World year-listing is not entirely new as a challenge, although it has become more competitive in recent years. But no matter how keen you are, there is nearly always someone who is keener still, and in 2015 Noah Strycker set himself another goal: to become the first person to see half the world’s birds in one year. His haul of 6,042 species and how he managed to achieve it is the subject of this book…

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An Eastern Kingbird found on Barra, Outer Hebrides, on 29th September 2016 and remained until the following day…

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This article explores the creation, management and wildlife of the RSPB’s Ham Wall reserve, in Somerset…

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Some books impress the reader more by their very existence than by their quality, and a few impress equally on both counts. This is one of those books…

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The status of the Egyptian Nightjar the Arabian Peninsula, and in particular in the UAE, has changed in recent years. A newly discovered breeding population in the UAE was studied from 2014 to 2017…

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British Birds April 2018 – summary of contents

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The Iberian Lynx – the rarest species of cat in the world – is now also one of European conservation’s greatest success stories, with numbers in the wild up more than five-fold in just 15 years…

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Stepping off the Orient Express in Istanbul in April 1966, I wasn’t aware of what the next 50 years would open my eyes to in the world of Islam. The haunting voice of the Muezzin calling the faithful to prayer from the Blue Mosque rang over the city and, as I look back, may have been saying: ‘Young man, the Middle East is now your ornithological playground.’

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This year marks the 90th anniversary for BTO’s longest running survey, which has been carried out annually since 1928, and represents, as far as anyone is aware, the longest running dataset for any breeding bird in the world…

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This lavish, large-format regional atlas compares the results of three tetrad-based surveys of breeding birds carried out in the London Natural History Society (LNHS) recording area…

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