Big Garden Birdwatch : RSPB

bgbw_header_tcm9-336554Helping garden wildlife is fun – and it couldn’t be easier. Over the weekend of 26-27 January 2013, we’d love you, your friends and family, to get involved in Big Garden Birdwatch – the world’s largest wildlife survey!

There are some great nature craft activities on the website here

Make a flock of fingers

These starling finger puppets are really easy to make. Why not make a starling for each finger and create a whole flock? More…

Make a flock of starlings

Make a recycled bird feeder

Let the birds eat out in style – turn your junk into a bird restaurant! More…

Make a recycled bird feeder

Colour a bird

So, you think you know the colours of some of your favourite garden birds? Try this game and find out if you really do! More…

Colour a bird

Rook’s Binocular Birdwatch

Do you know the birds in your garden and school grounds? Find out with Rook’s Binocular Birdwatch game. More…

Rook's Binocular Birdwatch

Make a speedy bird cake

Give the birds a treat and keep them happy with this quick and easy cake recipe. More…

Make a speedy bird cake

Big Card Birdwatch

You’ll love this Bird Life version of Top Trumps starring the birds you’re most likely to see in your garden. Play with your friends and family and see who has the best Big Card Birdwatch skills. More…

Big Card Birdwatch

Chaffinch - colour by numbers

As an activity that started life as something for our youth membership to do in winter, Big Garden Birdwatch has grown into fun for all the family. All you need to do is count the birds in your garden or a local park for one hour then tell us what you see.

If, like us, you love wildlife and want to do something to help, this is your chance to get involved in something that really counts.


Taking part in Big Garden Birdwatch couldn’t be easier, simply follow these three steps: (check on the website for the downloadable spotting sheet here)

1. Watch the birds in your garden or local park for one hour on the weekend of 26 – 27 January 2013.

2. Record the highest number of each bird species you see at the same time. Don’t count the total over the hour as you may get the same birds visiting more than once. Also, please only count those birds that land within your garden – not flying over.

3. Once your hour is up, tell us what you’ve seen. Even if you didn’t get as many birds as you expected, or your ‘regulars’ didn’t appear, do still please let us know. It’s all really useful information. Our form will be open from the Birdwatch weekend until 15 February 2013 for you to tell us what you’ve seen.

4. Yes, we know we said three easy steps. But you’ll like this step as we just want to say ‘congratulations – you’ve done the Birdwatch!’ Along with hundreds of thousands of other wildlife lovers, you’ve taken a step for nature and helped us find out more about our garden birds. Thank you.

If you don’t have a garden or green space near you, don’t worry. You can do your birdwatch anywhere! If you don’t believe us, check out our video to see some of the more unusual places that people have spent an hour watching the birds: