Species profiles

There could be as many as 35 crossbill species, and most Shore Larks are found anywhere but on the beach. Take an indepth look at these and many more species.

Focus on: Water Pipit

David Callahan reveals the hidden life of the scarce Continental songbird visitor that – unusually – migrates from the mountains west for...


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Focus on: White Wagtail

With spring migration on the horizon, Ed Stubbs takes a look at one of the first – and perhaps most underappreciated – migrants of the...


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Focus on: Eurasian Woodcock

Secretive, cryptic and yet widespread in winter, Woodcock is often stumbled across by mistake rather than discovered deliberately. Rob...


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Focus on: Black Redstart

Black Redstart colonised Britain after World War II, apparently exploiting the post-war wreckage as a simulation of its mountain habitats;...


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Focus on: Eurasian Spoonbill

Eurasian Spoonbill is one of several large waterbird species usually associated with the Mediterranean which has recently colonised England...


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Focus on: Kentish Plover

Once a breeding species in Britain, Kentish Plover has gradually declined to the point it is now classified as a rarity. David Callahan...


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Focus on: Snow Bunting

A very scarce breeding species and much more widespread in winter, Snow Bunting has a long history in Britain, but could find itself pushed...


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Focus on: Baillon's Crake

With a Baillon's Crake influx shaping up on the near continent, Ed Stubbs takes a look at this diminutive rallid, which could be coming...


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