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OC­TO­BER HAS a good claim to be­ing the best bird­ing month – there’s still plenty of day­light to get out in, the weather is of­ten warm and fine, and the whole avian world, from rar­i­ties to more fa­mil­iar species such as the Oys­ter­catcher above, seems to be on the move. That’s the theme of our 16-page Mar­vels of Mi­gra­tion spe­cial, and we hope it will en­cour­age you to get out and see this su­perb nat­u­ral spec­ta­cle tak­ing place. Else­where, Ian Par­sons takes a look at the Nuthatch (p22), a qui­etly ex­tra­or­di­nary bird that is an in­creas­ingly common sight in gar­dens, while, as al­ways, Do­minic Couzens (p34) turns up facts you didn’t know about the Caper­cail­lie. If that gives you an ap­petite for the birds of the Scot­tish High­lands, turn to page 62 for details of our great value read­ers’ hol­i­day at the Grant Arms – we hope we’ll see you at this won­der­ful base for a wildlife hol­i­day.

Matt Mer­ritt, Ed­i­tor

Oys­ter­catcher

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