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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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The nominate form of Scops Owl passes through Cyprus on migration, but the prime habitat is already occupied by the sedentary endemic form. Photo: Álvaro Rodríguez Alberich (

Cyprus Scops Owl a potential split

The endemic subspecies of Scops Owl found on Cyprus is a potential good species, DNA analysis has confirmed.

Downloadable Birdwatch magazine main index v10.06 PDF - articles

A downloadable PDF index of Birdwatch articles, features and stories from 2001 up to the October 2016 issue.

Downloadable Birdwatch magazine index v10.06 - Excel 2007

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

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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.

Blue Tit, Cookham, Berkshire.

Posted by Mick on 27 Nov 2016

Puffin, Skomer Island, Pembrokeshire.

Posted by Mick on 27 Nov 2016

GCG, Maidenhead, Berkshire.

Posted by Mick on 27 Nov 2016


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Gull ID quiz

Frontiers in Birding by Martin GarnerClosing Date: 10 Dec 2016

SCANNING a local gull roost can be a thankless, cold and tiring task, and it is picking out the most unusual species that make it all worthwhile.

You are panning back and forth with your scope when the prominent band on the bill of one bird in the gathering dusk makes you stop immediately, and the adrenaline kicks in.

Is this striking bird a Herring Gull, or its slightly less frequent congener Common Gull? Or is it that North American straggler, Ring-billed Gull, lured in by the communal frenzy that is a gull gathering, and waiting for you to put the news out of its presence?

Use our tips in the December issue ID Photo Guide to work out the species and age of this notable individual, and find out if you really have hit paydirt.

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RSPB Scotland supports offshore floating wind project

Posted: 04 Dec 2016
The RSPB has expressed its support for a floating wind energy generation project off the north coast of Scotland.

Threatened shearwater colony devastated by New Zealand earthquake

Posted: 03 Dec 2016
An earthquake which struck New Zealand's South Island on 14 November has devastated the larger of the world's two remaining Hutton's Shearwater colonies.

Prestigious award for BirdLife's Cambodia Programme

Posted: 02 Dec 2016
BirdLife’s Cambodia Programme, which has saved several Critically Endangered species from extinction, has received a prestigious award from the country’s government.

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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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