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RSPB's Big Garden Birdwatch 2016

Join thousands of others and pick an hour over the weekend to discover the wildlife in your garden.
Around half a million people took part last year, with 8.5 million birds counted last year alone.

Why take part?
Bird populations are a great indicator of the health of the countryside. That's why it's so important to take part in surveys like Big Garden Birdwatch to keep an eye on the ups and downs of the wildlife where we live.

All you need to do is spend an hour over the weekend of 30-31 January counting the birds in your garden. It's that simple!

The more people involved, the more we can learn. So, grab a cuppa and together we can all help to give nature a home.

How to take part
Taking part in Big Garden Birdwatch couldn't be easier, simply follow these three steps:

Using RSPB's online counting tool
1. Go to rspb.org.uk/birdwatch on the weekend of 30-31 January, 2016.

2. Open the live bird counter on your computer, tablet or smartphone, and watch the birds in your garden or local park for one hour recording the highest number of each type of bird you see at the same time that land in your garden. Don't count the total over the hour as you may get the same birds visiting more than once.

3. Tell RSPB which of the other animals we're asking you about, such badgers, squirrels and slow worms, you see in your garden.

With pen and paper
1. Watch the birds in your garden or local park for one hour on the weekend of 30-31 January, 2016.

2. Record the highest number of each type of bird you see at the same time. Don't count the total over the hour as you may get the same birds visiting more than once. Also, please only count those birds that land within your garden - not those flying over.

3. Once your hour is up, tell RSPB what you've seen. Even if you didn't get as many birds as you expected, your 'regulars' didn't appear or even if you saw nothing, do still please let us know. It's all really useful information. We also want you to tell us which of our list of non-bird species you see in your garden too.

A final step for everyone taking part...

4. Yes, we know we said three easy steps. But you'll like this step as we just want to say 'congratulations - you've completed the Birdwatch!' Along with hundreds of thousands of other wildlife-lovers, you've made a stand for nature and helped us find out more about our garden birds. Thank you.

Other wildlife
The threats to our wildlife means that it's not just birds facing tough times it's our badgers, snakes and other animals too. So to help us get a more complete picture of the state of our wildlife, in January 2015, as a part of the Big Garden Birdwatch we asked you to tell us about some of the other animals in your gardens.

We're going to continue including this part of the survey each year now, to help us see the trends in our other wildlife in the same way that we've been able to with birds.

The more people involved, the more we can learn, so please encourage your family, friends and neighbours to take part.

Big Garden Birdwatch results 2015
Below are the top stories from 2015’s Big Garden Birdwatch, including some of the findings about the non-bird species, which you told the RSPB about for the first time.

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