Get ready for 2018 Garden Birdwatch


  • Author: Statistics Views
  • Date: 24 January 2018
  • Copyright: Image appears courtesy of Getty Images

The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds' 2018 Big Garden Birdwatch takes place over the weekend of 27th-29th January with around half a million people expected to take part, counting birds in gardens all across the UK. To take part, you can request a free pack here. Once registered you will need to spend an hour watching and recording the number of birds in your garden or nearby green space and then submit the results.

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The RSPB has also launched a list of interesting facts about this annual event.

In 2001 The Big Garden Birdwatch was opened up to everyone meaning you could take part even if you weren’t a member of the RSPB. This doubled participants to 50,000 and numbers have continued to grow to 500,000.

This year we will expect a large amount of results online but in the first year RSPB staff had to sort through 34 bin liners of post – observations from BGBW sent in by the public. That’s an awful lot of paper to recycle!

2001 saw the start of Big Schools Birdwatch and since then, 2000 schools have been involved with 90,000 pupils and teachers getting out their binoculars to experience nature. If you’re a teacher and think your school might be missing out, there’s still time to register online here.

The record number of species recorded over one Big Garden Birdwatch weekend was as many as 100!

Big Garden Birdwatch has been launched from some surprising locations varying from The Royal Hospital, Chelsea to John Lennon’s back garden and in 2003 from 10 Downing Street with the help of the Prime Minister himself.

There has been a decline in sightings for some of the UK’s favourite garden birds. Sightings of house sparrows have declined by 57% and starlings by 80% in UK gardens since 1979. Despite these decline in sightings they remain BGBW regulars in UK gardens and always make it into the top 5 birds.

Although the title of the annual event is Big Garden Birdwatch, it doesn’t necessarily mean you have to spend your hour in a garden. In fact, BGBW hours have been done by people in narrowboats, a flat in a tower block, in a model village, and even from a prison.

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