The results of the Garden Bird Feeding Survey (GBFS) 2016-17 are now available! Mild weather conditions meant a quiet winter on the feeders, until a cold snap in late January, early February saw more birds flocking into gardens, including high numbers of Goldcrest. In total 236,126 birds were seen using garden food sources, by the 241 garden birdwatchers taking part. Our unofficial national bird the Robin pipped the Blue Tits and Blackbirds to the post as the most recorded species, being seen in 100% of gardens. A suburban garden in Newcastle-upon-Tyne was the most species rich, with 40 species recorded over the winter.
GBFS is the smaller, sister survey to Garden BirdWatch, running since 1970. It specifically charts the use of food supplements by birds in gardens during the winter period.