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How to Take Part in the RSPB BIG Garden Birdwatch in West Wales

Are you wondering what is involved in taking part in the RSPB BIG Garden Birdwatch this year? It’s very simple and we have all the info you need to help

What is the RSPB BIG Garden Birdwatch

The Big Garden Birdwatch is the world’s largest garden wildlife survey and takes place at the end of January every year. This year it will be held on 27th to 29th January 2023. It takes place over three days, so if you’re busy over the weekend or the weather is not great, you can still try to take part on third weekday. It involves you watching the birds and recording which you see for just one hour.

Started in 1979 it was to give children a winter activity to take part in and now it allows the RSPB to monitor trends and helps them understand how birds are doing

How to Take Part in the RSPB BIG Garden Birdwatch in West Wales

It’s easy to join the Big Garden Birdwatch and a great excuse to watch your garden birds.

First off simply pick where you will be watching the birds for an hour between 27th and 29th January 2023. Make sure your comfy and warm, you can watch from inside or outside. Get all your essentials within easy reach like a nice drink, Hot chocolate is always a winner! Maybe a snack and most importantly somewhere to write down what you see.

It’s not a problem if you don’t have a garden you can either go to your local park


Few Tips for when you’re Counting the Birds

When you are counting the birds, you need to write down the maximum number of each species you see at any one time. So, for example, if you see a group of three house sparrows together and later another two, and after that another one, the number to submit is three. That way, it’s less likely you’ll double-count the same birds.

It is super important that after you have completed your birdwatch that you return to the Big Garden Birdwatch page on the RSPB website and tell them what you’ve seen. Even if you didn’t see anything, it’s good to let them know and that is still really useful information.


How to Identify which Bird is What

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Don’t worry if you are not up on identifying which bird is what, the RSPB have a handy tool on their website that by answering a few questions it can help you identifier which one you have seen from a list of 408 species of birds found in the UK, including some rare overseas visitors. Click Here to access the Tool


Don’t Forget to Actually Sign Up

You can sign up to pledge that you are taking part this year via the RSPB website Here and if you apply soon enough you can get a Free pack posted to you

Birdwatch Pack 2020

Big Garden Birdwatch 2022

Although you can download one if you leave it too late. Once you have signed up you have instant access to information pages.


Feeling Inspired you Might Want to Become a Member

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Your membership will help the RSPB save wildlife, protect our wild places and connect people with nature. 90% of the RSPB net income is spent on conservation, public education and advocacy

For a Family of 1 – 2 adults and up to 5 children it cost £72 for the year however you do have the option to pay £6 monthly. With your membership you will get:

  • FREE gift of an RSPB Apex Classic Nestbox
  • FREE entry to over 170 nature reserves across the UK
  • Nature’s Home magazine four times a year
  • FREE membership pack

In West Wales we have two RSPB Nature Reserves and they are:

  • Cwm Clydach in Swansea
  • Ramsey Island in Pembrokeshire

Although your membership gives you access to all the reserves in UK so if you on holiday you can use your membership no problem.

Don’t Forget if you are taking part in this year’s RSPB BIG Garden Birdwatch you can share your experiences on social media by using #BigGardenBirdwatch hashtag




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