Do you want to be part of the world's biggest bird event? If so, it couldn't be easier with the forthcoming 25th Big Garden Birdwatch this weekend. The survey form will be available to complete online from 23 January to 23 February 2004.
In recent years, Big Garden Birdwatch has become a tremendously popular and successful event, with as many as 314,000 people watching their local birds in 2003. During this amazing event, more than 4.5 million birds were seen from 101 species.
How does it work?
If you haven't taken part in the RSPB's Big Garden Birdwatch before, the survey is very simple. All you need to do is watch your garden (or local park if you don't have a garden) for an hour on either Saturday 24 or Sunday 25 January 2004. Note down the birds you see and tell us the highest number of each species you see at any one time (by doing this you won't be counting the same birds twice). Once finished, send our results to www.rspb.org.uk.
We also need to know where you did your birdwatch and how many people took part. This information means we can make a useful geographical analysis of the information everyone has collected.
To see what your bird sightings have shown us since the survey began in 1979 and to see some of the maps we produced after the 2003 event, take a look at the 2003 results. Here, you'll also find some background to the event and the answers to the most frequently asked questions.
Although over 100 different species were recorded during the 2003 event, any one garden is likely to have between 5 and 20 different species. To help you if you've just started birdwatching, we have an A-Z of UK birds where you can see what the birds look like. The webform will also have links to useful information about the birds you may see.
We hope you can take part in January and help to put the 'Big' in Big Garden Birdwatch!