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.
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.
House sparrow number one again!
A firm favourite on the feeders, blue tits have retained their number two position in the Birdwatch.
Another non-mover at three, but like house sparrows, starling populations have actually declined.
A bird that is bucking population declines seen in other species, woodpigeons are up one place.
Blackbirds have slipped down one place to number five, but they’re still a common garden bird.
A much-loved garden (and Christmas card) bird, robins have retained their spot at number six.
Climbing slowly up the rankings, goldfinches have moved one spot, from eight to seven, in 2022.
Great tits are down one place this year, from seven to eight. Were they finding food elsewhere this winter?
This colourful corvid is a non-mover in the Birdwatch, retaining its place at number nine for 2022.
Climbing one spot from number eleven, the chaffinch just hops its way into the top ten this year.
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.
* comparisons with 1979 are not available
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.
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.
More ways to enjoy and look after nature
Go wild at home
Find out how to make the most of your outdoor space and help nature too with Nature on Your Doorstep.
Donate for nature
Help us buy more land to fight the nature and climate emergency, restore natural habitats and save threatened wildlife.
Dawn Chorus Day
Join us for International Dawn Chorus Day on Sunday 1 May and experience nature at its musical best.