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Birding England

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

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.
Number of Species
  • Number of bird species: 614

    (UK as a whole)
Useful Reading

  • Fieldguides & Other Birding BooksFor a full list of fieldguides and other books see the general UK page ISBN: Buy this book from NHBS.com
  • 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: 9780007268146 Buy this book from NHBS.com
  • Collins Bird Guide App

    See details: See The Collins Fieldguide Buy on iTunes: Buy ISBN: Buy 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: 9780691151946 Buy 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: 9781845374594 Buy this book from NHBS.com
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/
  • Flock Together

    Flock Together is a birdwatching collective for people of colour. Nature is a universal resource. For too long black, brown and POC have felt unwelcome and marginalised in spaces that should be for everyone. Together we are reclaiming green spaces and rebuilding our relationship with nature - one walk at a time.
  • 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.
  • Natural England

    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
  • Birding Pal

    Local birders willing to show visiting birders around their area
Trip Reports

Click on WAND to see Fatbirder’s Trip Report Repository…

  • 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
  • 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. Anotherhighlight was some brilliant views of a displaying Goshawk. A lot of driving for a weekend, but thecombination of the beautiful countryside, good food, comfortable accommodation and an excellentguide, made the investment well worthwhile. And best of all, while the weather was cold, it remainedgenerally sunny – as good as it gets in the English winter!
Other Links
  • Raptor Politics

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

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