The RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch

Don’t forget the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch is this weekend!

On Friday I helped my Grandma and Grandpa do the Big Garden Birdwatch in their garden, and today we did it in our garden. These are the results we got:

Blue tit: 3
Goldfinch: 4
Robin: 1
Blackbird: 2
Dunnock: 1
House sparrow: 27
Starling: 4
Chaffinch: 2
Collared dove: 1
Wood pigeon: 1
Great tit: 2

These are the results from Grandma and Grandpa’s garden:

Wood pigeon: 2
Dunnock: 1
Blue tit: 5
Robin: 2
Goldfinch: 3
Redpoll: 1
Chaffinch: 4
Blackbird: 2
Blackcap: 2
Nuthatch: 2
Coal tit: 2
Magpie: 1

Grandma and Grandpa had more different species of birds in their garden, but we had a lot more house sparrows. I think this is probably because we live closer to farmland and there are more hawthorn hedges nearby, while Grandma and Grandpa live in an area with more mature trees.

We’ve noticed the numbers of house sparrows are falling. This might be because there are less hedges here than there used to be. Our starling numbers have fallen a lot too (last spring we had 50 starlings, now we only have 4) but hopefully we’ll have lots of baby starlings again in the spring.

Taking part in the Big Garden Birdwatch is important because it helps the RSPB to find out about which birds are falling in numbers, and how to help them. You can find out how to take part and enter your results here.

2 thoughts on “The RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch

  1. Thank you for your help Joey but we only had one more different species and you had so many more birds. We seem to have lost visiting bullfinches and although we had a crow and great tit later in the day the numbers were down on last year.
    The number of trees near us has be reducing year on year and that can’t be good.


  2. Thank you very much for your invaluable help in carrying out the garden birdwatch, Joey and also for entering the results for us. We seem to be getting fewer visitors to the garden this winter than last year. This is especially true of redpolls, goldfinches and long-tailed tits although most disappointing is a pair of bullfinches that regularly visited several times a day but haven’t been seen for some time now. The results from your garden were good and you had a wide variety. As you astutely mention, the differences in the birds attracted to the gardens can probably be explained by the types of surrounding environments.


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