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Downloadable Birdwatch magazine main index v6.06 PDF - photos and illustrations

A downloadable PDF index of Birdwatch photographs and illustrations from 2001 up to the June 2016 issue.

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 (

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 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.

Rother Valley Country Park 10th July Sony A200 and Sigma 150-500mm lens

Posted by ron on 11 Jul 2016

Rother Valley Country Park 10th July Sony A200 and Sigma 150-500mm lens

Posted by ron on 11 Jul 2016

WWT Slimbridge, Gloucestershire

Posted by Paul on 19 Jul 2016


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Plover ID quiz

Frontiers in Birding by Martin GarnerClosing Date: 13 Aug 2016

WALKING along a coastal wader hot-spot one autumn day, you spy a small shorebird ahead of you on the mud at the edge of the water. Having set up your scope, you can see immediately that it is one of the smaller Charadrius plovers. However, you know that it could be one of three species, as at this time of year populations are on the move.

The bird has plain brown upperparts, a pure white underside and an incomplete dark breast-band. From the finer details of these blocks of plumage you think you may have identified it to species level. What is it?

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Natural England issues licence for buzzard killing

Posted: 30 Jul 2016
The public body responsible for advising the government on England’s environment announced that it has issued a licence permitting the control of up to 10 Common Buzzards.

Resilient Little Auks

Posted: 29 Jul 2016
Recent research has shown that Little Auks are far more resistant to climate change than previously thought, it has been revealed.

Get your FREE Birdfair programme!

Posted: 28 Jul 2016
August’s issue of Birdwatch hits the shops today – and comes with a free 80-page guide to this year’s Birdfair.

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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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