Irish Garden Bird Survey

Monitoring our favourite garden birds

The Irish Garden Bird Survey is BirdWatch Ireland’s most popular citizen science survey, with over a thousand gardens taking part each year. The Irish Garden Bird Survey 2018/19 is kindly sponsored by The Ballymaloe Group.

What’s involved?

Between December and February each year, we ask members of the public to keep note of the highest number of each bird species visiting their garden every week.  We also ask for information on the size of the garden being surveyed, the kinds of food, if any, being offered to the birds, and so on.  Taking part is fun, easy and an ideal way to get to know your garden birds better; it also makes an ideal school project.

Why do we count garden birds?

As the Irish countryside changes, gardens are becoming increasingly important havens for many species, and it is vital for us to know how their populations are faring.  The Irish Garden Bird Survey does this not only by giving us a good idea of how our garden birds themselves are doing, but also an indication of how the environment is faring in general.

You can send us your garden bird records online, by email or by post, and we publish the results of the survey each year in the winter edition of Wings – our membership magazine.


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Garden bird FAQs


Some helpful info for feeding your garden birds.


Guidance for putting up nestboxes in your garden. [Coming soon]

Gardening for birds

Tips on how to manage your garden for birds and wildlife.

Garden bird News

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January 31, 2019

Starling murmurations cause great excitement in Co. Meath

Starling murmurations have been generating great excitement amongst spectators in Meath over the past couple of weeks. Great flocks of starlings numbering in the 10's of thousands have been putting…

Garden Bird Publications

Irish Garden Bird Survey results 2017/18

Results from the Irish Garden Bird Survey from winter 2017/18, as featured in the Winter 2018 edition of Wings.

Garden Bird Survey form 2018/19

Form for recording the species in your garden for the Irish Garden Bird Survey 2018/19.

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