The Big Garden Bird Watch

Winter dog advice

How to take part in the Big Garden Watch

Over the 3 days, spend just an hour with nature, sit back and observe for the Big Garden Bird Watch. Start counting the different wild bird species. It doesn't have to be just wild birds; if you spot a hedgehog, fox, grouse or even a badger, make sure you write it down. 

 
 

Watch the birds for one hour

The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), are carrying out the Big Garden Watch from the 25th to the 27th January. You can go online to provide your findings using the link: rspb.org.uk/birdwatch - Alternatively, you may order the form by post and submit this by the 11th of February 2020. 

What about other wildlife? 

There is a section on the form that allows reporting of other wildlife you might see in your garden or local park.

How to do the big garden watch?

Postal Form 

All you will need is a pen if you want to use a postal form. Click here to download your Big Garden Bird Watch form: https://www.rspb.org.uk/globalassets/downloads/biggardenbirdwatch/2020/participation-form.pdf

Online Form

If you’d like to save time and submit your results online, use the following link: https://www.rspb.org.uk/get-involved/activities/birdwatch/submit-results/

If you don't have a garden, you may visit your local park

You can use your friend or family garden if you decide to do the survey together. You may instead use your local park or green space where wildlife visit.

How to record the number of birds

Firstly, only count the birds that land and be careful not to count them more once. The best way to do this is to record the number of each bird species that have landed at any one-time.

Identifying different bird species

Below is a guide to help identify how to record the number of birds in your garden, local park or green space. https://www.rspb.org.uk/birds-and-wildlife/wildlife-guides/identify-a-bird/

How does it help wildlife?

Your results help the RSPB spot any problems, decline of wildlife species and monitor any trends.  Your results can help the RSPB do something about it.

The RSPB have been carrying out the Big Garden Bird Watch for over 4 decades now. According to the RSPB, 'It was one of the first surveys to alert the RSPB to the decline in the number of song thrushes in gardens'. In 1979, song thrushes were a common visitor to our gardens and in 2019, the RSPB, have seen a decline in numbers falling by 79%. 

 

RSPB reveal their results from their 40th Big Garden Bird Watch. Take a look at who makes it at the top as the most common visitor in UK Gardens.

Bird SpeciesVisitor Ranking
House Sparrow 1
Starling 2
Blue Tit 3
Blackbird 4
Woodpigeon 5
Goldfinch 6
Great Tit 7
Robin 8
Chaffinch 9
Magpie 10