Blackbird Turdus merula, male, on garden lawn. Co. Durham.

Big Schools' Birdwatch: the results

The birds have been counted, the numbers crunched and the 2019 Big Schools’ Birdwatch results are here!

And the winner is…

Our scientists have been busy counting up all the birds that were seen, but now we can reveal the results…

The blackbird is still king of the playground. A massive 88% of schools reported seeing at least one blackbird – in fact, the average number was seven per school.

The starling moved up from third place last year to second this year, bumping the woodpigeon back down to number three.

This year the jackdaw enters the Top 10.

Read on to find out which birds made up the Big Schools’ Birdwatch top 10.

The Top 10 birds

  1. Blackbird
  2. Starling
  3. Woodpigeon
  4. Carrion crow
  5. House sparrow
  6. Black headed gull
  7. Magpie
  8. Blue tit
  9. Robin
  10. Jackdaw 

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A lot of birds!

Thanks for taking part in the UK’s biggest school wildlife survey. Over 70,000 people took part in more than 1,500 schools. That’s a lot of birds spotted! All the data we’ve collected over the past 18 years helps us to track numbers of birds in school grounds - showing which birds are doing well and which need our help.

To help wildlife at your school even more, why not take part in Wild Challenge? From making a compost heap to planting seeds, or taking part in a wildlife safari, there’s lots to choose from!

Children watching birds at school, RSPB Big Schools Birdwatch

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