You can now keep your garden or yard list on BUBO Listing.
Simply use the new Add Site facility to add your own garden and you can then create a list for it as normal. Please set the location type to 'Garden/Yard' as shown in the example below - we will be using this for extra analysis in the future. You will also be prompted to ensure that the location name has the suffix ' - Garden' or ' - Yard' - this is to help distinguish these clearly.
We recommend you add your garden to the appropriate county in the location tree, but if you wish you could first add the town/city as a location if it is not there already, and add your garden to that. In the example shown below the garden is being added to the already existing location Worthing, but it could have just been added to the county West Sussex. Please use an appropriate geographical name for your garden - you don't have to include the street name as in the example if you think this is better kept private, but it does help in cases where you wish to keep different garden lists within the same area, e.g. if you have moved a short distance.
We recommend you use the list comments feature to indicate any particular rules you use for counting garden/yard birds, e.g. whether birds have to be actually in the garden, or whether you count anything seen from the garden.
This is an area we will be enhancing further, for example to allow you to compare all garden lists within a certain county or state. If you have any suggestions about garden listing then please let us know in the BUBO Forums. In the meantime, here's wishing you plenty of new garden/yard birds in 2009 with BUBO Listing!