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July itinerary: Abberton Reservoir, Essex

Abberton Reservoir, near Colchester, Essex, is an internationally important haven for waterbirds. A few miles from the sea, it is close to east coast migration routes and is a welcome sight to tired birds with its surrounding pasture and tree

July itinerary: Snettisham RSPB, Norfolk

Snettisham RSPB is home to a wide variety of species in varied habitats, including saline lagoons, grassland, mudflats and saltmarsh. The reserve is set against the backdrop of The Wash, one of Europe’s largest and most important estuaries.

July itinerary: Wyre and Lune Estuaries, Lancashire

Lancashire’s Fylde coast is a great place to watch migrating waders in early autumn, and has in the past hosted several rarities among the hordes of regular species. From late July and throughout August, the estuaries of the River Wyre and the River


RE: Got it! A picture should help!?

That's nice to know Rebecca! :-D Really appreciate the help, i'm very keen to know and i'm sure there will be more to ID at some point, the Turtle doves at the end of the driveway i have managed

RE: Got it! A picture should help!?

Hi there numero182! Your question has caused a bit of debate in the Birdwatch office. Would you be able to email the original version of the photo to so we can have a better

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Blacktoft Sands 22nd July Sony A100 and Sigma 150-500mm lens

Posted by ron on 22 Jul 2014

Blacktoft Sands 22nd July Sony A100 and Sigma 150-500mm lens

Posted by ron on 22 Jul 2014

Blacktoft Sands 22nd July Sony A100 and Sigma 150-500mm lens

Posted by ron on 22 Jul 2014

Latest News

Red List splits mean more endangered birds

Posted: 24 Jul 2014
More than 350 newly recognised bird species have been assessed by BirdLife International for the first time, with more than 25 per cent being classed as threatened with extinction.

The August issue of Birdwatch hits the newsstands today!

Posted: 24 Jul 2014
The new issue of Birdwatch is on sale today, and leads with Mark Avery on the controversial killing of Hen Harriers by hunting estates, highlighting a campaign in which YOU can take part to help stop this illegal practice.

Record-breaking butterfly count launched by Sir David Attenborough

Posted: 23 Jul 2014
Sir David Attenborough has launched the 2014 Big Butterfly Count at the London Wetland Centre, and the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust is inviting the public to help count a million butterflies.

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Want to know what’s about? This map shows today's rare and scarce birds in Britain and Ireland; the larger the square, the rarer the species. First reports are shown in grey.

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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Win one of five Hawke Frontier binoculars!

Closing Date: 31 Aug 2014

Win one of five Hawke Frontier binoculars worth £220 each!

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