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The August issue of Birdwatch hits the newsstands today!

Posted on: 24 Jul 2014

The new issue of Birdwatch is on sale today, and headlines with Mark Avery on the controversial killing of Hen Harriers by hunting estates, highlighting a campaign in which YOU can take part to help stop this illegal practice.

Our popular ID photo guide returns with part two of our expert tips to sort out waders, in this case those tricky Tringas, Wood Sandpiper, Lesser Yellowlegs, Greater Yellowlegs and Greenshank.

David Callahan also covers waders as the first parties start to arrive on return migration, asking how they survive their journeys and what strategies they use, while James Lowen takes us to the tourist island of Lanzarote in the Canary Islands, showing us the endemic specialities there on land and sea, and the article even suggests a surprise split. Josh Jones asks why Grey-headed Gull isn't on the British list, while columnist Mark Cocker is back, showing us how important long term seabird research can be, and Tom Bedford goes in search of the enigmatic Caucasian Grouse.  

June turned up a couple of fantastic rarities in the returning Bridled Tern, which travelled from Fair Isle to Northumberland, and Scops Owl on Orkney and then Shetland, and we have finder's accounts of these and the White-throated Sparrow in Argyll.     

We review Minox's affordable new BL 8x44 binocular, a comprehensive world bird sound app and both the intriguing A History of Birdwatching in 100 Objects and the erudite family monograph Woodpeckers of the World.

Plus more books, news and views, all the month's scarcities and rarities, Cory's and Great Shearwater ID, numerous tips on building your birding skills, and your own questions and letters.

The August issue of Birdwatch is in the shops today.

Birdwatch is Britain’s number one magazine for keen birders and presents in-depth articles to help you improve your birding skills, along with all the latest innovations, reviews, news and birding tips. Find out more at

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