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January 2004
Get involved with the Big Garden Birdwatch
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Birdwatching can be great fun - but where do you start?

Join in the Big Garden Birdwatch and get a few tips on how to identify birds in your garden.
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The RSPB's Big Garden Birdwatch takes place every year throughout the UK. This year it's the 25th anniversary.

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Sean Bean is a great fan of the Big Garden Birdwach
Last year 314,000 people participated in the event - and many celebrities are now encouraging people to get involved.

Actor Sean Bean is a big fan of the Big Garden Birdwatch. He thinks it's a great activity for all the family.

It's an important event in the RSPB's calendar. It’s all about building up an important picture of how well our birds are doing - and they really do rely on your participation.

The Top 10 birds gracing our gardens 2003

  • Starling
  • A Great Tit
    A Great Tit - Number 8 on the garden visitors list
  • House Sparrow
  • Blue Tit
  • Blackbird
  • Chaffinch
  • Greenfinch
  • Collared Dove
  • Great Tit
  • Robin
  • Wood pigeon

  • If you're not sure what birds are in your garden, then click on the bird names to see what they look like.

    Additional details can be found on the garden birds website: British Garden Birds.

    How to take part

    All you need to do is spend one hour during the weekend of 24th - 25th January watching the birds in your garden, local park or school.

    A Robin
    A Robin - Number 9 on the garden visitors list
    Make a note of the largest number of each species you see at any one time (not the total number you see during the hour, because some birds may visit several times while you're watching).

    You only need to record the birds in your garden, park or school grounds - not the ones flying over.

    The morning is the best time to look, when the birds are out feeding after a cold winter night.

    Record your findings

    A Blue Tit
    A Blue Tit - Number 3 on the garden visitors list
    To record your findings just log onto the RSPB website where you’ll find an online form to fill in. Alternatively you can call 0870 601 0215 with your results.

    No garden?
    If you haven't got a garden, don't worry, check out our information on Birmingham parks and gardens.

    Make a bird-cake and a bird-table

    If you've really enjoyed watching the birds in your garden, why not make a bird-cake to help them survive the winter months? Or try making a bird-table to attract even more birds to your garden.

    Happy birdwatching!
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