The Assynt Garden Bird Survey, which has been running since 1997, has provided a wealth of information about the bird species we get in Assynt. We would very much like to continue this work and it would be great if you could help.
We have produced a checklist of the commonest birds you are likely to see in your Assynt garden and all you need to do is record which species you see in your garden each month. You just simply tick if a bird was present in your garden that month. If you have time you could provide more information in the comments section, such as the maximum numbers you saw or the first date the bird occurred.
You can view and download the instructions and recording sheet here
Assynt Garden Bird Survey Instructions and Recording Sheet (780KB doc)
or, to have one posted, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Your contribution to this ongoing survey would be very much appreciated, thank you.
As part of the Assynt Wildlife Records Digitisation Project, which is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Scottish Natural Heritage, we have produced a spreadsheet of the results from 1997-2019 which can be accessed here –
Assynt Garden Bird Survey Records 1997-2019 (785KB xlsx)
For the year to 31st December 2018 we received results from 12 gardens and these had a combined total of 3865 records!
The results showed that, in every month of the year, Robin occurred in 10 gardens; Chaffinch in 9; Dunnock and Great Tit in 7; Greenfinch and Blackbird in 6; Blue Tit and Goldfinch in 4; Wren in 3 and Song Thrush in 2.
The Robin was therefore our most commonly seen garden bird in 2018. The RSPB’s Big Garden Bird Watch has House Sparrow as Scotland’s most numerous garden bird. Of course, we do not count the number of birds, simply their presence.