BTO: About Garden BirdWatch 2013

Bullfinches by John Harding 

Help us chart birds like Bullfinch

Many birdwatchers and householders already keep simple records of the birds that they see using their gardens throughout the year. The collection of such information is incredibly useful and, if carried out in a systematic manner, these weekly observations of birds (or indeed other garden wildlife) can prove very valuable for researchers.

BTO Garden BirdWatch enables you to collect this information in a standardised way alongside similar information from many thousands of other garden birdwatchers. In effect, you are a ‘citizen scientist’ working in partnership with BTO researchers to answer important questions about how, why and when birds use gardens and the resources they contain.

This section of our website provides more information about the project, its originsmethods and the team who work behind the scenes to support you. You will also find our latest news, details of forthcomingtalks and events and details of how to contact us.

There is also information on some of the other garden-based projects that we run alongside Garden BirdWatch, such as our work on House Sparrowsdiseaseactivity patterns and bird behaviour.Type the text here

Click here to join Garden BirdWatch

Garden BirdWatch is funded through the annual subscription paid by its participants and we are extremely grateful for the support that they provided.

If you’d like to join Garden BirdWatch then you can do this online today if you want.

Join GardenBirdwatch

Join Garden BirdWatch through our secure online system 

Garden BirdWatch is all about getting involved and making a difference by collecting simple information on the birds and other wildlife using your garden. This information enables researchers at the BTO to monitor the changing fortunes of garden wildlife.

The project is funded by its participants, through an annual subscription of £17.00.

Join today and receive a free copy of ‘Garden Birds & Wildlife (cover price £14.99).

You’ll also receive four copies of Bird Table (our quarterly magazine), be able to access GBW Online (your very own web-based notebook for recording your garden wildlife) and get expert advice from the BTO to help you identify, understand and look after the wildlife in your garden.

Need to renew your support? – click here


You can join in one of three ways:




3. Phone us on 01842-750050



Buy this presentation pack for a friend 

Want to buy a gift subscription for a friend or relative?

We have just produced a new version of the Gift Pack that comes in this rather smart and solid presentation box.

The box contains:

an annual subscription to Garden BirdWatch,

a welcome letter,

a quick start guide,

instructions and recording forms,

advice on feeding and attracting garden birds

a car sticker.

Also in the pack is the all-important activation card. Once the recipient returns the card they will be sent a copy of the acclaimed book Gardens Birds and Wildlife by Mike Toms and Paul Sterry, the first of their quarterly Bird Tablemagazines and everything else they need to get started with Garden BirdWatch.

The presentation pack costs £19.95 and is available through the BTO’s online store.

Find out more.

Want to find out more about GBW first? Then request a free information pack from




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