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Short-eared Owl is the Beddington Farmlands NR; if this species returns to the site it will be an indicator of the success of the restoration. Photo by Peter Alfrey.

Defending the patch - the fight to save Beddington Farmlands

It was one of the best breeding sites in Britain for the rapidly vanishing Tree Sparrow, a wildlife oasis in the suburban sprawl of south London and temporary home to a fine cast of rarities including Britain’s first Glaucous-winged Gull. So what’s

Hayling Island, Hampshire

September itinerary: Hayling Island, Hampshire

This relatively flat island separating Chichester and Langstone Harbours is perhaps not as well visited as its neighbours, but it can provide a good opportunity to scan both wader-rich areas in close proximity. Add to this some decent seawatching in

Strangford Lough, Co Down.

September itinerary: Strangford Lough, Co Down

Perhaps most famous for its wintering Pale-bellied Brent Geese, this site has lots more to offer, not least its nationally important numbers of a variety of waders. The western shore is dotted with many islands and is much less accessible, although


RE: Little strange little bird

Hi there and welcome to the forum. Your bird looks like a juvenile Goldfinch. At this time of year they're moulting into adult plumage so look very different from what you might expect. Could you

Little strange little bird

Hello all. Could you tell me what this little bird is, It was in my garden yesterday and i have not see one like it before . Thank you. Anjie

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feeding time, four young, a busy time for the parents.

Posted by Peter on 12 Aug 2014

River Calder, Wakefield 20th August Sony A100 and Sigma 150-500mm lens

Posted by ron on 20 Aug 2014

River Calder, Wakefield 20th August Sony A100 and Sigma 150-500mm lens

Posted by ron on 20 Aug 2014

Latest News

Wheatears travel even further than was thought

Posted: 20 Aug 2014
Radio-tagged Northern Wheatears can travel to sub-Saharan Africa for winter – even if they hatched in Alaska – a new study has revealed.

Chinese Crested Tern success

Posted: 19 Aug 2014
The Critically Endangered Chinese Crested Tern has had a second and even more successful year on the Jiushan Islands in China, with 13 young fledging.

Glossy Ibis attempts to breed in Britain

Posted: 18 Aug 2014
A pair of Glossy Ibises built a nest at a Lincolnshire RSPB reserve this summer, the first-ever breeding attempt for Britain.

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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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Win one of five Hawke Frontier binoculars!

Closing Date: 31 Aug 2014

Win one of five Hawke Frontier binoculars worth £220 each!

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