Big Garden Birdwatch results

Back in January nearly half a million people counted almost eight million birds, making this year’s Birdwatch one of the biggest ever! But what do the results mean for our garden birds?

The Birdwatch 2020 top ten

Which bird is top of the flocks?

Welcome to the Big Garden Birdwatch 2020 results.

Big Garden Birdwatch results video

The UK top ten

 

1.

House sparrow

2.

Starling

3.

Blue tit 

4.

Woodpigeon

5.

Blackbird

6.

Goldfinch

7.

Great tit

8.

Robin

9.

Long-tailed tit

10.

Magpie

A look at the leader board

This year’s top ten for the UK is little changed from 2019, with the top three birds unchanged from last year. Once again, top spot is taken by the house sparrow, making it first for the seventeenth year running. There is one new entry to the top ten, with long-tailed tits flying into ninth position. The chaffinch meanwhile has dropped from number nine last year to number 11.

In England, the house sparrow also comes out top, but unlike the UK as a whole, it’s the blue tit that takes second place. The UK number two, the starling, is at number three here.

Trouble at the top

While house sparrows and starlings may be the UK’s most commonly sighted birds, a closer look at Big Garden Birdwatch data shows that numbers have in fact dropped dramatically since the Birdwatch began in 1979. House sparrows are down 53%, while starlings are down 80%. It’s a pattern echoed by two more garden favourites, with blackbirds and robins down 46% and 32% respectively.

The reasons behind these declines are complex and continue to be investigated, but fewer green spaces, pollution and a changing climate are just some of the challenges faced by garden birds.

Do something to make you smile

The Big Garden Birdwatch is an amazing way to help monitor our garden birds. But there are lots of other ways to encourage wildlife and let nature bring a smile to your day. From putting out food and putting up nest boxes, to wildlife-friendly gardening, it all helps.

Picture a warm summer evening and chances are you can almost hear the high-pitched calls of swifts as they swirl scythe-like in the blue skies above. Numbers of these charismatic birds have plummeted in recent years, but thanks to RSPB supporters there are now over 2,000 new nest boxes in place, giving them much-needed homes to raise their young across the country.

Nature has a special way of lifting our spirits and by giving it a helping hand we can all live in a country where wildlife thrives. Together with our supporters, we are protecting special places for nature and working to save our birds and other wildlife. We’d love you to join us.

Big Garden Birdwatch results 2020

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UK RESULTS

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ENGLAND RESULTS

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SCOTLAND RESULTS

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WALES RESULTS

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Canlyniadau Cymru

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