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It's time to Big Garden Birdwatch

It’s fun, free and everyone can take part!

Big Garden Birdwatch long weekend is here! There's still time to sign-up and take part. Just spend one hour between Friday 28 and Saturday 30 January counting the birds, and help monitor how birds are faring. It’s free, fun, and a great way to keep an eye on your local wildlife. Wherever you are, whatever you see, it counts!

Sign-up to download a free guide for advice and ID tips and share your stories and photos on social media using #BigGardenBirdwatch. When you register, we'll also give you a 20% discount in the RSPB's online shop, plus free postage and packaging! If you’re a teacher, why not inspire your pupils with Big Schools' Birdwatch?

Be one in a million!

Last year, more than one million people took part in Big Garden Birdwatch, all coming together to look out for birds. Will you join in today?

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. You can also make a difference by taking part in Big Garden Birdwatch. Thank you for being one in a million!

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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.

Meet the most common garden birds of the Birdwatch

Discover the birds that you are most likely to see during Big Garden Birdwatch. From cheery robins to gorgeously fluffy long-tailed tits, there’s lots to look out for. All birds bring joy when we take time out to enjoy them. And the brilliant thing about the Birdwatch is that you never know what you might see.

Will you see rare garden birds?

It certainly pays to expect the unexpected in Big Garden Birdwatch. Some of the more unusual visitors that have turned up in the Birdwatch, include an American green heron and a Siberian lesser whitethroat. Join the RSPB’s Jenny Shelton as she celebrates some super rare sightings.

A robin shouting

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?

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!