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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.

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.

Downloadable Birdwatch magazine main index v10.06 PDF - articles

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

These Snow Buntings have been the star attraction on the West Shore at Llandudno for the…

Posted by Martyn on 09 Jan 2017

Taken in the United Arab Emirates

Posted by Michael on 19 Jan 2017

Snow Bunting on the West Shore at Llandudno.

Posted by Martyn on 09 Jan 2017

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.

Latest News


BOU to adopt IOC World Bird List

Posted: 20 Jan 2017
The British Ornithologists' Union has announced that it is to adopt the International Ornithological Congress World Bird List taxonomy for its British list, from 1 January 2018.

Lost Yellowhammer dialects remain preserved in New Zealand

Posted: 19 Jan 2017
New research into Yellowhammer song has shown that some regional dialects now lost from the British countryside still exist on the other side of the planet.

Critically Endangered tern found breeding on Korean peninsula

Posted: 18 Jan 2017
Asia’s rarest seabird has been discovered breeding on the Korean peninsula, BirdLife International has revealed.


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