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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Big Garden Bird Watch 2019

Goldfinch photo by Rhiannon Rohan

This Saturday 26th January, we had a very good attendance to our Big Garden Bird Count at the West Street Cemetery.

The weather stayed fine with sunshine most of the time and 26 people turned up at the cemetery with 20 going out into the cemetery to take part in the bird count.  There was a warm welcome at the resource centre with refreshments by other members of the RSHG, with hot soup available, as well as hot teas and coffees. There was also the usual time to chat and catch up on the day’s events.

We had a good range of birds being seen as well as unseen ones, but well in song. The top bird recorded this year was again the Wood Pigeon.   We had 18 different varieties of bird this year compared to 15 varieties last year. Our other birds in order were the Crows, Blackbirds, House Sparrows, Magpies, Robins, Blue Tits, Herring Gulls, Black Headed Seagulls, Starlings, Goldfinches, Greenfinches, Jackdaws, Rooks, Great Tits, Green Woodpecker, Collared Dove and a Coal Tit.

Our results have been submitted to the RSPB and we are very pleased to have taken part in this vital survey.

Photographs by Dave Bushell