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RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch event 2022

2022 RSPB Birdwatch event

Grab your binoculars and participate in the RSPB’s 43rd Big Garden Birdwatch event by recording your garden birds between the 28th-30th January 2022.  

Here is our guide on how to take part and the best birds to spot in your garden this winter.

What is the Big Garden Birdwatch?

2022 welcomes the 43rd RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch, an annual event that sees enthusiastic birdwatchers join the UK’s most significant garden wildlife citizen science project by tracking the birds found in their gardens. Last year, the biggest Birdwatch event took place with more than one million participants that counted over 17 million birds.

2022 RSPB Birdwatch Event Goldfinch

How birds are faring

While 2021 was the best year for the number of people partaking in Big Garden Birdwatch, it, unfortunately, wasn’t the best year for birds across Britain. Although robins and blackbirds had a good year, the number of finches declined, with greenfinches and chaffinches at their lowest numbers yet. Last year’s Big Garden Birdwatch sadly discovered that sixteen of the top garden birds in the UK suffered a decline.

How to take part in the 2022 RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch event

2022 RSPB Birdwatch Event Woodpigeon

First of all, you need to register to participate, and you will also receive a free guide to help you spot the most common garden birds.

All you need to do is spend only one hour between the 28th and 30th of January watching and recording birds in your garden or a local green area. You only count the birds that land, not the ones flying past. Afterwards, you submit your results online to the RSPB.

While there is no need to prepare for the Birdwatch event, you could use a bird feeder to entice more birds to your garden if you want to get ready ahead of time. Don’t forget to give it a clean after each refill.

The RSPB also advises not to clean your garden up too much over the next few weeks, to ensure an abundance of berries and seeds are available for wildlife to feed on during the cold weather. I also suggest leaving out fresh water and keeping it free from ice.

If you love birds, we offer a great range of products that feature some of the species you might see in your garden!

The leading ten birds in the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch 2021

Rank. Species – average per garden (% of gardens species recorded in 2021)

  1. House sparrow
  2. Blue tit
  3. Starling
  4. Blackbird
  5. Woodpigeon
  6. Robin
  7. Great tit
  8. Goldfinch
  9. Magpie
  10. Long-tailed tit

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