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.

Rainbow Pitta. Photo: Chris Gooddie.

Chasing the rainbow

In an attempt to raise conservation awareness, as well as set a new world record, Chris Gooddie spent 2009 crossing the world in search of...


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This diminutive wader is an excellent find anywhere in the country, usually only seen on passage, though some birds have bred in Scotland. Photo: Stuart Elsom (www.stuartelsom.co.uk)

Temminck's Stint

Easily overlooked, this small wader can turn up on almost any coastal or inland marsh, especially in spring. It is, however, often a tricky...


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The highest numbers of Black Guillemots are found in Orkney and Shetland. Photo: Steve Young (www.birdsonfilm.com)

Black Guillemot

This small member of the auk family is always worth a closer look, as its colourful legs and mouth make it a most attractive species to...


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