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Welcome to the website of the UK's best monthly birding magazine.

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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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 v6.06 - Excel 2007

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

Downloadable Birdwatch magazine main index v6.06 PDF - photos and illustrations

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

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.

Male Pochard,Taken at leighton moss.

Posted by Paul on 02 Aug 2016

Taken at RSPB Sandy. This Male Hobby was watching over the nest while the female was…

Posted by Steve on 06 Aug 2016

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Posted by Jason on 26 Sep 2016


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Pipit ID quiz

Tales of a Tabloid TwitcherClosing Date: 08 Oct 2016

THE edge of an east coast field in October is a good place to look for passerine migrants, and working your way along a hedgerow in prevailing easterly breezes produces a small pipit, which flies to a barbed wire fence along the perimeter and perches prominently.

You’re aware that both the habitat and location could be good for any of the three likely species, so you’ll have to be careful. Is it the common Meadow Pipit with its somewhat variable plumage in autumn, the scarcer Tree Pipit or the semi-rarity Olive-backed Pipit, which would be the true prize? Carefully, you begin to take notes.

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Threatened African rainforest declared a National Park

Posted: 26 Sep 2016
The West African Gola National Forest – which teems with threatened wildlife and is an Important Bird and Biodiversity Area – has been fully protected by the Liberian government.

Government answers petitioners: buzzards can be killed under licence

Posted: 25 Sep 2016
The UK Government has responded to a petition against killing Common Buzzards which garnered nearly 12,000 signatures, saying it intends to allow Pheasant breeders to kill them.

Namibia becomes seabird friendly

Posted: 24 Sep 2016
A law has been passed in Namibia to protect 30,000 seabirds from death by trawling or long-line fishing in what has been the world’s worst fishery for by-catch.

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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.

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