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Big Garden Birdwatch Results 2019 – The RSPB

Posted in birdlife, Family life, News, wildlife with tags , , , , , , on April 5, 2019 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

In my own Big Garden Birdwatch the house sparrow dropped from top spot, mainly down to the hedgerow being removed at the end of last year by Taylor Wimpey. Instead it was the starling at the top, followed by the sparrow, blue tit, long tailed tit and wood pigeons.

Since we have planted three new trees at the rear of the garden to go some way to replacing the lost hedgerow habitat, we have seen a few more sparrows plus a regular pair of blackbirds, a wagtail and even Jenny wren has been back to sample the delights of the bug hotel I made with my son last autumn.

Top spots

We can now reveal 2019’s results. Once again, the house sparrow has hit the top spot. At number two is the starling, closely followed by the blue tit and the blackbird.

The woodpigeon flies in at number five, followed by the goldfinch, great tit, and robin at number 8. The top eight remain the same as last year, so it’s a battle for numbers nine and 10. The chaffinch has seen off the long-tailed tit to be at number 9, and the magpie has crept in at number 10.
Read more here

The Big Garden Birdwatch is almost here

Posted in Family life, News, wildlife with tags , , , , , on January 18, 2019 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake
Share what you do with #BigGardenBirdWatch
From bird-box makers to bird-cake bakers, the Birdwatch is a chance to get crafty and creative. Will you be inspired by what our stars have been up to?  We’d love you to tell us what you do!

How will you #BigGardenBirdWatch? 

Nicky is a keen knitter and likes to knit the birds she sees: “The Big Garden Birdwatch gives me a chance to enjoy the birds in my garden. I can watch them and turn them into knitted versions.”   Get pattern
What was top in 2018? Last year’s most sighted
Find out which birds made the top ten in last year’s Big Garden Birdwatch. Will it be the same in 2019?   See results

Taylor Wimpey withdraw plans for 903 dwellings south of Didcot

Posted in Didcot, Family life, News, wildlife with tags , , , on January 3, 2019 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Great news in that Taylor Wimpey’s proposed development of 903 dwellings south of Didcot has been withdrawn by the developer ahead of any planning decision.

You can read more on it here 


RSPB Big Garden Bird Watch 2018

Posted in birdlife, Didcot, Family life, TV, wildlife with tags , , , , , , , on April 3, 2018 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

The house sparrow was the most popular bird seen on this year’s RSPB Big Garden Bird Watch (BGBW) and that was the top spot when me and my son did our bit for the BGBW. Not far behind though were blue tits and long-tailed tits in numbers spotted.

Interesting article on how to help encourage wildlife in your garden here.

RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch 2018 – this weekend 27-29 Jan

Posted in Family life, News, wildlife with tags , , , , on January 26, 2018 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Get involved in this weekend and you can download a free pack here. You don’t have to have a garden and it is only an hour of your time.

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Hedgerow in the snow 

Posted in birdlife, Didcot, Family life, wildlife with tags , , , on December 10, 2017 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Had a blue tit on the feeder…

…and then this morning the hedgerow was covered in snow! We’ve had a robin, long tail tits, blackbird and the usual sparrow group. Record so far for sparrows is twenty in one go.

Yesterday to add to the bird species tally seen in this hedgerow was a chaffinch. Hopefully will see more of this brightly coloured little fella.