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KEEP­ING A year list doesn’t have to be about get­ting com­pet­i­tive with your bird­watch­ing, and our #My200birdyear chal­lenge, start­ing in this is­sue, will show you to use it to im­prove your bird­ing skills and get even more en­joy­ment from your hobby. It’s a test­ing tar­get, but one that’s within reach of ev­ery bird­watcher out there. On page 14, Mike Wee­don ex­plains how to plan your year to take ad­van­tage of the move­ment of birds on your patch, while Ian Par­sons, on page 20, takes a close look at three ducks that you may be able to catch up with early in the New Year – the strik­ing sawbills. We’ve also got plenty of ideas for great places to go look­ing for those 200 birds – as well as our Go Bird­ing guides (page 53), Matt Bri­er­ley ex­plores the RSPB reserve at Arne (page 26). As you’ll see, there’s an aw­ful lot to be seen there in win­ter. So, start the year as you mean to go on, and get out there to en­joy watch­ing birds.

Matt Mer­ritt, Edi­tor

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