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.