Annual Winter Garden Bird Survey in France

Every year there is a Garden Bird Survey in France to take stock of the wild bird population, just like in the UK. Organized since 2013 by the LPO and the National Museum of Natural History, the national garden bird counting operation allows everyone to take part in the annual survey of garden birds.

Garden Bird Survey in France

How to take part? 

You don’t have to be an expert in ornithology to participate, you just need to have a little time and enjoy watching what’s happening in your garden and know how to count. 

Choose an observation day : Saturday January 27 or Sunday January 28, and a 1 hour slot. 

During this winter period, try to choose the end of the morning or the beginning of the afternoon, when the temperatures are a little warmer and the birds are more active; 

  • Find a place to observe : a garden or a balcony, in the city or in the countryside, even a public park. Avoid anywhere where there are bird feeders as you will count the same bird several times as it returns to the feeder.
  • Count and record for 1 hour all the birds that visit the garden. In order not to count the same bird twice, count only the maximum number of birds of the same species observed at the same time; 
  • Transmit the data to the Garden Bird Observatory

You can download the Garden Bird Survey in France Counting Sheets in French & English below:

To take part in the Garden Bird Survey in France, firstly, go to this website to register:

Choose your location, then click on “j’aimerais participer”

Fill in your information but take special note of the following two “opt-ins”:

  • Cochez cette case si vous souhaitez que vos observations soient publiées anonymement. Check this box if you want your comments to be published anonymously.
  • Je voudrais cacher mon adresse email aux autres utilisateurs enregistrés. I would like to hide my email address from other registered users.

Once you have registered you will be sent a password via email. Then log back in to the site and click on “Ajouter un Jardin”. Choose your department, then your commune and click on “Suivant”. Give your garden a name (Important: the following step will not be saved if you haven’t named your garden). A map will appear with a red marker that you can drag to your exact location. Then click “Suivant” at the bottom of the map.

On the website, you will then need to fill in a survey about your garden:

Type de jardin :

Privatif Public Balcon

Environnement général :Urbain Péri-urbain Campagne

Surface de jardin sur laquelle vous comptez :

Sélectionnez une surface :

Distance aux zones rurales les plus proches :

Bois le plus proche : Sélectionnez une distance       

Prairie la plus proche : Sélectionnez une distance                

Champ cultivé le plus proche : Sélectionnez une distance                

Composition du jardin

 Parterre et arbustes fleuris

 Haies (sauf thuyas ou laurier cerise)
 Verger, arbres fruitiers
 Espaces non entretenus (friches, espaces naturels)
 Bassin, mare
 Pelouse tondue
 Espaces pavés, gravillonnés
 Budleïa (arbre à papillon)
 Centaurées et scabieuses (bleuets champêtres)
 Valériane, Centranthe rouge
 Géraniums et pélargoniums
 Crucifères (choux, cardamine, giroflée, monnaie du pape, navets …)
 Trèfles, lotiers et luzernes
 Plantes aromatiques (thym, romarin, basilic, …)
 Haie de laurier

Question phytosanitaires

Utilisez-vous des engrais ?

 Naturels  Chimiques

Jamais Occasionnellement Régulièrement

Utilisez-vous des insecticides ?

 Naturels  Chimiques

Jamais Occasionnellement Régulièrement

Utilisez-vous des herbicides ?

 Naturels  Chimiques

Jamais Occasionnellement Régulièrement

Utilisez-vous des fongicides ?

 Naturels  Chimiques

Jamais Occasionnellement Régulièrement

Utilisez-vous des granulés anti-limaces ?

 Naturels  Chimiques

Jamais Occasionnellement Régulièrement

Utilisez-vous de la bouillie bordelaise ?

 Naturelle  Chimique

Jamais Occasionnellement Régulièrement


Type de mangeoire

Distributeur :

Plateau :

Autre :

Quantité de nourriture (par an)

Graines de tournesol :

Multigraines :

Pain/boule de graisse :

Autre :


Type mésange :

Semi-ouvert :

Autre :

Animaux domestiques

Présence de :

 Chien(s)  Chat(s)

Résident ou En visite


 Mon jardin est un refuge LPO

Garden type :

Private Public Balcony

General environment :Urban Suburban Countryside

Garden area you are planning :

Select an area :

Distance to nearest rural area :

Nearest woodland :Select a distance

Nearest meadow :Select a distance

Nearest cultivated field :Select a distance

Garden composition

Flowerbeds and shrubs

 Hedges (except thuyas or cherry laurel)

 Orchard, fruit trees

 Untended spaces (wasteland, natural areas)

 Vegetable garden


 Mown lawn

 Paved, gravelled areas

 Budleia (butterfly tree)

 Centaury and scabiosa (wild blueberries)

 Valerian, red centranthe

 Geraniums and Pelargoniums


 Crucifers (cabbages, cardamine, wallflowers, turnips, etc.)




 Clover, trefoil and alfalfa

 Aromatic plants (thyme, rosemary, basil, etc.)

 Laurel hedge

Phytosanitary questions

Do you use fertilizers? Natural Chemical

Never Occasionally Regularly

Do you use insecticides? Natural Chemical

Never Occasionally Regularly

Do you use herbicides? Natural Chemical

Never Occasionally Regularly

Do you use fungicides? Natural Chemical

Never Occasionally Regularly

Do you use slug pellets? Natural Chemical

Never Occasionally Regularly

Do you use Bordeaux mixture? Natural Chemical

Never Occasionally Regularly


Type of feeder

Dispenser :

Tray :

Other :

Quantity of feed (per year)

Sunflower seeds :

Multigrain :

Bread/fat ball :

Other :

Nest boxes

Chickadee type :

Semi-open :

Other type :


Presence of : Dog(s) Cat(s)Resident Visiting

Other  My garden is an LPO refuge

Click on “Enregistrez”, your garden will be saved and you can come back to this site to enter your bird count during the Garden Bird Survey in France weekend. Just look for “mes jardins” in the left-hand menu to access the form.