News archive

January 2014

Monday, 27 January 2014

Problems with the Big Garden Birdwatch website

Thank you for your support of Big Garden Birdwatch. We really appreciate the time people put in for us over the Birdwatch weekend each year.

Unfortunately, technical issues have been affecting our website all weekend. Please be assured our technical team are trying to resolve the issue as quickly as possible. I'm sure you can appreciate this is the worst weekend this could have happened to us!

The online results form will be open until 16 February so you still have plenty of time to submit your results. Please check back later, when we hope to have resolved the problems. We also accept results by post. Each submission is extremely important to us so we really appreciate your efforts.

Thank you for your support, Big Garden Birdwatch Team

Friday, 24 January 2014

Big Garden Birdwatch

Big Garden Birdwatch

More than half a million people are expected to be watching their garden birds at the weekend (25-26 January), for the RSPB's Big Garden Birdwatch. And with many of the UK's most common garden birds and other creatures in steep decline, the charity needs participation more than ever.

The weather plays an important role in the number of birds in gardens each winter and experts are interested to see if the helter-skelter conditions around the UK so far this year mean birds seem scarce, or they appear in their droves.

Whatever happens with the weather this weekend, the results will be compared with those from winters in the past, stretching back to the first Big Garden Birdwatch in 1979. Any changes alert experts to track the winners and losers in the garden bird world and long-term trends stand out even when year-to-year differences in the weather are taken into account. And this year, for the first time in over thirty years, participants are being asked to log some of the other wildlife they see in their gardens too.

The RSPB also wants to know whether people ever see deer, squirrels, badgers, hedgehogs, frogs and toads in their gardens.

With our new Giving Nature a Home campaign meaning even more people than ever before are providing their wild creatures with new habitats, the RSPB will be able to help build an overall picture of how important our gardens are for giving all types of nature a home.

For details of how to take part go to

Sunday, 19 January 2014

Welcome to our new website

Have a look around and feel free to let us know what you think - if there is something you would like to be included here we will see what we can do.