National Bird Day falls on the 5th January and it is a day that sees us showing appreciation and love for our all of our feathered friends. It is a day when we turn our focus on conservation and ensuring that our birds have the support they need to thrive.

One of the best ways you can support National Bird Day in its aftermath, is by taking part in the RSPB’s annual Big Garden Birdwatch.

The Big Garden Birdwatch runs from 26-28 January and asks you to keep watch for UK birds in your gardens, local parks and nature reserves. Record your sightings and submit your findings to the Big Garden Birdwatch to help the RSPB gather data about the number of bird species in the UK.

What is the purpose of the Big Garden Birdwatch?

The RSPB created the Big Garden Birdwatch in order to get a clearer idea of how many of the UK’s bird species are currently active. This helps with conservation efforts, telling us how many numbers of different species are currently active and highlights any drops to the population.

This study is essential in our keeping a close eye on any birds that may be struggling, allowing conservationists to take action before things become serious.

The results?

At the end of the birdwatch, the data submitted by birdwatchers like you is tallied up and released to the public, showing you which birds have increased or decreased since previous years.

There are some breeds, such as blackbirds, blue tits and magpies that you are sure to see and each one of them is important. Even the most commonly sighted birds need to be monitored to ensure their numbers are not depleting.

What to look out for during the Big Garden Birdwatch

It’s not just our birds that we have to keep an eye on. Since 2014, the Big Garden Birdwatch has been asking participants to also make a note of the other wildlife they have spotted in their gardens. Make sure to include any squirrels, hedgehogs or even badgers in your spotting!

It’s not just in your garden where you can do some wildlife tallying – keep track of your findings throughout the day, whether in school, in work or looking out of the window in the gym.

You can sign up to take part right here and you can even use our Kennedy Birdspotter to keep track on the go!