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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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Downloadable Birdwatch magazine index v6.03 - Excel 2007

A fully downloadable and searchable Excel index of Birdwatch articles, photos, features and stories from 2001 up to the March 2016 issue. This version requires Excel 2007 and offers the best functionality.

This Spotted Flycatcher of the form tyrrhenica was photographed on southern Sardinia in late May 2011, and is mooted as a new subspecies. Photo: Michele Viganò.

Familiar species to be split?

Two subspecies of two familiar species of European bird, both in the chat and flycatcher family Muscicapidae, have been mooted as potential splits.

Blue Sky Wildlife

Blue Sky Wildlife

Blue Sky Wildlife aims to bring together wildlife tour operators from around the world in order to offer a comprehensive selection of nature holidays. Find out more here.

rss feed for birdwatch albums Photos & Videos

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.

Harewood 17th April Sony A200 and Sigma 150-500mm lens

Posted by ron on 17 Apr 2016

Calder Wetlands 20th April Sony A200 and Sigma 150-500mm lens

Posted by ron on 20 Apr 2016

Longshaw Estate ,Derbyshire 22nd April Sony A200 and Sigma 150-500mm lens

Posted by ron on 22 Apr 2016


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Closing Date: 30 Apr 2016

Win one of three NEW Hawke Endurance Compact spotting scopes worth £329.99 each!

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Latest News

Decoy used for harrier persecution?

Posted: 28 Apr 2016
An armed man has been photographed and filmed using a fake Hen Harrier on a driven grouse moor in the Peak District.

Spain's vulture-killing vet drug threat

Posted: 27 Apr 2016
The use of veterinary drugs containing diclofenac could jeopardise Europe’s most important breeding population of Griffon Vulture.

RSPB membership hits all-time high

Posted: 26 Apr 2016
Despite attacks from some quarters, the RSPB now has more members than ever.

BirdGuides BirdMap

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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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