'If there's something to see, I'm there'
The shrike is a scarce winter visitor to Britain, so keep your eyes peeled
The UK's bird population has plummeted by 44 million in four decades, according to a study carried out with the help of volunteer ornithologists.
Why go in 2013? Serenity returns to Serendib
This musician-turned-naturalist finds via his fieldwork that calls and cries can be matter of wild life and death.
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These children's binoculars have a tempered-glass finish, so the lens won't break if they slip from little fingers, and x6 magnification.
Populations of the festive favourite soar, but not so for its fellow red-breasts
Concern for the fate of Britain's migratory birds has deepened with the disclosure that eight out of the 10 most rapidly declining UK bird species are our summer visitors from Africa.
A British conservationist has become the first individual to view all 32 of the extraordinarily beautiful family of birds know as Pittas in the space of one year, as part of a drive to save many of them from extinction.
Dan Haywood is a PSOW (poet/singer/ornithologist/whatever) and this epic 32-song album arises from the labour of slogging around rural Scotland, checking out the birds and meditating on the strangeness of life.
'New York City is a great place for birdwatching'
It's been a bit of a surreal week in radio. There was waking up with Ian Hislop instead of Today on last Friday's strike-hit Radio 4. This was a whole lot more stimulating than the birdwatching programme that followed. Why replace Today with birdwatching? It seems unlikely that an audience accustomed to fast-moving current affairs would want breakfast-time birdlife. But along with the Living Cheap documentary, which gave tips on coping with smaller salaries, there was obviously some subliminal management message going on with these replacements. What you discover with short strikes is that listeners actually like a bit of change. Birdwatching makes people feel grounded and filled with inner peace. Losing the Today programme for just one day reminds them they aren't slaves to routine. Cue numerous commentators boasting either that they hadn't noticed the strike or they preferred the birds.
Members of the public are being urged to become "citizen scientists" by recording their sightings of local wildlife in order to combat the global extinction of species.
Species are vanishing quicker than at any point in the last 65 million years
Death and dirty deeds dog Fair Isle
A much-loved summer visitor is fast disappearing, and no one knows why