Join the RSPB's Big Garden Birdwatch 2015
See how many birds you can spot in the 2015 annual survey of bird populations, on January 24 and 25 2015
Last year almost half a million people took part in the RSPB's Big Garden Birdwatch, spotting over eight-and-a-half million birds - so why not join them?
All you have to do is spend an hour over the weekend of Saturday January 24 or Sunday January 25, noting the birds in your garden. No garden? Go to a park or other open space.
To entice more birds to your garden, put out some food. Make sure any bird feeders are set up within easy sight of the window you'll be watching from. The RSPB have really made things easy with their interactive bird identifer and a list of the top 15 birds seen in previous Big Garden Birdwatches.
You can use the RSPB's online bird counting tool. Using your laptop, smartphone or tablet, go to rspb.org.uk/birdwatch when you want to start your watching that weekend, open the counter and start recording the birds you see.
The Rspb has an online guide of the birds you're likely to spot: the birds to look out for.
To find out more about the Birdwatch, visit the RSPB website.
One important point: just record the most birds of one species that have landed in your garden at any one time during the hour. Otherwise, you may inadvertently count the same birds more than once as they fly backwards and forwards.
There are also events all over the country if you prefer to bird-spot with others - see details of Big Garden Birdwatch events.
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