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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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How to ... Make the most of Birdwatch's digital edition

Technology can improve your birding skills and knowledge, and this even applies to your favourite birding magazine. Rebecca Armstrong explains how to download and get the best out of the digital editions of Birdwatch.

This nominate Purple Swamphen could now be one of three species in the Western Palearctic, as <em>madagascariensis</em> and <em>poliocephalus</em> are also present in the region, in Egypt and Turkey respectively. Photo: Bill Baston.

Out of the swamp

Purple Swamphen looks like it consists of six different clades, which may correspond to different species.

It has now been shown that Madanga, found in Indonesia, despite resembling a flycatcher or chat, is actually a morphologically aberrant pipit or wagtail. Photo: Rob Hutchinson (

Transformer pipits

THE extent to which some passerines can change their appearance to suit their environments and habitats has been revealed in a dramatic way by the DNA analysis of two geographically widely separated island endemics.


RE: attracting birds into your garden

Providing food, nest boxes, nesting materials, water, and natural habitat can attract birds to our backyards, giving us much nicer views of them and, when done properly, making life easier for the

Swan Bird

why It has been banned to hunt swan bird in the UK?

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.

North Yorks 23/5/15

Posted by Brian on 26 May 2015

Blacktoft Sands, East Yorks

Posted by Brian on 24 May 2015

Ockham Common

Posted by John on 23 May 2015

Latest News

US to tackle accidental bird deaths

Posted: 27 May 2015
The US Fish and Wildlife Service is to tackle the millions of wild bird deaths at oil pits, gas flares and power lines by enforcing legal controls.

Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels

Posted: 26 May 2015
RSPB Scotland has joined the fight to protect Britain’s Red Squirrels from extinction.

London Wetland Centre booms for nature

Posted: 25 May 2015
The London Wetland Centre is providing a glimmer of hope for European wildlife, following a continent-wide report on the state and health of nature.

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.

Savanna R 8x33 binocluars

Closing Date: 31 May 2015

Win one of five Savanna R 8x33 binoculars!

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