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What’s the history of Big Garden Birdwatch?
Let’s rewind the clock and start at the beginning!
It’s 1979 and we’re looking for a simple winter activity that our junior membership can get involved in. As it’s likely to be cold and the evenings dark, we think a weekend activity in the garden would be best.
So, we asked our members to count the birds in their gardens, all at the same time, so we could work out what the UK’s top 10 most common garden birds are.
Biddy Baxter – then editor of Blue Peter – liked the idea so much that she featured the survey on one of the programmes. We only expected a few hundred children to take part but, thanks to Biddy’s coverage, we actually received more than 34,000 forms!
And that’s how our ‘one-off’ activity grew into the regular event it is today. Although it wasn’t until 2001 that we invited adults to join in the fun, too