This page will always look thin on information because the vast majority of information and links appears on individual county pages. Moreover, most 'national' organisations cover the whole of the United Kingdom and associated islands. A few are 'national' in the sense of the countries which make up Britain and Northern Ireland, so will appear on those pages.
The great thing about Fatbirder is that it is a truly collective effort in as much as most county and country page introductions and top sites are contributed by local birders. Each English county page benefits from being written with local knowledge and expertise. Visiting birders and newbies will find a great introduction to each county and lots of links to appropriate birding websites.
All information sections have been updated (December 2017 thru January 2018) with the latest county recorder information too in co-operation with the Birdwatcher's Year Book.
For birders with mobility issues see Birding For All
England's Top Sites
Each county has provision for local top sites to be included. Most already have a number listed. For overseas birders our most interesting counties are probably, Devon & Cornwall in the west, Norfolk & Suffolk in the east, Kent in the South and Lancashire & Yorkshire in the North.
Number of Species
Number of bird species: 614
(UK as a whole)
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Fieldguides & Other Birding Books
For a full list of fieldguides and other books see the general UK page
Collins Bird Guide
(The Most Complete Guide to the Birds of Britain and Europe) | by Killian Mullarney, Lars Svensson, Dan Zetterstrom & Peter Grant | Harper Collins | 2010 | Paperback | 392 pages, 3500 colour illustrations, 700 colour distribution maps |
ISBN: 9780007268146Buy this book from NHBS.com
RSPB Nature Reserves - A Visitors Guide
Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) | 2002| Paperback | 65 pages, col photos, illus, maps |
ISBN: 1901930424Buy this book from NHBS.com
The Crossley ID Guide: Britain & Ireland
by Richard Crossley & Dominic Couzens | Princeton University Press | 2013 | Paperback | 301 pages, 310 plates with colour photos, 250 colour distribution maps |
ISBN: 9780691151946Buy this book from NHBS.com
Where to Watch Birds in Britain
by Simon Harrap & Nigel Redman | Christopher Helm | 2010 | Paperback | 671 pages, Maps |
ISBN: 9781408110591Buy this book from NHBS.com
Where to Watch Birds in Britain and Ireland
by David Tipling | New Holland | 2006 | Paperback | 176 pages, 64 col photos, 31 maps |
ISBN: 1845374592Buy this book from NHBS.com
International Birds of Prey Centre
Mrs J Parry-Jones MBE, Newent, Glos GL18 1JJ 01531 820286 firstname.lastname@example.org http://icbp.org/
National organisations are listed on the UK page (except where they cover just one of the home nations) - most will also be listed in the county where their headquarters operation is located.
Access and rights of way, Land management, Landscape, Parks, trails and nature reserves, Protected sites and species, Recreation, Wildlife and habitat conservation, Publications, maps and data
Guides & Tour Operators
Local birders willing to show visiting birders around their area…
CloudBirders was created by a group of Belgian world birding enthusiasts and went live on 21st of March 2013. They provide a large and growing database of birding trip reports, complemented with extensive search, voting and statistical features.
2010 [July ] - David & Roma Bell - Birding in the Southern UK
During the period early June to mid-July 2010, we were introduced to the birds of the southern U.K. in three areas: mid-Wales, south-eastern (Greater London), England and Norfolkshire, England…
2015 [May] - Andrew Whittaker
Springtime magic in Kent, the “Garden of England,” offered a daily mix of exciting birding and delving back into the enthralling history of the UK (from Roman times to the present). This combination resulted in a tremendously successful tour!
2015 [May] - David Morris - Wildlife of England’s North-West
...We started at the bird feeding station behind the visitor centre getting excellent views of Nuthatch, Marsh Tit and Bullfinch amongst the commoner species, and hearing Cetti’s Warbler singing in the wetland scrub. From here we moved out along the causeway across the centre of the large reedbed, finding Reed Bunting and Reed Warbler singing from the reeds...
2017 [02 February] - David Karr - Winter Migrants at Slimbridge, Gloucestershire and North Norfolk
Overall, the trip exceeded expectations with ten of fifteen birds on my ‘wish list’ sighted. Another highlight was some brilliant views of a displaying Goshawk. A lot of driving for a weekend, but the combination of the beautiful countryside, good food, comfortable accommodation and an excellent guide, made the investment well worthwhile. And best of all, while the weather was cold, it remained generally sunny – as good as it gets in the English winter!
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