Garden BirdWatch

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Stay connected to nature, learn about your garden wildlife and contribute to important scientific research without leaving your home. We're giving everyone free access to BTO Garden BirdWatch at this time.

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Help with research into garden wildlife by joining our Garden BirdWatch community

  • BTO has run the year-round Garden BirdWatch scheme since 1995, and thousands of people across the UK contribute their sightings each week.
  • Gardens are really important habitats for wildlife, but we need to understand how and why populations of garden birds and other wildlife are changing, and how we can help them.
  • You can help by keeping a simple list and telling us which species visit each week, helping us learn about how wildlife uses the food, shelter and other resources in our gardens.
  • The more we can understand about how birds and animals use our gardens, the more we can improve our cities, towns, villages and individual gardens for wildlife.  
  • Sign up for Garden BirdWatch!

Time / skill required

  • As much as you like, but a minimum of 20 minutes per week recommended.
  • Can identify common garden birds by sight.
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Project timeline, contributions & findings

Project timeline

  • Jan 1995 - Garden BirdWatch recording begins
  • Dec 2010 - Big Garden Beakwatch Survey launched
  • Dec 2011 - Abnormal Plumage Survey launched
  • Jan 2014 - Garden Wildlife Health project launched 

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