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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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Scottish Birdfair 2014

Scottish Birdfair 2014 programme

This year's Scottish Birdfair takes place on 10-11 May, at Hopetoun House, near Edinburgh. You can download your free programme here.

May itinerary: Beacon Lagoons, Spurn

Beacon Lagoons, just to the north of Spurn NNR, is a great place to see migrating waders in the spring, and spend a day birding.

Stay in one of a variety of luxury cottages across Suffolk.

Lackford Lakes to Minsmere and beyond

Suffolk is an excellent birding location, with some of Britain's best sites, including Lackford Lakes for wildfowl and breeding birds and Minsmere RSPB.


RE: Birding in the North

Hi there and welcome to the forum! There are some great sites to visit within two hours' drive of Hexham. Kielder Water and Forest Park has Osprey and a range of woodland

Birding in the North

Good day, I will be staying in Hexham, between Carlisle and Newcastle, for a week after Easter. Can anyone make some suggestions for some good birding spots in the north? I have rented a

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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.

St Aidan's 14th April Sony A100 and Sigma 150-500mm lens

Posted by ron on 16 Apr 2014

Fairburn Ings 14th April Sony A100 and Sigma 150-500mm lens

Posted by ron on 16 Apr 2014

Deer Hill reservoir 14th April Sony A100 and Sigma 150-500mm lens

Posted by ron on 16 Apr 2014

Latest News

Chinese birding goes overground

Posted: 18 Apr 2014
China has celebrated the new-found popularity of birding there with its first international bird fair.

Scotland’s first-ever Puffin Fest in May

Posted: 17 Apr 2014
The Scottish Seabird Centre near Edinburgh will launch the inaugural Puffin Fest on 16 May, opening a fun-packed event to celebrate the ‘clown of the sea’.

EU finally legislates against alien species

Posted: 16 Apr 2014
After a decade of research and debate, Europe has finally legislated to fight the growing alien species threat.

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.

For more information on BirdGuides bird news services, see


With you can easily enter competitions featured in Birdwatch magazine. Just click here to check out the latest prizes and enter online.

Opticron's MM3 ED Travelscope

Closing Date: 30 Apr 2014

Win one of two MM3 ED Travelscopes complete with two eyepieces, stay-on case and XFS-A Traveller tripod!

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