Calling all birders and birdlovers!

Fair Acre Press is running an Arts Council England-funded project called DIVERSIFLY – it's all about people's everyday encounters with the birds that we can easily see and hear in Britain's towns and cities.

It will be creating podcasts involving some of Britain's best known poets, along with the 'Urban Birder', David Lindo.

It will also produce a full colour poetry and art book – involving well-known poets and artists, chosen to reflect the diversity of Britain's human urban populations; plus the book will also include less known, even never-before-published poets and artists from all over Britain, and from all backgrounds and walks of life.

But first, you, Britain's resident bird experts and enthusiasts, are being asked for your help to inspire the poets and artists, with YOUR descriptions of and photographs of your own everyday encounters with British urban birds.

Fair Acre's editor, Nadia Kingsley, will include these in blogs which will remain on the Fair Acre Press website during and after the project is completed.

For more details, or to send writing or photos, click here.

Bird Watching magazine launches 2017 birding challenge

Do you want to enjoy your best birdwatching year ever?

#My200BirdYear is Bird Watching’s challenge for birders of all ages and abilities, encouraging you to see 200 species in the course of 2017.

They can be anything from the birds you see on your back garden feeders, to seabirds passing offshore as you relax on the beach. There are no restrictions on where you do your birdwatching, and you won’t have to wait for your ticks to be approved by a committee – it’s all about enjoying new birds, and learning more about the wildlife all around us.

Pic: Tom Bailey

Pic: Tom Bailey

Here at Britain’s best-selling birdwatching magazine, we want to inspire you to get out and watching birds, whether it’s on a half-hour stroll during your lunch hour, or a week-long trip to an avian hotspot.

We’ll provide motivation, expert advice, and an online community to celebrate your milestones, your best days of birding, and your most memorable sightings, plus free content and goodies from our partners.

In the magazine, we’ll show you how dozens of species that have eluded you in the past are within easy reach, by mastering basic ID skills and fieldcraft, by being in the right place at the right time, and by taking the chance to watch birds whenever you can.

Sign up here now to get updates, exclusive content, competitions and discounts, plus the chance to go birdwatching with members of the Bird Watching team at key locations.

Get ready to enjoy a life-changing year – one bird at a time!

Bird Watching editor Matt Merritt explains #My200BirdYear