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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.

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 index v10.06 - Excel 2007

A fully downloadable and searchable Excel index of Birdwatch articles, photos, features and stories from 2001 up to the October 2016 issue. This version requires Excel 2007 and offers the best functionality.

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.

Phuket

Posted by Nigel on 28 Feb 2017

Bittern at Mere Sands Wood LWT.

Posted by Martyn on 03 Mar 2017

Phuket

Posted by Nigel on 28 Feb 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.

Chiffchaffs and Willow Warbler ID quiz

The Birdwatcher's Yearbook 2017Closing Date: 08 Apr 2017


WORKING your patch in early spring, you notice a movement in the dead herbage. Raising your bins, you discover its source to be a small greenish Phylloscopus warbler.



However, this plainness is part of the problem – how are you going to ID this silent bird? Is it a Common Chiffchaff, dispersing north? Could it be a Willow Warbler fresh from Africa? Or could it even be the very rare Iberian Chiffchaff, overshooting from its Mediterranean home? Fortunately, armed with our photo ID guide (available in our April 2017 issue), you are able to note each tiny detail and come to a conclusion on its identity.



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Latest News


Big Garden Birdwatch produces large numbers of winter visitors

Posted: 30 Mar 2017
Close to half-a-million people joined in the world’s largest garden wildlife survey, counting more than eight million birds during the 38th RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch.

Peregrine viewpoint opens, as another individual is found shot

Posted: 29 Mar 2017
The RSPB has announced that the Peregrine Falcon viewpoint is opening this weekend at Malham Cove, North Yorkshire, while a bird has been found shot dead in Cumbria.

Two disembowelled Canada Geese found in Cardiff woodland

Posted: 28 Mar 2017
A pair of mutilated Canada Geese has been discovered in the Fairwater area of Cardiff, reports the RSPCA, which is seeking information on the deaths from the public.


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