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Breeding Bird Survey

Main Project Information
Goal Help build population trend reports on U.K's common birds.
Task Make three visits to designated areas, record birds & habitat
Where United Kingdom

This project needs volunteers to survey breeding bird populations in the United Kingdom. Join more than 2,800 participants who now survey more than 3,600 sites across the region and monitor the population changes of more than 100 bird species!

Breeding Bird Survey is the main source of population trend information about the United Kingdom’s common and widespread birds. Knowing to what extent bird populations are increasing or decreasing is fundamental to bird conservation, and the status of these populations is an important indicator of the health of the countryside.

Breeding Bird Survey is designed to be a quick, simple, and enjoyable birdwatching experience. Survey sites are randomly selected, 1-km (.6-mile) squares of land. Participants make just three visits to specially selected squares, the first to record habitat and to set up a suitable survey route and the second and third to record birds that are seen or heard while walking along the route. Participants do not need to be world-class birders to take part, but they should be able to identify common birds by sight and sound.

Join today -- all new volunteers receive a free CD of the songs and calls of more than 70 British bird species.

How to Join

After you register, project coordinators can connect you with a regional organizer in your area:

If you have trouble establishing a connection with your regional organizer, contact Kate Risely at

Required Gear

Regional Organizers only supply the field recording forms

Ideal Age Group College, Graduate students, Adults, Seniors
Spend the Time outdoors
Type of Activity On a walk, run, On a hike
Media Mentions
and Publications
Tags birds, birdwatching, breeding bird, united kingdom
Project Updated 08/04/2017