December's issue of Birdwatch hits the shops tomorrow!


The December issue of Birdwatch goes on sale this Thursday (23 November) and includes a FREE 2018 calendar featuring stunning photography from this year’s Swarovski Digiscoper of the Year competition, alongside ‘sawbill’ duck ID and an amazing competition to win a holiday in the Peak District worth more than £1,000.

Add to this our Big Stories section, with all-first-person accounts of Wales’s Common Rock Thrush, Shetland’s White-crowned Sparrow, Dorset’s Two-barred Warbler and Shetland’s American White-winged Scoter, and you have an essential read for all birders.

Colourful and charismatic, drake sawbills are unmistakable and always a welcome sight. But what about females and first-winters? Andy Stoddart assesses the plumages of Goosander, Red-breasted Merganser, Smew and the vagrant Hooded Merganser, and advises how to avoid identification pitfalls in the field.

Birdwatch Artist of the Year – a fine selection of subject matter and media characterised the class of 2017, but there can only be one winner. David Callahan reveals the judges’ choice and shows other notable works from this year’s prestigious competition, organised in association with the Society of Wildlife Artists and Swarovski Optik.

December is your final opportunity to plug those gaps in your 2017 year list, so we have a varied selection of itineraries to reward you with great birding across the country. Don’t miss our essential choice of top sites in Cornwall, Co Cork, Lancashire and West Sussex.

A legend remembered: 30 years after his death and 70 years after independence from Britain, Ed Hutchings remembers the ‘Birdman of India’, Salim Ali, and the impressive legacy he left ornithology in the Subcontinent.

Plus the Solomon Islands, where to see American Wigeon in Britain, columnists Bill Oddie, Mark Avery and Lucy McRobert, Steve Young’s photo challenge, full rarity and scarcity analysis for October and all the best photos from around Britain, Ireland and the Western Palearctic, news, views and reviews, and birding Q&A with our panel of experts.

Birdwatch’s December issue is on sale in newsagents from tomorrow (23 November 2017) order your copy of the magazine online today and get the single issue delivered* for FREE (while stocks last). Or you can download the digital edition, with its host of video, image and sound file extras. The digital issue is available for PC/Mac, iPhone/iPad and Amazon devices.

The Birdwatch 2018 calendar, sponsored by Swarovski Optik, comes with the December issue.

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