Meet the team
This month’s experts Matt Merritt, Editor HERE’S A
has been indulging in a little twitching this month, though not always on nature reserves... See p15. though new to this game, is loving the birds of the fenlands and beyond, near his home in south Lincs. tells you what wildlife to look out for during spring – from plants to butterflies to reptiles! See page 12. throws the spotlight on the colourful and cheeky Chaffinch this month. See page 30.
says Puffins are on the brink and need our help. He’s put together a special feature for the magazine which starts on page 36.
explains exactly what it’s like to compete in a 24-hour bird race. Could it inspire you to take part in one? See page 62.
hails London as the birthplace of urban birding – a bold claim you can find out more about on page 70.
is a wildlife journalist and blogger with a passion for ‘rewilding’. See our special centre section on the topic inside this issue. David Tipling / Nature Picture Library
Tgrowing realisation that the conservation projects of the future will need to be large-scale and landscapewide, if we’re to halt the decline of so many bird species, such as our cover star the Puffin (see page 36). Rewilding, a subject we explore in our 16-page centre section, will have to be at the heart of that, and there are already encouraging results from locations such as the Knepp Estate – you can find out more about it inside. But there’s also room for habitat-specific projects, too – when I was young, Marsh Harriers were an ultra-rarity, but recreation of suitable reedbeds and wetlands across the country have seen them bounce back, spectacularly. Above all, effective action will need us all to watch carefully, and keep up pressure on governments and NGOS to act in a timely fashion. Finally, you’re probably well into the swing of watching spring migration now, but remember to find the time to enter our 30 Day Giveaway (details below) – there are great prizes to be won every day until March 30. Matt: It’s a shock to see Curlew on the Red List – we need action now to help this wonderful wader Mike W: The purring of Turtle Doves is one of the great sounds of summer we must not lose Mike R: Spotted Flycatchers have such character – it’s sad to see them disappear from so many areas
Mike Weedon, assistant editor, Mike Roberts, production editor, Wildlife author James Lowen Author and bird guide Dominic Couzens Kirk Parsons Jack Baddams Urban Birder David Lindo Gordon Eaglesham ON THE COVER