Big Garden Birdwatch 2024

Big Garden Birdwatch is the UK’s largest garden wildlife survey created by RSPB, with the aim of providing a vital snapshot of how the UK’s garden birds are faring, taken over one weekend.

Running since 1979, every year around 700,000 people take part in the event. It takes place over the last weekend in January each year and in 2024 Big Garden Birdwatch will be back on the 26th-28th January.

Taking part couldn’t be simpler – you just spend an hour watching the birds in your garden, from your balcony or in your local park, and tell RSPB what you’ve seen. If you see very few birds or none at all, that’s also really useful information.

Big Garden Birdwatch provides a vital snapshot of how the UK’s garden birds are faring. This gives a good general impression of the birds that are doing well, and the ones that are struggling. As the first Birdwatch took place more than 40 years ago, they now have a wealth of data to look back on.

People taking part in Big Garden Birdwatch for the first time also often find it sparks a passion for nature, leading to giving a helping hand through feeding their garden birds, putting up nest boxes and gardening in a wildlife-friendly way – actions that can make all the difference to nature.

Shockingly, 38 million birds have been lost from the UK’s skies in the last 50 years, so it’s crucial we collectively do all we can to look after our bird life.

To find out more about how you can get involved, visit