Here's what made the top 10 this year:
3. Carrion crow
5. House sparrow
6. Black-headed gull
7. Blue tit
8. Common gull
Despite the distinctly soggy winter weather this year, over 70,000 pupils and teachers took part in counting the birds in their school grounds for one hour between 20 January and 14 February. Thank you!
We’re really glad you took part and hope you enjoyed being involved in the world’s biggest wildlife survey. As a thank you, every school, class or club that has taken part has received their very own Big Schools’ Birdwatch certificate and a Marvellous Minibeasts poster packed with fascinating facts about the miniature marvels we often overlook.
When is seeing fewer birds good news?
It’s noticeable from our results that out of the top 25 birds recorded, 19 of these declined compared to last year. How could that possibly be good news?
Well, the mild winter combined with an abundance of food in hedgerows and wild places might mean that birds weren’t forced into gardens and schools grounds to feed. We may have seen less of them, but they’ve probably had an easier time than they experienced during 2013’s very cold and snowy Big School Birdwatch.
“This shows the real value of surveying our birds annually – a single survey wouldn’t capture the year-to-year variances caused by the whims of the weather. Big Schools’ Birdwatch has now been running for 13 years and that gives us a wonderful catalogue of data through which we can track longer-term trends.” James Harding-Morris, Big Schools’ Birdwatch Co-ordinator.
Find out more about the results by downloading the spreadsheets from this page. Please note that results are only produced for counties with responses from more than 10 schools. The UK top 25 list also has the top 25 from 2012 for easy comparison.
Got the wildlife bug?
Now that you’ve taken part in the Big Schools’ Birdwatch, we hope you’ve caught the wildlife bug. Maybe you feed the birds in your grounds regularly? Perhaps you have a wildlife garden? Or a compost heap? All of these can help give nature a home, and count towards our Wildlife Action Awards. Completing just two more activities could earn you the Bronze award.
The scheme is all about discovering wildlife, doing practical things to help and rewarding positive action. There are three levels of the awards to work through – Bronze, Silver and Gold – and our specially-designed booklet makes it easy to take part. Each pupil, class or year group will receive awards for the actions they take. To find out more or get involved, head to our Wildlife Action Award pages.
Showcase your school
National and local media are always looking for good news stories to help promote Big Schools' Birdwatch.
So whether you've been involved from the very beginning, transformed your school into a wildlife haven, or love thinking up new Birdwatch activities for your class, we'd love to hear from you.
Send us your story to: firstname.lastname@example.org