About the project

Jay by Christine M Matthews

Jays have learnt to exploit garden feeding stations

Gardens are great places in which to watch birds and many people spend time watching these delightful visitors.

Add up all the gardens across Britain and you'll end up with an area greater than that of the county of Suffolk, a not insignificant resource. Given this fact, it is important for us to understand how and why birds (and other wildlife) use gardens and the resources (like food and nesting opportunities) that they offer.

Of course, you cannot just go and peer into other people's gardens to see what birds they have visiting. If we want to discover the importance of the garden habitat then we need to involve householders in telling us what is using their gardens. This is where the BTO Garden Bird Watch comes in.

Launched in 1995, this 'Citizen Science' approach has revealed a great deal about the way in which birds use our gardens. Find out more about the history of BTO Garden BirdWatch. >>>

Through their weekly observations our Garden BirdWatchers keep a simple record of which species are using gardens. This information is then analysed by researchers at the BTO, who provide interpretation of the observed patterns. Find out more about our aims and methods, or take a look at some our fascinating results.