RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch

Had an email from RSPB to say Garden Birdwatch starts from 12 December. Hard to believe it's almost a year since the last one. Will many of you be taking part again?


  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 50,022
    This early?  It's usually around my birthday at the end of January
    If winter comes, can spring be far behind? 

  • Papi JoPapi Jo Brittany, France Posts: 1,532
    Actually it's the registration that starts on 12 Dec. The Big Birdwatch itself is in January, as usual. See

    You are invited to a virtual visit of my garden (in English or in French).
  • Fran IOMFran IOM Posts: 533
    Trust me to get it wrong :/ I just read "take part from 12 December". Thanks for correcting me as I thought it was too early. Hope the weather has improved by then.
  • RubytooRubytoo On the sofa, Southerly aspect.Posts: 629
    Aww Fran , nothing wrong with being eager :) It is a nice reminder for anyone who has not taken part or does not know about it to learn and get registered. 
  • LauraRoslinLauraRoslin Posts: 496
    Do you think they would mind if I put '64 Little Brown Jobs and 1 Wood Pigeon'?
    I wish I was a glow worm
    A glow worm's never glum
    Cos how can you be grumpy
    When the sun shines out your bum!
  • Fran IOMFran IOM Posts: 533
  • Julia1983Julia1983 ShropshirePosts: 26
    I'll be having a go again although I think my count might be meagre compared to last year, we've moved to a newish build house and although its not a built up area there doesn't seem to be as many birds around  :(  does it take a while for them to 'move in'?  There's a fair few trees about but young ones. 
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 22,800
    It can take a while Julia, but 'if you build it, they will come'  :)
    It'll be interesting to keepa diary of it over a few years to see any increases.
    Create as good a space as you can for them with the right planting, and other little bits and pieces so that you get a vareity of wildlfie and insects in. That helps attract birds. Feeding consistently too. 
    I moved back to this area five years ago, and inherited a very blank space of a garden, and now it's like Sauchiehall Sreet on the Saturday before Christmas  :D
    Oh the devil in me said, go down to the shed
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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 50,022
    We've got very few birds in the garden this year compared to the same time in other years, although the robin was about yesterday.  I think many of the others may still be down on the marshes ... it's been such a good year for seeds etc there's plenty for them down there, and shelter too ... I think that when the weather begins to turn properly wintry we'll see them back although nesting time is when we see the most.
    If winter comes, can spring be far behind? 

  • donutsmrsdonutsmrs Posts: 472
    I will be taken part, I have always done it and just love it. We have recently moved house and I have never seen so many Starlings. We have only moved 2 miles and where we lived before there were hardly any. I just love watching them sitting on the telephone wires of an evening and in the trees. My garden at the moment, (well it's not a garden really just a mess), will hopefully be a little more inviting for the birds by January.  :)

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