From an ostrich, and Bar-tailed godwits to Willow warbler’s – yes, it’s the Big Garden Birdwatch Weekend

By Jill Dando News

Birds are one of the most incredible animals on planet earth, found in every nation of the world.

Most are adapted to fly, and many can also run, jump, swim and dive.

Now the RSPB are giving people a chance to find birds out across when you live.

Some 700,000 people took part in the Big Garden Birdwatch long weekend last year – and now it’s back again.

Just spend one hour between Friday 27 and Sunday 29 January counting the birds, and help monitor how birds are faring.

A spokesperson said: “It’s free, fun and a great way to keep an eye on your local wildlife. Wherever you are, whatever you see, it counts!”


Every Birdwatch matters

The spokesperson added: “Last year, almost 700,000 people took part in Big Garden Birdwatch, all coming together to look out for birds. Will you join in this weekend?

“Shockingly, we’ve lost 38 million birds from UK skies in the last 50 years, so it really is vital we do all we can to look after our birdlife.

“As a conservation charity we depend on your support to save nature and to look after places where wildlife can thrive. You can also make a difference by taking part in Big Garden Birdwatch. Thank you for making it count!”

How to take part in Big Garden Birdwatch

Taking part is as easy as 1, 2, 3.

  1. Watch the birds around you for one hour
  2. Count how many of each species of bird lands on your patch
  3. Go online and tell us what you saw

Watch Big Garden Birdwatch Live! 

Big Garden Birdwatch Live will stream on Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 January from 9am.

Tune in for expert commentary, interviews and chat with special guests and wildlife experts from across the UK.

It is also your opportunity to ask our experts any questions you may have and to share pics and stories from your garden with the Big Garden Birdwatch community.

Tips for attracting birds

With birds facing greater challenges due to the nature and climate emergency, every Birdwatch matters.

Top up your bird table and fill the bird bath to the brim. Make sure to remove old food and clean your feeders weekly, as disease can be a serious issue for some of our species.

Greenfinch numbers have massively dropped due to a disease that spreads around contaminated feeders and water bowls, and chaffinches are now struggling. 

Check here for guidance on cleaning feeders to keep you and your garden birds safe.

No garden? No problem! Even a small window feeder will attract more birds to your birdwatch. And the more of you that tell us will be helping us take action to protect our birds for generations to come.

If you’re new to Birdwatch, we’ve got lots of top tips and expert advice on what to feed and how to bring birds on to your patch all year round. Get some top tips now.

What will you see?

Counting the birds where you live is fun and fascinating because nature might deliver the unexpected. Apart from cheeky blue tits and busy blackbirds, you never know what might land in your patch in one weekend in January. In previous years, black redstart and brambling were spotted.

But nature is in crisis. In the UK we’ve lost 38 million birds over the last 50 years, many back garden favourites amongst them. Take the starling: it has declined so much that it is now on the UK Red List for birds. That’s why yours and every birdwatch matters, as it helps us monitor how our UK birds are doing in the face of the nature and climate crisis.

Get to know the garden birds you might see during Big Garden Birdwatch this year.


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