How do you Big Garden Birdwatch?


For one hour every year hundreds of thousands of people put down their to-do lists, turn away from their televisions, and focus for an hour on their local wildlife. One of the joys of the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch is how accessible it is: anyone can take part. All you need is something to note your tally with and an hour of your time. No fancy equipment required.

What you saw

Every year we are amazed by the variety of photos and videos people send us from their birdwatch, a stunning reflection of the nation’s passion for wildlife. The responses are beautiful, playful and uplifting so we wanted to share a selection of our favourites with everyone. We hope you find them as inspiring as we did:

Goldfinches create striking splashes of colour in stripped-back winter gardens 

(Cliff Mason)

Layla Mai, 6, from Doncaster doing her first birdwatch 

(Joanne Tigh)

Only someone with a passion for nature could have taken this beautifully-timed shot of a great tit rising above a bird bath 

(Josh Prakash)

Big Garden Birdwatch is a picnic when you have little helpers keeping tally. 

You can feel the suspense as a sparrowhawk picks its moment 

(Phil Lewis)

We love James Wilkinson and his daughter Cassie’s clever bird station made from leftover wood and dog food cans.  

(James Wilkinson)

Budding conservationists Nicole and Luca got creative and made their own hide to nestle under as they counted the birds in their garden.  

Alan Toyne captured the drama of garden feeders with his image of starlings

(Alan Toyne)


Shockingly, we’ve lost 38 million birds from UK skies in the last 50 years. It really is vital we do all we can to look after our birdlife. Big Garden Birdwatch helps us monitor how garden birds are faring.