Science Challenge

Science Challenge

Get involved in our January Science Challenge - Big Garden Bird Watch 2023.



The annual Big Garden Birdwatch returns on 27th–29th January 2023 for the UK's largest garden-based citizen science project.

To take part in the Big Garden Birdwatch 2023, simply watch the birds in your garden, from your balcony, or local park for one hour at some point over the three days the Birdwatch is taking place. Only count the birds that land, not the ones flying by.

Last year just under 700,000 people took part, counting some 11 million birds.

You can register now to take part and receive a free guide that will help you to identify our most common garden birds. If you want to get ready early, you could put up a bird feeder to attract more birds to your garden, giving it a clean after each refill. The RSPB also recommends that you don't tidy your garden up too much over winter, making sure there are plenty of seeds and berries available for wildlife to feed on during the cold months. It's also good to leave out fresh water, making sure to keep it ice-free. 

The Science:

With 1 in 4 birds in serious decline, it's never been more important to monitor the UK's bird populations.

National Curriculum: Pupils should be taught to identify and name a variety of common animals including birds.

Science of the Month: Ornithology – Bird Watching

Investigate the following questions by following this link:

  1. What can I do to help a sick bird?
  2. What is the best feed for different bird species?
  3. What should I do if I find a baby bird?
  4. What plants are best to attract birds?
  5. Can you list/draw 5 common UK birds.

Please send in work or link a photo on Class Dojo to your teacher.

You can also download our Science Challenge as a PDF.