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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:

With pen and paper

1. Watch the birds in your garden or local park for one hour on the weekend of 24 - 25 January 2015.

2. Record the highest number of each bird species 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 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, or your 'regulars' didn't appear, do still please let us know. It's all really useful information. Like with last year, we also want you to tell us which of our list of non-bird species you see in your garden too. 

Using our online counting tool

1. Come to rspb.org.uk/birdwatch on the weekend of 24 - 25 January 2015. 

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 bird species 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, like badgers, squirrels and slow worms you see in your garden.

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 done the Birdwatch!' Along with hundreds of thousands of other wildlife lovers, you've taken a step 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 do your 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: