Big Schools' Birdwatch

Big Schools' Birdwatch is a simple bird survey for pupils to take part in and enjoy together.

Children in school uniforms and winter jackets, taking part in Big Schools Birdwatch, recording their results on paper

This activity is about counting the number of birds in your school grounds. It only takes an hour, so one lesson or lunchtime is ideal. The Big Schools Birdwatch is the largest citizen science project for schools, taking place January to February each year.

This is a schools’ activity that supports the following subjects: Science, Maths.


A teacher needs to register to take part in Big Schools' Birdwatch.

Choose an hour time slot during the first half of the spring term. This could be a lunchtime, after school or lesson.

This activity can be done as part of Wild Challenge. Each action you take for nature brings you a step closer to a Gold award. Ready to take on the challenge? Here’s how.

Partnering with

The RSPB is a member of BirdLife International.More