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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: 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

This smart Myrtle Warbler was one of a number of American vagrants seen on our 2013 reader holiday to the Azores. Photo: Dominic Mitchell.

Birdwatch reader holiday - Azores 2013 trip report

October 2013's reader holiday to the Azores netted a great haul of American vagrants for the lucky participants, writes Dominic Mitchell.

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RE: Got it! A picture should help!?

Hi numero182. We sent the photo to Dick Forsman, who has confirmed it as a Common Buzzard. These are much more variable on the Continent than in Britain and often cause much confusion for British

please help to identify this bird

I'm new to bird watching and identifiying and am having trouble identifiying this particular bird. Unfortunately I didn't see it. My husband did so I can only go on what he told me. It was spotted

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Yaffle-Green Woodpecker 26 July, 2014

Posted by Charles on 26 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


Winter wader numbers in freefall on UK estuaries

Posted: 30 Jul 2014
Data from the Wetland Birds Survey show that many of the UK’s most familiar waders are suffering sharp declines, the BTO has announced.

Bee-eaters breed on the Isle of Wight for the first time

Posted: 29 Jul 2014
A pair of European Bee-eaters has successfully hatched young on the island for the first time ever, says the National Trust.

RSPB Scotland welcomes government protection for seabirds

Posted: 27 Jul 2014
The Scottish government has announced 14 draft Special Protection Areas and Marine Protected Areas to safeguard Scotland’s marine environment.


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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.

For more information on BirdGuides bird news services, see www.birdguides.com/services.

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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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