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

BirdLife Australia has recently upgraded our database systems. To use Birdata you will need to reset your Birdata user details (with an email address as your username). If you use our Birds in Backyards forums, you should still be able to log in using your current log in. Please contact support@birdlife.org.au if you have any problems.

Check out the new instructions for our Birds in Backyards surveys. For the web portal and app.

 

What's New

As we close out another strange year, its time for our Summer surveys. A great opportunity to head out in the sunshine (hopefully) and count some birds in your garden. Read below about how to take part:
 
Head over to Birdata and get your Birds in Backyards Summer Survey in from December 1

Getting started is easy.

This is our second post in a series where we dig into the habitat features that Birdata analysis reveals will attract birds to your garden.

It might not feel like it across much of the country, but summer is upon us which means that, particularly on hot days, birds are looking for places to have a quick drink and cool off.

This year we had Masters student Ying Kiu Tong from the University of Melbourne working with us to look at the impact of bird feeding on bird communities.

Our Birds in Backyards surveys don’t only ask about what birds are visiting your garden, but what your garden is like. We’ve been analysing your Birds in Backyards survey contributions in Birdata to look at the relationship between different types of gardens, and what bird species are present.

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