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Get ready for Big Garden Birdwatch

It’s fun, free and for everyone. Join in 28-30 January

Be wowed by your local wildlife. Big Garden Birdwatch is for everyone, whether you're a complete beginner or a birding expert. 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.

Sign-up today and get your free guide, plus 20% off and free P&P when you make a purchase from the RSPB shop.* You'll also get all the help you need, from bird ID, to caring for garden wildlife. If you're a teacher, why not inspire your pupils with Big Schools' Birdwatch?

*No minimum spend. Single-use. 18 or over. Terms and conditions apply

Be one in a million!

In 2021, more than one million people took part in Big Garden Birdwatch, all coming together to look out for birds. Why not join in and be one in a million for 2022?

Shockingly, we’ve lost 38 million birds from UK skies in the last 50 years, so it really is vital we do all we can to look after our birdlife.

As a conservation charity, we depend on your support to save nature and to look after places where wildlife can thrive. By taking part in Big Garden Birdwatch, you can also make a difference. Wherever you are, whatever you see, it counts!

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How to take part in Big Garden Birdwatch

Taking part is as easy as 1,2,3


1. Watch the birds around you for one hour

2. Count how many of each species of bird lands on your patch

3. Go online and tell us what you saw

Please check the relevant country’s Covid guidance for the latest information as guidelines are subject to change and vary between England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Enjoy your birdwatch and please take part safely.

A robin perched on a window feeder. She looks hungry!

How to attract birds to your garden

Bring all the birds to your Birdwatch with our expert advice and top tips on what and how to feed the birds. Last year over one million people took part, counting over 17 million birds. That’s a lot of birds flocking to feeders!

Find out from our experts how you can attract birds to your garden during Big Garden Birdwatch – and throughout the year. No garden? No problem! Even a small window feeder can make a big difference. Get our top tips now.

What will you see?

The brilliant thing about the Birdwatch is that you never know what you might see. It pays to expect the unexpected, with previous rare sightings including an American green heron and a Siberian lesser whitethroat. But for many of us, the more common birds are just as heartening. Who isn’t cheered by a cheeky robin and who doesn’t love a troop of long-tailed tits? All birds bring joy when we take time out to enjoy them. But our wildlife is changing. In the past 50 years, we have lost 38 million birds. One Birdwatch regular, the greenfinch, has declined so much that in 2021 it was placed on the UK red list for Birds. The Big Garden Birdwatch helps monitor how our birds are faring. Discover the garden birds that you might see this year.

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Watch Big Garden Birdwatch Live!

Tune in to Big Garden Birdwatch Live for expert commentary from across the UK, as well as interviews and chat with special guests and wildlife experts. This is your opportunity to ask our experts any questions you may have, and to share your pics and stories with the Big Garden Birdwatch community. We’ll be live across the Big Garden Birdwatch weekend from Friday 28 to Sunday 30 January. Be sure to drop in!

For a taste of what's to come, why not check out our live feeder cam at Arne?

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Get to know your birds at an RSPB nature reserve

In these special events, our wildlife experts will help you identify garden birds, giving you their top tips and advice on what to look out for. You’ll also enjoy a guided walk on a nature reserve to help put all you’ve learned into practice. Plus, we’ll help you get all the birds flocking to your Birdwatch, with our expert advice on attracting and feeding birds.

Which garden bird are you?

Which garden bird are you?

Take our fun personality quiz and find out what bird you are. Could you be a house sparrow, one of the gang who loves a gossip? Or are you a robin, feisty and with a fabulous song to sing? Share your result and find out what your friends are too!