Big Garden Birdwatch

Bird lovers are being invited to spend an hour of their time this weekend, monitoring the different species they see in their area.

The world’s largest garden wildlife survey provides the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) with an annual snapshot of how are birds are faring.

The annual RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch has been running for 40 years and is the world’s largest garden wildlife citizen science project. During that time, hundreds of thousands of people have volunteered their time providing the RSPB with more than eight million hours of monitoring garden birds.

Over the last four decades, 130 million birds have been counted – giving the RSPB insight into how our birds are faring.

This year’s event takes place on 26, 27 and 28 January. The RSPB is asking people to spend just one hour watching and recording the birds in their garden or local green space, then sign up online ( and send in their results. Around half a million people across the UK join in the Birdwatch every year.