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You'll find rare bird news and sightings, binocular and telescope reviews, birdwatching books and competitions, as well as features on identification, improving your birding and conservation. Register to create your own birding blog or upload your bird photos and videos.

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It has now been shown that Madanga, found in Indonesia, despite resembling a flycatcher or chat, is actually a morphologically aberrant pipit or wagtail. Photo: Rob Hutchinson (

Transformer pipits

THE extent to which some passerines can change their appearance to suit their environments and habitats has been revealed in a dramatic way by the DNA analysis of two geographically widely separated island endemics.

How to ... Make the most of Birdwatch's digital edition.

How to ... Make the most of Birdwatch's digital edition

Technology can improve your birding skills and knowledge, and this even applies to your favourite birding magazine. Rebecca Armstrong explains how to download and get the best out of the digital editions of Birdwatch.

Pale-browed Treehunter is no longer the sole member of its genus. Photo: Hector Bottai (

New Brazilian Treehunter

A new member of a South American songbird genus has been discovered to be a semi-mimic of an unrelated passerine.


moving back to uk

We are about to put our spanish house on the market and move back to UK. Its been a great place to be for bird watching and we are rather spoilt, we have golden oriels, beeeaters, chough, even

id please

thought this was a female chat but not sure now

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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.

Ockham Common, Surrey

Posted by John on 22 May 2015

Ockham Common, Surrey

Posted by John on 22 May 2015

Little tawny owl chick local to me

Posted by Janis on 23 May 2015

Latest News

Look out for Monties

Posted: 23 May 2015
The RSPB has launched a hotline to locate Britain's rarest breeding bird of prey – Montagu's Harrier.

National Farmers' Union attempts to sidestep bee-killing pesticide ruling

Posted: 22 May 2015
The Bee Coalition and RSPB have reacted with dismay to news that the National Farmers Union is attempting to sidestep an EU ban on neonicotinoids, pesticides known to be harmful to pollinating insects.

Mallard's injuries highlight the dangers of thoughtless littering

Posted: 21 May 2015
The RSPCA has issued horrific photographs of an injured Mallard with its bill stuck in a discarded drinks can to highlight the devastation of littering on wildlife.

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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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Savanna R 8x33 binocluars

Closing Date: 31 May 2015

Win one of five Savanna R 8x33 binoculars!

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