Birdwatch magazine: what's in the January 2022 issue


The January 2022 issue of Birdwatch goes on sale on today [23 December], and this month's bumper edition contains a wealth of seasonal and engaging features.

We're launch a new challenge that we're encouraging all our readers to take part in: #LocalBigYear. The challenge celebrates the joys of local, low-impact birding, whether it be looking out your kitchen window to intensively working a close-by patch. There'll be various contests throughout the year, both in the magazine and on BirdGuides.com – with prizes!

Our brand-new identification feature focuses on three cryptic winter classics, Eurasian Woodcock, Jack and Common Snipe, giving you tips on where to find them and how to recognise each.

Birdwatch also turns 30 this year, so we take a look back at the highs and lows over the past three decades, and hear from contributors old and new.

Bewick's Swan is a species with a fascinating history in Britain and Ireland, with a future that looks uncertain. Kane Brides from the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust, profiles the species, exploring possible drivers behind the recent decline.

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Julian Hough visits north-east Colombia, reporting back on a hidden gem of a destination rarely visited by birders and boasting more than 400 species.

Plus, more thought-provoking comment from columnists Lucy McRobert and Dominic Mitchell, the team at BirdGuides provides round-ups of November’s birding highlights from Britain, Ireland and the wider Western Palearctic, news, views and reviews, tips and advice on building your birding skills and knowledge and our expert panel answers your questions.

You can buy the issue online with free UK p&p, or take out an annual subscription. Subscribers to BirdGuides Ultimate receive annual subscription to the magazine as part of their deal.


In the digital edition

This month's digital edition includes lots of bonus content, including video footage of rarities in Britain and Ireland, as well as sound files and much more.

The digital edition is available for PC, Mac, iPhone/iPad and Android. Sample issues are free, and subscriptions or single copies can be purchased. Click here to find out more.