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Friday 25 May 2018

2018 Big Garden Birdwatch


Detailed Big Garden Birdwatch 2018 Results for the South East

420,489 results were submitted for the UK and Northern Ireland. They reported sighting 6,764,475 birds.

The cold, windy, grey weekend in the south-east resulted in changes in bird activity. Sightings of some species were sharply up, others sharply down. Average number seen per South-East garden -

   2017  2018 % change
 House Sparrow  3.2  3.4   +3.7%
 Starling  2.9  2.8   -1.7%
 Blue tit  2.3  2.6   +9.9%
 Wood pigeon  2.7  2.3  -13.8%
 Blackbird  2.4  1.8  -22.5%
 Goldfinch  1.4  1.6  +19.3%
 Great tit  1.3  1.4  +12.0
 Robin  1.5  1.3  -13.8%
 Long-tailed Tit  1.0  1.2  +27.9%
 Magpie  1.2  1.2   -0.7%

The apparent drop in Blackbird numbers reflects the fact that the weather caused them to move from gardens to more open areas such as parks.The increases in small birds are attributed to a successful breeding season in 2017 followed by a mild winter.

 

In Berkshire, our top-ten 2018 results differ from the above; average number per garden -

 Blue tit  2.6
 Wood pigeon  2.4
 Starling  2.3
 House sparrow  2.7
 Blackbird  2.4
 Goldfinch  1.4
 Long-tailed tit  1.3
 Great tit  1.5
 Robin  1.0
 Magpie  1.2

 

Results for all of England, although some (Lesser spotted woodpecker, Waxwing) seem dubious -

House sparrow 4.07
Starling 2.90
Blue tit 2.55
Blackbird 2.37
Woodpigeon 2.20
Goldfinch 1.82
Great tit 1.47
Long-tailed tit 1.39
Robin 1.36
Collared dove 1.16
Chaffinch 1.15
Magpie 1.08
Dunnock 0.88
Jackdaw 0.68
Coal tit 0.62
Feral pigeon 0.60
Carrion crow 0.59
Greenfinch 0.42
Wren 0.30
Song thrush 0.13
Bullfinch 0.11
Great spotted woodpecker 0.10
Nuthatch 0.10
Pheasant 0.07
Siskin 0.05
Tree sparrow 0.05
Ring-necked parakeet 0.05
Rook 0.05
Jay 0.05
Blackcap 0.04
Black-headed gull 0.04
Pied wagtail 0.04
Herring gull 0.03
Common gull 0.03
Goldcrest 0.03
Sparrowhawk 0.02
Redwing 0.02
Red kite 0.02
Redpoll 0.01
Fieldfare 0.01
Buzzard 0.01
Green woodpecker 0.01
Mallard 0.01
Moorhen 0.01
Marsh tit 0.01
Stock dove 0.01
Mistle thrush 0.01
Treecreeper 0.01
Lesser spotted woodpecker 0.01
Grey wagtail 0.01
Kestrel 0.00
Brambling 0.00
Grey heron 0.00
Reed bunting 0.00
Willow tit 0.00
Yellowhammer 0.00
Red-legged partridge 0.00
Chiffchaff 0.00
Barn owl 0.00
Raven 0.00
Linnet 0.00
Lesser black-backed gull 0.00
Tawny owl 0.00
Hooded crow 0.00
Great black-backed gull 0.00
Mute swan 0.00
Little owl 0.00
Black redstart 0.00
Meadow pipit 0.00
Tufted duck 0.00
Corn bunting 0.00
Skylark 0.00
Waxwing 0.00
Grey partridge 0.00
Great crested grebe 0.00
Lapwing 0.00
Teal 0.00
Gadwall 0.00
Wigeon 0.00