WEL­COME

Bird Watching (UK) - - Welcome - Matt Mer­ritt, Editor

THE THIRTY years since this mag­a­zine was launched have seen huge changes to the UK’S birdlife. As you’ll see in our spe­cial 16-page cen­tre sec­tion, some of those are very heart­en­ing – who would have thought, in those days, that Red Kites would stage such a re­mark­able re­cov­ery? Oth­ers, as Ben Macdon­ald ex­plains on page 36, are far more wor­ry­ing, and only re­newed ef­forts by all bird­watch­ers can cre­ate any hope of re­vers­ing them over the next three decades. But it can be done. The huge ef­forts that all of you – read­ers and con­trib­u­tors – have made al­ready, some of you since our very first is­sue in 1986, are proof of that, and pro­vide hope for the fu­ture. Thank you for sup­port­ing us, but above all, thank you for sup­port­ing Bri­tain’s won­der­ful birds.

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