last year.

Sightings of baby blackbirds, robins and song thrushes – all members of the thrush family – were down on 2011.

The RSPB says the drop may be a result of wet and cold weather in the early part of the breeding season, making it harder for adult birds to find enough food for their chicks.

Samantha Stokes, spokeswoman for RSPB South East, said: ‘Every participant involved in Make Your Nature Count has helped to give us data on a scale that just wouldn’t be possible if we tried to collect it in any other way.’

Moles, however, benefitted from the soft, wet soil. They were reported in almost 10 per cent of gardens.