The Nature Conservation Union (Nabu) is asking for your help with the “Hour of the Garden Birds”, the annual bird count. This year it will take place from Friday, May 13th to Sunday, May 15th.

Nature lovers are encouraged to spend an hour counting birds in their garden, on the balcony or in the nearest park and report them to the Nabu. The highest number of birds of the respective species that can be seen at the same time should be noted. “The more people who take part, the better our experts can assess the state of the bird populations in our city,” explains Ansgar Poloczek, species protection officer at the Nabu regional association Berlin.

Last year, almost 5,000 citizens took part in the count in the capital. The top birds registered were sparrows, starlings and blackbirds. Mainly because of the dry spring this year, Nabu is looking forward to this year’s result. The organizers are also interested in the question of whether the record number of 3.1 million registered birds achieved last year in Germany will be surpassed this time.

In addition to the “Hour of the Winter Birds”, which is also organized by Nabu, the “Hour of the Garden Birds” is Germany’s largest scientific hands-on campaign. The aim of the project is to track trends in stocks over the years.

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Since the “Hour of the Garden Birds” is taking place for the 18th time this year, the Nabu can draw on an extensive wealth of data. “Even people who know little about birds can take part in the campaign,” says Poloczek. “Our counting aid makes recognition easy. In addition, our free app ‘Nabu-Vogelwelt’ helps with identification.”

It is also important to report results even if very few birds were found during the count. “This is also very important data for us. It’s not about a competition to see who sees the most birds, it’s about getting a realistic snapshot,” said Poloczek. “How are the blue tits in town? Is the number of observed starlings increasing? Can you see fewer swallows? These are all trends that interest us.” Observations can be reported online, by post or by telephone (freephone number on May 14 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.: 0800-1157115). Reports are also possible with the free Nabu Vogelwelt app. Registration deadline is May 23rd. Information on the campaign and interim results from the first day of counting can be found at


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