The RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch

Posted By KidGearUK on Thursday, 28 January, 2016 | 3 comments


This weekend (30-31 January) is the worlds largest wildlife survey, the RSPB 2016 Big Garden Birdwatch.


The RSPB Birdwatch has been running since 1979, giving 36 years worth of data for the RSPB to look back on. Rather alarmingly, in this time it has shown house sparrow and starling numbers have fallen by 58% and 80% respectively. Declines in bird numbers are worrying but identifying a problem is the first step to finding a solution.


RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch 2016


So this weekend the RSPB needs you. And YOU! And you there, hiding in the back, you too.


The Big Garden Birdwatch is really easy and it’s not too late to sign up. Simply visit the RSPB Birdwatch website to download a pack. Then on the 30th or 31st spend an hour watching for birds. Write down the highest number you see at the same time and, once your hour is up, send your results into the RSPB online.




This a great activity to do with the kids. My eldest is 6 and was given a RSPB Birdwatch sheet at school last year and even my youngest, who was 3 at the time, enjoyed spotting birds out of the patio window


If you fancy getting crafty beforehand there’s plenty of info online about making your own bird feeders or simply put out scraps of food you may already have at home…grated cheese, cake (who has any spare cake?! I digress…maybe you do), cooked potato, fruit, pastry, dry porridge oats and dried fruit will all be enjoyed by birds.


It’s a great way to share a nature activity with children and count the wildlife that’s counting on you.


I hope you sign up at and enjoy taking part.



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  1. I always used to do this when I lived in the UK and this year I’m going to do my own French version,just to see what I can find around our gite.

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  2. This is an important cause! And good on you for joining in and like you say, it makes for a pleasant activity with the kids as well!

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  3. I use to love watching the birds in my garden. Despite living in the middle of a forest now, because I have a first floor flat, I dont get to see as many birds, with the exception of small birds of prey gliding on the currents which are absolutely beautiful.
    Thanks for linking up with us, Tracey xx #abitofeverything

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