Abingdon Naturalists’ Society (ANS) aims to foster the study and appreciation of natural history among people living in Abingdon and district.
With changes in climate and land development it is important that we understand how these changes may influence our local flora and fauna. To this end ANS started a survey of the birds and other animals found in Abingdon and adjacent areas. 
Those interested in contributing to this important study were asked to complete a survey form to let us know. details of birds and other vertebrates plus some insects, seen in or near to their garden or place of residence .

We invited all members of ANS to contribute to this survey whether or not they have a garden.

  • Those with NO GARDEN, were asked to note any birds and animals in their area for a distance of approximately 50metres around their property.*
  • GARDEN owners were asked to record the birds, animals and insects seen in their garden plus those seen within 50metre radius from their house. We did not ask participants to visit neighbouring gardens but to note fauna seen on roads, verges, hedgerows etc within the 50m radius of their property.

* By using this 50m radius from any property we overcome, to some extent the bias towards people with large gardens. It also means that roughly a 100 X 100 metre (i.e 1 hectare) area is surveyed - a useful area used in scientific surveys. It also means that feral foxes or hedgehogs or birds such as jays seen in the street would be included.

Distribution of common bird species