Birding UK and Ireland
The Birding UK and Ireland Bird Community is here to help people who are interested in birds whether they are Experienced Birders or Absolute Beginners. You can join in the bird conversations on our Bird Forum, or browse through our Bird Directory.
We also run an Annual Bird Trip in September where members get together for a weekend at a chosen reserve and share their knowledge and meet new and old friends.
Major facelift for Birding UK and Ireland coming soon for the New Year.
Don't miss these freebies!
Free inside The Daily Telegraph on January 29 - get a free 52-page Essential Guide to Garden Birds.
This guide will show you how to attract more birds to your garden by putting out certain foods and providing the correct habitat.
Using RSPB's beautiful colour illustrations, the top 50 garden birds are presented in order of the most prevalent to our gardens providing a stunning reference guide for you to keep all year.
Free inside The Sunday Telegraph on January 30 - get a free CD - The Dawn Chorus.
This CD has been exclusively recorded for us by the RSPB and features three different atmospheric recordings of woodland and garden birds. An ideal way to bring spring a little closer!
RSPB's Big Garden Birdwatch takes place on January 29 and 30 and is the world's largest wildlife survey. It's fun, free and easy and helps the RSPB track what is happening to our garden birds.
You can take part wherever you like - at home, in your local park, or as part of a group at one of the events near you. Just spend one hour on January 29 or 30 counting the birds that land in your garden.
Find out more about RSPB Birdwatch at www.rpsb.co.uk/birdwatch
Birding UK and Ireland is in BBC CountryFile Magazine Top 50 Wildlife Websites for 2009
Number 1 for Best Wildlife Communites for 2009!
This is what BBC CountryFile Magazine says...
"Birding.UK is a small but bustling community for ornithologists. The news forums round up the latest news and views from the bird world, while members can also have a blog hosted on the site, with the best blogs highlighted in a dropdown list. There are forms to discuss the British Trust for Ornithology’s surveys and general forums about garden birds, plus a birding directory where you can recommend trips and days out."
BBC CountyryFile Magazine
Thanks to all our Members for making it so!
You are most welcome to come and join us!
Connect to us via Facebook!
If you have a Facebook account then why not join our Birding UK and Ireland Facebook Group? Many people seem to have an account, and it's just another way to find out the latest activities on Birding UK and Ireland.
You can visit our Birding UK and Ireland Facebook Group by clicking the link below...
Birding UK and Ireland Facebook Group.
Connect to us via Twitter
Twitter is another popular way of following new, so if you use it, then why not follow us on Twitter? Visit our Birding UK and Ireland Twitter page.
Please register to receive updates, add your free bird link or post on the UK and Ireland Bird Forum
Join an online Bird Group!
We have several Bird Groups, based on interest, for you to join, or why not start your own? NB. You need to log-in or register to view groups.
Local Patch Groups
Big Garden Birdwatch – live online at 1pm on Sunday 25 January
All over Britain, hundreds of thousands of birdwatchers took part in the RSPB's Big Garden Birdwatch. We logged on live on Sunday 25 January between 1pm-2pm. Neil Rigby of Birding UK joined Adam Vaughan of the Guardian and his team. The team of birding bloggers featured Martin Noble and Scott Wilkinson of Brit rockers British Sea Power, Sean "Martin Platt" Wilson of Coronation Street fame and Mike Dilger from The One Show. Also taking part was Richard Bashford and Darren Oakley Martin from the RSPB, Neil Rigby of Birding UK and Guardian birdwatching expert Stephen Moss.
Click here to see what Birding UK will be watched over.
1. On Sunday 25th January between 1 and 2pm, see the Guardian live-blog of the birds in their gardens over here:
2. A Flickr photo pool of British garden birds. We'll be picking the best from it and running them on our website:
The Gallivant formerly known as The Place at Camber Sands offering Birdwatching and Nature Trail Escapes
If you have never to been to Rye or this part of England nothing can quite prepare you for the extraordinary land and seascapes of this untouched part of Kent. It also happens to be one of the best places in the UK to watch the hundreds of migrating birds arriving or departing from our shores and there is no better time of the year to come than the early spring months.
Your escape includes - full English breakfast on both days, hand prepared packed lunches on both days, guides, itineraries, free entry into the RSPB Dungeness Reserve and RSPB binoculars on Day 1. Be sure to mention Birding UK! See the Birding Accommodation in East Sussex Directory Listing or More Information about the Birdwatching and Nature Trail Escape...
The Gloster Birder. Mike King's website mainly covering birding around his local patch in Frampton, Gloucestershire. Mike also enjoys Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. The Gloster Birder site includes County news, birding sites to visit, bird trip reports and other information about birds in Gloucestershire and beyond.
Visit the Gloster Birder
Afreco Tours, the African bush adventure specialists, are organizing a number of birding courses for all ornithological enthusiasts from a remote and wild location in the North of Kruger National Park South Africa. The last course took place between the 18th & 24th November 2008, with three courses running in 2009. The course is led by one of South Africa’s top birding specialist. Although a course designed to help people pass official guiding exams in South African field guiding industry, this adventure is open to all bird enthusiasts. Participants will stay in walk-in safari-style tents on wooden platforms at a remote bush camp in the far north of Kruger National Park, in the Makuleke concession area.
We are pleased to announce our sponsor Reusa-Can Project. Have a look at their website and learn about their amazing green products for reusing cans. It is a multi £billion environmental project about refurbishing cans.
We think our bird shop is worth a look. You'll find lots of bird related items from Amazon, saving you time and money, which you can re-invest into birding! If you wish to add a link you will need to become a Member, it's free and see below for details. Logging in at the moment doesn't offer a great deal of exclusive information, but it allows you to submit information, links, post on the forum and you will be the first to know about new features and releases.
We have a directory of UK and Ireland birdwatching links covering territories of Britain and Ireland. We have a uk birding forum for your queries as well as our uk birding news round-up.
In response to the amount of questions we receive we have put together a Forum to deal with this. The direction of the forum will depend on the contributors, so don't be shy.
Become a Member!
You can become a member of birding.uk.com which will give you access to all areas of this website via a log-in and allow you to contribute, we hope you'll want to benefit by becoming a member. It's FREE of course!
Member benefit highlights include:
- Only one account required to access all areas
- Submit weblinks
- Write reviews
- Receive updates and offers
- Post on the forums
- Join an online Bird Group
Aims of the website
Our primary aim to create a useful resource for UK and Ireland birdwatching. Our directory of birding links for the United Kingdom and Ireland is our primary section and the UK Birdwatching Forum and UK Birding News are there to support questions and matters arising from the directory and provide birding news relevant to the UK and Ireland. We wish to appeal to all levels of interest from those who spend most of their free time birding to those who may visit a reserve on the odd occasion. We do have a commercial element to this site, which we believe makes it more viable. We have and will continue to support charitable bird organisations through donations funded by from profits made.
Non-birders - This is for you!
We are particularly keen to encourage the non-birdwatching community to experience the hobby and have set up a UK birdwatching forum where you can post your questions - and so far it's the beginners who don't mind asking. It's very cheap to do and birding is a family friendly activity in case you weren't sure! Most birders are pretty sane and the chances are that you know one. If you enjoy the outdoors then birding is something you can try whilst having a walk and enjoying the countryside. We invite you to look round the birding directory and you will find that most of the places to see birds are located in pleasant places to visit, so if you like the outdoors, you'll at least like the venue if not the inhabitants!
See the old birding.uk.com site...
Some of you might remember the old site run by husband and wife team Phil Rennett and Stella Baylis. Check out the WaybackMachine to view it (and others!).