Thursday 23 February 2023

Abington NatureWatch Big Garden Bird Watch results

23rd February 2023 - over the last weekend of January, the RSPB held their annual Big Garden Birdwatch survey, and NatureWatch members were invited to send their survey results to Derek T. 

A total of 16 survey results were received this year (one fewer than 2022), and Derek has collated the results. A total of 30 different species were recorded by the group as a whole, one more than the 2022 survey!

Blue Tit and Blackbird topped the chart this year with 15 reports each, closely followed by Robin and Woodpigeon, each with 14 reports. These four species were also in the top 5 last year, although the order was only slightly different: 
2023: 1st equal Blue Tit and Blackbird, 3rd equal Robin and Woodpigeon.
2022: 1st Blue Tit, 2nd Robin, 3rd Blackbird, 4th equal Woodpigeon and Great Tit.

There were a few other notable changes from 2022, although the sample size is not large of course. 
Coal Tit reports were up from 4 in 2022 to 7 in 2023, and Jay reports were also up, from 3 to 5.
Great Tit reports decreased, from 13 in 2022 to 7 in 2023, and Long-tailed Tit reports were also down from 7 in 2022 to 3 this year.

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The Aims of Abington Naturewatch

At their meeting on 9 April 2005 the members approved this revised version of the aims of Abington Naturewatch:

  • To monitor and record the wildlife (fauna & flora) within the borders of the Abingtons;
  • To encourage protection of our wildlife, maintain its quality and foster its diversity;
  • To promote awareness of the richness, potential and problems of the natural environment of the Abingtons;
  • To cooperate in improving access to the local natural environment for the benefit of all Abington villagers.

Pat Daunt, Founder

The organisation is informal and communication is by email if possible; members are notified of events from time to time. Contact details are maintained by a small "project team". There is currently no membership fee as costs are covered by voluntary contributions at events.

Members are encouraged to report notable sightings of flora and fauna within the Abingtons to the appropriate sector coordinator and an illustrated record is published annually.

A map of the area covered, with some features noted, is available here:>

For more information or to join, please contact David Farrant on (01223) 892871.

Contributions to our records should be sent to sector contacts or either of the above. Photographs may also be submitted to Andy Merryweather (