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Managing Editor Dominic Mitchell. Photo by Eleanor Bentall.

Why the EU is good for the environment

In his June 2016 comment, Birdwatch Managing Editor Dominic Mitchell explains why he thinks that the only way to properly protect our environment is for the UK to stay in the European Union.

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 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.

rss feed for birdwatch albums Photos & Videos

Show off your latest sightings in the Birdwatch.co.uk 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.

Snow Bunting on the West Shore at Llandudno.

Posted by Martyn on 09 Jan 2017

These Snow Buntings have been the star attraction on the West Shore at Llandudno for the…

Posted by Martyn on 09 Jan 2017

This Fieldfare was the only photo I took after two visits to Beeley in Derbyshire in the…

Posted by Martyn on 09 Jan 2017

Competition

With Birdwatch.co.uk you can easily enter competitions featured in Birdwatch magazine. Just click here to check out the latest prizes and enter online.

Latest News


Gulls, mink and nutrients implicated in pochard decline

Posted: 17 Jan 2017
Reasons for the recent decline of Common Pochard have been scientifically investigated for the very first time by the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT).

Sandpiper travels thousands of miles in pursuit of sex

Posted: 12 Jan 2017
Male Pectoral Sandpipers have been recorded travelling as far as 8,000 miles in a single summer month in order to mate with as many females as possible.

Red Kites generate millions for economy

Posted: 11 Jan 2017
A new report has found that tourists spend £8.2 million in Dumfries and Galloway after travelling to see Red Kites.


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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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