Last weekend saw the largest collaborative bird watch organised by the RSPB with over 500,000 people taking part all over the UK.
The Greenslate team took part with the help of the Duke of Edinburgh’s award participants to help count all the different species of birds in our demonstration gardens here on the farm…with amazing results!
We confirmed that we have a very healthy population of the regular favourites such as starlings, blackbirds and the good old woodpigeon, but also a whole variety of others such as the great tit, long tailed tit, robins, coal tit, greenfinch and chaffinch. There were also special guest appearances from the wrens and even the resident heron!
Our statistics have been submitted to the RSPB where it will join the data from thousands of other participants to give an accurate picture of our wild birds.
This helps us to understand how numbers of birds using our gardens are changing, and get a good idea of how different bird species are doing, when you compare their abundance and distribution over several years. The results of the UK wide Birdwatch will be released this March, but our own results have already been calculated and compared to our results from last year, and the future (at least at Greenslate) looks bright!
In the last year we have seen a 6.3% increase in starlings on site, a 7.8% increase in Great tits, and blackbirds increased by 18%. Unfortunately, our long tailed tit population has gone down, with only one being sighted this year during the study compared to the 12 seen during last years birdwatch.
This information has helped us identify the work that we may need to do this coming year to help our birds on site, such as more hedge laying, habitat building and wildflower areas, and we will also be running a series of wildlife workshops for the public such as our birdbox building day on Saturday 10th February which you can book onto by visiting this page.