Big Garden Birdwatch

The RSPB's Big Garden Birdwatch is the world's biggest bird survey and regularly attracts nearly half a million participants. The records from people counting birds in their gardens provides a vital snapshot of the UK's birds each winter. The RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch 2016 will take place on the weekend of the 30th and 31st January 2016.

To take part in the Big Garden Birdwatch simply spend an hour watching the birds in your garden or local park over the weekend.

Count the highest number of bird species you see at the same time. You can use pen and paper or the RSPB's online counting tool.

Don't count the total over the hour as you may get the same birds visiting more than once.

Submit the results to The RSPB via their website.
See the results from last year in pictures:

Big Garden Birdwatch Birds

Get ready for the Big Garden Birdwatch with these essentials ...

Collins Complete Guide To British Birds RSPB Puffin Binoculars Window Bird Feeder
Collins Guide To British Birds
RSPB Puffin Binoculars
Window Bird Feeder
Fleece CatWatch Cat Deterrent Bedale Bird Table
CatWatch Cat Deterrent
Tom Chambers Bird Table
Peanuts Camping Chair Thermos Flask
Chapelwood Premium Peanuts
Camping Chair
Thermos Food Flask
Twitter Feed Bird Feeder Hunter Wellington Boot RSPB Notebook
Twitter Feed Bird Feeder
Hunter Wellington Boot
RSPB Heritage Notebook

Join The RSPB

Take out a membership and help the RSPB with their valuable conversation work.

How your money can help:
£3 a month - plant 12 native tree saplings to help restore our woodlands.
£5 a month - provides a field teacher to give schoolchildren a wild day outdoors.
£7 a month - helps to create 100 square metres of precious heathland for wildlife.

Join The RSPB

In 1979 the RSPB asked its junior members to spend an hour counting the birds that visited their back gardens over one weekend. The idea was so successful that the survey has been an annual event since then. More than 8.5 million birds were counted in this year's Big Garden Birdwatch and it has given some interesting insights into the populations of birds in Britain.

Although the house sparrow and starling have consistently been the most spotted birds in the survey, the average numbers seen has fallen drastically. Back in the 70s and 80s it was common to see groups of up to 15 sparrows or starling; now you would be lucky to see 3 or 4.

Song thrushes were also a lot more common in UK gardens and overall garden bird numbers have fallen by 20% in the last 4 years alone.

Red Squirrel

This year the RSPB is again asking you to count animals other than birds that visit your gardens. Last year grey squirrels came out top with 72% of people seeing them in their garden at least once a month. Sadly native red squirrels fared much worse with only 3% of people seeing them on a monthly basis, the least seen of any species.

Common Frog
46% see a Common Frog
each month
13% see a Badger
each month
28% see a Hedgehog
each month

Attract birds and other wildlife with a bird friendly garden. We have plenty of advice on how you can create a mini nature reserve no matter what size your garden.

Plants For Birds
Bird Feeders
Bird Baths
Bird Table
Plants For Birds
Bird Feeders
Bird Baths
Bird Tables
Bird Food
Wildlife Pond
Bird Box
Hedgehog House
Bird Food
A Wildlife Pond
Bird Boxes
Other Wildlife

Follow British Bird Lovers's board RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch on Pinterest.
Download the Big Garden Birdwatch app FREE from the iTunes Store.

Taking part in the Big Garden Birdwatch couldn't be simpler. All you need to do is spend an hour spying on the birds in your garden or local park over a weekend in January and record the results which you can them submit online to the RSPB. All the results will then be collated in March and the data used to help them decide which birds they need to focus their conservation work towards.

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