The March issue of Birdwatch is on sale tomorrow


The March 2019 issue of Birdwatch goes on sale tomorrow [Thursday 28 January] and we're delighted to announce that it is the first edition that subscriber copies will not come in plastic wrapping, but in potato starch. Going hand-in-hand with this development is a a special feature on seabirds and plastic, by Alex Bond from the Natural History Museum.

Also this month is an in-depth look at where to find Britain's new herons and egrets. In recent years, plenty of species from the Continent have colonised our shores – Black-crowned Night Heron, Great Egret and Western Cattle Egret being some examples – and David Callahan provides a detailed guide on where to see all eight this spring. In addition, Andy Stoddart dishes up expert identification advice for Little Bittern and Squacco, Black-crowned Night and Purple Herons

Your local heroes are celebrated in the March edition too – we looked through all the nominees and acknowledge some of the behind-the-scenes conservation stars from the past year. We also head to Cornwall for our county guide, with both late winter visitors and migrants on the menu for any prospective visitor.

As well as this, there'll be all the rarities, scarcities and finders' reports, topical comment from columnists Mark Avery, Lucy McRobert, Dominic Mitchell and Bill Oddie, reviews and expert advice from our knowledgeable team.

You can buy the issue from newsagents or order online with FREE UK p&p.


In the digital edition

This month's digital edition features bonus footage of the Black-browed Albatross and Ivory Gull, as well as of rarities and scarcities from around Britain and Ireland. You can also listen to the calls of the various heron and egret species that are examined, along with hard-hitting videos that demonstrate how plastic is causing huge problems for seabirds. The digital edition is available on PC, Mac, iPhone/iPad and Android. Sample issues are free, and subscriptions or single copies can be purchased. Click here to find out more.