Whats going on down on the Farm?
RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch results 2018
We all remember the Beast from the East, the snow that visited us early in March and then repeated its visit a couple of weeks later. Now we seem to be plagued by torrential rain and cold weather so that Spring feels far away still, but hopefully this weekend will see an upturn in temperatures for the whole of the UK. The RSPB Big Garden Bird Watch seems such a long time ago after all of our extreme weather since then, but, trumpet fanfare, the results are in......pause for effect,
More than 420,000 people completed the count and 6.7 million birds were recorded. Its good news for the blue tit (pictured) as their numbers are up by 5% but the winner seems to be the goldfinch with recorded numbers up by 11%. The long tailed tit and coal tit are also up in numbers, perhaps helped by the milder temperatures before The Beast from the East appeared in Marchaccording to RSPB sources.
However, its not all good news, the blackbird and robin numbers are down by 18% and 12%. If you are wondering which is the most commonly sighted garden bird, number one is the house sparrow, followed by starlings then blue tits. The results of the whole survey are available by visiting www.rspb.org.uk/birdwatch
The weather has dominated much of our activities on the farm this year, especially the aftermath of the snow which saw our road closed so we were effectively blocked in for a couple of days. We managed to get out with tractors and forklifts but deliveries were more difficult to our wholesale customers. Our shop was open throughout and customers who braved the elements were able to stock up on bird foods to help the garden birds who were seriously at risk without access to regular supplies of food. We now have a different challenge - the wet weather which is preventing us from being able to fertilise our winter sown crops and preparing the ground for Spring grown crops is just not possible at this time.
The visitors to our garden feeders seem happy enough and numbers seem to be up on last year so hopefully the nest boxes will be used and healthy chicks will be fledged ready to be counted in the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch in 2019. Happy Birdwatching everyone.