RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch
Be wowed by your local wildlife. Simply count the birds you see in your garden, from your balcony or in your local park for one hour between 26th and 28th January 2024.
On the weekend of the Big Garden Birdwatch itself, taking part couldn't be simpler. You just spend an hour watching the birds in your garden, from your balcony or in your local park, and tell us what you've seen. If you see very few birds or none at all, that's also really useful information for us, so please do let us know.
Why is it important?
Big Garden Birdwatch provides a vital snapshot of how the UK’s garden birds are faring, taken over one weekend. This gives a good general impression of the birds that are doing well, and the ones that are struggling. As the first Birdwatch took place more than 40 years ago, we now have a wealth of data to look back on.
Shockingly, we’ve lost 38 million birds from the UK’s skies in the last 50 years, so it’s crucial we do all we can to look after our bird life. Big Garden Birdwatch helps to monitor how garden birds are faring.
Also, people taking part in Big Garden Birdwatch for the first time often find it sparks a passion for nature. And then we hope they’ll start giving nature a helping hand through feeding their garden birds, putting up nest boxes and gardening in a wildlife-friendly way – actions that can make all the difference to nature.
How do I take part in the Big Garden Birdwatch?
It’s easy – you simply watch the birds in your garden or local park for one hour, and record what you see.
1. Count the birds you see in your garden, from your balcony or in your local park for one hour over the Big Garden Birdwatch weekend. It doesn’t matter what time of day you do your Birdwatch, but you’ll see more birds if you do it first thing in the morning.
2. Only include birds that land, not those flying over. Count the highest number of each species you see at any one time. For example, if you saw four Starlings together, then two Starlings later, your final count will be four (not six).
3. Go online and tell us what you’ve seen! Even if you didn’t see anything at all in your hour, please let us know. It’s all really useful information.