Birdingplaces: a new website for birding locations in the UK and Europe

An online interactive ‘Where to Watch Birds’ has just been launched, helping users to plan trips, discover new local birding sites and importantly, to add new localities to the map. Not one single site in Northamptonshire is currently featured, so it’s wide open for contributors to update.

The health crisis caused by the Coronavirus forces most of us to stay at home as much as possible but there is now the ability almost to bird online, exploring new areas and running through the localities featured on the new website www.birdingplaces.eu. The site is a virtual gateway to hundreds of birding areas across the UK and Europe and provides much of the information needed for some fine hours of birding.

You can also place your own favourite bird areas on the map simply by clicking on “Add a birdingplace” and following the instructions. It’s easy to do – especially with time on your hands when you have to stay at home in these times of lockdown and self-isolation.

European birding sites currently covered by Birdingplaces.eu

www.Birdingplaces.eu  is made by, and for, birders and is non-commercial. It’s an easy-to-use platform that connects birders from all over Europe and when logged in, you can also leave tips and comments, check out the “Birdingplaces League” or use the “Find a Bird”-tool. It’s all free to use.

To celebrate the launch of Birdingplaces.eu there is now have a chance of winning a top model Leica binocular and telescope when you add birding spots to the website. See www.birdingplaces.eu/go-in-and-win for more information.

Special Free ‘Lockdown’ Subscription to BTO Garden Birdwatch

A message from the BTO

You can now join the BTO Garden Birdwatch Community for free

During the lockdown, many of us are looking to our gardens to enjoy nature and be outdoors, to learn, and to improve our well-being. BTO Garden BirdWatch offers a great opportunity to learn more about garden birds and other wildlife, and to contribute directly to BTO’s important scientific research on the value of gardens for wildlife. 

By understanding more about how wildlife uses our gardens, we’ll be able to make our cities, towns, villages and individual gardens better for nature.

To take part you simply keep a list of the birds you see visiting your garden over the course of a week, then enter this into our online recording system. If you want, you can also record other garden wildlife, such as butterflies and mammals.

Your sightings will help us to understand how and why populations of garden birds and other wildlife are changing, and how we can all help them.

This free offer includes access to our online recording system, a regular Garden BirdWatch e-newsletter with information on recording and identifying garden wildlife, and access to the BTO’s team of wildlife experts to answer your questions on garden wildlife.

Northamptonshire Bird Report 2016

Northants Birds

Essential reading for all Northamptonshire birders.

The latest Northamptonshire Bird Report, with records for 2016, is now out!

Contents include full Systematic List, sections on Escapes and Ferals, Corrections and Additions from previous years, report on breeding Hobbies, checklist of species recorded in Northants, tables of Summer and Winter Arrivals and Departures and an updated County Site Map. The number of contributors has again risen and there is also a list of unaccepted records.

 Copies and back issues from:
R W Bullock, 81 Cavendish Drive, Northampton NN3 3HL
Price £9.00 each, including postage
Cheques payable to ‘Northamptonshire Bird Report’

Northants BTO Launches Quarterly Newsletter

The BTO in Northamptonshire has launched the first issue of a new, quarterly newsletter, which will be emailed out automatically to members for whom the organisation has contact details. Contents in this issue include an introduction to the local team, membership details, training courses, bird ID videos, breeding birds survey, wetland birds survey (WeBS), heronries census, details of Birdtrack, Garden Bird Watch, House Martin Survey, Pitsford Nature Reserve, conference details, local resources and team contact details.

No doubt there will be items of further interest to come in future issues as the newsletter becomes established.

2015 Northamptonshire Bird Report now out!

Northants Birds
nbr-2015-coverThe latest, limited edition, Northamptonshire Bird Report, with records for 2015, is now available. Contents include full Systematic List compiled using records from more than 320 observers, sections on Escapes and Ferals and Hybrids, as well as many photos and illustrations by local photographers and artists.

There are also reports from the Northants Ringing Group, as well as the full list of species recorded in Northants, tables of arrival and departure dates for summer and winter visitors and a County site map.

Copies and back issues from:

R W Bullock, 81 Cavendish Drive, Northampton NN3 3HL

Price £7.50 + £1.30 p&p

Also on sale at the Oundle Bookshop                                                                                                                          13 Market Place, Oundle PE8 4BA Phone:01832 273523

Cheques payable to ‘Northamptonshire Bird Report’

2014 Northamptonshire Bird Report now out!

Northants Birds

NBR 14 coverThe latest, limited edition, Northamptonshire Bird Report, with records for 2014, is now available. Contents include a full Obituary of bird report founder member and illustrator, Rod Ingram – who sadly died earlier this year – along with a collection of his illustrations, full Systematic List compiled using records from more than 320 local observers, sections on Escapes and Ferals and Corrections and Additions from previous years, as well as many photos and illustrations. There are also reports from the Northants Ringing Group, the Stanford Ringing Group and a WeBs Report, as well as the full list of species recorded in Northants, tables of arrival and departure dates for summer and winter visitors and a County site map.

 

On sale in Oundle Bookshop or copies and back issues from:

R W Bullock, 81 Cavendish Drive, Northampton NN3 3HL

Price £7.50 + £1.30 p&p

Cheques payable to ‘Northamptonshire Bird Report’