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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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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 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.

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Skua ID quiz

Frontiers in Birding by Martin GarnerClosing Date: 17 Sep 2016

A walk along the cliff-tops at one of the country’s premier seawatching locations has provided some seabird movements to enjoy, but few skuas. Turning round to cast a glance over the ploughed fields which abutt the cliff edges, you notice a dark gull-like bird perched on the ground.

Closer scrutiny reveals the bird to be a skua, its scaly monochrome appearance ageing it as a juvenile. You take careful note of its bill, coloration and undertail coverts, and assess its physical proportions to come to a clear identification ... but what is it?

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Latest News

Cambridgeshire RSPB reserve doubled in size by quarry restoration

Posted: 24 Aug 2016
Ouse Fen RSPB in Cambridgeshire has doubled in size following the recent handover of land from a gravel extraction site.

Common Crane breeding success at Lakenheath Fen RSPB

Posted: 23 Aug 2016
For the second year running, two pairs of Common Cranes have successfully raised three chicks between them on a Suffolk RSPB reserve.

Inbred birds can't hold a tune

Posted: 22 Aug 2016
A new study has found that inbred songbirds appear to be less musically talented than ones from mixed populations, possibly affecting their chances of breeding.

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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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