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

NO ONE COULD hon­estly call me green-fin­gered, but I’ve been spend­ing a lot of time in the gar­den this spring, af­ter mov­ing to a new house. It’s re­minded me of the end­less ap­peal of gar­den birds, and I’ve en­joyed close-up views of the likes of Nuthatches and Star­lings, and their an­tics. Our free Get to Know Your Gar­den Birds guide should help you get the same en­joy­ment from your gar­den birds and, hope­fully, in­spire you to do even more to en­cour­age them in the fu­ture, while Jonathan Wil­son’s ar­ti­cle on learn­ing to ap­pre­ci­ate bird­song (p30) will add an ex­tra di­men­sion to even fa­mil­iar species. I’ve been fol­low­ing his ad­vice, and try­ing to sep­a­rate the won­der­fully dis­parate el­e­ments of some great dawn (and dusk) cho­ruses. On my old patch, spring also used to mean hear­ing the un­for­get­table bub­bling song of the Curlew, a species close to my heart. On page 22, we look at the threats faced by our largest wader, and re­port on one woman’s in­spi­ra­tional ef­forts to high­light its plight. Read it, then see what you can do to help save this iconic bird of the up­lands – let’s keep­ing them singing, spring af­ter spring.


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