Birds in Backyards
Birds in Backyards is a research, education and conservation program that was developed in response to the loss of small native birds from our parks and gardens, the rapid expansion of our urban landscape and the consequent loss of habitat for native birds.
Building on BirdLife Australia’s two decades of national monitoring and education by the Birds in Backyards project, and data gathered in the annual Aussie Backyard Bird Count, our Urban Birds Conservation Action Plan is bringing together partners including architects, urban planners, developers, local government, academics, educators and conservation organisations to improve urban biodiversity.
You may not know it, but there’s a lot you can do for our feathered friends from the comfort of your own home — from creating a bird-friendly garden to submitting a quarterly seasonal survey — you can make a difference by taking action in your own backyard.
Get involved in our seasonal surveys
Just one 20-minute survey each quarter provides us with vital information. Our seasonal surveys run all year round. Getting started is easy:
Not only is submitting a survey a fun activity that connects you with your environment, you can also win great prizes! Each quarter there will be a different challenge, complete the challenge and you could win a custom flock print from the very talented Eggpicnic. So, what are you waiting for?!
Create a bird-friendly garden
Birds need a home to live, breed and bring up their families. This means food, shelter, water and nesting sites, which are normally provided within their natural environments. But what about in urban areas — how can we help provide suitable habitat in our own backyards, parks, bush reserves and even wider communities? Click on the links to find out more.