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British Birds publishes ground-breaking articles on identification, distribution, migration, conservation and taxonomy, and is the place to report significant ornithological sightings and events. The publication is widely regarded as the bird journal of record in Great Britain.

Published monthly, British Birds is an invaluable resource for birders and professional ornithologists. Contributors include both professionals and keen amateurs. Content is always abreast of current ideas and thinking, yet written in a clear and simple style that is easy to interpret.

BB cover April 14

What’s in the latest issue? April 2014

  • BB eye
  • News & comment
  • The migration of Common and Arctic Terns in southern England
  • What it’s like to be a bird
  • Spring migration routes of Long-tailed Skuas in the UK 
  • Notes
  • Letters
  • Obituary
  • Reviews
  • Recent reports
  • Talking point
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Scientists hold their breath for the return of Chris the Cuckoo

Having clocked up over 45,000 miles and his tag having sent around 30,000 messages back to scientists in the UK, Chris the cuckoo is set to return to the East Anglian countryside for his fourth successive summer wearing a unique satellite tag…

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The Breeding Birds of North Wales

Over 40 areas of Britain took the opportunity to organise local bird atlases to run in parallel with Bird Atlas 2007–11. One of these was North Wales: the five Watsonian vice-counties of Anglesey, Caernarfon, Denbigh, Flint and Meirionnydd…

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Bird Populations

Everyone has them. The half-dozen or so books that sit on the desk within easy reach, ready for quick reference as required. Mine are: BWP Concise, the Collins Guide (large format), an atlas, The Status of Birds in Britain and Ireland, a couple of statistics books and Ian Newton’s incomparable Population Limitation in Birds…

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The Birds of Gloucestershire

This new avifauna covers the current bird-recording area of Gloucestershire (thus excluding the local authority area of South Gloucestershire, which since 1974 has been treated as part of Avon). It is a large-format book, attractive to the eye with its many colour photographs, line-drawings, maps and graphs…

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Historic Easter egg laid at WWT Slimbridge

A pair of Common Cranes nesting WWT Slimbridge, in Gloucestershire, has raised hopes that they could rear the first successful chick hatched in the wild in the west of Britain since the 1600s.

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Avian Urban Ecology: behavioural and physiological adaptations

Peregrine Falcons Falco peregrinus nesting on city buildings are a recent and well-known urban success story but relatively few birds have adapted to this concrete, noisy and brightly lit environment. In Avian Urban Ecology the editors have brought together 27 biologists to review the characteristics that help birds to successfully colonise urbanised areas and the consequences of this lifestyle…

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Owls

Book reviews // 15.04.2014

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Owls

Although not apparent from the title, this volume is a natural history of the British owls with the focus primarily on our five widespread species. Snowy Owl and Eurasian Eagle Owl are also dealt with, and there are very brief accounts for the three species to have made it here as vagrants…

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Predictions of increased coastal flooding and sea level rise caused by climate change could spell disaster for Little Terns…

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