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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.

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.

Downloadable Birdwatch magazine main index v10.06 PDF - articles

A downloadable PDF index of Birdwatch articles, features and stories from 2001 up to the October 2016 issue.

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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.


Posted by Nigel on 28 Feb 2017


Posted by Nigel on 28 Feb 2017


Posted by Nigel on 28 Feb 2017


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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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New project brings hope to Scottish waders

Posted: 27 Mar 2017
Led by RSPB Scotland, the Peesie Project aims to conserve and enhance a network of important wetland areas and adjacent farmland to provide homes for breeding waders.

Argentina approves measures to save seabirds

Posted: 26 Mar 2017
The use of measures to prevent seabird by-catch deaths has just been approved by the Argentinean government, a decision that will save the lives of thousands of seabirds.

New issue of Birdwatch on sale today!

Posted: 24 Mar 2017
Learn to identify tricky leaf warblers and take our spring challenge in the new issue of Birdwatch, in the shops now!

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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.

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