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How to join the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch and what birds to look out for

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Be wowed by wildlife this week and join a national survey into the status of our garden birds - simply by looking out of your window.

More than one million people across the country took part in the RSPB's Big Garden Birdwatch in 2021 counting the birds they saw for an hour either in their own garden or an open space.

Now the charity is asking people to get involved again to help them learn more about how our birds are faring.

The RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch is on this weekend Picture: RSPB
The RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch is on this weekend Picture: RSPB

Previous work has found shocking declines in bird numbers, with 38 million birds lost from UK's skies in the last 50 years.

Robin numbers have declined by 32% since 1979, as well as many other of the country’s garden favourites.

The familiar robin was seen in 78.4% of gardens, but in much lesser numbers than the house sparrow.

House sparrow Picture: RSPB/Ben Andrew
House sparrow Picture: RSPB/Ben Andrew

One Birdwatch regular, the greenfinch, has declined so much that in 2021 it was placed on the UK red list for birds.

This year's event takes place from Friday, January 28 to Sunday, January 30.

To take part all you need to do is:

1. Watch the birds around you for one hour

2. Count how many of each species of bird lands on your patch

3. Go online and record your results.

Beccy Speight, the charity’s chief executive. “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.”

The robin's numbers are declining Picture: RSPB Images
The robin's numbers are declining Picture: RSPB Images

You can register to take part by clicking here.

The charity is urging everyone to keep their feeders and waterbaths topped up and clean as birds head to gardens in search of food and drink. It suggests placing feeders in a visible spot so that when you're indoors you can get the most pleasure from watching the birds visit.

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