The Big Garden Birdwatch Results 2022

Big Garden bird watch results 2022. The Big Garden Birdwatch helps monitor how garden birds are coping. The event requires people to set aside just an hour of their time to count the birds they see in their garden or local green space.

And the Big Garden Birdwatch results for 2022 are in!

Big Garden Birdwatch

In 1979, the first ever Big Garden Birdwatch took place. Now we have over 40 years of data to help us understand patterns.

This year, 697,735 people counted over 11 million birds. 11,556,046 birds to be exact. That’s a lot.

Big garden birdwatch results 2022

Here’s the run-down on the top 10 garden birds in the UK. And if you’re familiar with the Big Garden Birdwatch, you won’t be surprised at the number one result.

Top Place

For the past 18 years, House Sparrows have been the top of the list. And it’s no different this year.

For the 19th year, House Sparrows have been spotted the most in your gardens – 1,778,764 times. Even though they’re spotted the most, there’s far fewer Sparrows than they’re used to be. Since 1979, this result has dropped by more than 50%.

sparrow birds feeding on peanuts

Places 2-4

There were 1,178,156 Blue Tits seen in UK gardens this year, putting it in second place. The Blue Tit has retained its second place position for 2022.

Starlings, another bird that has remained in its position, was sighted 1,162,553 times.

Ever so common Woodpigeons have moved up one position for this year’s results. 1,041,709 Woodpigeons were seen.

wood pigeon bird

Places 5-7

They’ve slipped one spot in comparison to last year but Blackbirds are still ever so popular. 958,917 birds were counted from the results of the data.

The famous ‘Christmas’ bird Robins have been sighted 622,493 times. These beloved birds are remaining in the sixth position spot from last year in this year’s garden birdwatch. What sweet birds they are.

robin bird on branch
Robin bird on a tree branch

Lovely-coloured Goldfinches fly into seventh place with over 591 thousand sightings.

Places 8-9

And switching places with the Goldfinch this year is the Great Tit. This bird was seen over 587 thousand times this year and we can’t help but wonder where they went. Perhaps they had a better food source this year than our gardens.

This shiny-object-attracted bird is in 9th place, with 527,125 sightings. Magpies are yet another bird not only staying in the top 10 but staying in the same position as last year.

10th Place

402,236 Finally, in 10th place, we have cute little hoppers, Chaffinches. Chaffinches have actually climbed into the top 10 this year from their previous eleventh place position.

chaffinch bird female

Though they’ve risen into top 10, sightings are actually down almost 70% in comparison to 1979. And similar in trend, Great Tits have moved down a spot where their sightings have actually down the opposite.

The Big Garden Birdwatch is a great way to assess bird trends over the years. Not just RSPB but other wildlife organisations, too, have data that shows how the UK’s bird populations are changing. In fact, more species (15% of 8,431 assessed) are now at risk of extinction.

Take the number one on this list. House Sparrows may have the most sightings but they are actually on the UK’s Red List for birds. Declination in the population has led to this.

Further Action

Bird diets are changing now the further into Spring we get. Are you making the necessary alterations to bird food in your garden to support the change?

You can check out some Spring-Time bird food options here.

birds enjoying feeder

What is the Big Garden Birdwatch?

The Big Garden Birdwatch is a great way of helping the RSPB build a picture of all our garden wildlife across the UK. It means, as a nation we can get involved and identify what wildlife is in danger – and what is thriving.

So with Christmas just passed, it’s never too early to start thinking about the wildlife you’ll be watching in your garden for 2022s biggest birding event

Last year, almost a million of us counted a staggering 10 and half million birds. With 2021 being such a roaring success, the RSPB promises this year will be bigger and better! In fact, the RSPB have provided an entire extra day to count all the birds and wildlife in our gardens over the weekend at the end of January.

For the first time, this three-day birding bonanza will take place over Friday 28th, Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th January.

Get your garden bird ready now!

Although this Big Garden Birdwatch takes place at the end of January, you don’t have to wait till then to make a mini wildlife sanctuary in your garden

The more you do now, the more you will be doing to help the birds thrive, especially in this cold climate. By doing this, you are likely to see a whole host of wildlife in your garden when you participate in the Big Garden Birdwatch!


Make sure you fill your feeders and stock up on all your garden birds favourite treats. These include:

In the winter, making sure there is food and shelter for wildlife in your garden can really make a difference. Leaving leaves on the ground, creating log piles for hedgehogs to hide in, and have boxes for roosting birds and bats will all be appreciated by the wildlife that lives in your garden – and let’s not forget feeding the birds!”

For more information on how to get involved, make sure you visit the RSPB website.

Here are the top ten most commonly seen garden birds of 2021.

The results were taken from the 2021 RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch event which runs each year and asks members of the public to survey and submit which types of birds are visiting their gardens.

an infographic showing the top ten garden birds 2021