RSPB BIG Garden Bird Watch 2020 – Vinters Valley Results

The results are in from our RSPB BIG Garden Birdwatch surveys, which were carried out over three days (25th – 27th January 2020).

Did the Blue Tit, Chaffinch & Long-tailed Tit keep their top spot (for Vinters Valley Nature Reserve)?

Let’s find out……

Feeding Station 1

Last Years (2019) Top Species: Long-tailed Tit

2020 Results:

SpeciesNumber recorded in 20202020 vs 2019
BlackbirdBlackbird3No Change
Blue TitBlue Tit2-1
3 were recorded in 2019
GoldcrestGoldcrest1New record for 2020
Great Spotted WoodpeckerGreat Spotted Woodpecker1No Change
Great TitGreat Tit3No Change
Long-tailed TitLong-tailed Tit8+4
from 2019
MagpieMagpie1No Change
RobinRobin1+2
from 2019

Differences this year were sadly no Chaffinch, Jay, Nuthatch or Wood Pigeon were recorded. For the first time a Goldcrest was recorded.

The top species at this feeding station was: Long-tailed Tit (keeping its number one spot)


The Lodge Bird Feeding Station

Last year (2019) we had to close this feeding station, and so no survey was carried out during the 2019 BIG Garden Bird Watch. Below is the results for this year (2020):

SpeciesNumber recorded in 2020
BlackbirdBlackbird3
Blue TitBlue Tit4
ChaffinchChaffinch4
Coal TitCoal Tit1
DunnockDunnock3
Great TitGreat Tit2
Long-tailed TitLong-tailed Tit8
NuthatchNuthatch2
RobinRobin2
WrenWren1

At this station six Grey Squirrel were recorded and also a Wood Mouse.

In 2018 the top species was the Chaffinch. This year the Long-tailed Tit took the top spot!


Netley Meadow Feeding Station

Last Years (2019) Top Species: Blue Tit

2020 Results:

SpeciesNumber recorded in 20202020 vs 2019
BlackbirdBlackbird1-2
3 were recorded in 2019
Blue TitBlue Tit4–2
6 were recorded in 2019
Coal TitCoal Tit1No Change
DunnockDunnock1No Change
Great TitGreat Tit2-2
4 were recorded in 2019
Long-tailed TitLong-tailed Tit2-1
3 were recorded in 2019
RobinRobin2+1
from 2019

The top species at this feeding station was Blue Tit (keeping its number one spot)

Differences this year were sadly no Chaffinch, Nuthatch or Wren were recorded.


Whilst carrying out the surveys it was noticed some species were spending more time feeding on Fats and Seeds than Peanuts. Also the weather, over the three days was different and may count towards the survey results.

The results have been submitted to the RSPB and entered into the reserves database.

We will be taking part again in 2021!