The RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch is set to return at the end of January with up to half a million people expected to take part this year.
Those who sign up are encouraged to spend just one hour watching and recording the birds in their gardens to help the RSPB better understand how our feathered friends are faring.
Over the last 40 years, 137 million birds have been counted for the Big Garden Birdwatch, revealing the winners and losers in the garden bird world. The house sparrow remains the most commonly seen bird with more than 1.2 million recorded sightings in 2019, with the song thrush seeing a drop of 75% in the past 30 years.
Rebecca Munro, RSPB Director of Communications, said: “With nearly half a million people now regularly taking part, coupled with 40 years’ worth of data, Big Garden Birdwatch allows us to monitor trends and helps us understand how birds are doing. With results from so many gardens, we are able to create a ‘snapshot’ of bird numbers across the UK.
“The popularity of Big Garden Birdwatch shows just how passionate people across the UK are about their wildlife. Everyone has a role to play in saving nature and protecting our wildlife. This event is an enjoyable, easy, inclusive activity that anyone can do and a great opportunity to connect with nature.”
The RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch takes place from 25th to 27th January 2020. For information on how to take part and get your free Big Garden Birdwatch pack, go to www.rspb.org.uk/birdwatch