Welcome to Bird Watching, the UK’s best-selling bird magazine. Every issue is packed with ideas, tips, advice, news and reviews, including binoculars and scopes,  for anyone with an interest in wild birds, whether they simply enjoy watching their garden birds, or prefer to travel the country and world in search of more unusual species. Our mission is to inspire you to enjoy the world of wildlife that starts right outside your back door.

Matt Merritt, Editor


  • Conservationist Ben Macdonald takes a close look at the plight of the Hen Harrier and calls for the persecution of this fine bird of prey to stop. 

  • The lovely little Dartford Warbler – which was almost wiped out in the 1960s – is now, thankfully, expanding its UK range, so look out for one if you’re in the southern and western coasts this summer.

  • Urban Birder David Lindo goes birdwatching down under in Darwin.

  • Author and bird guide Dominic Couzens reveals the dark side of the Jackdaw.

  • We take you on a birding and wildlife tour of the beautiful Isle of Scilly.

  • New binoculars from Steiner go under scrutiny, we review the latest Chris Packham book and also explain how to identify rare and scarce warblers.

  • Plus, there’s also 10 great birdwatching destinations covered, from the north of Scotland to the south of England. 


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