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Big Garden Birdwatch 2022: The results

The wait is over, and the results are in! A whopping 697,735 people counted 11,556,046 birds this year. That gives us a great snapshot of how our garden birds are faring, so thank you for taking part. Remember to share your Birdwatch stories and pics using #BigGardenBirdWatch.

Winners and losers revealed

The UK top 10

You counted the birds. We crunched the numbers. Now the results are in.

House sparrow perched on a roof

What did your results tell us?

Discover the stories behind the data.

A lady using a pair of binoculars in her garden

House sparrow number one again!

House sparrows are top of the flocks for the 19th year running. But it’s vital we continue to look out for sparrows as there are far fewer around now. The population has declined so much that they are on the UK Red List for birds – any further declines would be devastating.

A single robin perched in a branch singing

The low-down: Big Garden Birdwatch from 1979 to 2022

The first Birdwatch took place in 1979 and so we now have over 40 years of data to help us understand how garden birds are faring in the UK. The table below shows the long-term trends for some of our most familiar birds.

A table showing the rankings in order from first to tenth: house sparrow, blue tit, starling, woodpigeon, blackbird, robin, goldfinch, great tit, magpie, chaffinch

 * comparisons with 1979 are not available

common cranes flying against a sunset

What’s happening in nature?

Want to know more about how bird populations are changing in the UK? The State of Nature report is a healthcheck on how the UK’s wildlife is faring. It is put together using wildlife data from a group of 50 conservation organisations. The latest report was published in 2019 and found that of the 8,431 species assessed, 15% are now at risk of extinction. You can see how birds and other animals are doing across the UK, as well as look at the pressures facing wildlife and the efforts being made to save nature.

RSPB Forsinard Flows; view from visitor trail, including snow-capped Ben Griam, Highland, Scotland

Help buy and restore vital land for nature in 2022

The UK has lost over 38 million birds in the last 50 years and thanks to climate change, we know that things are going to get worse. That’s why we’ve launched an urgent appeal to help buy an additional 75,000 hectares of land for nature in the next 10 years. Land like peat bogs, which are home to threatened curlews and golden plovers, and saltmarshes, which benefit wonderful wading birds like avocets. You can help by making a donation today.