This book is a nice idea – recordings of 70 species that, just as the title says, represent the world’s best bird songs. The word ‘best’ is used in a very broad sense and, whilst the book contains some of the expected ‘best songsters’ – species such as Common Nightingale and Eurasian Skylark…

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Covering an area roughly 110 x 180 km, southern Portugal is a superb, wildlife-rich destination…

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In this second volume of A Bird Guide to the Fields of Experience we once again accompany Frank Jarvis through his beautifully written and illustrated diaries, but on this occasion mainly on his travels in East Anglia between 1993 and 2001…

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Inland Hampshire does not immediately spring to mind as a prime birding location, but that’s the thing about patch birding: it doesn’t matter. For me, patch birding is the simple enjoyment of birding somewhere very familiar…

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Thanks to the readers of BB and the generosity of individual donors, the British Birds Charitable Trust (BBCT) was able to donate over £21,000 to bird-related projects in 2018. The funding will support a broad range of topics, including assistance to young birders, ornithological studies and conservation and environmental projects…

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Records of breeding Elegant Terns Thalasseus elegans at L’Albufera de Valencia, in eastern Spain, from 2006 onwards, are described…

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This paper sets out the history of the British and European records of Elegant Tern and documents the long process of uncovering their true identity and the admission of this species to the British List…

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A series of records of rare birds from the Brighton area involved specimens that passed through the hands of Swaysland & Son taxidermists during the period 1854–84. Contemporary doubts over these records, which included several British ‘first records’, prompted reappraisal by BOURC…

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This article explores the history, creation, management and wildlife of RSPB Old Moor and the other sites that make up the Dearne Valley reserves in Yorkshire…

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British Birds February 2019: summary of contents

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