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You'll find rare bird news, binocular and telescope reviews, birdwatching books and competitions, as well as features on identification, improving your birding and conservation. You can also register to upload your bird photos and videos.
 

 

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Managing Editor Dominic Mitchell. Photo by Eleanor Bentall.

Why the EU is good for the environment

In his June 2016 comment, Birdwatch Managing Editor Dominic Mitchell explains why he thinks that the only way to properly protect our environment is for the UK to stay in the European Union.

The nominate form of Scops Owl passes through Cyprus on migration, but the prime habitat is already occupied by the sedentary endemic form. Photo: Álvaro Rodríguez Alberich (commons.wikimedia.org).

Cyprus Scops Owl a potential split

The endemic subspecies of Scops Owl found on Cyprus is a potential good species, DNA analysis has confirmed.

Downloadable Birdwatch magazine main index v6.06 PDF - articles

A downloadable PDF index of Birdwatch articles, features and stories from 2001 up to the June 2016 issue.

rss feed for birdwatch albums Photos & Videos

Show off your latest sightings in the Birdwatch.co.uk 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.

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Competition

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

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Latest News


Move to ban lead shot in EU

Posted: 24 Jul 2016
BirdLife are pressuring the EU to ban lead shot, after the UK government passed on its opportunity to do the same and Norway repealed its own legislation.

Great Lakes birds hold steady

Posted: 23 Jul 2016
A new US Forest Service report on the western Great Lakes region has found that most birds are doing well.

Illegal bird traps discovered on Deeside grouse moor

Posted: 22 Jul 2016
RSPB Scotland has appealed for information following the discovery of illegally-set spring traps in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park, one of which held a badly injured Common Gull.


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