How to access the Birdwatch digital archive


Bird News Ultimate PLUS, launched in March 2024, is BirdGuides's most complete bird news membership tier and an essential tool for birders.

Ultimate PLUS provides members with instant bird news on all devices and also gives exclusive access to a complete digital archive of Birdwatch magazine dating back to 1992. 

Every member also receives the benefits of a Bird News Ultimate membership*, including immediate bird news on all devices, notifications with no hidden costs, full access to the BirdGuides app and 100 complimentary SMS messages.

Plus, as an added extra, you have access to special editions including our popular ID guides.


How to access more than 30,000 pages of Birdwatch

Bird News Ultimate PLUS members can access the digital archive of Birdwatch magazine via the BirdGuides website. When logged in, simply click on the 'Welcome' drop-down menu at the top of the page and select the Birdwatch Magazine Archive option. With just a couple of clicks, you'll have unrestricted access to a fully searchable archive of Britain's leading magazine for keen birders, with more than 380 issues published to date.

A video demonstrating just how easy accessing every issue of Birdwatch can be viewed below, or scroll down to read the two simple steps.


Step one: Select the year or decade you wish to peruse. Click on your desired issue.

Step two: Use the 'page-turner' arrow pointing right at the bottom of the screen to digitally 'flick' through the issue at your leisure. To go back through the issue, use the left-facing page-turner arrow to flick backward.


How to subscribe or upgrade to Ultimate PLUS

For new members, it couldn't be easier to join. Visit the membership page, select your preferred payment and check out.  

If you are an existing member of Pro or Ultimate, we will contact you just before your membership is due for renewal, to provide you with the opportunity to upgrade to Ultimate PLUS seamlessly.

If you are an existing member of Pro or Ultimate and would like to upgrade, but your membership is not due for renewal for some time, then we invite you to contact our Customer Service Team by calling 01778 392027 to discuss the upgrade options available to you. If you have any general technical queries about Ultimate PLUS, please email contact@birdguides.com.


* A paper copy of Birdwatch magazine is not included in a Bird News Ultimate PLUS subscription.