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January itinerary: Whisby NP, Lincolnshire

Whisby Nature Park near Lincoln is a 150-hectare Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust nature reserve comprising a complex of flooded gravel pits, with former sediment lagoons that have been turned into grasslands, and naturally regenerated birch and willow

January itinerary: Foremark Reservoir, Derbyshire

Foremark Reservoir in Derbyshire features very deep water with a rocky shoreline. The deep water means it rarely freezes and is attractive to large numbers of waterbirds. There is also a large gull roost that often attracts rarer species. It is a

January itinerary: Rainham Marshes, Greater London/Essex

This ancient medieval grazing marsh RSPB reserve alongside the River Thames on the Greater London/Essex border was a Ministry of Defence firing range for almost 100 years. It holds the biggest flocks of wintering dabbling duck, godwits and Eurasian


Bird scull - what is it

Could you please help me with that. Bird scull found in uk. Picture maybe attached

RE: attracting birds into your garden

Hi Pete and welcome to the forum. It sounds like you're doing all the right things. It does sometimes take a bit of time for birds to recognise a new source of feeding and to add it to their regular

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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.

Calder Wetlands 22nd December Sony A100 and Sigma 150-500mm lens

Posted by ron on 22 Dec 2014

Calder Wetlands 21st December Sony A100 and Sigma 150-500mm lens

Posted by ron on 21 Dec 2014


Posted by KENNETH on 20 Dec 2014

Latest News

Local wildlife refuges at risk

Posted: 22 Dec 2014
A new report from The Wildlife Trusts shows just how vulnerable England’s Local Wildlife Sites are now to development and destruction.

Major UK flood risks remain after Eric Pickles ignores environmental advice

Posted: 21 Dec 2014
The WWT says that the exemption of nine out of 10 developments from sustainable drainage systems (SuDS) means that they will remain at risk from flooding.

RSPB and WWT object to Barnacle Goose cull on Islay

Posted: 20 Dec 2014
The RSPB and WWT have slammed a new 'sustainable' goose management strategy for the island of Islay, announced yesterday by Scottish Natural Heritage.

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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


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Canada and Cackling Goose ID Quiz

Frontiers in Birding by Martin Garner and friendsClosing Date: 10 Jan 2015

Expect the unexpected, they say. This could be sound advice indeed when it comes to goose-watching this winter, because flocks of commoner species frequently attract rarer hangers-on. The trouble is you just don’t know where, when or what you might find – like this stand-out bird (centre) in a flock of wintering Barnacle Geese, photographed one winter in south-west Scotland.

Scanning any goose gathering could conceivably produce such a find, but it’s not much of a reward for your efforts if you can’t identify it. In such a real-life scenario, you’d have to trawl the recesses of your field mark-filled mind, carefully assessing size, shape and coloration to reach a verdict. Here, though, the task is a little easier – simply go through Keith Vinicombe’s advice-packed guide in the January issue of Birdwatch, review the photos and captions and let us know your conclusion.

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