Monday, September 29, 2008

Woodpigeons v Robins

The Robin, Britain’s national bird, could be about to be replaced if the latest results from the British Trust for Ornithology’s Garden BirdWatch survey are anything to go by. Woodpigeon has overtaken Robin in the top 10 list of garden birds for the first time since the survey began in 1995.

Woodpigeon has seen a meteoric rise as a garden bird in the UK. In 1995 it was at number 11, being seen in 66% of all gardens that took part in the survey. The latest list of garden birds, just published in Bird Table magazine, shows that it is now recorded from 85% of those gardens. It’s not just a case of there being fewer Robins, there are just as many being seen now as there was in 1995. The latest table shows that Robin has maintained its position at number four, a position it has held for thirteen years. It is a case of a real increase in the numbers of Woodpigeons that now visit our gardens in search of food.


Blogger Jessica Martiele said...

Does anyone know what accounts for the increase in woodpigeon numbers? Just wondering...perhaps it has something to do with the environmental changes we've been seeing?

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