Bird populations are a great indicator of the health of the countryside and our ecosystems. That's why it's so important to take part in surveys like the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch to keep an eye on the ups and downs of the wildlife where we live. Around half a million people took part in last year’s birdwatch, counting 7 million birds in their gardens and parks. This information helped researchers and councils to work together to develop better environmental impact plans.
They need your help to do it again this weekend! The RSPB is asking you to join thousands of others across the UK and pick an hour over the coming weekend to discover the wildlife in your garden or town park. Get together with friends and family, dress warmly, find a favourite, quiet spot (the window looking out into your garden, or a park bench), and start counting.
It’s easy and fun, and a great way to reconnect with nature.
How to take part
Step 1. Register
Register online before the day to receive reminders and your free pack.
Step 2. Watch and Record
Watch and record the number and types of birds in your garden, or nearby green space.
Step 3. Submit
Submit your results live from your computer, or by mail if you'd rather fill out a paper form.
With your help, the RSBP can get the most accurate map of wildlife populations yet.
Sign up now and get watching!