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This month’s ex­perts Matt Mer­ritt, Editor HERE’S A

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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

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