We're so excited!
We're now only a few weeks away from Big Garden Birdwatch, and up and down the country, hundreds of thousands of participants are getting ready for the big event.
If you’ve not done Big Garden Birdwatch before and don’t know what’s involved, relax, it’s a piece of cake. Here’s how it goes:
That’s it! You're done!
When our scientists compare the data from hundreds of thousands of people all across the UK, and compare it to results from the previous Big Garden Birdwatches (going all the way back to 1979), it provides a vital health check of our garden birds.
Over the years, it has revealed worrying trends, including around a 70% drop in song thrushes in gardens, and a 58% drop in house sparrows. But on the positive side, over the last 20 years, numbers of house sparrows have doubled in Wales. We’ll tell you more about how Big Garden Birdwatch helps our conservation scientists in a future blog post.
It’s not just about birds
While birds are the focus of the Birdwatch, we’re also asking you to tell us which other wildlife uses your garden. Why? Because we want to know how much certain species depend on gardens, including stag beetles, slow worms, and foxes.
We’re interested to know how trends for these species might change over time. For example, are gardens becoming more or less useful to moles as our countryside changes?
Your results will tell us a lot, so make sure to complete this part of your form too.
Have fun preparing! And if you have any more questions about how it works, check out our page on everything you need to know about Big Garden Birdwatch.
ive seen a lot of pied wagtails of late and a grey one yesterday afternoon and I also saw a wren really chuffed
Looking forward to receiving my Birdwatch Pack. I do it every year, but sometimes find your website a bit confusing. How do I know that I have registered again each year .