British Garden Birds Current Survey
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November 2017
Hawfinch Invasion
Have you seen a Hawfinch in your garden?


Yes: 0.00%


No: 100.00%

Total Votes: 6


October 2017
Autumn Feeding
Do you feed the birds in the autumn?


Yes: 100.00%


No: 0.00%

Total Votes: 26


September 2017
Window Stickers
Do you use window stickers to prevent bird collisions?


Yes: 0.00%


No: 100.00%

Total Votes: 8


August 2017
Nesting Swifts
Do Swifts nest on your property?


Yes: 7.69%


Not now but in the past: 7.69%


Never: 69.23%


Don't know: 15.38%

Total Votes: 13


July 2017
Bird Identification
What do you use the most to identify birds?


Apps on phone: 0.00%


Books: 30.77%


Computer program: 0.00%


DVDs: 0.00%


Web sites: 69.23%

Total Votes: 13


June 2017
Natural Nest Site Reuse
Have you seen natural nests sites being reused?


Yes: 60.00%


No: 40.00%

Total Votes: 10


May 2017
Water Sources for Birds
What is the most significant water source in your garden?


None: 0.00%


Bird bath: 55.00%


Ornamental water feature: 10.00%


Pond: 20.00%


Stream: 5.00%


Other: 10.00%

Total Votes: 20


April 2017
Spring Bird Species
How many bird species use your garden in spring


under 5: 3.45%


5 to 9: 37.93%


10 to 14: 41.38%


15 to 19: 13.79%


20 to 24: 3.45%


25 or more: 0.00%

Total Votes: 29


March 2017
Bird Food Budget
What is your average monthly spend on bird food?


under £10: 15.79%


£10 to £20: 52.63%


£20 to £30: 15.79%


£30 to £40: 10.53%


£40 to £50: 0.00%


£50 to £60: 0.00%


over £60: 5.26%

Total Votes: 19


February 2017
Waxwing Winter
Have you seen any Waxwings?


Yes : 42.86%


No : 57.14%

Total Votes: 7


January 2017
Conservation Priorities
If you could help one species, which would it be?


Cuckoo : 9.38%


Fieldfare : 3.12%


Grey Partridge : 3.12%


Hawfinch : 3.12%


Herring Gull : 0.00%


House Sparrow : 6.25%


Lesser Spotted Woodpecker : 12.50%


Linnet : 0.00%


Marsh Tit : 0.00%


Redpoll : 3.12%


Redwing : 0.00%


Skylark : 9.38%


Song Thrush : 18.75%


Spotted Flycatcher : 3.12%


Starling : 0.00%


Tree Sparrow : 0.00%


Turtle Dove : 15.62%


Willow Tit : 0.00%


Yellow Wagtail : 6.25%


Yellowhammer : 6.25%

Total Votes: 32


December 2016
Underweight Hedgehogs
Do you have hedgehogs in your garden?


Yes, but all healthy : 27.27%


Yes, some rescued : 18.18%


No : 27.27%


Don't know : 27.27%

Total Votes: 11


November 2016
Clean Bird Feeders
How often do you clean your bird feeders?


Daily : 9.09%


Weekly : 9.09%


Fortnightly : 0.00%


Monthly : 18.18%


When Messy : 45.45%


Never : 18.18%

Total Votes: 11


October 2016
Sick Birds
Have you seen any sick birds in your garden?


Yes, one or two : 18.75%


Yes, several : 12.50%


No, none : 68.75%

Total Votes: 16


September 2016
House Sparrows
Have you had more House Sparrows this year?


Yes : 71.43%


No : 14.29%


About the same : 14.29%

Total Votes: 14


August 2016
Bird Feeder Pests
Do you have squirrels, rats or mice?


Yes : 81.82%


No : 4.55%


Don't know : 13.64%

Total Votes: 22


July 2016
BREXIT
How do you think legal protection for nature will change?


Be more protective : 27.27%


Stay the same : 45.45%


Be less protective : 27.27%

Total Votes: 11


June 2016
Decline of Songbirds
Which of the following do you blame the most?


Magpies : 33.85%


Cats : 52.31%


Squirrels : 13.85%

Total Votes: 65


May 2016
Arrival of Swifts
When did you see your first Swift in the UK this year?


Before 1st May : 28.57%


1st May to 7th May : 42.86%


8th May to 14th May : 14.29%


15th May to 21st May : 0.00%


22nd May to 28th May : 0.00%


After 29th May : 14.29%

Total Votes: 14


April 2016
Nest Material
Do you offer nest material for birds?


Yes : 75.00%


No : 25.00%

Total Votes: 12


March 2016
Long-tailed Tits
Do you have Long-tailed Tits visiting your garden?


Yes : 95.59%


No : 4.41%

Total Votes: 68


February 2016
Nest Box with Camera
Do you have or plan to have a nestbox with camera?


Have one already : 46.15%


Plan to have one : 15.38%


Don't want one : 38.46%

Total Votes: 13


January 2016
Pet or Caged Birds
Do you keep pet or caged birds?


Yes : 9.09%


No : 77.27%


Have done in the past : 13.64%

Total Votes: 22


December 2015
Wildlife-friendly Gardens
Have you made your garden wildlife-friendly?


Yes : 92.86%


No : 7.14%


Don't have a garden : 0.00%

Total Votes: 14


November 2015
Winter Visitors
Which is your most wanted winter visitor?


Redwing : 9.09%


Fieldfare : 36.36%


Brambling : 54.55%

Total Votes: 11


October 2015
Water for Birds
Do you provide water all year round?


Yes, all year : 95.74%


Yes, autumn and winter : 0.00%


Yes, spring and summer : 0.00%


No : 4.26%

Total Votes: 47


September 2015
House Sparrows
Have you more House Sparrows this year than last year?


Yes, more : 61.76%


No, about the same : 23.53%


No, fewer : 14.71%

Total Votes: 34


August 2015
Nests in your Garden
Have birds nested in your garden this year?


Yes and all were successful : 48.15%


Yes with mixed results : 18.52%


Yes but all failed : 7.41%


No : 25.93%


Don't know : 0.00%

Total Votes: 27


July 2015
Swallows, House Martins and Swifts
Do you have the same number of Swallows, House Martins or Swifts nesting on your property?


More : 5.56%


Fewer : 16.67%


Same : 33.33%


Never had them : 44.44%

Total Votes: 18


June 2015
Cuckoo
Have you seen or heard a Cuckoo this year?


Yes : 62.50%


No : 37.50%

Total Votes: 48


May 2015
Best Bird Song
Which of these birds has the best song?


Blackbird : 50.00%


Blackcap : 2.38%


Dunnock : 0.00%


Goldfinch : 7.14%


Mistle Thrush : 4.76%


Robin : 7.14%


Song Thrush : 19.05%


Wren : 9.52%

Total Votes: 42


April 2015
Greenfinch Population
Do you think the population is changing?


Yes, increasing : 34.62%


No, steady : 26.92%


Yes, decreasing : 38.46%

Total Votes: 26


March 2015
Seasonal or All Year Round Feeding
When do you feed the birds?


All year round : 85.11%


Winter only : 2.13%


All year except summer : 8.51%


Never : 4.26%

Total Votes: 47


February 2015
Nest Box Cameras
Have you a nest box with a camera?


Yes, more than one : 20.83%


Yes, just one : 16.67%


No, but want one : 29.17%


No, not ineterested : 33.33%

Total Votes: 24


January 2015
Mealworms - Dried or Live
Do you offer your garden birds mealworms?


Yes, live only : 5.33%


Yes, dried only : 72.00%


Yes, both dried and live : 6.67%


No, neither : 16.00%

Total Votes: 75


December 2014
Murmuration of Starlings
Have you ever watched a murmuration of Starlings returning to roost?


Yes : 71.43%


No : 28.57%

Total Votes: 21


November 2014
Favourite Garden Bird
Which of these birds is your favourite?


Blackbird : 34.62%


Goldfinch : 23.08%


Robin : 38.46%


Waxwing : 3.85%

Total Votes: 26


October 2014
First Winter Thrushes
When did you see or hear your first Redwings or Fieldfares?


1st Oct to 5th Oct : 0.00%


6th Oct to 12th Oct : 0.00%


13th Oct to 19th Oct : 50.00%


20th Oct to 26th Oct : 50.00%


27th Oct to 31st Oct : 0.00%

Total Votes: 2



September 2014
Sparrowhawks
Do you think Sparrowhawks are mainly responsible for decline in small birds?


Yes : 6.25%


No : 93.75%

Total Votes: 32


August 2014
Nests in Your Garden
Have birds nested in your garden this year?


Yes, in a bird box : 29.17%


Yes, on or on a building : 4.17%


Yes, in a tree or shrub : 37.50%


Yes, more than one of the above : 20.83%


No : 8.33%


Don't know : 0.00%

Total Votes: 24


July 2014
Pesticides
Do you use pesticides?


Yes and will continue to do so : 9.52%


Yes but will stop now : 4.76%


No but may in the future : 0.00%


No, never. : 85.71%

Total Votes: 21


June 2014
Breeding House Martins
Have House Martins Nested on Your House?


Yes, now and in the past : 55.17%


Yes, now but not in the past : 3.45%


Yes, in the past but not now : 17.24%


No, not so far : 24.14%

Total Votes: 29


May 2014
First Swifts
When did you see your first Swifts this year?


Before 20th April : 0.00%


20th to 26th April : 19.05%


27th April to 3rd May : 23.81%


4th to 10th May : 33.33%


11th to 17th May : 14.29%


After 17th May : 9.52%

Total Votes: 21


April 2014
Summer Visitors
Which summer visitor would you most like to see?


Cuckoo : 12.50%


Lesser Whitethroat : 4.17%


Nightingale : 20.83%


Spotted Flycatcher : 12.50%


Turtle Dove : 20.83%


Yellow Wagtail : 29.17%

Total Votes: 24


March 2014
Bird Food Budget
What is your average monthly spend on bird food?


under £5 : 8.11%


£5 to £10 : 24.32%


£10 to £20 : 18.92%


£20 to £30 : 16.22%


£30 to £40 : 13.51%


£40 to £50 : 2.70%


£50 to £60 : 2.70%


over £60 : 13.51%

Total Votes: 37


February 2014
Mealworms
Do you provide mealworms for the birds?


Yes - birds eat them : 67.39%


Yes - but birds ignore them : 8.70%


No - not offered : 23.91%

Total Votes: 46


January 2014
Bird Surveys
Do you take part in bird surveys?


Yes : 71.43%


No : 28.57%

Total Votes: 35


December 2013
Clean Bird Feeders
How often do you clean your bird feeders?


Daily : 0.00%


Weekly : 29.17%


Fortnightly : 8.33%


Monthly : 20.83%


When Messy : 33.33%


Never : 8.33%

Total Votes: 24


November 2013
Popular Bird Food
Which foods do you offer the most?


Peanuts : 2.78%


Kitchen Scraps : 0.00%


Black Sunflower Seeds : 8.33%


Sunflower Hearts : 36.11%


Niger/nyjer Seeds : 11.11%


Seed Mix with Cereal : 5.56%


Seed Mix without Cereal : 13.89%


Suet Cake or Treats : 13.89%


Fruit (e.g. apples, sultanas) : 0.00%


Live Foods (e.g. mealworms) : 8.33%

Total Votes: 36


October 2013
House Sparrows
How have House Sparrow numbers changed in your garden in the last decade?


More than before : 42.50%


About the same : 25.00%


Half the number : 15.00%


None now : 17.50%

Total Votes: 40


September 2013
Fracking (Shale Gas)
Are you for or against the use of fracking in the UK?


For : 31.03%


Against : 58.62%


Undecided : 10.34%

Total Votes: 29


August 2013
Redpolls and Siskins
Have you had Redpolls or Siskins in your garden this year?


No, neither : 33.33%


Yes, Redpolls only : 3.33%


Yes, Siskins only : 23.33%


Yes, both : 40.00%

Total Votes: 30


July 2013
Magpies
Are Magpies responsible for the decline in songbird numbers?


Yes : 68.42%


No : 31.58%

Total Votes: 38


June 2013
Cuckoos
Have you seen or heard a Cuckoo this year?


Yes : 73.77%


No : 26.23%

Total Votes: 61


May 2013
Swifts
When did you see your first Swift this year?


Before 14th April : 3.57%


14th to 20th April : 3.57%


21st to 27th April : 14.29%


28th April to 4th May : 10.71%


5th to 11th May : 25.00%


After 11th May : 42.86%

Total Votes: 28


April 2013
Best Bird Song
Which common garden bird has the best song?


Blackbird : 72.41%


Dunnock : 0.00%


Goldfinch : 1.72%


Robin : 10.34%


Song Thrush : 10.34%


Wren : 5.17%

Total Votes: 58


March 2013
Bird Food Budget
What is your average monthly spend on bird food?


under £5 : 5.33%


£5 to £10 : 28.00%


£10 to £20 : 30.67%


£20 to £30 : 14.67%


£30 to £40 : 10.67%


£40 to £50 : 4.00%


£50 to £60 : 1.33%


over £60 : 5.33%

Total Votes: 75


February 2013
Cat Control Measures
Should there be controls for cats?


Cats should be treated as vermin : 9.90%


Owners should keep their cats indoors : 12.87%


Owners should be held responsible for damage : 7.92%


Cats should wear collars and bells : 56.44%


No controls needed : 12.87%

Total Votes: 101


January 2013
Avian Pox
Have you noticed birds with avian pox?


Yes : 19.23%


No : 80.77%

Total Votes: 26


December 2012
Enchanting Birds
Which bird would you most like to see?


Barn Owl : 16.00%


Crested Tit : 8.00%


Hawfinch : 12.00%


Hoopoe : 12.00%


Kingfisher : 16.00%


Red Kite : 4.00%


Turtle Dove : 4.00%


Waxwing : 28.00%

Total Votes: 25


November 2012
Power Generation
Which power generation technology do you think is best?


Nuclear power : 31.03%


Clean-coal coal-fired : 6.90%


Wind turbines : 17.24%


Tidal barrage : 24.14%


Don't know : 20.69%

Total Votes: 29


October 2012
Badger Culling
Do you agree with culling of Badgers?


Yes, they must be culled : 15.69%


Yes, but only until a vaccine is available : 0.00%


No, wait until a vaccine is available : 41.18%


No, they should be left alone : 43.14%


Don't know : 0.00%

Total Votes: 51


September 2012
Pigeon Populations
Do you agree with controlling pigeon numbers by culling?


Yes : 64.86%


No : 32.43%


Don't know : 2.70%

Total Votes: 74


August 2012
Birds' Nests
Have birds nested in your garden this year?


Yes, in a nest box : 20.45%


Yes, elsewhere (e.g. hedge, roof) : 45.45%


Yes, in a nest box and elsewhere : 22.73%


No : 9.09%


Don't know : 2.27%

Total Votes: 44


July 2012
Swallows, Martins and Swifts
Do you have Swallows, House Martins or Swifts nesting on your property?


All three : 0.00%


Swallows and House Martins : 8.33%


Swallows and Swifts : 4.17%


House Martins and Swifts : 0.00%


Swallows only : 12.50%


House Martins only : 4.17%


Swifts only : 0.00%


None : 70.83%

Total Votes: 24


June 2012
Cuckoo
Have you seen or heard a Cuckoo this year?


Yes : 67.33%


No : 32.67%

Total Votes: 101


May 2012
First Swift
When did you see your first Swift?


Before 16th April : 6.45%


16th to 22nd April : 3.23%


23rd to 29th April : 16.13%


30th April to 6th May : 29.03%


7th May to 13th May : 24.19%


After 13th May : 20.97%

Total Votes: 62


April 2012
Early Nesters
Are either of these nesting in your garden?


Blackbird : 33.33%


Robin : 18.42%


Both : 31.58%


Neither : 16.67%

Total Votes: 114


March 2012
Changes in Bird Food Buying
Have you changed how much you are buying each month?


Buying more : 57.78%


Buying about the same : 38.89%


Buying less : 3.33%

Total Votes: 90


February 2012
Hedgerows Removed by Council
What do you think about Sheffield City Council removing hedgerows in a park?


Understandable, they need to save money : 0.00%


Unforgivable, there should be consequences : 100.00%

Total Votes: 73


January 2012
Winter Feeding Species
On average how many species visit your garden in the winter each week?


less than 5 : 7.69%


6 to 10 : 37.18%


11 to 15 : 35.90%


16 to 20 : 11.54%


21 to 25 : 2.56%


more than 25 : 5.13%

Total Votes: 78


December 2011
Nature Reserves
Ever been to a nature reserve?


Yes, several times a year : 46.43%


Yes, a few times over the years : 32.14%


No but planning to soon : 17.86%


No and not interested : 3.57%

Total Votes: 28


November 2011
Favourite Garden Bird
Which is your favourite garden bird?


Blackbird : 10.61%


Blue Tit : 13.64%


Goldfinch : 27.27%


Robin : 37.88%


Wren : 10.61%

Total Votes: 66


October 2011
Feeder Cleaning
Do you clean your feeders less now than in 2005?


Yes, less often : 4.55%


No, about the same : 40.91%


No, more often : 54.55%

Total Votes: 22


September 2011
Blackcaps
How many Blackcaps have you seen this year compared with the past?


More : 20.00%


Fewer : 13.33%


About the same : 46.67%


Don't know : 20.00%

Total Votes: 15


August 2011
All Year Round Feeding
When do you feed the birds?


All year round : 92.00%


All year except summer : 1.33%


Winter only : 6.67%


Never : 0.00%

Total Votes: 75


July 2011
Nests in your Garden
Have birds nested in your garden this year?


Yes and all were successful : 60.34%


Yes with mixed results : 22.41%


Yes but all failed : 1.72%


No : 13.79%


Don't know : 1.72%

Total Votes: 58


June 2011
Cuckoo
Have you seen or heard a Cuckoo this year?


Yes : 66.33%


No : 33.67%

Total Votes: 98


May 2011
First Swifts
When did you notice the first Swifts?


Before 1st May : 20.63%


1st to 7th May : 44.44%


8th to 14th May : 22.22%


15th to 21st May : 6.35%


After 21st May : 6.35%

Total Votes: 63


April 2011
Badger Cull
Do you agree with the culling of badgers?


Yes : 9.26%


No : 87.96%


Don't know : 2.78%

Total Votes: 108


March 2011
Bird Food Budget
How much do you spend on bird food each month?


under £5 : 8.64%


£5 to £9.99 : 23.46%


£10 to £19.99 : 27.16%


£20 to £29.99 : 11.11%


£30 to £39.99 : 11.11%


£40 to £49.99 : 3.70%


over £50 : 14.81%

Total Votes: 81


February 2011
Nest Boxes in Your Garden
Do you have nest boxes in your garden?


Yes, several : 63.49%


Yes, one : 25.40%


No, but getting one : 9.52%


No, don't want any : 1.59%

Total Votes: 63


January 2011
Popular Bird Foods
Which popular food do you find most successfully attracts birds?


High-energy Blend : 9.02%


Kitchen Scraps : 0.75%


Live Foods : 1.50%


Mixed Seed : 28.57%


Peanuts : 7.52%


Sunflower Hearts : 25.56%


Sunflower Seeds : 6.02%


Suet Cake or Treats : 21.05%

Total Votes: 133


December 2010
Wildlife Garden
Do you have a garden with plants to attract wildlife?


Yes : 94.67%


No : 5.33%

Total Votes: 75


October 2010
Small Garden Birds
Which is most to blame for the decline in small garden birds?


Domestic Cat : 55.75%


Grey Squirrel : 6.19%


Magpie : 19.47%


Sparrowhawk : 7.08%


None of these : 11.50%

Total Votes: 113


September 2010
Sick Greenfinches
Have you seen sick Greenfinches in your garden?


Yes : 20.00%


No : 66.67%


Possibly : 13.33%

Total Votes: 30


August 2010
Breeding Season
How many young birds have you seen this year?


More than last year : 64.91%


About same as last year : 15.79%


Fewer than last year : 19.30%

Total Votes: 57


July 2010
Cuckoo
Have you seen or heard a Cuckoo this year?


Yes, more than last year : 44.07%


Yes, about same as last year : 13.56%


Yes, but fewer than last year : 8.47%


No : 33.90%

Total Votes: 59


June 2010
Cat Controls
Cat Control Measures


Cats should be treated as vermin : 19.74%


Cat owners should be held responsible : 14.59%


Cats should wear collars and bells : 50.21%


No controls needed : 15.45%

Total Votes: 233


May 2010
Game Keeping
Do you agree with game keeping?


Yes : 68.09%


No : 25.53%


Not sure : 6.38%

Total Votes: 47


April 2010
Sparrowhawks
Are Sparrowhawks responsible for the decline in song birds?


Yes : 19.70%


No : 78.79%


Don't know : 1.52%

Total Votes: 66


March 2010
Maltese Hunting
What should happen to Malta over illegal hunting?


Continue lobbying : 22.78%


Eject from the EU : 77.22%

Total Votes: 79


February 2010
Nest Boxes
Do you have nest boxes in your garden?


Yes : 88.30%


No but getting one : 6.38%


No, don't want any : 5.32%

Total Votes: 94


January 2010
Magpies
Are Magpies responsible for the decline in songbird numbers?


Yes : 65.00%


No : 25.00%


Don't know : 10.00%

Total Votes: 160


December 2009
Wildlife Favourite
What interests you the most?


Amphibians : 1.64%


Bees and wasps : 1.64%


Birds : 77.05%


Butterflies : 1.64%


Cetaceans : 3.28%


Dragonflies : 3.28%


Fungi : 3.28%


Lichens : 0.00%


Mammals : 6.56%


Mosses : 0.00%


Moths : 0.00%


Reptiles : 0.00%


Spiders : 0.00%


Wild flowers : 1.64%

Total Votes: 61


November 2009
Feeder Hygeine
How often do you clean your bird feeders?


Daily : 8.70%


Weekly : 30.43%


Fortnightly : 6.52%


Monthly : 21.74%


When Messy : 30.43%


Never : 2.17%

Total Votes: 46


October 2009
Reintroduction Programmes
Do you agree with species reintroduction programmes?


Yes : 84.31%


No : 15.69%

Total Votes: 51


September 2009
Favourite Garden Bird
What is your favourite garden bird?


Blackbird : 19.05%


Blue Tit : 7.14%


Coal Tit : 2.38%


Dunnock : 0.00%


Goldfinch : 25.00%


Great Tit : 1.19%


House Sparrow : 2.38%


Long-tailed Tit : 8.33%


Robin : 21.43%


Song Thrush : 2.38%


Starling : 3.57%


Wren : 7.14%

Total Votes: 84


August 2009
All Year Round Feeding
When do you feed the birds?


All year round : 94.81%


Winter only : 5.19%


Other times : 0.00%


Never : 0.00%

Total Votes: 77


July 2009
£10million for waterways
Is this too little too late or a waste of money?


Too little, too late. : 93.10%


Better things to spend it on. : 6.90%

Total Votes: 29


June 2009
Cuckoo
Have you seen or heard a Cuckoo this year?


Yes : 68.22%


No : 31.78%

Total Votes: 129


May 2009
First Swifts
When did you notice the first Swifts?


Before 1st May : 37.70%


1st to 7th May : 32.79%


8th to 14th May : 19.67%


15th to 21st May : 6.56%


After 21st May : 3.28%

Total Votes: 61


April 2009
Wind Farms
Do you support having wind farms?


Yes : 61.29%


No : 38.71%

Total Votes: 62


March 2009
Bird Food Budget
How much do you spend on bird food each month?


under £5 : 4.21%


£5 to £9.99 : 25.26%


£10 to £19.99 : 32.63%


£20 to £29.99 : 24.21%


£30 to £39.99 : 4.21%


over £40 : 9.47%

Total Votes: 95


February 2009
Nest Boxes
Do you have nest boxes in your garden?


Yes, several. : 62.50%


Yes, just one. : 22.06%


No, but getting one or more. : 13.24%


No, don't want any. : 2.21%

Total Votes: 136


January 2009
Popular Bird Foods
Which popular food do you find most successfully attracts birds?


High-energy Blends : 12.88%


Kitchen Scraps : 6.82%


Live Foods : 1.52%


Mixed Seed : 15.91%


Peanuts : 9.09%


Sunflower Hearts : 25.00%


Sunflower Seeds : 5.30%


Suet Cake or Treats : 23.48%

Total Votes: 132


December 2008
Estuaries
Have you ever visited an estuary or wetland reserve?


Yes : 68.75%


No : 31.25%

Total Votes: 32


November 2008
Starlings
Do you have more or less Starlings than 3 years ago?


More : 29.27%


Less : 39.02%


Same : 31.71%

Total Votes: 82


October 2008
Green Taxes
Would you willingly pay green taxes?


Yes : 41.67%


No : 58.33%

Total Votes: 24


September 2008
Bird Nests
Have birds nested in your garden this year?


Yes - in nest box : 8.57%


Yes - elsewhere, e.g. in hedge, roof, etc. : 34.29%


Yes - in nest box and elsewhere : 22.86%


No : 28.57%


Don't know : 5.71%

Total Votes: 35


August 2008
Bird of Prey Persecution
Is more policing needed?


Yes, more policing is needed. : 96.08%


No, policing is satisfactory. : 3.92%

Total Votes: 51


July 2008
Swallows, Martins and Swifts
Do you have Swallows, House Martins or Swifts nesting on your house or outbuildings?


All three : 3.75%


Swallows and House Martins : 1.25%


Swallows and Swifts : 3.75%


House Martins and Swifts : 2.50%


Swallows only : 16.25%


House Martins only : 15.00%


Swifts only : 5.00%


None : 52.50%

Total Votes: 80


June 2008
Wild Bird Imports
Should the ban on wild bird imports be lifted?


Yes : 8.04%


No : 91.96%

Total Votes: 112


May 2008
First Swifts
When did you notice the first Swifts?


Before 1st May : 25.53%


1st May - 7th May : 52.13%


8th May - 14th May : 8.51%


15th May - 21st May : 10.64%


After 21st May : 3.19%

Total Votes: 94


April 2008
Night Robins
Do your Robins sing through the night?


Most nights each week : 44.44%


Two or three nights a week : 31.31%


Never : 24.24%

Total Votes: 99


March 2008
Grey Squirrel Cull
Should we cull the Grey Squirrel to protect the Red Squirrel?


Yes : 84.71%


No : 12.94%


Don't know : 2.35%

Total Votes: 170


February 2008
Bird Food Budget
How much do you spend on bird food each month?


under £5 : 14.73%


£5 - £9.99 : 29.46%


£10 - £19.99 : 31.01%


£20 - £29.99 : 13.95%


£30 - £39.99 : 3.10%


over £40 : 7.75%

Total Votes: 129


January 2008
Nest Box Cleaning
Do you clean your nest box(es)?


Yes - in October : 30.00%


Yes - in November : 12.50%


Yes - in December : 17.50%


Yes - in January : 22.50%


No : 17.50%

Total Votes: 40


December 2007
Bird Organisations
Are you a member of the RSPB and BTO?


BTO : 0.00%


RSPB : 41.18%


Both : 20.59%


Neither : 38.24%

Total Votes: 34


November 2007
Badger Cull
Do you agree with the culling of badgers?


Yes : 16.83%


No : 80.20%


Don't know : 2.97%

Total Votes: 101


October 2007
Government Environmental Performance
Are you satisfied with the Government's environmental performance?


Yes : 3.41%


No : 96.59%

Total Votes: 88


September 2007
Sparrowhawks
Are Sparrowhawks to blame for decline in song birds?


Yes : 22.73%


No : 77.27%

Total Votes: 66


August 2007
Wildlife Welfare
Are you satisfied with wildlife welfare organisations?


Satisfied with national ones : 8.00%


Satisfied with local ones : 12.00%


Satisfied with both : 8.00%


Dissatisfied with national ones : 24.00%


Dissatisfied with local ones : 8.00%


Dissatisfied with both : 40.00%

Total Votes: 25


July 2007
Nests in your Garden
Have birds nested in your garden this year?


Yes and all were successful : 54.76%


Yes with mixed results : 26.98%


Yes but all failed : 5.16%


No : 9.52%


Don't know : 3.57%

Total Votes: 252


May 2007
Garden Tax
Is a garden tax a good idea?


Yes : 1.31%


No : 98.69%

Total Votes: 383


April 2007
Commonest Finch
Which finch is most common in your garden?


Bulfinch: 1.02%


Chaffinch: 37.76%


Goldfinch: 25.00%


Greenfinch: 33.16%


Linnet: 1.02%


Redpoll: 0.00%


Siskin: 2.04%

Total Votes: 196


March 2007
Illegal Hunting & Trapping
Should Malta be made to stop?


Yes.: 94.74%


No.: 5.26%

Total Votes: 76


February 2007
Roosting Pockets
Do you have them and are they used?


Yes. Used regularly.: 18.92%


Yes. Used sometimes.: 10.81%


Yes. Never used.: 43.24%


No.: 27.03%

Total Votes: 37


January 2007
Conservation or Profits
Does wildlife come second place to profits?


Yes: 80.39%


No: 19.61%

Total Votes: 51


December 2006
Nuisance Birds
Which bird do you regard a pest?


Black-headed Gulls : 5.75%


Carrion Crow : 4.60%


Collared Dove : 3.45%


Feral Pigeon : 19.54%


Herring Gulls : 8.05%


House Sparrow : 0.00%


Jackdaw : 2.30%


Magpie : 21.84%


Sparrowhawk : 4.60%


Starling : 13.79%


Woodpigeon : 16.09%

Total Votes: 87


November 2006
Ban Fireworks
Should fireworks be banned?


Yes, completely. : 16.16%


Yes except at licensed events. : 58.59%


Yes except on Bonfire Night. : 11.11%


No : 14.14%

Total Votes: 99


October 2006
Feeder Hygiene
How often do you clean your feeders?


Daily : 2.22%


Weekly : 24.44%


Fortnightly : 24.44%


Monthly : 11.11%


When Messy : 28.89%


Never : 8.89%

Total Votes: 45


September 2006
Saving Water
Do you try to save water?


More than before : 58.14%


About the same : 23.26%


Less than before : 4.65%


Not at all : 13.95%

Total Votes: 43


August 2006
Your Favourite Finch
Which is your favourite finch?


Bullfinch : 15.85%


Chaffinch : 15.85%


Goldfinch : 53.66%


Greenfinch : 9.76%


Linnet : 1.22%


Redpoll : 0.00%


Siskin : 3.66%

Total Votes: 82


July 2006
Wind, Tidal or Nuclear Power
Which option would you choose?


Wind and tidal power : 40.62%


Nuclear power : 46.88%


Neither : 12.50%

Total Votes: 64


June 2006
Birds and Trees
Do you agree with the anti-tree faction?


Yes, get rid of trees: 0.65%


No, save our trees: 99.35%

Total Votes: 155


May 2006
Best Bird Song
Which garden bird has the best song?


Blackbird : 51.76%


Blackcap : 2.35%


Goldfinch : 6.47%


Robin : 21.76%


Song Thrush : 17.65%

Total Votes: 170


March 2006
Wild Bird Trade Ban
Should Wild Bird Trade Be Banned?

Yes: 98.57%

No: 1.43%
Total Votes: 70

February 2006
Grey Squirrel Cull
Should Grey Squirrels be culled?

Yes: 66.53%

No: 33.47%
Total Votes: 242
by MPR

January 2006
Bird Food Budget
How much do you spend per month feeding the birds?


less than £5.00: 12.50%

£5.00 - £9.99: 38.19%

£10.00 - £14.99: 13.89%

£15.00 - £19.99: 10.42%

£20.00 - £24.99: 10.42%

£25.00 - £29.99: 6.94%

more than £30: 7.64%
Total Votes: 144
by MPR


December 2005
Bird Food Budget
How much do you spend per month feeding the birds?

less than £5.00: 12.50%

£5.00 - £9.99: 38.19%

£10.00 - £14.99: 13.89%

£15.00 - £19.99: 10.42%

£20.00 - £24.99: 10.42%

£25.00 - £29.99: 6.94%

more than £30: 7.64%
Total Votes: 144
by MPR

November 2005
Bird Flu
How worried are you about bird flu?

Very worried: 19.57%

Somewhat worried: 19.57%

Not at all worried: 60.87%
Total Votes: 46
by MPR

November 2005
Cats and Birds
Do you have a cat and feed the birds?

Yes, wears a bell but still kills: 6.38%

Yes, wears a bell and doesn't kill: 21.28%

Yes, no bell and kills: 10.64%

Yes, no bell but doesn't kill: 34.04%

No: 27.66%
Total Votes: 94
by MPR

October 2005
Birds Eggs
Did you know it's illegal to keep eggs found in a nest box?

Yes: 72.97%

No: 27.03%
Total Votes: 37
by MPR

September 2005
Bird Nests
Have birds nested in your garden this year?

Yes - in nest box: 19.15%

Yes - elsewhere, e.g. hedge, roof: 27.66%

Yes - in nest box and elsewhere: 44.68%

No: 8.51%
Total Votes: 47
by MPR

August 2005
Bird Garden
Do you have a garden with plants to attract birds?

Yes: 92.59%

No: 7.41%
Total Votes: 27
by MPR

July 2005
Garden Ponds
Do you have a garden pond?

Yes, a wildlife pond: 38.98%

Yes, a fish pond: 23.73%

Yes, an ornamental pond: 6.78%

No: 30.51%
Total Votes: 59
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by MPR

June 2005
Magpies
Are Magpies responsible for the decline in songbird numbers?

Yes: 48.42%

No: 45.26%

Don't Know: 6.32%
Total Votes: 95
by MPR

May 2005
Environmental Protection
Should the next Government do more to protect the environment?

Yes: 98.57%

No: 0.00%

Same: 1.43%
Total Votes: 70
by MPR

April 2005
Popular Kitchen Scraps
Which kitchen scraps do you find attract the most birds?

Breakfast Cereals: 7.69%

Dried Fruit: 4.62%

Fresh Fruit: 9.23%

Rice & Pasta: 4.62%

Bread: 35.38%

Fats: 26.15%

Meat: 1.54%

Cake: 3.08%

Cheese: 7.69%
Total Votes: 65
by MPR

March 2005
Popular Bird Food
Which popular food do you find most successfully attracts birds?

Peanuts: 16.80%

Sunflower Seeds: 7.20%

Sunflower Hearts: 29.60%

Niger: 2.40%

Suet Cake: 12.00%

Mixed Seed: 27.20%

Peanut Nibs: 0.80%

Mealworms : 4.00%
Total Votes: 125
by MPR

February 2005
Wildlife Harmony
Do we live in harmony with our wildlife or are our wants and needs always at their cost?

Yes: 29.27%

No: 70.73%
Total Votes: 41
by MPR

January 2005
Birds in my Garden
How did the birds in 2004 compare with the average for your garden?

More birds: 62.75%

About the same: 15.69%

Fewer birds: 21.57%
Total Votes: 51
by MPR

December 2004
Endangered Birds
Did you know some birds are endangered?

Yes, but more than expected: 64.58%

Yes, number as expected: 20.83%

Yes, less than expected: 6.25%

No, and I'm shocked: 4.17%

No, but I'm not surprised: 4.17%
Total Votes: 48
by MPR

November 2004
Starlings
Do you have more or less Starlings?

More: 37.14%

Less: 40.95%

Same: 21.90%
Total Votes: 105
by MPR

October 2004
Feeding Garden Birds
Do you feed the birds in your garden?

Yes: 100.00%

No: 0.00%
Total Votes: 50
by MPR

September 2004
Garden Bird Nests
Have birds nested in your garden?

Yes: 86.96%

No: 4.35%

Not sure: 8.70%
Total Votes: 46
by MPR

August 2004
Peat Use in Gardens
Do you use peat?

Yes: 10.00%

No: 80.00%

Not sure: 10.00%
Total Votes: 20
by MPR

July 2004
Field Trips for School Children
Should there be more lessons outside the classroom?

Yes: 96.97%

No: 3.03%

Not sure: 0.00%
Total Votes: 33
by MPR

June 2004
Climate Change
Is climate change affecting breeding birds?

Yes: 82.86%

No: 2.86%

Not sure: 14.29%
Total Votes: 35
by MPR

May 2004
First Swifts
When did you see your first Swift over your home or garden this year?

Before 1st May: 44.29%

1st to 7th May: 28.57%

8th to 15th May: 15.71%

16th to 22nd May: 7.14%

23rd to 29th May: 2.86%

After 29th May: 1.43%
Total Votes: 70
by MPR

April 2004
Early Nesters
Are Blackbirds or Robins nesting in your garden?

Blackbird: 40.18%

Robin: 15.18%

Both: 40.18%

Neither: 4.46%
Total Votes: 112
by MPR

March 2004
House Sparrows
Have you more or less House Sparrows this winter?

More: 44.44%

Less: 28.10%

Same: 27.45%
Total Votes: 153
by MPR

February 2004
BTO/CJ Garden BirdWatch
Do you take part in the BTO/CJ Garden BirdWatch?

Yes: 54.55%

No: 13.64%

Considering it: 31.82%
Total Votes: 22
by MPR

January 2004
Leucistic Blackbirds
Do you have leucistic blackbirds?

Yes - Leucisitic: 65.96%

Yes - Albino: 6.38%

No: 27.66%
Total Votes: 47
by MPR

December 2003
Grey Squirrels
Do you have grey squirrels?

Yes and they are a nuisance: 32.47%

Yes but I don't mind them: 40.26%

No but I would like them: 14.29%

No and I am glad: 12.99%

Don't know: 0.00%
Total Votes: 77
by MPR

November 2003
Bird Crime
Are the penalties for bird crimes harsh enough?

Yes: 5.56%

No: 94.44%
Total Votes: 18
by MPR

October 2003
Nests
Did birds nest in your garden this year?
Yes: 84.21%

No: 13.16%

Don't know: 2.63%
Total Votes: 38
by MPR

September 2003
Wind Farms
Should wind farms be built in conservation areas?
Yes: 31.25%

No: 59.38%

Don't know: 9.38%
Total Votes: 32
by MPR

August 2003
Cats
Do you think Cats should be managed?
Yes: 79.37%

No: 15.87%

Don't know: 4.76%
Total Votes: 63
by MPR

July 2003
Magpies
Do you think that Magpies should be culled?

Yes: 43.00%

No: 53.00%

Don't know: 4.00%
Total Votes: 100
by MPR

June 2003
Martins, Swallows and Swifts
Do you have House Martins or Swifts nesting on your house or outbuildings?

Both: 6.67%

House Martins only: 46.67%

Swifts only: 15.56%

Neither: 31.11%
Total Votes: 45
by MPR

May 2003
Swift Arrival
When did your first Swifts arrive?

Before 27 April: 21.05%

27 April - 3 May: 15.79%

4 May - 10 May: 36.84%

11 May - 17 May: 10.53%

18 May - 24 May: 5.26%

25 May - 1 June: 3.51%

Don't have any: 7.02%
Total Votes: 57
by MPR

April 2003
Ruddy Duck
Do you agree with Ruddy Duck cull?

Yes: 13.33%

No: 80.00%

Don't know: 6.67%
Total Votes: 60
by MPR

March 2003
Nestboxes
Do you have nest boxes in your garden?

Yes: 80.80%

No: 8.00%

Considering: 9.60%

Never: 1.60%
Total Votes: 125
by MPR

February 2003
Common Birds
Do you have House Sparrows only, Starlings only, both, or neither visiting your garden?

House Sparrows only: 8.27%

Starlings only: 7.09%

Both: 78.35%

Neither: 6.30%
Total Votes: 254
by MPR

January 2003
Bird Feeding
When do you feed the birds?
Summer: 0.71%

Autumn: 1.42%

Winter: 17.73%

Spring: 2.13%

All Year: 75.89%

Never: 2.13%
Total Votes: 141
by MPR

December 2002
Favourite Garden Bird
What is your favourite bird?

Blue Tit: 15.79%

Coal Tit: 18.42%

Goldfinch: 13.16%

Long-tailed Tit: 10.53%

Robin: 28.95%

Song Thrush: 7.89%

Wren: 5.26%
Total Votes: 38
by MPR

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