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Birds to look out for in your Big Garden Birdwatch

Here are some of the birds you might see during your Big Garden Birdwatch. Sadly, some such as house sparrows and starlings, are already on the UK red list for Birds, so it’s vital we keep an eye on how they are doing.

Sign up to our weekly Notes on Nature email for special features on garden birds and how to help them. Plus, join the birdwatching community and share your sightings and bird stories on social media using #BigGardenBirdwatch. If you're not sure what you've seen, try our Bird identifier tool.

Woodcock | The RSPB

Seen something unusual?

Nature is nothing if not unpredictable, and every year a few rare birds turn up during Big Garden Birdwatch. We take a look at Birdwatches gone by and uncover some of the head-turning rarities that flew in. Will you see something new in your Birdwatch this year?

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Get to know your birds at an RSPB nature reserve

In these special events, our wildlife experts will help you identify garden birds, giving you their top tips and advice on what to look out for. You’ll also enjoy a guided walk on a nature reserve to help put all you’ve learned into practice. Plus, we’ll help you get all the birds flocking to your Birdwatch, with our expert advice on attracting and feeding birds.

How to photograph birds

Wildlife photography can be incredibly rewarding and a great way to capture the beauty of the birds you see during Big Garden Birdwatch. Meet RSPB photographer Ben Andrew as he reveals his expert advice on how to take better bird photos.

Family doing Big Garden Birdwatch

Take part in Big Garden Birdwatch 2022

Please sign up to take part in Big Garden Birdwatch 2022. It’s free to join in and a great way to get closer to nature where you live. When you sign-up we will be able to email you the latest Big Garden Birdwatch news plus remind you when it is taking place. To thank you, you'll also get a discount code for 20% off at the RSPB shop.*

*No minimum spend. Single-use. 18 or over. Terms and conditions apply.