Big Garden Birdwatch Top 10 Birds of 2018

Peter McNish

Big Garden Birdwatch 2018

The results are in from this year's Big Garden Birdwatch and the top 10 most common birds in Britain have been revealed!

The RSPB runs the Big Garden Birdwatch every year, to help keep track of the UK’s bird population and understand which breeds of bird could be in danger and which ones are thriving.

Understanding which breeds need a bit of extra help allows the charity to put measures in place to ensure the survival of Britain’s best-loved birds. It means we can make sure all of our birds are being taken care of and gives bird lovers a better idea of which breeds they can expect to see in their own gardens.

Below are the top 10 UK garden birds as told by the Big Garden Birdwatch!    


  1. Chaffinch

Down by one place from last year, the chaffinch still remains in the UK top 10 British birds. With 321,629 sightings this year, the humble chaffinch is still holding on to a top 10 spot. It has also taken the number 3 spot for the most common birds in Northern Ireland, with 3 chaffinches per garden!

Make sure to attract chaffinches to your home with some of our delicious sunflower hearts wild bird food! Chaffinches love sunflower hearts and seeds, so it is the perfect bird food to entice these lovely little birds.  


  1. Long-tailed tit

This tiny feathered friend has flown its way up to number 9 in the top 10 British birds, with a total of 327,602 sightings.

Not only is it working its way up the chart, but it also made it to number 7 in the Wales list of most common birds!

You can look after your long-tailed tits with our small fat balls and a fat ball feeder. Simply hang it up in your garden and watch as these cute creatures flock to the delicious feeder.    



  1. Robin

Down to number 7, the robin still holds firm as one of the UK’s most common birds. With 330,204 sightings across Britain, these red-breasted birds were seen in Northern Ireland more than any other part of the UK!

You can bring a few more robins to your garden by making sure they have a nice, safe place to sleep, using one of our robin nest boxes and ensuring they are properly fed with our deluxe robin mixture bird food.   

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  1. Great tit

Another high climber, the great tit has gone up one place, from 8 to 7 in the chart with 357,273 sightings in the UK’s gardens. Showing its beak in over 64% of Welsh gardens, the great tit has seen a boom over the last year!

Make sure to invest in the most versatile food if you want to see a few more of these in your garden. A simply fill your feeders with sunflower hearts , perfect for these birds and very much welcomed.


  1. Goldfinch

One of the most brightly coloured of Britain’s garden birds, the goldfinch has stayed in 6th place for the second year running. Notoriously difficult when it comes to bird feed, these birds love to feast on niger seed, but can be a bit picky.

With 431,147 spotted this year, it is worth investing in some high quality niger seed to attract these beautiful birds to your home!   

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  1. Woodpigeon
The woodpigeon is always seen hopping about our gardens, mingling with other birds half its size. Often looking like the odd one out, 501,466 of these birds were seen in our gardens this year.

Woodpigeons will pretty much eat anything, so we recommend our economy mixed seed. All it takes to get a few of these guys visiting your feeders. Just make sure you put out lots of water for them, as they tend to drink a lot more than your average garden bird!

  1. Blackbird

The blackbird has actually been knocked off the number 3 spot this year, dropping down one place in the chart. With 568,233 sightings in our gardens this year, there was a small drop in numbers, but they still remain firmly in the top 5 British garden birds!

Make sure you give your garden’s blackbirds all the nutrients they need with our blackbird and thrush mix. Specially made with blackbirds and thrushes in mind, this wild bird food mix is exactly what’s needed for any blackbird enthusiast.

  1. Blue tit

Knocking the great British blackbird off the number 3 spot is the beautiful blue tit! 

This bright and cheerful breed of bird has graced our gardens 622,276 times in this year’s Big Garden Birdwatch and 79% of sightings were of a pair of blue tits, rather than just singular birds.

Make sure you feed these adorable birds with some of our premium grade peanuts for birds, in our peanut feeders, to allow them to easily snack on the delicious bird food.

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  1. Starling

One of the UK’s most common birds, the starling, has managed to keep its number 2 spot!

With 724,060 spotted during the Big Garden Birdwatch, many of the mini-murmurations we often spot in our local countryside were spotted primarily in the Outer Hebrides, Orkney and Shetland!

Make sure your visiting starlings have a feast waiting for them, with our delicious delicious sunflower hearts!   

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  1. House sparrow

And at number one (again!) it’s the House Sparrow with 1,034,239 sightings! 

These commonly seen birds have once again made it to the top of the chart and it looks like they are here to stay! Let the house sparrow feel the love when visiting your garden by making sure they have access to our economy mixed seed, a delicious snack for any resting sparrow.

Spot your own birds all year round!

If you want to be able to document your bird sightings all year round, we’re here to help!

Our Kennedy BirdSpotter is an interactive tool that helps you document all your sightings, including the type of bird you spot and where you’ve spotted it! Simply mark your find on the map and explore some of the birds other BirdSpotter uses have seen on their travels.

With BirdSpotter, the whole year is a big garden birdwatch!



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  • Gary Jermy on

    Hi i am very surprised to see the House Sparrow at number 1. They are now a rare sight in my part of Norfolk far outnumbered by the tree sparrow. The most popular birds on my feeders are Goldfinches and i can have a group of up to 8 at a time. They love sunflower hearts and niger seed and come to feed throughout the day from first light til dusk. I also have chaffinches, wood pigeons, collared doves, a robin, blue tits, long tailed tits, green finches and starlings. I am yet to see any great tits but i have only had my feeding station up for 5 weeks so will hopefully get some in time.

    Many thanks
    Gary


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