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October itinerary: Covenham Reservoir, Lincs

This substantial coastal reservoir, five miles north of Louth, Lincolnshire, and six miles inland from Donna Nook LWT, has come onto national birders’ radars following a series of high-profile rarities, including American Black Tern in October 2011

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: 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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Hi everyone. I've just joined as I caught the bird watching bug a few weeks ago so am a novice, hence my question. The only bird which resembles the one I saw in my book is a grey wagtail,

New UK iPhone listing App

A new listing App for the iPhone has recently been released on the App Store, called BirdListsUK. There are many Apps available on the market but we believe this one provides advanced logic not

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Posted by Darren on 20 Nov 2014


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Latest News

RSPB reserves boost Lapwings

Posted: 23 Nov 2014
The declining Lapwing has had a successful breeding season this year in grassland habitats managed by the RSPB.

Panama raptor migration record shattered

Posted: 22 Nov 2014
More than two million migrating birds of prey passed over Panama City on Sunday 2 November, more than doubling the previous single-day record of almost 900,000 last year.

Best year yet for Cirl Bunting

Posted: 21 Nov 2014
The Cirl Bunting Reintroduction Project in Cornwall is celebrating its best year to date, with more than 100 fledglings raised this summer.

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