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20 February 2024

idverde teams and volunteers share their experiences of RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch 2024

Following the success of RSPB’s annual Big Garden Birdwatch, we check in with our teams around the country for insight into which winged wonders they spotted taking to the skies.

Northern Ireland

Feedback from RSPB Biodiversity advisor, Conal Oneill, based in Northern Ireland, reveals the active participation of the residents of Choice Housing’s property in Ballydown Court in the 2024 Big Garden Birdwatch (BGBW) held on Friday, January 26th. Building upon their engagement since the 2023 BGBW, both residents and Choice Housing had made investments in bird feeders and sunflower seeds to attract avian visitors during the Autumn and Winter seasons. Notably, last year’s contributions from idverde and the RSPB, which included two bird boxes, had proven successful as they were well-utilised during the 2023 breeding season. During this year’s birdwatch, the residents documented sightings of various species including 5 Goldfinches, 2 Chaffinches, and 1 Robin, Blackbird, Coal Tit, Great Tit, Wood Pigeon, Magpie and Blue Tit. Encouraged by their observations, the residents expressed eagerness to install a robin box and anticipate the diverse array of bird species that will grace their garden in the upcoming year.


Wormwood Scrubs

RSPB advisor, Kate McVay, embarked on a fantastic 2-hour walk around Wormwood Scrubs with 13 volunteers, aiming to enhance their identification skills for the upcoming Big Garden Birdwatch (BGBW). Additionally, idverde invited one of their very own GM operatives to foster a better understanding of biodiversity during site works. Throughout the event, we spotted a total of 28 species, with notable sightings including a Peregrine Falcon and a Jay. Other highlights included multiple sightings of Carrior Crow (51), Magpie (12), and Starling (26). Despite the diversity, we also observed common species like Feral Pigeon (7) and Woodpigeon (13). The event proved fruitful in bolstering participants’ bird identification abilities, enabling them to contribute meaningfully to conservation efforts in their own gardens and greenspaces. The full list of the bird species identified can be found below:

  • Feral Pigeon (7)
  • Woodpigeon (13)
  • Black-headed Gull (6)
  • Common Gull (1)
  • Herring Gull (4)
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull (2)
  • Great Spotted Woodpecker (3)
  • Peregrine Falcon (1)
  • Ring-necked Parakeet (8)
  • Jay (1)
  • Magpie (12)
  • Carrion Crow (51)
  • Blue Tit (15)
  • Great Tit (12)
  • Long-tailed Tit (9)
  • Wren (3)
  • Starling (26)
  • Song Thrush (6)
  • Redwing (7)
  • Blackbird (8)
  • Robin (12)
  • Dunnock (11)
  • House Sparrow (9)
  • Pied Wagtail (1)
  • Chaffinch (3)
  • Greenfinch (9)
  • Goldfinch (7)
  • Reed Bunting (2)

The Outwoods

Conducting The Big Garden Birdwatch event at The Outwoods was RSPB biodiversity advisor, Ross Bray, who reported favourable weather and enthusiastic participation. With 41 tickets snapped up after weeks of advertising, the event ran in two sessions, drawing a surprisingly large audience of adult participants. Participants engaged in various activities such as making bird cakes and decorating bird boxes before embarking on a self-guided bird watching walk through the woods. However, it is important to note the scarcity of bird sightings during the event, possibly due to the heavy usage of the Outwoods area.

A huge well done to all our teams and volunteers who took part in the 2024 Big Garden Birdwatch, we look forward to hearing the results of the surveys UK wide.