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20th anniversary Big Schools’ Birdwatch results

With a lot of pupils at home, this year’s Big Schools’ Birdwatch was a bit different – but we’re proud to say the submissions have been counted and the 2021 results are in!

Big Schools’ Birdwatch top ten 2021

Our conservation scientists have been busy counting the birds you’ve seen, and we can now reveal the results. If your school took part, thank you very much!

The blackbird, last year’s number one, has switched to second place. The woodpigeon is now in the top spot. It’s our largest and commonest pigeon, making its home in fields, woods, parks and gardens.

Here’s the full Big Schools’ Birdwatch top ten for 2021:

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

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Earn awards for discovering nature

Thanks for taking part in the UK’s biggest citizen science for schools.

All the data submitted by schools like yours over the past 20 years have helped us to track the numbers of birds in school grounds, revealing which species are doing well and which need our help.

If you’d like to provide more real-life learning experiences through the nature in your school grounds, why not take part in the Wild Challenge? From going on a minibeast safari to growing wildlife friendly plants, there are lots of exciting activities to choose from that count towards special awards for your pupils.

Children watching birds at school, RSPB Big Schools Birdwatch

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Earn stickers and certificates for your class while helping nature around you.

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