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Big Garden Birdwatch

The results are in! Discover which birds are up, which are down, and which one claimed the Birdwatch crown.

Big Garden Birdwatch 2021 was the biggest ever, with over one million people taking part and sharing in the excitement.

From all over the UK, people came together, finding joy in nature, despite the pressures of lockdown. Together, we discovered the amazing wildlife outside our windows and came together for the world’s biggest wildlife survey.

Discover 2021’s winners and losers

BGBW blue tit in flowerpot | The RSPB

The results of this year’s bumper Birdwatch are in! But what do they reveal? Which birds were seen everywhere from our busy cities to our rural communities?

Is 2021 the year the gardener’s friend, the robin, claims the number one spot? Or will the humble house sparrow reign supreme? Or will it be the cheeky starling that pips them all to the top? Meet the winners and the losers, and find out which bird claimed the Birdwatch crown.

Big Garden Birdwatch Live highlights

New for 2021, our live event proved a winner. With live features from nature experts and footage from across our reserves, we came together like never before, answering your birdwatching questions and sharing the thrills of watching wildlife.

Big Garden Birdwatch Live highlights

The start of the clip shows Megan McCubbin and Chris Packham sitting outside under umbrellas. Megan says:

“This is from Toby, aged 6, he would like to ask ‘why are birds important for our environment?’”

Chris replies: “Oh my goodness where do we start?”

Megan says “where do we start? It’s a very good question.”

A robin is then shown singing in a tree, a crested tit flies down on to a bird table covered in peanuts. Lots of tits and finches are flying in and out feeding from bird feeders and a male sparrowhawk flies in to another bird feeding station.

Indy Kiemel Greene, a member of the RSPB Youth Council is then shown sitting inside a bird hide. He says: “So, I’ve got my notebook, I’ve got my camera I’ve got my binoculars, one-hour starting now.”

Shots are then shown of people taking part in their Big Garden Birdwatch – a young girl sitting on the doorstep with her binoculars, two children with their bird identification charts, bird food and fluffy bird toys ready for action and a view of someone’s  garden with a cuppa and a slice of cake.

The RSPB’s Luke Phillips is then inset on screen with the Loch Garten bird feeder web cam footage showing on the main screen and a coal tit hopping up to peck some food. Luke says “So, good morning everybody and what a morning it has been so far.”

The screen then shows the web camera at Saltholme with views of a couple of bird feeders being visited by small brown birds and the voice over from Luke saying: “There’s a live tree sparrow there.”

Naturalist and TV Presenter Nick Baker chips in saying: “There is a live tree sparrow I was just about to say that. I was jumping up and down, itching to point that out. “

Four bird feeding stations are then all shown on screen with a mixture of birds flying in and out visiting to feed including coal tits, goldfinches and Robins.

Luke is then shown on screen alongside BBC wildlife presenter Lizzie Daly. She says: “So it’s been a really good pick me up in very odd times.”

As the screen changes to show a bird feeder attached to a window, Luke says: “So we can possibly head to…” and he starts laughing saying “we’ve got a blue tit’s bum, there you go!”

Luke is then sitting on screen with Nick Baker. Nick Baker makes the ‘ker-wick’ call of a female tawny owl and Luke calls back the ‘whoo-hoo’ of the male bird. As they both laugh, Nick says “absolutely brilliant.”

Some goldfinches and a greenfinch are then shown on a feeder. There’s then another view of a goldfinch right outside somebody’s window, perched delicately on a flower stem as it feeds with cars parked on the road in the background.

Kabir Kaul from the RSPB’s Youth Council is then sat on screen alongside the RSPB’s Jamie Wyver. Kabir says: “People can hopefully appreciate their urban wildlife even more.”

Dr Amir Khan is then shown on screen alongside RSPB President Miranda Krestovnikoff. Dr Khan says: “That is just incredible, absolutely incredible.

A tree stump covered in bird food at Loch Garten is then shown with a chaffinch and coal tit pecking at the food while a red squirrel is clinging to a nut feeder in the background.

Chris Packham is back on screen alongside Meghan and he says: “Undoubtedly one of the best citizen science projects anywhere on the planet.” As Megan nods in agreement.

A robin perched on a rock surrounded by yellow gorse flowers flies off screen as the words ‘Thank you for being one in a million’ appear underneath the RSPB logo.

Robin | The RSPB

Enjoy more of what you love

House sparrows on feeder | the RSPB

We hope you enjoyed taking part in Big Garden Birdwatch. The joy of watching wildlife and the delights of discovering the nature on your doorstep is something many of us have experienced in recent times. And there’s plenty more to enjoy!

When you join the RSPB, we’ll help you experience more wildlife throughout the year. Our award-winning magazine is packed full of ideas of where and how to see more wildlife, how to encourage more wildlife into your gardens and the best nature stories from across the UK. 

Plus, as a member you’ll be part of a like-minded community of nature-lovers, sharing in the wonders of the natural world.