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October itinerary: Stronsay, Orkney

Stronsay has been known as a migrant magnet to birders for decades, and is still mostly underwatched despite being relatively accessible for a small Orkney island. Stronsay is a vintage vagrant trap which has produced many rarities with few

October itinerary: Reykjanes peninsula, Iceland

The volcanic Reykjanes Peninsula is the prime autumn birding site in south-west Iceland, and is an extensive low-lying area of rocky coastline, sandy beaches and coastal pools. In the right weather conditions, it is one of the best places in Iceland

October itinerary: Aberlady Bay

Aberlady Bay in East Lothian is situated on the south side of the outer Firth of Forth, about 12 miles east of Edinburgh. The Peffer Burn, a small stream, flows into this compact estuary, which is flanked by saltmarsh, dunes and grassland. Gullane


Please help identify this seabird

Hi, The other day (Tues 16 Sept) I went to Filey as I was in the area. It was quite foggy, but I could still see a fair distance. I knew there was a Black Guillemot reported for previous few

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Taken 16/04/2014 at Titchfield Haven NNR with Sony A65 500mm Minolta Mirror lens.

Posted by Mark on 11 Sep 2014

Spurn 16th Sept Sony A100 and Sigma 150-500mm lens

Posted by ron on 17 Sep 2014

Spurn 16th Sept Sony A100 and Sigma 150-500mm lens

Posted by ron on 17 Sep 2014

Latest News

Ortolan Bunting back on the menu?

Posted: 18 Sep 2014
Four French chefs are requesting a legal waiver from the EU to cook and serve the declining Ortolan Bunting, a long-banned delicacy.

Dartmoor boost for Dunlin

Posted: 17 Sep 2014
Dunlin numbers have increased on Dartmoor in response to conservationists' efforts to restore the moor’s famous mires or bogs.

Hen Harriers win Lottery

Posted: 16 Sep 2014
A project to protect Hen Harriers in Northumberland has won a National Lottery Award and grant to help it continue.

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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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Opticron MM3 ED Travelscope

Closing Date: 30 Sep 2014

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

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