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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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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 v6.10 PDF - photos and illustrations

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

Sir David Attenborough opened Woodberry Wetlands on 30 April 2016. Photo by Penny Dixie/LWT.

Woodberry Wetlands – London’s newest nature reserve

Rebecca Armstrong reports from the opening of a wildlife refuge that has been opened to the public for the first time in almost two centuries.

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.

strumpshaw fen, norfolk - (taken by my wife tracy)

Posted by mark on 08 Oct 2016

strumpshaw fen,norfolk

Posted by mark on 08 Oct 2016

cranes over horsey mere, norfolk

Posted by mark on 08 Oct 2016


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Latest News

Exceptional RSPB volunteer receives award for efforts

Posted: 23 Oct 2016
The RSPB has honoured a Dumfries and Galloway volunteer with an award for his extraordinary contribution to the charity's work.

Bittern baby boom

Posted: 22 Oct 2016
Bittern has experienced its most successful year yet for breeding, according to an annual national survey carried out by RSPB staff and volunteers.

Flickers changed by food colouring

Posted: 21 Oct 2016
The reason that Northern Flickers in America sometimes show the yellow or red feather shafts of other subspecies well outside each others' range has now been revealed.

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