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Birding England

This page will always look thin on information because the vast majority of information and links appears on individual county pages. Moreover, most 'national' organisations cover the whole of the United Kingdom and associated islands. A few are 'national' in the sense of the countries which make up Britain and Northern Ireland, so will appear on those pages.

The great thing about Fatbirder is that it is a truly collective effort in as much as most county and country page introductions and top sites are contributed by local birders. Each English county page benefits from being written with local knowledge and expertise. Visiting birders and newbies will find a great introduction to each county and lots of links to appropriate birding websites.

All information sections have been updated (December 2017 thru January 2018) with the latest county recorder information too in co-operation with the Birdwatcher's Year Book.

For birders with mobility issues see Birding For All

Top Sites

England's Top Sites

Each county has provision for local top sites to be included. Most already have a number listed. For overseas birders our most interesting counties are probably, Devon & Cornwall in the west, Norfolk & Suffolk in the east, Kent in the South and Lancashire & Yorkshire in the North.

Number of Species

Number of bird species: 614

(UK as a whole)


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Useful Reading

Fieldguides & Other Birding Books
For a full list of fieldguides and other books see the general UK page

Collins Bird Guide

(The Most Complete Guide to the Birds of Britain and Europe) | by Killian Mullarney, Lars Svensson, Dan Zetterstrom & Peter Grant | Harper Collins | 2010 | Paperback | 392 pages, 3500 colour illustrations, 700 colour distribution maps |

ISBN: 9780007268146

Buy this book from NHBS.com

Collins Bird Guide App

See details: See The Collins Fieldguide
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RSPB Nature Reserves - A Visitors Guide

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) | 2002| Paperback | 65 pages, col photos, illus, maps |

ISBN: 1901930424

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The Crossley ID Guide: Britain & Ireland

by Richard Crossley & Dominic Couzens | Princeton University Press | 2013 | Paperback | 301 pages, 310 plates with colour photos, 250 colour distribution maps |

ISBN: 9780691151946

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Where to Watch Birds in Britain

by Simon Harrap & Nigel Redman | Christopher Helm | 2010 | Paperback | 671 pages, Maps |

ISBN: 9781408110591

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Where to Watch Birds in Britain and Ireland

by David Tipling | New Holland | 2006 | Paperback | 176 pages, 64 col photos, 31 maps |

ISBN: 1845374592

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Useful Information

International Birds of Prey Centre

Mrs J Parry-Jones MBE, Newent, Glos GL18 1JJ 01531 820286 jpj@nbpc.demon.co.uk http://icbp.org/


National Organisations

National organisations are listed on the UK page (except where they cover just one of the home nations) - most will also be listed in the county where their headquarters operation is located.

Natural England


Access and rights of way, Land management, Landscape, Parks, trails and nature reserves, Protected sites and species, Recreation, Wildlife and habitat conservation, Publications, maps and data

Guides & Tour Operators

Click on WAND for tours, guides, lodges and more…

Birding Pal


Local birders willing to show visiting birders around their area…

Trip Reports

Click on WAND for tours, guides, lodges and more…


Trip Report Repository

CloudBirders was created by a group of Belgian world birding enthusiasts and went live on 21st of March 2013. They provide a large and growing database of birding trip reports, complemented with extensive search, voting and statistical features.

2010 [July ] - David & Roma Bell - Birding in the Southern UK


During the period early June to mid-July 2010, we were introduced to the birds of the southern U.K. in three areas: mid-Wales, south-eastern (Greater London), England and Norfolkshire, England…

2015 [May] - Andrew Whittaker

Report PDF

Springtime magic in Kent, the “Garden of England,” offered a daily mix of exciting birding and delving back into the enthralling history of the UK (from Roman times to the present). This combination resulted in a tremendously successful tour!

2015 [May] - David Morris - Wildlife of England’s North-West

Report PDF

...We started at the bird feeding station behind the visitor centre getting excellent views of Nuthatch, Marsh Tit and Bullfinch amongst the commoner species, and hearing Cetti’s Warbler singing in the wetland scrub. From here we moved out along the causeway across the centre of the large reedbed, finding Reed Bunting and Reed Warbler singing from the reeds...

2017 [02 February] - David Karr - Winter Migrants at Slimbridge, Gloucestershire and North Norfolk

PDF Report

Overall, the trip exceeded expectations with ten of fifteen birds on my ‘wish list’ sighted. Another highlight was some brilliant views of a displaying Goshawk. A lot of driving for a weekend, but the combination of the beautiful countryside, good food, comfortable accommodation and an excellent guide, made the investment well worthwhile. And best of all, while the weather was cold, it remained generally sunny – as good as it gets in the English winter!

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