The Big Garden Birdwatch

Owl SmallThis weekend saw the RSPB hold its annual Big Garden Birdwatch; a national survey of birds in our gardens which is now completed by over half a million people. The Big Garden Birdwatch started in 1979 and gives a snapshot of bird numbers across the UK over one weekend and has enabled the RSPB to monitor bird trends over the years.

man standing in a field looking through binocularsSurveys between 1979 and 2012 have revealed important findings such as a 20% increase in blue tits and a massive 800% increase in wood pigeons, but a decrease in the populations of robins by 32% and starlings by 80%. The RSPB use these statistics to spot and act upon any potential problems for bird species.

If you enjoyed taking part in this year’s Big Garden Birdwatch and want to learn more, or just have a natural curiosity for our natural world, our activity holidays offer a range of breaks at locations across the UK.

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