Robin Robin with his mice friends. They're all looking at a big mince pie

Robin Robin

Robins are the nation’s favourite bird and we are excited that a robin features in Aardman’s latest film, Robin Robin, showing on Netflix from 24 November 2021.

Whether it’s their year-round song, their closeness to gardeners or their association with Christmas, it’s no wonder robins are much loved across the UK.

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Robin Robin film: now showing

We’re excited by Aardman’s latest film, which features Robin who grows up with a family of mice. Life is all about finding food, being cosy and avoiding getting eaten! Robin goes out with her mouse friends on a big sneak to get food and eventually realises she’s not the mouse she thought she was. Robin Robin is showing on Netflix now.

Robin Robin standing tall, heading off on an adventure

Join Robin on an RSPB adventure

Robin is making an appearance at some of our nature reserves this winter.

One of the themes of the Robin Robin film is about sneaking around to find food. Bring the family along to a reserve to take part in your own big sneak on our Robin Robin trail. Robin has recorded special messages for you along the way and some of our nature reserves are hosting special Robin-related events, such as storytelling and nest building.

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Top robin spotting tips

Robins are quite easy to identify, with their orangey-red breasts and brown backs. They are one of the few birds to sing their tinkling song all year too. You’ll often hear them singing from a bush or tree, then see them flitting down to the ground to pick up a worm, or other food. If you are digging in your garden, you might see them keeping a close eye out for any grubs that you uncover.

Male and female robins look the same and usually the only time they are confused for other birds is when they are young, newly-fledged birds without their red breast. If you’re not sure what you’ve seen though, why not try our bird identifier? Just fill in a few details and we’ll help you to work out what it was.

Attract robins to your garden

Robins are quite common garden birds, so if you don't already see any, what's the best way of attracting them? Like all birds, they need food, shelter and a place to nest.

Robins love to eat worms, insects, spiders, fruit, seeds and berries. If you put out scraps from the kitchen, such as porridge oats and cheese, you might entice a robin. They prefer to eat on the ground or a bird table, rather than a feeder. They will eat fat balls and suet, but their absolute favourite is mealworms.

Dense bushes and trees will provide a safe place to shelter and roost at night, and they prefer an open-fronted nestbox to raise their family in.

Robin Robin and mice sitting round a fire in their mouse burrow

Give a robin a home

In the spring, robins make a nest of dead leaves and moss, lined with hair. It is usually low down and well hidden. They nest in all sorts of different places, the more unusual ones including sheds, kettles, boots, hanging baskets and under car bonnets.

You can help provide a safe place for robins to nest by putting up an open-fronted nestbox, fairly low down and hidden. If you’re feeling creative, why not make one from leftover wood, following our step-by-step instructions? You can also buy one ready-made from our RSPB shop, with all profits going to help wildlife.

Robin Robin with wings spread out and a surprised expression

Really know your robins

Did you know that a robin’s red breast is only used to defend its territory? Find out more fascinating facts in our nature guides.

Make a Christmas tree Robin

Follow our step-by-step video to make your own Robin Christmas tree decoration. You can make her out of felt, like Robin in the film Robin Robin, or why not recycle some cardboard or other material that you have at home? Will this Robin fly to the top branches of your tree? You could make one for your family and friends too.

 

 

Children doing activities, RSPB Ribble Discovery Centre

Colour in your own Robin

If you’ve been inspired by the Robin Robin film, why not colour in your own Robin character? Stick with the traditional brown and red, or give her a multi-coloured twist.

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Make a paper plate robin

Got paper plates and some paint? With a bit of creativity, you can turn them into your favourite birds, such as a robin, magpie or blackbird. Why not hang them up when you have finished, so they can fly too?

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What will you see this Big Garden Birdwatch?

  • Join in with the world’s largest wildlife survey to help us understand how garden birds are faring.
  • Simply count the birds you see in your garden, from your balcony, or in your local park for one hour between 28 and 30 January 2022
  • It’s fun, free, and easy to join in. Wherever you are, whatever you see, it counts!

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