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You'll find rare bird news, binocular and telescope reviews, birdwatching books and competitions, as well as features on identification, improving your birding and conservation. You can also register to upload your bird photos and videos.

 

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Downloadable Birdwatch magazine main index v6.06 PDF - articles

A downloadable PDF index of Birdwatch articles, features and stories from 2001 up to the June 2016 issue.

Managing Editor Dominic Mitchell. Photo by Eleanor Bentall.

Why the EU is good for the environment

In his June 2016 comment, Birdwatch Managing Editor Dominic Mitchell explains why he thinks that the only way to properly protect our environment is for the UK to stay in the European Union.

Sir David Attenborough opened Woodberry Wetlands on 30 April 2016. Photo by Penny Dixie/LWT.

Woodberry Wetlands – London’s newest nature reserve

Rebecca Armstrong reports from the opening of a wildlife refuge that has been opened to the public for the first time in almost two centuries.

rss feed for birdwatch albums Photos & Videos

Show off your latest sightings in the Birdwatch.co.uk photo gallery, simply register for a free account and you can start uploading your photos straight away. Here are a few of the latest gallery additions.

male whitethroat taken at lawson road wetlands Blackpool.

Posted by Paul on 03 Aug 2016

Taken at Pagham Harbour

Posted by Trevor on 19 Aug 2016

Male Pochard,Taken at leighton moss.

Posted by Paul on 02 Aug 2016

Competition

With Birdwatch.co.uk you can easily enter competitions featured in Birdwatch magazine. Just click here to check out the latest prizes and enter online.

Pipit ID quiz

Tales of a Tabloid TwitcherClosing Date: 08 Oct 2016


THE edge of an east coast field in October is a good place to look for passerine migrants, and working your way along a hedgerow in prevailing easterly breezes produces a small pipit, which flies to a barbed wire fence along the perimeter and perches prominently.



You’re aware that both the habitat and location could be good for any of the three likely species, so you’ll have to be careful. Is it the common Meadow Pipit with its somewhat variable plumage in autumn, the scarcer Tree Pipit or the semi-rarity Olive-backed Pipit, which would be the true prize? Carefully, you begin to take notes.



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Scottish Seabird Centre wants your views on a new project

Posted: 29 Sep 2016
The Berwick-based conservation charity has launched a public survey calling on people from across the country to share their thoughts on a new National Maritime Centre.

How bird reproduction evolved

Posted: 28 Sep 2016
A new review has helped our understanding of how the unique reproduction methods of birds may have evolved.

Most Snowy Owls robust enough to survive winter weather

Posted: 27 Sep 2016
New research has shown that the majority of Snowy Owls in Canada are strong enough to survive winter, and that even vagrants are very healthy.


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Click here or on the map to see a larger version showing today's sightings. For details of species and county, move your mouse over any square and check the pop-up 'tool-tip' (and/or, depending on the browser, the status bar at the bottom of your browser window). On the BirdGuides websiteBird News Extra subscribers can also see the site name, and can access further details by clicking on any square; they can also view BirdMaps from previous days.

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