What is birdwatching and how can I participate in RSBP’s Big Garden Birdwatch?

Birdwatching is the act of watching birds!

The RSPB’s annual Big Garden Birdwatch starts on January 25th! It’s all about trying to count birds in your local area.

All you have to do to take part is choose an hour this weekend to watch the birds in your garden or local park. Count the birds you see land – not birds that fly over – and see if you can work out which bird is which.

Once you’ve watched for one hour and counted the birds, tell the RSPB what you saw.

Just go to rspb.org.uk/birdwatch!

Here’s how to take part:

Watch the birds for one hour.

Choose an hour between 25 and 27 January to watch the birds in your garden or local park.

Count the most birds that land at once

Only count the birds that land in your garden or park, not those flying over. The same birds may land more than once, so you can avoid double counting by recording the highest number of each bird species you see at any one time – not the total number you count over the hour.

Tell the RSPB what you saw

Every count is important, so don’t worry if you don’t see anything. Observing which birds aren’t around is as important as seeing the ones that are. You can submit your results online at rspb.org.uk/birdwatch from 25 January until 16 February.

If you’d prefer to send your results by post, you can download a submission form from rspb.org.uk/birdwatch. Make sure you post your findings back to them by 11 February.

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