Find out how your child can join in The Big Garden Birdwatch

25th – 27th  January 2020

Join thousands of others and pick an hour over the weekend to discover the wildlife in your garden. It only takes an hour and is suitable for children and adults of all abilities. This is a great way to spend some quiet quality time with your children on what can otherwise be a dull January weekend. If your kids like animals, this is an ideal way to nurture their connection with the natural world on their doorstep.

So how can you get your children to participate in the Big Garden Birdwatch at home, at school or at an organised event near you?

Sign up online to do the Big Garden Birdwatch.

You’ll find out all the information you need to take part, including tips on how to identify the most common birds you’re likely to see. You don’t need any special equipment, just a warm spot by a window. Why not let your child be the one to count up the birds and fill in the online form? And it’s not just birds, you can log other types of wildlife too.
Register to receive your free pack.


Make a bird feeder from an old plastic bottle

This is a great craft activity to do with kids and they’ll love it when a bird comes to feed. Remember it can take birds a few days to find a new feeder so maybe make it in advance of Big Garden Birdwatch weekend. And it’s another constructive way to reuse plastic.
Find out how to make a bird feeder here


Take part in the Big Schools’ Birdwatch

Your school can sign up any time until 7th February. There are classroom resources available as well as outdoor activity sheets.
Take a look at the Big Schools’ Birdwatch pages on the RSPB website


Go along to one of the family-friendly Big Garden Birdwatch events near you

Wild Challenge family trail: Big Garden Birdwatch at
 Burton Mere
1st – 31st January
Call into the visitor centre to pick up your quiz sheet. The trails are suitable for pushchairs but don’t forget to wrap up warm.

Get Ready for the Big Garden Bird Watch at RSPB Dovestone
18th & 19th January
Free drop-in activity. Make a bird feeder and nesting material holders. See birds and learn to identify them ready for the Big Garden Birdwatch.
Meet at Ashway Gap picnic area. The bird feeding station will be ready for you to enjoy.


Big Garden Birdwatch RSPB event at West Park Macclesfield
25th January
Join in the RSPB’s ‘Big Garden Birdwatch’ with help from birdwatchers from the RSPB Macclesfield Local Group and Wildlife Explorers. You can learn how to use binoculars and telescopes and find out how to identify common birds you might see in your own garden.


See the RSPB website for information about how your family can take part in the Big Garden Birdwatch


Looking for something else to do this weekend? Take a look at our pick of five of the best things to keep your children entertained this week.