July's Birdwatch hits the shops tomorrow!


As summer peaks, we have a major competition to win a Swarovski binocular plus and exclusive interview with TV presenter Chris Packham on his new campaign, tricky warbler identifications and a frontline report on Spain's 'vulture restaurants'.

Win a Swarovski CL Companion binocular

Don’t miss your chance to win the acclaimed new Swarovski CL Companion binocular worth up to £940! One lucky winner will receive their choice of the 8x30 or 10x30 model in our exclusive competition.

ID special: reed and bush warblers

One of the most difficult-to-identify groups of birds in our region, the Iduna and Hippolais warblers continue to provide challenges in the field. Scarce or rare in Britain, these notoriously problematic species are tackled in detail by Hadoram Shirihai and Lars Svensson in the new Handbook of Western Palearctic Birds, the first volume of which is published next month.

UK BioBlitz

Broadcaster and campaigner Chris Packham will be visiting 50 nature reserves in 10 days in July to highlight the extent to which the nation’s wildlife is under threat. Don’t miss our exclusive coverage of his BioBlitz roadshow, which will tour England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and audit all the wildlife encountered, from birds to butterflies, mammals to moths and flies to fungi.

Scavenger kings

As an experience in raw nature, there is nothing like getting up close and personal with Europe’s vultures as they jostle for position at a carcass. The sights, sounds and smells of a vulture ‘restaurant’ combine for a fully fledged assault on the senses, but one which Mark Cocker considers one of the finest experiences in European ornithology – find out why in July.


Plus: summer birding itineraries for Argyll, Pembrokeshire, Northumberland and Co Clare, D I M Wallace on listing, topical columnists Bill Oddie and Mark Avery, Steve Young’s summer photo challenge, the most authoritative rarity and scarcity round-ups covering Britain, Ireland and the Western Palearctic courtesy of BirdGuides.com, news, views and reviews, and birding Q&A with our team of experts.

Birdwatch’s July issue is on sale in newsagents tomorrow (28 June 2018) – order your copy of the magazine online today and get the single issue delivered for FREE (in the UK, 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.