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October itinerary: Reykjanes peninsula, Iceland

The volcanic Reykjanes Peninsula is the prime autumn birding site in south-west Iceland, and is an extensive low-lying area of rocky coastline, sandy beaches and coastal pools. In the right weather conditions, it is one of the best places in Iceland

October itinerary: Redcar to Saltburn, North Yorkshire

The scenic coastline between Redcar and Saltburn extends for about 5.5 miles, and has habitats that include rocky and sandy foreshore, sand dunes, coastal fields and scrub, wooded valleys and open sea. The area between Redcar and Marske is known as

October itinerary: Aberlady Bay

Aberlady Bay in East Lothian is situated on the south side of the outer Firth of Forth, about 12 miles east of Edinburgh. The Peffer Burn, a small stream, flows into this compact estuary, which is flanked by saltmarsh, dunes and grassland. Gullane


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Posts: 2 0 can somebody identify this bird? was in our garden yesterday. thank you very much. (I'm new to this) location: Exmouth, devon, UK bird is about 25-30cm. tall

RE: identify this bird

Hi Lesley and welcome to the forum. Should there be a photo of your bird? If so, it's not displaying. If you're having problems uploading a photo, it might be best to email it to

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Posted by KENNETH on 24 Oct 2014


Posted by KENNETH on 24 Oct 2014


Posted by KENNETH on 24 Oct 2014

Latest News

UK-wide project to save Hen Harrier

Posted: 24 Oct 2014
A new EU-supported conservation initiative has been launched to protect Hen Harrier on both sides of the English-Scottish border.

Have your say in November's Birdwatch, out now!

Posted: 23 Oct 2014
The new issue of Birdwatch is on sale today, with a chance for you to decide the best events and people in birding this year by entering our new Birders' Choice Awards.

Government to allow wholesale destruction of our countryside?

Posted: 22 Oct 2014
Despite widespread public disapproval of the government’s plans to sell off our natural heritage, it is attempting to pass laws to allow this yet again.

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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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Pipit ID quiz

Advanced Bird ID GuideClosing Date: 08 Nov 2014

WINTER has now almost settled in, and you’re walking the edge of a large reservoir when you flush a pipit from the flotsam on the shoreline. It’s almost impossible to hear it call with a cold brisk breeze rushing past your ears, but it settles down, enabling you to scope it from a short distance and assess the details of its plumage. It is clearly a member of the Water/Rock Pipit complex, but which species is it? Use our ID photo guide to analyse the photo, and let us know which pipit you think this is.

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