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Achill Island, Co Mayo.

September itinerary: Achill Island, Co Mayo

Achill Island sticks out from the mainland of Co Mayo, to the south of the Mullet. Its geographical location means it is the first landfall for waders that have just crossed the Atlantic, and September is prime time to witness good numbers of

Druridge Bay, Northumberland.

September itinerary: Druridge Bay, Northumberland

From Newbiggin by the Sea in the south, through the Druridge Bay reserves and north to Amble, this itinerary has several excellent sites for a good day’s autumn birdwatching in a post-industrial landscape on the Northumberland coast, with its mosaic

Male Madagascar Pochard in the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust's (WWT) captive breeding programme. Photo courtesy of WWT (

Video: Madagascar Pochard in need of a new home

With the news that Madagascar Pochard ducklings suffer a very high mortality rate, watch these videos from the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT) to find out more about what is being done to conserve the species.


RE: Birdwatching apps

There are many birds watching applications are available on the internet.It will very helpful for the people.If anybody want to know more about the birdswatching application go through the useful

Garden or Reed Warbler?

I went to my local patch RSPB Otmoor on Saturday. I was sure at the time that I had spotted a Garden Warbler, but once home and checking the photos I was not convinced and so have labelled as Reed

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Show off your latest sightings in the 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.

Spurn 30th August Sony A100 and Sigma 150-500mm lens

Posted by ron on 01 Sep 2014

Melodious Warbler, Dungeness, Kent.

Posted by Chris on 02 Sep 2014

Spurn 30th August Sony A100 and Sigma 150-500mm lens

Posted by ron on 01 Sep 2014

Latest News

'Boris Island' plans rejected again

Posted: 02 Sep 2014
The massive cost, disruption and considerable environmental impact have made plans for a Thames Estuary airport unviable, says the airport Commision in a new report.

Passenger Pigeon extinction highlights plight of turtle dove

Posted: 01 Sep 2014
On the 100th anniversary of the extinction of the North American Passenger Pigeon today, the RSPB is highlighting the decline of European Turtle Dove.

New guidance from BirdLife to stop migrating birds being poisoned

Posted: 31 Aug 2014
BirdLife's Migratory Soaring Birds project has released new guidance to try and stop the poisoning of migratory soaring birds on the Rift Valley/Red Sea Flyway.

BirdGuides BirdMap

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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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Opticron MM3 ED Travelscope

Closing Date: 30 Sep 2014

Win Opticron's latest MM3 Ed Travelscope worth over £750!

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