RSPB

2016

Big Garden Birdwatch

A whopping 8262662 birds were counted in Big Garden Birdwatch 2016!

Top 10 birds in 2016

  • 1
    House Sparrow
  • 2
    Starling
  • 3
    Blue tit
  • 4
    Blackbird
  • 5
    Woodpigeon
  • 6
    Goldfinch
  • 7
    Chaffinch
  • 8
    Great tit
  • 9
    Robin
  • 10
    Long-tailed tit

Where are you?

Top 5

  • England:
  • 1. House sparrow
  • 2. Blue Tit
  • 3. Starling
  • 4. Blackbird
  • 5. Woodpigeon
  • N.Ireland:
  • 1. Starling
  • 2. House sparrow
  • 3. Chaffinch
  • 4. Blue tit
  • 5. Blackbird
  • Scotland:
  • 1. House sparrow
  • 2. Chaffinch
  • 3. Starling
  • 4. Blackbird
  • 5. Blue tit
  • Wales:
  • 1. House sparrow
  • 2. Blue tit
  • 3. Starling
  • 4. Chaffinch
  • 5. Blackbird

Though the house sparrow came top UK-wide, the starling was the most commonly-seen bird in Northern Ireland.

In Scotland, the chaffinch ranked higher than anywhere else, landing the No.2 spot.

In Wales, the charming, cheeky blue tit appeared in an incredible 82% of gardens. It ranked at No.2, just behind the house sparrow.

7,029,482 birds were counted over the weekend in England alone

Fun Facts:

  • The humble house sparrow kept its place at the top spot this year, with around four appearing in each garden.

  • The long-tailed tit was a new entry in the top 10 for 2016, flying in at 10th position.

  • It's possible that January's mild weather meant more smaller birds survived the winter to be counted - explaining the appearance of more long-tailed tits and coal tits. And though natural food sources were plentiful, it's clear these birds still rely on the food we put out in our gardens. So keep up the good work!

  • People did their #BigGardenBirdwatch from all kinds of locations including parks, balconies and communal gardens. The Collins-Hyde family in Cambridge did theirs from their houseboat!

    The blackbird was the most widespread garden bird, appearing in 88% of your gardens. However, their numbers have declined since the first Birdwatch in 1979.