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Hayling Island, Hampshire

September itinerary: Hayling Island, Hampshire

This relatively flat island separating Chichester and Langstone Harbours is perhaps not as well visited as its neighbours, but it can provide a good opportunity to scan both wader-rich areas in close proximity. Add to this some decent seawatching in

Achill Island, Co Mayo.

September itinerary: Achill Island, Co Mayo

Achill Island sticks out from the mainland of Co Mayo, to the south of the Mullet. Its geographical location means it is the first landfall for waders that have just crossed the Atlantic, and September is prime time to witness good numbers of

Strangford Lough, Co Down.

September itinerary: Strangford Lough, Co Down

Perhaps most famous for its wintering Pale-bellied Brent Geese, this site has lots more to offer, not least its nationally important numbers of a variety of waders. The western shore is dotted with many islands and is much less accessible, although


RE: Photographing Bullfinches

Hi there. We've been asking around but no one seems to have a regular site. Bullfinches are very shy and retiring, so just seeing one can be hard enough, never mind photographing them! Our photo

RE: Little strange little bird

Hi there and welcome to the forum. Your bird looks like a juvenile Goldfinch. At this time of year they're moulting into adult plumage so look very different from what you might expect. Could you

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taken in my garden a few months ago

Posted by Peter on 22 Aug 2014

in my garden once again

Posted by Peter on 22 Aug 2014

River Calder, Wakefield 20th August Sony A100 and Sigma 150-500mm lens

Posted by ron on 20 Aug 2014

Latest News

New project brings hope for birds of prey in the Peak District

Posted: 23 Aug 2014
Peregrine Falcon has returned to the Peak District following conservation efforts to protect nesting sites.

Isle of Wight bee-eaters fledge

Posted: 22 Aug 2014
European Bee-eater chicks have successfully fledged at the Wydcombe Estate for the first time ever.

Osprey breeds for first time at National Nature Reserve

Posted: 21 Aug 2014
Natural England have announced the fledging of two male Osprey chicks at Roudsea Wood and Mosses NNR, Cumbria, the first successful breeding on any of their reserves.

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