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Robin Erithacus rubecula ©Andy Bright Website

It is a great thing that all counties are represented here as there are some great clubs and reserves that would be, or already are, well served by web-sites. The Fat Birder is particularly keen to encourage clubs to launch their own sites and for them to let us know if they do. A growing number of counties now have their own mailing groups and use the net to collect data and records..

If any birders out there are thinking of starting a county or club site and want some advice or to be linked up with others of a like mind let us know and email us at bo@fatbirder.com or forward the details via our feedback form. All English counties now have an introduction written by a local birder. All information sections have been updated with 2008 recorder information.

99% of information for England is to be found in the local county pages - see the map below.

Top Sites

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.

More sites needed

There are, however, a number of counties where no top sites are listed and we invite you to submit some. Please include the two letter, six figure map reference when you email them to us. If you have additional sites in counties where lists do exist, please send details of those in too.

Number of Species

Number of bird species: 589


iGoTerra Checklist

iGoTerra Checklist

Fatbirder Associate iGoTerra offers the most comprehensive and up to date birds lists on the web

Useful Reading

* Field Guides & Bird Song

For a comprehensive list of recommended titles please see the United Kingdom page of Fatbirder

Collins Bird Guide

Killian Mullarney, Lars Svensson, Dan Zetterstrom & Peter Grant Collins (1999)

ISBN: 0002197286

Buy this book from NHBS.com

Collins Bird Guide App

http://collinsbirdguideapp.com/ The Collins Fieldguide and more...
See Fatbirder Review

RSPB Nature Reserves - A Visitors Guide

RSPB - 65 pages, col photos, illus, maps. Royal Society for the Protection of Birds

ISBN: 1901930424

Buy this book from NHBS.com

The Crossley ID Guide: Britain & Ireland

Series: Crossley ID Guide 3 | Richard Crossley and Dominic Couzens | 304 Pages | 310 Plates with Colour Photos | 250 Colour Distribution Maps | Princeton University Press | Paperback | Oct 2013
See Fatbirder Review

ISBN: 9780691151946

Buy this book from NHBS.com

The State of the Nation's Birds

Chris Mead, Kevin Baker (Illustrator) Paperback - 285 pages (May 2000) Whittet Books

ISBN: 1873580452

Buy this book from NHBS.com

Where to Watch Birds in Britain

Simon Harrap & Nigel Redman, Helm 2003

ISBN: 0713641371

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Where to Watch Birds in Britain and Ireland

David Tipling, New Holland 2006

ISBN: 1845374592

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Useful Information

International Birds of Prey Centre

Mrs J Parry-Jones MBE, Newent, Glos GL18 1JJ 01531 820286 jpj@nbpc.demon.co.uk http://icbp.org/

Guides & Tour Operators

Click on WAND for tours, guides, lodges and more…

Bird Watching by Boat


Taking the amazing discovery tour round this historic coastline [SE Coast UK] and enjoy the exquisite fare from our on board dining menus, along with some fantastic bird watching…

Birding Pal


Local birders willing to show visiting birders around their area…

North West Birds

Mini Breaks

We have a passion for birds and we'd like to share it with you - by taking you birdwatching on the edge of the English Lake District. We run mini-breaks for very small groups with all in accommodation on a house party basis, with guests joining us at our home, Barn Close…

Trip Reports

Click on WAND for tours, guides, lodges and more…


Trip Report Repository

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

Report PDF

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

Report PDF

...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...

2016 [09 September] - Christopher Hall - South Coast


... it’s late morning before we eventually spot the American vagrant, with long yellow legs and a fine beak, moving between the far side sedge tussocks along with Dunlin, Curlew Sandpiper, Redshank and Greenshank. From here it’s a short drive to Arne in time for lunch at the feeders along with Nuthatch and Coal Tit, followed by a very obliging Firecrest on the car park! Moving onto the heath we soon locate a Dartford Warbler, perching in the scope for the whole group, followed by another Hobby and a majestic looking Osprey sitting on a fence...

2017 [02 February] - David Karr - Winter Migrants at Slimbridge, Gloucestershire and North Norfolk

PDF Report

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!


English Nature


National Nature Reserves (NNRs) are places where wildlife comes first. They were established to protect the most important areas of wildlife habitat and geological formations in Britain, and as places for scientific research. This does not mean they are no-go areas for people. It means that we must be careful not to damage the wildlife of these fragile places.

National Organisations

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.


Certificate of Higher Education in Ornithology University of Birmingham


This unique part-time programme is designed to bring bird-watchers up to date with their understanding of bird life. What birds are, their origins, evolution and classification, where and how they spend their lives and the myriad of ways in which birds are adapted to their unique lifestyles; these are just some of the important areas in which fascinating new information and ideas have been produced. This programme will provide an avenue if you wish to become involved in local and national surveys and research projects - to help you make the transition from bird-watcher to amateur ornithologist. It is organised with the collaboration of the British Trust for Ornithology.

Other Links

Birdline East Anglia


Birdline East Anglia - We provide the latest bird news for East Anglia and also a UK rare bird summary…

Raptor Politics


Are England's birds of prey really protected by law?