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Welcome to, the website of Birdwatch, the UK's best monthly magazine for keen birders.

You'll find rare bird news and sightings, binocular and telescope reviews, birdwatching books and competitions, as well as features on identification, improving your birding and conservation. Register to create your own birding blog or upload your bird photos and videos.

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Downloadable Birdwatch magazine main index v4.12 PDF - photos and illustrations

A downloadable PDF index of Birdwatch photographs and illustrations from 2001 up to the December 2014 issue.

Downloadable Birdwatch magazine main index v4.12 PDF - articles

A downloadable PDF index of Birdwatch articles, features and stories from 2001 up to the December 2014 issue.

This Azorean Chaffinch of the subspecies <em>moreletti</em> is certainly distinctive, and a split is hinted at, though not confirmed in the new study. Photo: Froth82 (

Atlantic Chaffinch subspecies to be split?

A new study recommends that several Atlantic subspecies of Chaffinch are revised with a view to a split.


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Egret near Exebridge Devon Somerset border?

Can someone help. I'm positive I saw a little egret near Exebridge on Devon / Somerset border. Would this be possible. Are they common? Thanks

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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.

Eyeworth Pond New Forest February 2015

Posted by andrew on 23 Feb 2015

Eyeworth pond New Forest February 2015

Posted by andrew on 23 Feb 2015

Hogganfield Loch, Glasgow (Oct 2014)

Posted by Eddie on 22 Feb 2015

Latest News

Bay of Panama saved from destruction

Posted: 27 Feb 2015
Panama Audubon Society is celebrating after beating its government’s 2012 decision to withdraw protected status for the Bay of Panama, a site of international importance for migratory birds.

New issue of Birdwatch on sale today!

Posted: 26 Feb 2015
The story of Britain's charismatic reintroduced species leads the big stories in the new issue of Birdwatch, in the shops today.

Our Siskins are missing

Posted: 25 Feb 2015
This winter has seen incredibly low numbers of Siskins in British gardens, according to the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) Garden BirdWatch.

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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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Black-headed and Bonaparte's Gulls ID Quiz

Frontiers in Birding by Martin Garner and friendsClosing Date: 14 Mar 2015

ALMOST any local patch has the capacity to attract gulls, and yours is no exception. There’s also the chance of a more unusual gull turning up – maybe a Mediterranean, or perhaps something even rarer – among transient flocks of commoner species.

This is precisely the reason that you’ve stopped to stare at the small gull now resting on the surface of your local park lake. It’s probably just a Black-headed Gull, and that’s what you assumed when you saw it land out of the corner of your eye – yet it struck you as slightly odd.

Now you need to sort it one way or the other, so using the information gleaned from Josh Jones’s detailed advice in our ID photo guide in the March 2015 issue of Birdwatch, it’s time to make the call.

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