Welcome to Birds in Backyards

Birds in Backyards is a research, education and conservation program of BirdLife Australia focused on the birds that live where people live. Get involved by becoming a member and taking part in our online surveys. Learn how you can create bird-friendly spaces in your garden and local community. Find out more about Australian birds and their habitats.

Latest updates

Birds in Backyards is now using the BirdLife Australia login system. Click here to find out more.

The Birds in Backyards surveys are now available on Birdata. Click here to read more about the survey.

What's New

Begun in 1998, Birds in Backyards is celebrating its 20th year as a national citizen science program. Now that’s something to get excited about! Learn, participate, and create with us this year.

The time is now people! Autumn is the best time of year to get your native plants in the ground. There is a good 7 months then of growing before the next brutal summer rolls around - giving your new garden a chance to get its roots established. In Autumn there is still some heat from summer hanging around, so the soil is nice and toasty warm.

Last week, the Senate voted AGAINST draining 70 billion litres more water from the Darling River. The Darling is connected to Macquarie Marshes, a critical refuge for half a million waterbirds.

It's a huge relief for the birds of the Basin.

Keep up to date on all the latest happenings and come and talk all things backyard birds with us on the new Birds in Backyards Facebook Group. You can connect with like minded people, share photographs and get advice on birds and bird-friendly gardening as well as find out about upcoming events and the results of our latest surveys.

Come and join us!

A whizz and a whirl, a flutter and a swirl. Autumn is when so many of our birds are on the move. It’s time to find out which ones are visiting your space this March-April 2018.

Head over to Birdata and get your Birds in Backyards survey in today.

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