Back in May 2011, I’d been running the Northamptonshire Bird News webpage for almost ten years and the time had come for a change. The news page, while being purely functional, was rather limited in content and restricted in terms of what it delivered. So a new, blog-based site was launched in May 2011, setting out to provide more detail behind the occurrences of birds locally, while at the same time providing the opportunity for discussion of the wider issues of status, conservation, identification and other related topics. Within this context I have also indulged my passion for birding optics, offering comment on some of the product I regularly review in detail for Birdwatch magazine.
Nine years on, in April 2020, this site was given a facelift, retaining the same content while, at the same time, replacing the somewhat antiquated format and functionality which had gone before. It is expected to evolve and develop further over the course of time.
As always, anyone is welcome to contribute news, records and items for discussion as well as photographs if, and when, these may be relevant.
I would like to take this opportunity to extend my thanks to the many contributors who have kindly shared news and records of birds seen locally over the past nineteen years. Without your input the site would have no doubt faded into obsolescence before ever evolving into this new, upgraded format.
So, welcome to the new look Northants Birds … and watch this space!
Mike Alibone April 2020