Inspired by Robin Robin? Why not find out what birds are in your garden or local park by taking part in Big Garden Birdwatch for an hour from 28-30 January 2022? Count the birds that land, then let us know what you see. This will give us a snapshot of how our garden birds are doing. Will Robin come out top?
The humble robin is the nation’s favourite bird and Aardman’s latest film, Robin Robin on Netflix, is probably the nation’s favourite robin film. We love it and we're delighted that Robin flew to some of our nature reserves over the winter.
A message from Robin herself: "I've enjoyed visiting RSPB nature reserves this winter and meeting some great wildlife friends. I loved seeing you taking part in your own big sneak on the Robin Robin trails too. Hope I can visit again soon."
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Top robin spotting tips
Robins are quite easy to identify, with their orangey-red breasts and brown backs. They are one of the few birds to sing their tinkling song all year too. You’ll often hear them singing from a bush or tree, then see them flitting down to the ground to pick up a worm, or other food. If you are digging in your garden, you might see them keeping a close eye out for any grubs that you uncover.
Male and female robins look the same and usually the only time they are confused for other birds is when they are young, newly-fledged birds without their red breast. If you’re not sure what you’ve seen though, why not try our bird identifier? Just fill in a few details and we’ll help you to work out what it was.
Attract robins to your garden
Robins are quite common garden birds, so if you don't already see any, what's the best way of attracting them? Like all birds, they need food, shelter and a place to nest.
Robins love to eat worms, insects, spiders, fruit, seeds and berries. If you put out scraps from the kitchen, such as porridge oats and cheese, you might entice a robin. They prefer to eat on the ground or a bird table, rather than a feeder. They will eat fat balls and suet, but their absolute favourite is mealworms.
Dense bushes and trees will provide a safe place to shelter and roost at night, and they prefer an open-fronted nestbox to raise their family in.
Give a robin a home
In the spring, robins make a nest of dead leaves and moss, lined with hair. It is usually low down and well hidden. They nest in all sorts of different places, the more unusual ones including sheds, kettles, boots, hanging baskets and under car bonnets.
You can help provide a safe place for robins to nest by putting up an open-fronted nestbox, fairly low down and hidden. If you’re feeling creative, why not make one from leftover wood, following our step-by-step instructions? You can also buy one ready-made from our RSPB shop, with all profits going to help wildlife.
Colour in your own Robin
If you’ve been inspired by the Robin Robin film, why not colour in your own Robin character? Stick with the traditional brown and red, or give her a multi-coloured twist.
Make a paper plate robin
Got paper plates and some paint? With a bit of creativity, you can turn them into your favourite birds, such as a robin, magpie or blackbird. Why not hang them up when you have finished, so they can fly too?
Take on the Wild Challenge
If you’ve enjoyed Robin’s challenges, you could take part in our free Wild Challenge awards with your family. Complete six activities (three experiencing nature and three helping nature) to earn your Bronze Award and certificate, then work your way up to gold. Robin loves a challenge and would be so proud.
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