United Kingdom General
The United Kingdom is a diverse group of Islands with, as we are very fond of telling everyone, weather, rather than a climate. Our distinct seasons (Summer is the one when the rain gets warmer) punctuate our birding, splitting it into good months for migrants going north, months for breeding summer visitors, months for birds migrating south and months for winter visitors. There are few months when vagrants are scarce, and, with the plethora of pagers, telephone lines and mailing lists it is a haven for twitchers who want to build long year lists or even longer life lists. The Total number of species that have been seen in the UK (excluding obvious escapees) is in the region of 550. Anything over 400 is reckoned to be a good total and there is a club called the UK400 club for such aficionados of the sport of twitching.
The UK is also a land of birders, dudes, ringers, ornithologists and the like. There is plenty of room for all. The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds has over one million members and is the biggest membership environment organisation in Europe. It is also estimated that, of the 60 million or so Brits, 20 million regularly feed the birds in their back gardens, yards, or even high rise balconies. Despite this birdwatchers tend to be called twitchers in the press and popular parlance and are still seen as rather sad anorak types on a par with train-spotters. Yet, if you set up your scope away from a reserve ordinary locals will often come up to see what you are looking at and, if invited, will take a peak and enjoy the experience, especially if you tell them that they are seeing something rare or unusual.
Unfortunately more and more birds in the UK are rare or unusual, not because of sudden influxes borne by unseasonable winds but because the once commonplace is getting rarer all the time. Why? You may well ask and a debate rages. It may be that we have long had a very intensive farming culture that was among the first to mechanise and use chemical herbicides, pesticides and fertilizers upsetting local ecological balances. It may be the fact that such agri-business is all about yields and has little concept of balance. Much land has been put to the plough that would be better left to the wild things. Bogs were drained, hillsides ploughed up and scrub cleared 50 years ago in an attempt to make us self sufficient, 20 years ago subsidies were attracted by eco-unfriendly methods. This is beginning to reverse but it is too late for many individual birds and even a few species that still thrive where agriculture is in harmony with the land.
This is, as everyone knows, a small crowded Island but there are still lots of open spaces and more sensitive agriculture, road, house and industry building, mineral extraction, and forestry could go a long way to giving us back the richness of flora and fauna we undoubtedly crave.
But even this is not the whole picture. Recent declines in species that have long been associated with humanity and at home in our cities is further cause for concern. Is it all about petrol additives? Is it more general pollution or is there just not enough natural food left for birds to find in competition with others.
Thankfully, we have some of the very best conservation organisations in the world and groups like the BTO are at the leading edge of research into how we could, if we are minded, reverse these trends. In the meantime many thousands of us cross the channel in search of birds that were once common this side of the tunnel 30 years ago.
Yet every weekend a few hundred thousand of us can be found watching our local reserve, tramping and recording on our patch or haring after scarcities. If, like the fatbirder, you are among these hoards remember just two things. Follow the country code (and the few rules about putting the interests of birds first) and join an organisation and add your voice to the pressure to care about the wild world.
Number of Species
Number of bird species: 612
National Bird - Robin Erithacus rubecula
[In fact the UK does NOT have a national bird - but the rest of the world thinks that we do and that it is the Robin]
Number of endemics: 1
Scottish Crossbill Loxia scotica
Fatbirder's very own checklists are now available through WebBirder
Bird Atlas 2007-11: The Breeding and Wintering Birds of Britain and Ireland
by Dawn Balmer, Simon Gillings, Brian Caffrey, Bob Swann, Iain Downie & Rob Fuller | Hardback | Nov 2013 | British Trust for Ornithology | 720 pages, colour photos, colour distribution maps
ISBN: 9781908581280Buy this book from NHBS.com
by Mark Cocker & Richard Mabey Hardback Chatto & Windus 2005 price ?35
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ISBN: 0701169079Buy this book from NHBS.com
Birds in Counties
By David K Balance, Imperial College Press, London 2000. 80 County Maps, 563 Pages. Hardback.
ISBN: 1860941575Buy this book from NHBS.com
Buckingham Press. Published every year
Copies can be ordered direct from Buckingham Press Ltd., 55 Thorpe Park Road, Peterborough PE3 6LJ at a discount of £2 if ordered before the end of the preceding year.<Fatbirder Recommended
ISBN: 9780955033995Buy this book from NHBS.com
Checklist of Birds of Britain and Ireland
(revised edition) Compiled by A. G. Knox. BOU. 1992.
Collins Bird Guide
Killian Mullarney, Lars Svensson, Dan Zetterstrom with Peter J Grant - Collins (2nd Edition 2010)
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ISBN: 9780007267262Buy this book from NHBS.com
Collins Bird Guide App
http://collinsbirdguideapp.com/ The Collins Fieldguide and more...
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Collins BTO Guide to British Birds
by Paul Sterry & Paul Stancliffe | William Collins | Hardback | 2015 | 320 pages, 1200+ colour photos, colour illustrations
ISBN: 9780007551514Buy this book from NHBS.com
Collins Field Guide to the Birds of Britain and Europe
Roger Tory Peterson, Guy Mountfort and PAD Hollom 261 pages, 1520 col illus, 366 maps. Harper Collins
ISBN: 0007192347Buy this book from NHBS.com
Collins Field Guide: Bird Call Identification (with Audio-CD)
Geoff Sample Hardcover (6 April, 1998) Harper Collins Natural History ISBN Out of Print
Field Guide to the Birds of Britain and Ireland
By Mark Golley |Illustrated by David Daly | Bloomsbury| Paperback | March 2016 | 208 Pages | Colour Illustrations
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ISBN: 9781472917461Buy this book from NHBS.com
Finding Birds in Britain
by Lee G R Evans latest edition due Nov 2007
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ISBN: 164784Buy this book from NHBS.com
Peterson Field Guide to the Birds of Britain and Europe
Roger Tory Peterson, Guy Mountford and PAD Hollum 261 pages, 96 col plates, distrib maps. Houghton Mifflin
ISBN: 0618166750Buy this book from NHBS.com
Photographic Guide to the Birds of Britain and Europe
Hakan Delin and Lars Svensson 288 pages, 1300 col photos, 163 illus, 465 maps. Bounty Books
ISBN: 075370689XBuy this book from NHBS.com
RSPB British Birds of Prey
Written by Marianne Taylor and Photographs by Stig Frode Olsen | 224 pages | 200 colour photos | Hardcover | Christopher Helm 2010
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ISBN: 9781408128497Buy this book from NHBS.com
RSPB Handbook of British Birds
by Peter Holden & Tim Cleeves published by Christopher Helm 2010
ISBN: 9781408127353Buy this book from NHBS.com
RSPB Nature Reserves
The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds
ISBN: 1901930424Buy this book from NHBS.com
RSPB Pocket Guide to British Birds
By Simon Harrap | 224 Pages | 900 Colour Illustrations | 170 Colour Distribution Maps | A & C Black | Paperback | 2012 | Edition: 2
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ISBN: 9781408174562Buy this book from NHBS.com
The Birds of Britain and Europe, 6-DVD Set
Paul Doherty Running time: 12 hours 35 minutes. Bird Images Video Guides
ISBN: 146254Buy this book from NHBS.com
The Complete Guide to the Birdlife of Britain & Europe
Rob Hume, Peter Hayman (Illustrator) - Hardcover - 288 pages - Nov 2001 - Mitchell Beazley
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The Crossley ID Guide: Britain & Ireland
Series: Crossley ID Guide 3 | Richard Crossley and Dominic Couzens | 304 Pages | 310 Plates with Colour Photos | 250 Colour Distribution Maps | Princeton University Press | Paperback | Oct 2013
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ISBN: 9780691151946Buy this book from NHBS.com
Where to Watch Birds in Britain
Simon Harrap & Nigel Redman - Christopher Helm 2003
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Where to Watch Birds in Britain and Ireland
David Tipling, New Holland 2006
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The number to report any oiled birds you might find: 08705 555 999. [This is the RSPCA]
See: http://www.quicktide.co.uk - the quick way to deetermine tide times for bird watchers. On sale at various RSPB and WWT centres and through the web site…
The Birdwatchers Yearbook
All county recorder and club information on Fatbirder is either derived directly from county clubs and correspondence or from the Yearbook. This is an invaluable source of information and should be on every UK birder's bookshelf. It is published by Buckingham Press, 55 Thorpe Park Road, Longthorpe, Peterborough PE3 6LJ. email@example.com
Vice Counties - Recording Areas
Vice counties have been widely adopted by naturalists in preference to the ever-changing administrative counties. The vice county boundaries will not move!
When to Watch Wildlife
A month by month guide to the wildlife highlights around Britain. Our aim is to share the wonder of nature and encourage you to get out there…
Guides & Tour Operators
Local birders willing to show visiting birders around their area…
Fatbirder's Anytime Tours
In addition to the advertised trips Fatbirder can make UK arrangements for visiting groups and probably fix up a trip for you anywhere in the world!
Join Frontier's research teams working in remote and exotic tropical environments. Save endangered wildlife, protect threatened tropical coral reefs and forests. Build sustainable livelihoods for the world's most impoverished communities. Gain vocational qualifications and experience conservation in action…
Welcome to our Birdwatching courses, tours and tailor made itineraries. As well as compiling impressive bird lists, our clients always enjoy carefully selected quality accommodation and a good social atmosphere. In addition to our scheduled tours we can provide tailor made itineraries to many destinations on request.
Two Owls Birding
…we offer guided birdwatching half-day, full-day trips and courses in the Dorset, New Forest and West Hampshire area plus birding weekends in the UK…
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.
2000 [05 May] - Stamping Around Britain – Tina MacDonald
If my husband wasn't a stamp collector, what possible reason could I have for taking three weeks out of our busy lives to wander around England and Scotland checking out great places to go birding? Luckily, Duncan decided to attend the Canadian Philatelic Society of Great Britain conference in Hove/Brighton from May 16 to 20th and then the Royal Philatelic Society annual conference in London from May 21 to 24, 2000. I got to go along for the ride, including the ride to Scotland to visit his mother and sister. What a great excuse to go birding! Come along with me on a journey of discovery throughout England and Scotland. There are hundreds of great birding locations, and I could only visit a few (and in most cases for only an hour or two each); but here's what I saw and where I went…
Places to Stay
Bird and Dine
A new site, www.birdanddine.com offers the unique opportunity to combine eating well and watching birds and other wildlife at the same time...
Army Ornithological Society
The Army Ornithological Society is open to all serving and retired members of the Army of any rank, including TA and Commonwealth forces plus MOD Civil Servants or Civil Servants who have served with the army anywhere in the world and their spouses. Others with close connections to the Army may also be eligible at the discretion of the AOS Committee. Members of the NBWS and RAFOS are also welcome to join AOS expeditions. The point of contact is with the Secretary of the AOS who is Maj AJ Bray RLC and can now be contacted via firstname.lastname@example.org or Lt Colonel Roger Dickey…
Barn Owl Conservation Network
The BOCN is not really something you join as a member, but you can JOIN IN with the work that we do.
Barn Owl Centre
Established in 1997, registered as a charity 2003, The Barn Owl Centre is an organisation dedicated to Education, Wildlife Conservation & Bird Welfare…
Barn Owl Trust
Based in Devon the Barn Owl Trust is Britain's leading Barn Owl conservation charity; working hard to conserve the Barn Owl and its environment - and as a consequence, all sorts of other species and their habitats, too.
…an exciting new project that followed on from Migration Watch. BTO are taking the lead in organising BirdTrack, on behalf of BTO, RSPB and BirdWatch Ireland - they have been working hard to develop a year-round recording scheme that will use information from your records to monitor migration and movements of birds and to map the distribution of scarce birds in Britain and Ireland. BirdTrack relies on your birdwatching lists and we need to gather a large number of lists at all times of the year. We prefer complete lists of birds you have seen and heard because the proportion of lists with a given species provides a good measure of frequency of occurrence. Incomplete lists and casual records can also be entered and will provide valuable information for some species.
Birding For All (was Disabled Birders Association)
The Disabled Birders Association was founded on 1st April 2000 - an auspicious date, but one that should not be taken to mean that our purpose is in anyway frivolous. The DBA is an international movement to promote access to reserves and other birding places and to a range of services so that people with special needs can follow the birding obsession as freely as able-bodied people. In 2010 we changed our name to 'Birding For All' to emphasise the inclusive nature of the charity.
British Ornithologists Club
The British Ornithologists Club (BOC) was founded in 1892 to promote discussion between ornithologists and to publish scientific information connected with ornithology through the Bulletin of the British Ornithologists Club which has been issued without a break since that year and which has a special interest in avian systematics, taxonomy and distribution.
Hon Sec Cdr MB Casement OBE RN, Dene Cottage, West Harting, Petersfield, Hants GU31 5PA 01730 825280 email@example.com
British Ornithologists Union
Administrator, Steve Dudley, c/o Natural History Museum, Akeman Street, Tring, Herts HP23 6AP 01442 890080 firstname.lastname@example.org
The British Ornithologists Union aims to encourage the study of birds in Britain, Europe and throughout the world, in order to understand their biology and to aid their conservation. The site also has some useful checklists.
British Trust for Ornithology
Director, Dr. JJD Greenwood, National Centre for Ornithology, The Nunnery, Thetford, Norfolk, IP24 2PU 01842 750050 email@example.com
Please look around our site. Discover what we do and why we are world leaders in wild bird research, thanks to our volunteers, members and funders. Thousands of members and volunteers take part in BTO projects, helping both campaigners and decision-makers to monitor the fortunes of our birds and to understand how they can best be conserved.
British Birds Rarities Committee
The BBRC is the official adjudicator of rare bird records in Britain. Its members are democratically elected by birders' representatives in each county and serve for a fixed term. It publishes its annual report in the monthly journal British Birds . These web pages supplement the Annual Report and also enable birders worldwide to keep abreast with the latest committee news…
Canal & Rivers Trust
Our task is to promote the widest possible public awareness and enjoyment of the UK waterways. We will work in partnership with individuals, communities and organisations, to conserve, restore, improve and interpret all aspects of waterways. Through our work we will realise sustainable benefits for all sectors of the community in terms of recreation, education, conservation, as well as social and economic welfare…
Edward Grey Institute of Field Ornithology
In its own words: The Edward Grey Institute of Field Ornithology is a sub-Department of the Zoology Department, founded in 1936 in memory of the former Chancellor of the University, Earl Grey of Fallodon. The Institute houses the Alexander Library, which is the best ornithological library in Europe and one of the best in the world. It is much used by research workers from other parts of the UK and we welcome ornithologists from other parts of the world.
Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust
We are a leading UK charity conducting conservation science to enhance the British countryside for public benefit. For over 80 years we have been researching and developing game and wildlife management techniques. We use our research to provide training and advice on how best to improve the biodiversity of the countryside…
Gay Birders' Club
Enabling contact between gay and lesbian birders, worldwide. A site that supports this rapidly expanding UK-based club. There are contacts worldwide, a notice board used by gay birders around the world and an events calendar. Most are in the UK.
Great Bustard Group
Hen Harrier Day
Full details of all Hen Harrier Day events will appear here. If you are organising something and would like details to appear here, please let us know by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Hereford Owl Rescue
We rescue owls from anywhere in the UK…
Joint Nature Conservation Committee [JNCC]
The JNCC is the UK Government`s wildlife adviser, undertaking national and international conservation work on behalf of the three country nature conservation agencies English Nature, Scottish Natural Heritage and the Countryside Council for Wales. The JNCC has a varied role in bird conservation here in the UK, and internationally within Europe and beyond…
The United Kingdom section of LIPU, the Italian League for Bird Protection, was founded in 1989 and since then has been successful in supporting the BirdLife Partner in Italy in many ways. LIPU UK members have been to Italy to help on the ground with various projects and members and friends have together raised money totalling over £227,000, which has been spent on direct conservation work in support of the birds in Italy. Italy has a decreasing but still large number of hunters, many of whom habitually and deliberately break the laws of Italy and Europe when they shoot huge numbers of protected birds. Another problem is the trapping and netting of songbirds such as Robins to be eaten in restaurants; this is also against the law. Against all of these problems LIPU works throughout the year.
LPO (UK Branch)
A great site, in English, about the Ligue Pour la Protection des Oisseaux - The French RSPB.
National Sound Archive
Part of the British Library and not exclusively for birders but this site does hold many thousands of recordings and is the place top go to check out a bird song or call.
National Birds of Prey Centre
Mrs J Parry-Jones MBE, Newent, Glos GL18 1JJ 01531 820286 email@example.com
National Wildlife Crime Unit
The UK can be proud of the fact that it takes wildlife crime seriously and that most county police forces have an officer specifically assigned to wildlife crime whether it be stealing eggs and chicks, poisoning birds of prey or deliberate cruelty to wild animals.
Operation Turtle Dove
Operation Turtle Dove is a project designed to reverse the decline of one of our best-loved farmland birds. Help us save them…
Originally founded by a group of falconers in the North West of England, Raptor Rescue is a national charity with an established reputation in the worlds of wildlife rehabilitation and falconry. The organisation has a national network of rehabilitators and other experienced carers, who take on this time-consuming work, but a great deal of resources are still required to pay for housing, feeding, veterinary help and transportation.
Rare Breeding Birds Panel
Secretary. Dr. Malcolm Ogilvie, Glencairn, Bruichladdich, Islay, PA49 7UN, 01496 850218 firstname.lastname@example.org
The Rare Breeding Birds Panel was formed in 1972 by representatives of RSPB, British Birds, the British Trust for Ornithology and The Nature Conservancy Council. The present Panel is made up of representatives of the first three organisations plus the Joint Nature Conservation Committee. The Panel`s prime function is to act as a secure depository of sensitive information on the breeding of rare birds in Britain.
Royal Society for the Protection of Birds
CE Graham Wynne, The Lodge, Sandy, Beds SG19 2DL 01767 680551
Royal Air Force Ornithological Society
Founded in 1965 for members of the Service interested in ornithology, RAFOS currently has approximately 220 members who are past and present members of the Armed Forces, MOD civilians/contract staff and their families. Also see their facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/rafornithology/
Royal Navy Birdwatching Society
Website due for launch Feb 2004 - Secretary Commander Francis Ward email@example.com Francis Ward 16 Cutlers Lane, Stubbington FAREHAM, Hants PO14 2JN U.K.
Scottish Ornithologists Club
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ScotlandsBirdClub Twitter: https://twitter.com/scottishbirding
Waterston House, Aberlady, East Lothian, EH32 0PY
firstname.lastname@example.org 01875 871 330
On the one hand a birdwatching club, on the other, a network of volunteers across Scotland gathering vital information about Scotland's wild birds. The SOC is Scotland's Bird Club with 15 branches around the country and a growing membership of over 3000. The Club brings together like-minded individuals with a passion for birds, nature and conservation. Visit the SOC website to learn more about the Club's work and to keep up to date with the latest news on birds and birdwatching in Scotland: publications, bird reports, recording, advice on recommended sites to birdwatch, information on funding opportunities and much more.
Our aim is to protect and encourage Swifts, truly amazing birds that live with us for just three months every Summer. We provide advice to homeowners, construction professionals, educators, and government. Find out why Swifts matter, what they give us, and how you can get a great deal of pleasure and satisfaction helping them survive and thrive…
Rules of the club…
Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust
Managing Director, Tony Richardson, Slimbridge, Glos GL2 7BT 01453 890333 email@example.com
Young People's Trust for the Environment
The Young People's Trust for the Environment is a charity which aims to encourage young people's understanding of the environment and the need for sustainability… Including, for example, a page on how to make bird boxes at home or at school…
British Bird Fair
Eagleton Nature Reserve, Rutland Water, Oakham, Rutland
15,16 & 17 August 2008
21, 22 & 23 August 2009
The Bird Observatories Council of Britain & Ireland
The Bird Observatories Council co-ordinates and promotes the work of the Bird Observatories at a national level. Individual Observatories are accredited to the Council when they meet specified criteria relating to activities and facilities. Click here to see what is required for accredited status…
Capel Manor College - HND Ornithology
A two year ornithology diploma course is available in the London School of Arboriculture, Countryside and the Environment - Capel Manor College offers enviable experience of sites – including our own 160 acre farm, country parks and private grounds – to practise skills and develop projects. Students also benefit from a wide-ranging programme of visits to contrasting woodland, freshwater and grassland habitats, nature reserves and urban greenspace.
Natural History Museum
The origin of the Zoological Museum at Tring is the result of one man's obsession for collecting. That man was Lionel Walter Rothschild. Today, preserved as it was originally conceived, the Museum is a wonderful example of traditional Victorian mounted specimen displays. What's more there is a collection of 2.5 million bird skins of 9000 species…
The RSPB site has changed greatly over the last 12 months… many people are not impressed with the way the new site navigates.
Our site brings together all the content you need to make the most of visiting the countryside. Using our own professional expertise and field research, plus the best of others, our 'hub' site gives you everything you need in one place - on the web and your mobile - free of charge. One-stop-shop for information on wild places and wildlife in the UK, France and further afield…
Wildfowl & Wetland Trust
Working to save wetlands for wildlife and people is the slogan of the organisation and it is keeping Sir Peter Scott`s vision alive very well with lots of good information and images.
A guide to the wildlife and nature reserves of the UK…
Wildlife Trusts on the internet. Since 1912 The Wildlife Trusts have been speaking out for nature in Britain. Their unique organisation is a network of 46 Wildlife Trusts, 50 Urban Wildlife Groups and Wildlife Watch (the junior branch). Together they cover every corner of the UK.
Find your nearest woodland that is managed for conservation.
Forums & Mailing Lists
Beer Drinking Birders
To post to list: firstname.lastname@example.org
List contact: Tristan Reid - email@example.com
To subscribe to list: firstname.lastname@example.org
This mailing list is for those birders with a sense of humour!! The slagging off of current & past rarities is encouraged! The list owner is not responsible for any character assassinations especially those that may lead to legal action (though he will probably laugh)! The list owner encourages talk of local pubs near birding sites. The posting of the drunken exploits of birders is welcomed. Any humorous (be it black comedy or slapstick) birding anecdotes current or past are welcomed! This yahoo group is purely for those birders out there with a good (or bad) sense of humour (not for the easily offended)!! Have a laugh with your birding!
The only truly world-wide birding forum with a huge picture gallery you can post your photos to, post your own trip reports, a very active mailing forum, instant messaging and much more. Fatbirder recommended.
To post to list: BirdCall@yahoogroups.com
To subscribe to list: BirdCallemail@example.com
"News group for BirdCall Members to share sightings from around the UK and all other news of interest.List owner: BirdCallfirstname.lastname@example.org
To subscribe to list: BOU_birdtalkemail@example.com
To unsubscribe: subscribe
The BOU has set up a new email discussion group for ornithologists around the globe. The aim of BOU BirdTalk is to encourage the discussion of scientific research amongst ornithologists and to provide a noticeboard for meetings, conferences, jobs, expeditions, publications, etc. The group is free to join and open to anyone interested in any aspect of ornithology. To join BOU BirdTalk send a blank email to BOU_birdtalkfirstname.lastname@example.org with the word subscribe in the subject field.
To post to list: email@example.com
List contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
To subscribe to list: email@example.com
OK the club is for anyone interested in birding, especially those looking to bird abroad. Once this club is fully established It will be a good a place as any to meet and air views swap info or just chat and meet fellow birders. Upload any photo`s you want or post useful links too. This is a club for everyone If I`m not around to answer questions or reply straight away don`t let it put you off as other memebers will probably do that for me.
List contact: http://www.birdingforall.com
This is a mailing list for members of the Disabled Birders Association. To join the dba visit our website. New dba members will automatically be added to the mailing group…
To post to list: firstname.lastname@example.org
List contact: email@example.com
To subscribe to list: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mailing List – Discussion Group
Wildlife forums and galleries..
One small pastoral farm, one blog… and many posts about farming, wildlife and how the two can rub along nicely…
Le Evans - UK400ClubRareBirdAlert
This is the UK400 Club Rare Bird Alert highlighting all records of avian interest and published in association with Rare Bird Alert Pagers and utilising additional information gleaned from the Regional Birdlines, BirdGuides, local email groups and individual observers…
BBC Natural History Site
The content of this site is constantly changing and tends to reflect current programming on BBC TV and Radio. A useful site to visit within a couple of weeks of a broadcast for follow up information.
…birdwatching information by county location…
Birdnerd.co.uk attempts to create a directory of local birdwatching patches for the use of ornithologists in the United Kindgom. Although travelling to nature reserves and national parks in search of species is exciting, local patches are where most birdwatchers make the majority of their observations…
Browse or search through the Bird Book and you’ll find brief descriptions and in-depth portraits of wild bird species, plus an album of paintings and photographs by leading wildlife artists. There’s also a searchable dictionary of birdwatching terms and details of conservation organisations.
Bird@x is a website specifically designed for UK Bird Watchers. It enables you to record and share your sightings of UK bird species. Bird@x automatically tracks your Life and Year Lists as you record each new sighting…
Information on bird sites throughout the UK - where they are; what you could see there; what facilities they offer; where to eat and where to stay. Fatbirder recommended? a great idea to give a web guide to good birding locations in the UK.
The UK's finest bird watching community for the latest bird news, equipment reviews and sightings…
Birds of Britain
Site promoting conservation and birding…
Birds of Britain
The Birds of Britain features over 140 articles written by some of the top ornithological writers in the country and much more… it is like a good generalist book on the birds of the UK but is constantly updated like a magazine
British Bird Lovers
British Bird Lovers is dedicated to anyone who enjoys caring for and observing wild birds. Here you will be able to find information about garden birds and bird watching in the UK. You will also be able to find a great range of products to buy including garden accessories for birds, bird food, birdwatching equipment and gifts. If you want to observe birds in habitats further afield than we have information on bird watching holidays and other actvities. This site is primarily aimed at the amateur bird watcher or people who simply enjoy seeing birds in their gardens. However, if you wish to take your hobby further then have a look at the Useful Links page where you will find details of many organisations who can give you further advice.
British Birds is a monthly, ornithological journal read by all serious birdwatchers and ornithologists around the World and fills a unique ornithological niche between the overtly scientific journals and the wholly popular birding press. Founded in 1907…
The UK arm of Proact…
British Facebook Birders
348 members of this group of birders - many of the high profile birders included
British Garden Birds
British Garden Birds shares information about the birds that visit a suburban garden in Sheffield, England.
BTO Bird Track
Trends in numbers and breeding performance for UK birds… a volunteer programme…
Go Wild Guide
We have put together a directory of wildlife guides and wildlife events to enhance your enjoyment of British Wildlife and wild places. Our aim is to provide a web site that will enable you to find a wildlife expert to guide you around their local area. Alternatively you may wish to take part in a guided wildlife event where you will be able to draw on the knowledge of an expert…
Lost & Found
The Independent Bird Register was set up in 1994 to reunite lost, found and stolen hawks, falcons and owls. The IBR issue breeders and split rings for all birds of prey. NOW 492 unclaimed raptors - 600+ Birds Reunited
Thisnis a guide to what birds you might get in your garden - put in your postcode and out will come a list!
We`re a group of birding friends from Britain and America who decided to team up on a joint Anglo-American website. Bringing the best birding articles from both sides of the Atlantic onto one website, we hope to have created something unique. We`d love to hear from you if you have any thoughts, feedback or suggestions or wish to get involved in some way yourself. A nice idea - and an excellent site - Fatbirder.
The 3 Birders
Birding around the UK with the 3 birders…
The One & Only Bill Oddie
Bill Oddie is a birdwatcher, broadcaster, actor, television presenter, writer, song-writer, musician, conservationist and much more!
UK Go Wild
…we are a small family run buissness and are passionate about uk wildlife and giving nature a helping hand .so we decided to set up ukgowilduk to provide the online community of uk wildlife and bird lovers with a unique British wildlife website with wildlife webcams plus loads of great wildlife information and a fantastic shop supplying great quality products some of which are only available at ukGowilduk…
When to Watch Wildlife
Welcome to When to Watch Wildlife, a month by month guide to what wildlife you can see in Britain. When to Watch Wildlife also provides lots of general natural history information and links to wildlife news on the web. The Wildlife Calendar takes you to the highlights of each month, and hopefully will encourage you to explore life beyond your computer!
Zoological Society of London (London Zoo)
In Africa, Asia and the Middle East, ZSL staff are involved in many projects where there are threats to wildlife, but few resources to address them. Find out about ZSL`s projects in Ethiopia, Nepal, Rwanda and Saudia Arabia, where our staff work closely with the country`s local people and train them to protect and manage their own wildlife.
Photographers & Artists
Digiscoping - Andy Bright
Andy Bright's excellent site: much good info on using a spotting scope in combination with a digital camera…
Library - Natural History Museum Bird Photographs
This digital library contains images of specimens and artwork from the Museum`s collections.
Library - Nature Portfolio Image Library
Nature Portfolio Image Library is a collection of outstanding images from all over the world. Photographed and collected by qualified naturalists, the library guarantees 100% accurate identification of every species featured and can provide comprehensive captions for all images.
Library - RSPB Images
50,000 bird images from around the world… a remarkable collection of photographs which are available commercially.
Photoblog - Steve Seal
Photoblog from sites across the UK
Photographer - Scott Tilley Photography
This is the online home of Scott Tilley Photography, showcasing the wildlife, landscape and sports photography images of photographer Scott Tilley.…