Welcome to Cornwall Garden Listing 2021!!
Cornwall Garden Listing League: Following on from the success of garden lockdown listing last year we have decided to carry on again this year, but for simplicity (and to make it even better perhaps) run it for the whole year as a garden listing league. This is open to all, CBWPS members or not (we would of course encourage you to join if not already a member – online membership has all been set up but is not yet available for new members). The birds and other wildlife are all out there, even if we can’t get out as far as we want! See below for general rules and how to take part.
Whether you live by the coast, have a fantastic garden and views or just a small ordinary suburban plot with limited views of the sky, the most important thing is to enjoy seeing what you can. We will be updating the table and posts on a regular basis (initially a couple of times a week).
To take part: Please email your running total to us at: email@example.com. along with any other extras such as photos and your updates. You can be as competitive or not as you like – the main aim is to be motivated and enjoy your garden birding!
Don’t worry if some have much better garden lists than yours – the main aim is to push your own list, and hopefully see some interesting birds you wouldn’t have otherwise seen.
Garden listing ‘rules’:
- Essentially all birds seen or heard, in or from your garden.
- All birds to be seen by the named observer only, in or from the garden (or house) – however distant.
- This includes flyovers over the property and however distant, as long as they are identifiable!
- Birds seen on the property or in the air space above count if you are not actually on the property yourself (such records tend to be rare but for example a Sparrowhawk that flies out of your garden as your approach).
The following don’t count unfortunately –
- Birds that you would have seen if you were there … but weren’t. Run to get inside the property boundaries if you have to if you see a distant Red Kite whilst returning from the shops!
- Exotics and escapes not on the British list such as Budgerigar, Muscovy Duck etc, dead birds and sound-recorded (nocmigging) only. (However do let us know about them as they are still interesting to hear about, even if you can’t ‘tick’ them for this!)
We also hope to have occasional bird ‘races’, hour counts and other events as the year progresses.
One of the main thrusts and ways to take part is by emailing in and sharing your bird sightings – hopefully this is motivating all round both in being able to share and see what others are experiencing whether in lockdown or just throughout the year. How many new species will you see by the time the year is out?!
We have set up a table as before for comparing gardens, with basic details such as location etc. If it starts to build up or get more competitive we may divide into divisions such as coastal etc at a later time.
Scroll down through the posts to read updates from the garden listers throughout the year (click on bottom left corner to see older posts).
We have also set up an online spreadsheet where you can view your list and compare against the combined joint Cornwall list (see below). Hopefully this will help with 1) Allowing individual lists to be monitored and seeing what potential target species you are missing and 2) Allow us to see what species are most frequently seen and allow for some interesting comparisons between gardens.
The link – Googlesheets Joint Cornwall List
Good luck with your garden birding!