RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch Garden Survey Returns for 2021

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Big Garden Birdwatch 2021

Hundreds of thousands of people across the UK will celebrate their love of nature and unite to watch and count the nation’s garden birds over the last weekend in January for the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch, and the RSPB are counting on Yorkshire residents to join in too.

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.

This year’s event takes place on 29, 30 and 31 January 2021. Yorkshire residents are asked to spend just one hour watching and recording the birds in their garden, balcony or local park. And results can then be sent to the RSPB. Close to half-a-million people join in the Birdwatch every year.

Just one hour every year, for the last four decades, has made the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch the largest garden wildlife citizen science project. Now in its 42nd year, 144 million birds have been counted giving the RSPB an astonishing amount of insight into how our wildlife is faring.

Big Garden Birdwatch 2021

“Enormous joy”

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.”

For four decades, Big Garden Birdwatch has highlighted the winners and losers in the garden bird world. The house sparrow remained at the top of the Big Garden Birdwatch rankings as the most commonly seen garden bird. Nearly 1.3 million of them were sighted in 2020. Starling held down the second spot once more, with the blue tit completing the top three.

House sparrows and starlings are the UK’s most commonly sighted birds. But a closer look at Big Garden Birdwatch data shows that numbers have in fact dropped dramatically since the Birdwatch began in 1979. House sparrows are down 53% while starlings are down 80%. It’s a pattern echoed by two more garden favourites, with blackbirds and robins down 46% and 32% respectively.

Big Garden Birdwatch 2021

“Connecting children with nature”

Taking part in the Big Garden Birdwatch 2021 is easy. Simply, watch the birds in your garden or local park for one hour at some point over the three days. Only count the birds that land, not those flying over. And tell organisers the highest number of each bird species you see at any one time.

The RSPB Big Schools’ Birdwatch takes place during the first half of spring term, 6 January – 21 February 2021. This year, it celebrates its 20th anniversary of connecting children with nature in their school grounds. Since its launch, over a million school children and teachers have taken part. Further information can be found at www.rspb.org.uk/schoolswatch

For your FREE Big Garden Birdwatch guide, which includes a bird identification chart, top tips for your birdwatch, RSPB shop voucher, plus advice on how to help you attract wildlife to your garden, text BIRD to 70030 or visit rspb.org.uk/birdwatch

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  1. mrs valerie hadley 15 February, 2021 at 16:35 Reply

    valerie Hadley RUISLIP MIDDLESEX HA4 7SW
    Blackbirds 4 ,bluetits 1, collared dove 2 , Great tit 2 sparrow3 ,MAGPIES 6 Robins 4 wood pigeons3
    OTHER BIRDS ONE PAIR OF CROWS 2 WILLYWAGTAILS 1 JAY,
    2nd febuary 2021 PLUSS 1 SQUIRRLS

  2. marion 14 February, 2021 at 10:54 Reply

    Blackbird s 3
    Blue tits 4
    Coal tit 2
    Collared dove 2
    Goldfinch 6
    House sparrow 3
    Robin 1

    Wood pigeon 3

    (2 Kites flying low overhead)

  3. Daniel Mollan 7 February, 2021 at 19:48 Reply

    31.1.21 10am-11am
    coal tit 5
    nuthatch 11
    crow 1
    hedge sparrow 6
    chaffinch 13
    great tit 37
    blue tit 31
    jackdaw 11
    blackbird 5
    long tailed tit 4
    robin 3
    greenfinch 1
    rook 1

  4. Alan Longdon 6 February, 2021 at 15:40 Reply

    31 January2021.1030am-1130am
    24 House Sparrow
    24 Tree Sparrows
    2 Blackbirds
    2 Blue tits
    2 Collared doves
    2 Woodpigeons
    2 Magpies
    2 Robins

  5. Gary Southern 6 February, 2021 at 14:10 Reply

    Blue tit x 30.
    House sparrow x 19
    Coal tit x 3
    Great tit x 6
    Magpie x 2
    Robin x 5
    Blackbird x 8
    Jay x 7
    Carrion crow x 2
    Goldfinch x 30
    Chaffinch x 4
    Long tailed tit x 8
    Woodpigion x 2
    Blackbird with a white head x 1
    Greenfinch x 1
    Great spotted woodpecker x 1

  6. Richard Neale 5 February, 2021 at 14:56 Reply

    I’m sorry this might be me but I don’t find this easy to submit the list of birds I’ve seen!
    I cannot simply go to a page and submit the list of birds I’ve seen!
    Long Tailed Tit 4
    Blue Tit 11
    Great Tit 5
    Coal Tit 2
    Gold Finch 9
    Chaffinch 3
    Black Cap 2
    Black Bird male 3
    Black Bird female 2
    Jackdaw 5
    Magpie 2
    Robin 2
    Great Spotted Woodpecker 2
    Nuthatch 2
    Thrush 1
    Collared Dove 4
    Pied Wagtail 2
    Siskin 3
    Chiffchaff 1
    Dunnock 2
    Brambling 2

    All seen over selected 1 hour periods on 30th Jan 2021

  7. Glenis 5 February, 2021 at 11:35 Reply

    3 Blackbirds
    2 Blue Tit
    4 Chaffinch
    2 Collared Dov
    22 Goldfinch
    2 House Sparrows
    1 Greenfinch3 Robins
    5 Starlings
    2 Woodpigeon
    1 Blackcap

  8. Malcolm Crawford 5 February, 2021 at 10:13 Reply

    01/02/21 10.00am – 11.ooam KA1 5LN
    blackbird…..2
    blue tit ………2
    chaffinch……1
    coal tit…………4
    collared dove..2
    goldfinch……..0
    great tit………..2
    green finch…..0
    house sparrow..6
    long tailed tit…0
    magpie……………0
    robin……………….1
    starling……………0
    woodpidgeon…0
    rook………………….2

  9. Nick Pope 2 February, 2021 at 15:39 Reply

    Jan 31 2021
    14.00 to 15.00 hours
    Greenfinch 12
    Chaffinch 2 M&F
    Sparrow 1
    Wood Pigeon 2
    Wren 1
    Blue Tit 1
    Magpie 1
    Starling 1
    Blackbird 2 M&F

  10. Elizabeth Abell 1 February, 2021 at 14:01 Reply

    Elizabeth Abell
    31/01/21 9am-10

    Robin 1
    Blackbird 3
    Pidgeon 4
    Starlings 28
    Dunnock 1
    Collard Dove 2
    Sparrow 4

  11. michael pollard 1 February, 2021 at 13:05 Reply

    30-01-2021 = 1100-1200 Ainsdale, Southport, 2 blackbirds male&female, 2 magpies, 1 wood pigeon, 3 robins 1 great tit, 2 blue tits.

  12. frankie rowe 1 February, 2021 at 12:37 Reply

    sparrows x14,starlings x5,male blackbirds x7,female blackbirds x5, wren x1, woodpigeon x6, collared dove x2. blue tit x4, great tit x3, coal tit x2, robin x3, dunnock x4,female chaffinch x2, male chaffinch x2, jackdaws x 23, viewed on sunday 31st january 2021 @ 10/30 =11/30

  13. Rex Eastment 1 February, 2021 at 09:56 Reply

    31/01/2021 11am – 12 noon
    2 female Chaffinch
    2 male Chaffinch
    8 Long Tailed Tit
    10 Goldfinch
    10 Blue Tit
    8 Great tit
    2 Dunnock
    2 Greenfinch
    4 Robin
    2 Female Blackbird
    1 Male Blackbird
    1 Wren
    1 Lesser Spotted Woodpecker
    1 Nuthatch

  14. George Dutton 1 February, 2021 at 07:02 Reply

    31/01/2021 10;30-11;30
    Wren 1
    Blackbird 2
    Blue tit 3
    Collard Dove 4
    Dunnock 2
    House sparrow 24
    Starling 13
    Wood pigeon 1

  15. Lin Holmes 31 January, 2021 at 18:39 Reply

    Lin Holmes 30/1/2021 3pm -4pm
    Sparrows 29
    Wagtails 2
    Magpie 1
    Blackbird 3
    Great tit 2
    Blue tit 2
    Robin 1
    Dove 2
    Chaffinch 2
    Crow3
    Pigeon 3

  16. Gustav-Peter Hollman 31 January, 2021 at 16:53 Reply

    31/01/21 1pm-2pm Langney Point Eastbourne

    Sparrows 11
    Starlings 42
    Jackdaw 2
    Pigeons 4
    Seagulls 2

    Gus Hollman

  17. Mr L Warwick 31 January, 2021 at 16:10 Reply

    31/01/2021 13pm 14pm
    Blackbirds 4
    Bluetit 4
    Chaffinch 6
    Collared dove 2
    Goldfinch 12
    House sparrows 5
    Magpie 2
    Robin 2

  18. Jean Wall 31 January, 2021 at 16:02 Reply

    Jean Wall

    31 January 2021 at 11 – 12
    3 pigeon
    2 great tit
    1 greenfinch
    4 starling
    2 doves
    1 thrush
    2 blackbirds
    2 blackcap (1 male 1 female)
    4 sparrows
    2 robin
    5 bluefin
    1 grey wagtail

  19. Jacqueline Ann butcher 31 January, 2021 at 15:49 Reply

    Time 2pm 3pm Sunday 31st 8 blue tits 5 blackbirds 10 house sparrows 2 robins 1wren 5starlings 2 collared doves 3 pigeons

  20. Gerald Barker 31 January, 2021 at 15:34 Reply

    31st Jan 2021 1pm-2pm
    1 female Chaffinch
    1 longtailed tit
    1 blue tit
    2great tit
    1 collared dove
    5 dunnock
    1 magpie
    1female house sparrow
    1 male house sparrow
    2 robins
    1 female blackbird
    1 male blackbird
    1 woodpigeon
    7 jackdaw

  21. Robert Vaughan Davies 31 January, 2021 at 15:15 Reply

    31/01/21, 14-00 till15.00
    e17 6LN
    little gulls 6 in total, but 2 may have been repeats
    magpie 1
    wood pigeon 1
    sparrows 2

  22. Elizabeth Clarke 31 January, 2021 at 14:50 Reply

    31.01.21 13.30 – 14.20
    Blackbird male 1
    Blackbirdfemale 1
    Goldfinches 8
    Robin 2
    Bluetit 1
    Great tit 1
    Male Chaffinch 4
    Female chaffinch 4
    Greater Spotted woodpecker 1
    Starlings 4
    Dunnock 2
    Sparrows 12
    Tree Sparrows 2
    Magpie 1
    Grey wagtail 1

  23. Niamh Chadbourn 31 January, 2021 at 14:20 Reply

    31/01/2021 – 13:10-14:10
    Long Tailed Tits – 7
    Great Tits – 13
    Pigeons – 21
    Starlings – 50
    Jackdaw – 16
    Gull – 11
    Magpie – 5
    Blackbird – 15
    Blue Tit – 8
    House Sparrow – 15
    Goldfinches – 2

  24. VIVIEN ANN IMBER 31 January, 2021 at 14:17 Reply

    VIVIEN IMBER
    31/01/2021
    ROBIN 3
    JACKDAW 8
    COLLARED DOVE 2
    HOUSE SPARROW 11
    BLACK BIRD 8
    WOOD PIGEON 4
    FERAL PIGEON 4
    SONG THRUSH 1
    BLACK HEADED GUL 1

  25. malcolm Sunter 31 January, 2021 at 13:54 Reply

    blackbird 3,
    blue tit 4,
    chaffinch 2,
    dunnock 1,
    great tit2,
    sparrow 2,
    magpie 7,
    robin 2,
    woodpigeon 5,
    crow 60+ in the tree
    jackdaws 5

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