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All you need to know about taking part

Taking part in Big Garden Birdwatch couldn't be easier, simply follow these three steps:

Using our online counting tool

1. Come to rspb.org.uk/birdwatch on the weekend of 30-31 January, 2016. 

2. Open our live bird counter on your computer, tablet or smartphone, and watch the birds in your garden or local park for one hour recording the highest number of each type of bird you see at the same time that land in your garden. Don't count the total over the hour as you may get the same birds visiting more than once. 

3. Tell us which of the other animals we're asking you about, such badgers, squirrels and slow worms, you see in your garden.

With pen and paper

1. Watch the birds in your garden or local park for one hour on the weekend of 30-31 January, 2016.

2. Record the highest number of each type of bird you see at the same time. Don't count the total over the hour as you may get the same birds visiting more than once. Also, please only count those birds that land within your garden - not those flying over.

3. Once your hour is up, tell us what you've seen. Even if you didn't get as many birds as you expected, your 'regulars' didn't appear or even if you saw nothing, do still please let us know. It's all really useful information. We also want you to tell us which of our list of non-bird species you see in your garden too. 

A final step for everyone taking part...

4. Yes, we know we said three easy steps. But you'll like this step as we just want to say 'congratulations - you've completed the Birdwatch!' Along with hundreds of thousands of other wildlife-lovers, you've made a stand for nature and helped us find out more about our garden birds. Thank you.

If you don't have a garden or green space near you, don't worry. You can complete Birdwatch anywhere! If you don't believe us, check out our video to see some of the more unusual places that people have spent an hour watching the birds: