Get Involved in the Big Garden Birdwatch 2021!

Published on January 21st 2020
a couple on chairs outside, watching the birds
This weekend, it's time to pick up your binoculars, dust off your identification book and join up to half a million other citizen scientists in taking part in this year's Big Garden Birdwatch.
The world's biggest garden wildlife survey has been running since 1979 and has recorded over 137 million birds.
Taking part is simple. For one hour this weekend, the RSPB is asking people to watch and record the birds they see in their garden or local green space and then send them in.
A great and blue tit sitting on a birdfeeder
Blue tit (left) and great tit (right)
The data, when compared over the past 40 years, allows the RSPB to monitor how species are faring. Like starlings, which have dropped by 81% since 1979.
It also highlights that when thousands are inspired to make a small change that benefits wildlife, like planting a particular shrub or adding a bird box, entire species can benefit.
Find out what you can do to help birds in your garden here:
The number of starlings in the UK has decreased by 81% since 1979
Any educators out also have until the 2nd of February to sign up to RSPB Big Schools’ Birdwatch.
This parallel event takes place during the first half of the spring term (5 January – 22 February 2021) and again only takes one hour to complete. Find out more information here.
Of course, schools won't be able to participate in the same way they did last year. For this reason, the BBC will be hosting a live lesson for key stage 2 pupils on the 28th of January at 11 am. Find out more here.
a kid birdwatching
Get involved with the Big Garden Birdwatch and find out more information here. And you can submit your results here by the 19th of February.
If you're not taking part this year, you can still get your birdwatching-fix throughout the weekend from experts across the UK. Watch out for photos, footage and facts shared live across social media platforms.
Let us know how you're getting involved! Share your #BigGardenBirdWatch with the community!
Edited January 2021
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