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This Hume’s Owl photographed in Israel in 2011 is now a new species, after the type specimen was found to be closer to ‘Omani Owl’. Photo: Rony Livne.

Desert owls get complicated

Examining the type specimen of Hume’s Owl, a study has found that all known specimens except the type – that is, the first one from which the species was named – differ enough it to be described as a new species.

Downloadable Birdwatch magazine index v5.06 - Excel 2007

A fully downloadable and searchable Excel index of Birdwatch articles, photos, features and stories from 2001 up to the June 2015 issue. This version requires Excel 2007 and offers the best functionality.

British Tawny Owls appear to be developing white patches in their plumage, as well as increasingly calling during the day – are we seeing a new subspecies evolve? Photo: Steve Young (www.birdsonfilm.com).

British Tawny Owls evolve

A preliminary examination of museum Tawny Owl skins has produced evidence that we may have a new subspecies evolving in our midst.

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Castle Eden Dene, County Durham.

North East birders will be well aware of this place. But for others farther afield who might be passing and want to break up their journey, you will not be disappointed. Just off the A19 at

RE: WWT & Pinioning

Is Pinioning done to all the WWT captive birds, or just a selection to breed in a secure environment? I'm not sure I would agree with a policy of total pinioning, but I have to hold my hand up and

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Sammy's Point 23rd August Sony A200 and Sigma 150-500mm lens

Posted by ron on 23 Aug 2015

Blacktoft Sands 17th August Sony A200 and Sigma 150-500mm lens

Posted by ron on 17 Aug 2015

Pennington Flash 15th August Sony A200 and Sigma 150-500mm lens

Posted by ron on 15 Aug 2015

Latest News


RSPB Northern Ireland welcomes rural funding announcement

Posted: 30 Aug 2015
The RSPB in Northern Ireland has welcomed the announcement that the Rural Development Programme (RDP) has been approved by the European Commission.

Protecting the Mediterranean’s migratory birds

Posted: 29 Aug 2015
After Birdfair, the fight goes on to protect the illegally hunted migratory songbirds of the Mediterranean fly-way.

Government taken to court over river protection failure

Posted: 28 Aug 2015
The High Court has granted permission for the Worldwide Fund for Nature to challenge DEFRA and the Environment Agency over their failure to protect wetlands from pollution.


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