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FREE delivery in the UK or on sale in the shops 22nd December 2018.

Don’t miss the January issue of Birdwatch magazine which includes a free guide packed with great birding destinations, including the best birding breaks in Britain, as well as Rebecca Armstrong in southern Spain and Dominic Mitchell in Mongolia.


  • Not so common A ubiquitous garden bird, you might be surprised to find out that Common Starling is suffering a catastrophic decline in Britain and is even Red-listed as a Bird of Conservation Concern. Kevin Middleton of the RSPB looks at the latest research into why the crash is happening, the problems faced by the species and what can be done.
  • Dive in! Common Goldeneye is a familiar winter visitor to Britain. While easily distinguished from most other diving ducks, two vagrants from North America provide interesting identification challenges. Chris Harbard compares the species to the very similar Barrow’s Goldeneye and slightly more distinctive Bufflehead.
  • Dispatches from America For the past two years now the Cameron Bespolka Trust has awarded a scholarship for one young British ornithologist to attend a young birders’ event at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in Ithaca, New York state. In 2018 Elliot Montieth was the lucky recipient; he talks all about his experiences, while Corinne Cruickshank explains how to apply for this year’s scholarship. 
  • County Guide series continues with all the local gen to winter birding in Lancashire, thought-provoking comment from columnists Bill Oddie and Mark Avery and Lucy McRobert, Steve Young’s latest photo challenge, the best rare and scarce bird round-ups for Britain, Ireland and the wider Western Palearctic from the team at, news, views and reviews, and your birding questions answered by our expert panel.

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