The RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch is the world’s biggest garden wildlife survey. It regularly attracts almost half a million participants who spend an hour counting the birds that visit their gardens. The records provide a vital snapshot of the UK’s birds each winter so the RSPB can monitor trends and find out how our garden birds are doing.
You can get involved in the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch 2022, it will take place over three days from the 28th to the 30th January.
You can sign up the the Big Garden Birdwatch on the RSPB’s website and they will send you everything you need to take part, and as a thank you, they’ll also give you a code for 20% off and free postage and packing, when you buy from the RSPB shop.
So how does the Big Garden Birdwatch work? To take part you need to count the birds you see in your garden, from your balcony or in your local park for one hour between 28 and 30 January 2022.
You must only include those birds that land, not those flying over.
Count the highest number of each bird species that you see at any one time, otherwise you could count the same bird twice. For example, if you saw a group of four starlings, and towards the end of the hour you saw two starlings together, write four as your final count.
Go to rspb.org.uk/birdwatch to tell them what you saw. Whatever you saw – even if nothing at all – please let them know. The more people that submit their findings, the better picture we will have of how garden birds are faring. If you are unable to submit your results online, you can complete and send this form.
Watch Big Garden Birdwatch Live! Throughout the Big Garden Birdwatch long weekend, RSPB are hosting Big Garden Birdwatch Live on their YouTube channel. Tune in for live commentary from their nature reserves across the UK, plus interviews and chat with special guests and wildlife experts.
Get ID tips and expert advice from the RSPB. You’ll find lots of advice on identifying birds by sight and sound, as well as expert insights into garden wildlife at rspb.org.uk/birdwatch.