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Sir David Attenborough opened Woodberry Wetlands on 30 April 2016. Photo by Penny Dixie/LWT.

Woodberry Wetlands – London’s newest nature reserve

Rebecca Armstrong reports from the opening of a wildlife refuge that has been opened to the public for the first time in almost two centuries.

Downloadable Birdwatch magazine main index v7.04 PDF - photos and illustrations

A downloadable PDF index of Birdwatch photographs and illustrations from 2001 up to the April 2017 issue.

Downloadable Birdwatch magazine index v7.04 - Excel 2007

A fully downloadable and searchable Excel index of Birdwatch articles, photos, features and stories from 2001 up to the April 2017 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.

Hong Kong marshland

Posted by Grace on 23 Jun 2017

North Lees 21st June Sony A200 and Sigma 150-500mm lens

Posted by ron on 21 Jun 2017

Old Moor RSPB 24th June Sony A200 and Sigma 150-500mm lens

Posted by ron on 24 Jun 2017


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Golden plover ID quiz

Remarkable Birds by Mark AveryClosing Date: 07 Jul 2017

SCANNING a flock of winter plovers on the edge of a lagoon, you notice one that stands out from its companions. It is clearly a golden plover, having black underparts, spangled upperparts and a white border to the face and chest.

Taking care to note the size and proportions of its bill and legs, the placement of its primaries, tertials and tail feathers, and the amounts of black, white and gold and their comparative shape and extent, you gradually come to a conclusion on its identity. Should you be phoning into as a rarity or just enjoying it as a day tick?


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Posted: 04 Apr 2017
As part of changes we are making to our online presence, all the latest birding and conservation news will now be published by our sister site,

Appeal for information after another satellite-tagged Golden Eagle vanishes

Posted: 03 Apr 2017
RSPB Scotland has issued an appeal for information following the disappearance of a satellite-tagged Golden Eagle near Strathdon in Aberdeenshire.

Black Grouse thrives in Scottish highlands

Posted: 01 Apr 2017
Black Grouse has continued to increase in number in the Scottish highlands, says the RSPB, which is arranging special guided trips to see them in Perthshire this spring.

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