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.

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Unfortunately our Birds in Backyards forum is now closed. To do our Birds in Backyards surveys, please log in to Birdata directly as the log in function on the site is now disabled and will not direct you. We apologise for any inconvenience.


What's New

Head over to Birdata and get your Birds in Backyards Spring Survey underway

Getting started is easy.

Habitat is more than providing a garden. Human activity introduces a variety of risks for the birds that are living amongst us. Taking a few small steps to support wildlife can be simple, so we’ve put together a list of some of the most important things you can do, all without getting your hands dirty. 

The Invasive Species Council, Biodiversity Council and BirdLife Australia have collaborated to create a downloadable fact sheet using the latest findings on domestic cats in Australia. This factsheet summarises research findings on the impact of Australia’s pet cats on wildlife.

While we’ve seen wintry conditions across much of Australia this Autumn, that hasn’t stopped our backyard birds from being out and about, or stopped us from taking part in Birds in Backyards surveys. 


Over the month of April we took to social media to share some of our favourite tips for creating a wildlife friendly garden. We enjoyed doing that so much we thought we’d turn that advice, and some extra content that didn’t make it into the posts, into a blog series that everyone can read.

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