MWT Garden Bird Survey

MWT Garden Bird Survey

Robin on the floor © Tom Hibbert

20 + years surveyed
100 bird species recorded
45 surveys annually; more needed - can you help?

Top five birds recorded

About the survey

The Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust Garden Bird Survey has been running in the same format for over 20 years, providing an important insight into garden bird presence across the county, as well as relative frequency of each species seen. The survey is not a definitive scientific study, but it gives us a good indication of the state of Montgomeryshire's garden birds.

Each person taking part in the survey records the species they see weekly, within 500m from a set point (normally their garden). The species are scored '1' for a single bird, '2' for more than one bird and '3' for more than 10 birds. Using this scoring mechanism enables ranking to be produced by species and by the relative frequency with which those species are seen. The survey is split into two parts, one for summer (mid April-end Sept) and the other for winter, spanning two calendar years (i.e.  Oct - mid April the following year).

The MWT Garden Bird Survey is a really useful tool in helping monitor the county's birds, but numbers of people taking part in the survey are declining. To take part, simply download the relevant form(s) below and follow the instructions.

Thank you for your help!