The Garden Bird Survey
Our most popular survey, the Garden Bird Survey (GBS) helps us to keep track of the fortunes of Ireland’s garden birds. It attracts over 1,000 submissions each year. 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 GBS 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.
Garden birds are among our most familiar and easily observed bird species, are easily attracted to feeders and bird tables, and can be watched from the comfort of our own homes.
The way the survey works is very straightforward...
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.
There are two ways for you to send us your records. You may use our online version of the survey, allowing you to submit your records electronically.
- Simply go to our online surveys section and register your details, then follow the on-screen instructions.
- Alternatively, and as in previous years, you can download the current Garden Bird Survey Form, print it, fill it out over the course of the winter and return it to us by post or fax on or before 1st April next year; a full set of instructions is included with the form.
The results of the GBS are published each year in the winter edition of Wings, our quarterly membership magazine (see links on the left hand side of this page). If you have a question about Garden Birds or about the survey, please contact us.