Registration is now open for the RSPB’s annual Big Garden Birdwatch which takes place over the weekend from January 29th to 31st.
Hundreds of thousands of people across the UK are expected to take part this year as they celebrate their love of nature and come together to count the nation’s garden birds.
Those who sign up are encouraged to spend just one hour watching and recording the birds in their garden, balcony or local park to help the RSPB better understand how our feathered friends are faring.
This year, we’ve seen how important the natural world is to our mental health and wellbeing. There has been a surge in interest in the nature on our doorsteps and many people have come to rely on garden birds to bring joy and comfort in these unsettling times.
Beccy Speight, the RSPB’s Chief Executive, said: “We know that for many people, garden birds provide an important connection to the wider world and bring enormous joy. Lockdown brought few benefits, but the last year has either started or reignited a love of nature for many people. There has been a broad and much-needed realisation that nature is an important and necessary part of our lives, especially for our mental health and wellbeing. But nature needs us too.
“By taking part in the Birdwatch, you are helping to build an annual snapshot of how our birdlife is doing across the UK. It is only by us understanding how our wildlife is faring that we can protect it. We know that nature is in crisis but together, we can take action to solve the problems facing nature.”
Over four decades, the Big Garden Birdwatch has highlighted the winners and losers in the garden bird world to become the largest garden wildlife citizen science project.
In 2020, the house sparrow remained at the top of the Big Garden Birdwatch rankings as the most commonly seen garden bird, with nearly 1.3 million sighted, followed by the starling in second place and the blue tit completing the top three.
For your FREE Big Garden Birdwatch pack, including a bird identification chart, top tips on birdwatching and how to attract birds to your garden, plus an RSPB shop voucher, text BIRD to 70030 or visit www.rspb.org.uk/birdwatch