Nest Record Scheme annual totals

Whitethroat nest with chicks. Only c.100 Whitethroat nest records are

submitted to NRS each year. Therefore it is a priority species

for monitoring. Photo Elspeth Rowe

The tables below show the number of records per species submitted to the Nest Record Scheme (NRS) in 2015 and 2016, and in total ever since the survey started (1939-2016), as of 31 Aug 2017.

Species marked with an asterisk (*) are those for which records submitted are analysed every year for the BirdTrends report.

Species marked in bold are priorities for monitoring. These are common species that are under-recorded for NRS. For more details on monitoring priority species, please see here.

The species in italics are specially protected under Schedule 1 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act, which means that their nests cannot be approached in the breeding season without first obtaining a permit. Please see here for further guidance on monitoring Schedule 1 species.

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Species

2015

2016

All

Mute Swan* 195 195 8,169
Whooper Swan 1 1 31
Greylag Goose* 63 40 1,485
Snow Goose 0 0 8
Canada Goose* 133 83 5,883
Barnacle Goose 2 1 84
Egyptian Goose 12 10 247
Ruddy Shelduck 0 1 6
Shelduck 8 9 433
Mandarin Duck 50 53 1,064
Wigeon 2 0 190
Gadwall 14 13 339
Teal 2 1 251
Mallard* 124 105 10,867
Pintail 0 0 23
Garganey 0 1 12
Shoveler 3 7 258
Red-crested Pochard 0 0 39
Pochard 3 1 324
Tufted Duck* 21 28 1,606
Scaup 0 0 1
Eider 562 527 13,274
Common Scoter 10 8 73
Goldeneye 20 13 427
Red-breasted Merganser 1 3 303
Goosander 11 17 503
Ruddy Duck 0 0 185
Quail 0 0 16
Red-legged Partridge 2 1 526
Red Grouse 19 8 927
Ptarmigan 5 2 143
Black Grouse 0 1 90
Capercaillie 0 0 94
Grey Partridge 5 7 899
Pheasant 43 19 2,583
Lady Amherst's Pheasant 0 0 1
Golden Pheasant 0 0 6
Red-throated Diver* 29 14 2,605
Black-throated Diver 2 3 270
Fulmar 46 40 8,179
Manx Shearwater 121 154 1,091
Storm Petrel 0 2 94
Leach's Petrel 1 0 76
Gannet 0 0 33
Cormorant 105 160 3,177
Shag 388 339 18,332
Bittern 0 1 42
Night-heron 0 0 3
Little Egret 14 8 339
Grey Heron* 187 184 9,711
Spoonbill 0 0 2
Little Grebe* 43 41 3,108
Great Crested Grebe* 122 80 5,237
Red-necked Grebe 0 0 1
Slavonian Grebe 1 2 230
Black-necked Grebe 0 0 32
Honey-buzzard 12 9 255
Red Kite 326 332 3,561
White-tailed Eagle 12 14 60
Marsh Harrier 49 49 388
Hen Harrier* 20 23 2,157
Pallid Harrier 0 0 1
Montagu's Harrier 0 0 48
Goshawk 167 214 2,457
Sparrowhawk* 65 37 6,208
Buzzard* 253 257 9,264
Golden Eagle 29 18 827
Osprey 29 49 283
Water Rail 3 11 140
Corncrake 0 3 36
Moorhen* 360 252 27,117
Coot* 605 433 26,645
Crane 0 0 2
Stone-curlew 41 40 519
Black-winged Stilt 1 0 5
Avocet 61 83 1,366
Oystercatcher* 494 484 21,753
Golden Plover* 12 20 1,032
Dotterel 24 11 312
Ringed Plover* 217 245 12,543
Little Ringed Plover 94 76 3,325
Lapwing* 359 329 30,350
Kentish Plover 0 0 19
Whimbrel 0 0 154
Curlew* 50 56 3,422
Black-tailed Godwit 3 3 49
Ruff 0 0 4
Temminck's Stint 0 0 1
Dunlin 1 4 591
Purple Sandpiper 0 1 5
Red-necked Phalarope 1 0 166
Common Sandpiper* 44 24 1,941
Green Sandpiper 0 0 1
Greenshank 10 4 247
Wood Sandpiper 1 1 12
Redshank* 36 54 3,736
Woodcock 10 10 727
Snipe* 15 13 1,928
Arctic Skua 5 1 394
Great Skua 5 3 506
Puffin 0 0 1,236
Black Guillemot 42 35 2,059
Razorbill 24 76 2,008
Guillemot 22 5 1,982
Little Tern 188 524 8,329
Sandwich Tern 0 3 1,817
Lesser Crested Tern 0 0 5
Common Tern 208 133 9,678
Roseate Tern 108 0 1,940
Arctic Tern 1,298 1,753 20,142
Kittiwake 842 744 23,537
Black-headed Gull 537 951 12,749
Little Gull 0 0 3
Mediterranean Gull 6 1 102
Common Gull 153 156 6,969
Lesser Black-backed Gull 113 51 5,003

Species

2015

2016

All

Herring Gull 281 354 8,727
Great Black-backed Gull 36 23 3,665
Rock Dove 40 26 1,233
Feral Pigeon 14 8 2,562
Stock Dove* 1,281 1,214 21,379
Woodpigeon* 1,085 512 37,880
Collared Dove* 137 107 7,153
Turtle Dove* 3 3 2,184
Cuckoo 32 30 2,472
Barn Owl* 1,807 2,403 30,670
Snowy Owl 0 0 2
Little Owl* 194 191 4,094
Tawny Owl* 409 510 16,506
Long-eared Owl 37 4 978
Short-eared Owl 28 1 489
Nightjar* 67 68 2,717
Swift 189 115 4,042
Hoopoe 0 0 1
Kingfisher 33 39 1,013
Wryneck 0 0 23
Green Woodpecker 9 5 616
G.S Woodpecker* 110 59 3,607
L.S Woodpecker 11 1 304
Kestrel* 505 577 13,307
Merlin* 128 124 4,684
Hobby* 85 106 1,796
Peregrine* 193 275 4,917
Ring-necked Parakeet 8 14 181
Golden Oriole 0 0 42
Red-backed Shrike 0 1 259
Chough 16 14 1,189
Magpie* 88 57 9,015
Jay* 12 13 1,769
Jackdaw* 526 508 13,691
Rook* 333 443 16,920
Carrion Crow* 100 114 9,364
Hooded Crow 13 3 1,329
Raven* 154 135 6,011
Goldcrest 24 22 1,068
Firecrest 4 3 24
Blue Tit* 7,650 6,965 180,186
Great Tit* 5,397 4,293 126,487
Crested Tit 8 7 493
Coal Tit* 102 102 6,771
Willow Tit* 53 46 854
Marsh Tit* 31 33 2,158
Bearded Tit 9 5 443
Woodlark* 137 143 2,888
Skylark* 113 49 9,358
Sand Martin* 876 900 10,620
Swallow* 3,156 2,488 95,217
House Martin 380 268 12,834
Cetti's Warbler 10 4 69
Long-tailed Tit* 323 241 9,235
Wood Warbler* 130 77 3,622
Chiffchaff* 232 221 5,898
Willow Warbler* 277 191 16,025
Blackcap* 198 137 5,694
Garden Warbler* 56 41 2,811
Lesser Whitethroat 3 8 1,088
Whitethroat* 67 92 7,919
Dartford Warbler 15 24 692
Grasshopper Warbler 9 15 556
Savi's Warbler 0 0 4
Sedge Warbler* 32 42 5,559
Marsh Warbler 0 0 170
Reed Warbler* 769 773 25,147
Nuthatch* 362 275 6,833
Treecreeper* 72 50 3,302
Short-toed Treecreeper 0 0 1
Wren* 406 390 19,865
Starling* 319 280 20,413
Dipper* 447 468 14,749
Ring Ouzel* 42 52 2,224
Blackbird* 1,727 1,389 151,282
Fieldfare 0 0 7
Song Thrush* 768 701 82,241
Redwing 0 1 130
Mistle Thrush* 92 71 9,099
Spotted Flycatcher* 147 145 13,409
Robin* 635 571 27,740
Nightingale 5 7 565
Bluethroat 0 0 1
Pied Flycatcher* 1,596 1,672 56,284
Black Redstart 1 2 199
Redstart* 282 304 9,171
Whinchat* 125 96 3,362
Stonechat* 323 361 6,286
Wheatear* 79 35 4,605
Dunnock* 423 367 35,345
House Sparrow* 512 444 19,186
Tree Sparrow* 2,916 2,522 48,365
Yellow Wagtail* 6 9 1,202
Grey Wagtail* 187 157 7,801
Pied Wagtail* 252 207 12,884
Tree Pipit* 64 70 2,546
Meadow Pipit* 408 299 12,328
Rock Pipit 23 14 1,057
Brambling 0 0 2
Chaffinch* 321 240 27,624
Hawfinch 0 0 266
Common Rosefinch 0 0 1
Bullfinch* 66 50 6,951
Greenfinch* 50 45 16,230
Linnet* 327 354 32,044
Twite 2 0 1,257
Lesser Redpoll 5 11 1,480
Common Crossbill 12 4 243
Goldfinch* 131 126 4,753
Serin 0 0 1
Siskin 3 7 141
Snow Bunting 3 0 205
Corn Bunting* 2 5 1,391
Cirl Bunting 20 27 734
Yellowhammer* 86 82 9,201
Reed Bunting* 111 130 9,328
OVERALL TOTAL 49,354 46,270 1,815,405

The 2016 species totals above do not include records have been submitted for the purpose of Schedule 1 reporting and lack counts of live eggs or chicks (e.g. a report of an empty box). When those are included, the 2016 nest record total comes to 47,905 (as of 31 Aug 2017).