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October itinerary: Covenham Reservoir, Lincs

This substantial coastal reservoir, five miles north of Louth, Lincolnshire, and six miles inland from Donna Nook LWT, has come onto national birders’ radars following a series of high-profile rarities, including American Black Tern in October 2011

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: Redcar to Saltburn, North Yorkshire

The scenic coastline between Redcar and Saltburn extends for about 5.5 miles, and has habitats that include rocky and sandy foreshore, sand dunes, coastal fields and scrub, wooded valleys and open sea. The area between Redcar and Marske is known as


RE: Black bird in my garden

Actually consider making some plantings to make your garden bird friendly. We designed our garden as a bird- and butterfly garden, and it;s amazing how certain plants DO bring the birds in. Plant

Black bird in my garden

I have been watching and listening to a Back bird in the garden and he is singing but not opening his beak it is as if he is whispering or doing under his breath he has been eating the grapes off the

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Posted by KENNETH on 29 Oct 2014


Posted by KENNETH on 29 Oct 2014


Posted by KENNETH on 29 Oct 2014

Latest News

Stop the killing, says the RSPB

Posted: 30 Oct 2014
Leading wildlife charity is challenging the shooting community to take action to stop the illegal persecution of birds of prey.

Act for nature

Posted: 29 Oct 2014
Two leading wildlife charities are calling on the government to enact new laws to support nature and improve the wellbeing of the British population.

Bewick's Swan numbers plummet

Posted: 28 Oct 2014
New figures from the WWT reveal that Britain's smallest and rarest swan species has suffered an alarming crash in numbers.

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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Pipit ID quiz

Advanced Bird ID GuideClosing Date: 08 Nov 2014

WINTER has now almost settled in, and you’re walking the edge of a large reservoir when you flush a pipit from the flotsam on the shoreline. It’s almost impossible to hear it call with a cold brisk breeze rushing past your ears, but it settles down, enabling you to scope it from a short distance and assess the details of its plumage. It is clearly a member of the Water/Rock Pipit complex, but which species is it? Use our ID photo guide to analyse the photo, and let us know which pipit you think this is.

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