Wednesday 7 February 2024

Abington BGBW results

7th February 2024 - This year the RSPB Big Garden Bird Watch took place over the weekend of 26th to 28th January, and as usual participants were invited to watch the birds in their garden over an hour. As well as recording the species, the maximum number of each seen at any one time was also recorded.

As previously, Derek T invited those participants in the Abingtons to also send their reported species to him. This year, he received 18 lists, which between them included a total of 28 different species. Many thanks to all who took part and sent in their sightings.

The Top 5 species most commonly reported were:  Blue Tit (1st), Robin and Woodpigeon (2nd =), Blackbird (4th) and Great Tit and Jackdaw (5th =).  The most numerous, in terms of maximum count being Jackdaw, Woodpigeon and House Sparrow.

A comparison with results from the BGBW last year, when a total of 16 lists included 30 different species is shown below. 
Perhaps unsurprisingly, the Top 4 most commonly reported species were the same both years, and although the order was slightly different, Blue Tit topped the charts both years. Interestingly, Goldfinch was 5th in 2023, but only 10th this year, and with a lower maximum count. 
Song Thrush appeared in 4 reports this year, but was absent from the 2023 count. Reed Bunting also made an appearance this year, as did Fieldfare, Redwing and Moorhen, whereas Blackcap, Pheasant and Pied Wagtail amongst others, were absent 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 (