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

Big Schools' Birdwatch: the results

The birds have been counted, the numbers crunched and the 2018 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. That’s an increase of 22% on 2017.

There was a new bird in second position: the woodpigeon, up from third place last year. An average of five woodpigeons per school were counted this year. The starling dropped to number three and was spotted at nearly half of all schools.

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

The Top 10 birds

  1. Blackbird
  2. Woodpigeon
  3. Starling
  4. Carrion crow
  5. Black-headed gull
  6. House sparrow
  7. Magpie
  8. Robin
  9. Blue Tit
  10. Feral pigeon 
 Snipe Gallinago gallinago perched on fencepost in breeding habitat, Tiree Hebridies Scotland

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A lot of birds!

Thanks for taking part in the UK’s biggest school wildlife survey. Almost 60,000 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 17 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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