Ryde Social Heritage Group research the social history of the citizens of Ryde, Isle of Wight. Documenting their lives, businesses and burial transcriptions.
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RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch 2011 – Ryde Cemetery results

Green Woodpecker
Green Woodpecker

Twenty birdwatchers braved the cold weather on Saturday morning to take part in the annual RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch in Ryde Cemetery. Watchers each spent an hour counting the different bird species that make the cemetery their home and recording the maximum number of each type seen at any one time.

The results show an amazing 24 different bird species were spotted including a rare visitor, a sparrowhawk. Fortunately the pigeons took to the air before it swooped down to grab its breakfast!

Bird books were available in the Heritage Centre to help identify the species and colouring sheets kept the children entertained afterwards. Tea, coffee and biscuits were available to warm everyone up after their hour standing in the cold. The centre remained open all day with volunteers helping people locate graves and research their families.

The results will be submitted to the RSPB who will publish the national averages in March.



Bird Species Max. No. spotted Bird Species Max. No. spotted Bird Species Max. No. spotted Bird Species Max. No. spotted
Black Headed Gull 3 Blue Tit 5 Blackbird 6 Carrion Crow 4
Chaffinch 9 Coat Tit 8 Collared Dove 1 Feral Pigeon 7
Goldfinch 20 Great Tit 2 Green Woodpecker 2 Greenfinch 11
House Sparrow 10 Jackdaw 3 Jay 1 Long Tailed Tit 1
Magpie 3 Pied Wagtail 4 Robin 1 Song Thrush 1
Sparrowhawk 1 Starling 12 Wood Pigeon 24 Wren 1