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Birds in the Garden

Posted by Rosemoor Garden on 16 Feb 2010 at 11:09 AM

This half term week we are celebrating birds in the garden here at Rosemoor. With over 100 bird boxes and numerous bird feeders situated all over the garden there is no end of feathered friends to be seen.




February is a perfect time for seeing birds in the garden. They are more easily spotted without the leaves on the trees and the cold weather brings birds into our gardens, looking for food and shelter.




For the past 30 years the RSPB has been running The Big Garden Birdwatch, where they ask their supporters to count the birds in their garden for one hour during the last weekend in January. During this time, more than 3 million hours have been clocked up watching and enjoying the birds that visit our gardens (that's more than 380 years!), and every year, some 6 million birds are spotted by supporters. The results from 280,000 gardens surveyed helps the RSPB create a 'snapshot' picture of bird numbers in each region, showing which of our birds are disappearing in scary numbers.

Peter Earl, Rosemoor’s Fruit and Veg Senior Supevisor, is a keen ornithologist and took part in this years bird count whilst in the Fruit and Veg garden on Saturday 30 January.

The results were:


Chaffinch 8               Bluetit 5
Great tit 3                 Blackbird 3
Sparrow 3                 Robin 3
Greenfinch 3             Coal Tit 2
Marsh Tit 2               Longtailed Tit 2
Nuthatch 2               Crow 2
Song Thrush 1          Bullfinch 1
Dunnock 1               Wood pigeon 1

So a total of 42 birds of 16 different varieties. This was up on last year when Peter managed to spot 40 birds of only 12 varieties.



Why not come along to the Garden this week and have a go at spotting as many birds as Peter did. We have I-spy sheets for the children, a bird count to find out Rosemoor’s most frequent bird and lots of information about feeding and nest boxes for your own garden.



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