Big Garden Birdwatch is fun, free and for everyone. And you don’t need a garden to take part! Counting birds from your balcony, or your local park will play a vital role in helping us understand how UK birds are doing.
For the past 44 years the RSPB has been running one of the largest citizen science projects in the world, the Big Garden Birdwatch. Each year in January, more than half a million people take to their gardens, parks and balconies to count the birds they see. This huge dataset has allowed the RSPB to create a comprehensive picture of how our local birds are faring, and to examine changes in both abundance and distribution over this time.
Anyone can sign up to take part, and you don’t need to be a member of the RSPB. All it takes is an hour of your time. Simply choose an hour between 27 and 29 January and count the birds you see land in your garden, on your balcony, or in your local park. Then tell the RSPB what you saw. Even if you saw nothing, it still counts. The fact that 38 million birds have been lost from UK skies in the last 50 years underlines that nature is in crisis.
Click here to find out more and sign up to take part