Yesterday, the first set of results for A Focus on Nature’s University Birdwatch Challenge were released and was first time we were properly able to compare our results with the other universities.
Number of Species (from highest to lowest)
5-Penryn Campus (University of Exeter and Falmouth University)
9-Blackpool and Fylde College
Total Records (from highest to lowest)
6- Penryn Campus (University of Exeter and Falmouth University)
7-Blackpool and Fylde College
Three people were also given a special mention, including myself, for each submitting over 1,000 records to BirdTrack!
So far then it seems we are in 6th place overall for total number of species, yet 3rd place for total number of records submitted to BirdTrack, which was a nice surprise. Nice to know that my daily BirdTrack-ing has paid off, though of course, my team helped a lot too!
I’m also pretty pleased about coming 6th for total number of species, as I think for a University whose campuses and halls of residences are mostly in a large city, is pretty impressive. It seems most of the other city universities had lower species counts too. We’ve had some interesting species for a city as well, including Firecrests, Red Kites and Red-Legged Partridges. Admittedly, the Partridges were seen in Chilworth, on the edge of the city where the University science park and conservation area is. The Red Kites were a fantastic sighting for south Hampshire, as they are still pretty uncommon around here!
With about a month to go until the final results are in, we have one final attempt to maintain or even improve our rankings!