Regulars, past participants, newcomers to the area, and newcomers to birding, all are welcome to participate in this long-standing annual winter bird census. They will be partnered with more experienced local birders. More eyes result in more birds seen!  Be prepared for a long day and possibly cold weather.

The count is an all-day affair, starting at daylight, or preferably earlier if you wish to add owls to the day’s list, and finishing in time to make the compilation. The compilation of species seen will be made at the Ashburnham Ale House in the East City on Hunter Street at 5:00 pm.  There is no longer a fee for entry, but allow for the cost of a meal of your choice at the compilation.

The count area consists of a circle of 15 mile (24km) diameter which is divided into 10 separate sections to which groups will be allocated. Group leaders may wish to sub-divide their areas to get better coverage.

Prospective participants should let me know as soon as possible if they are available for this count.  There is always a lot to be done in organizing the groups so please do not leave your reply until the last moment unless absolutely necessary.

If previous participants wish to have certain areas, and join with certain other participants please note this in your replies.  Our average number of participants for the last 10 counts has been over 30 people.


Tony Bigg – Co-ordinator,


Snow Buntings are found on the Count every year

Snow Buntings are found on the Count every year

Drew Monkman

I am a retired teacher, naturalist and writer with a love for all aspects of the natural world, especially as they relate to seasonal change.