FOR MANY if not most birders, and I include myself among them, spring involves a process of relearning birdsongs, of ‘getting your ear in’ all over again. But, as we show on page 26, that’s part of the fun of it, and learning to listen for birds will enhance your overall birding experience (and boost your #My200birdyear list). Elsewhere we take closer looks at two species, Yellowhammer (page 34) and Woodcock (page 71) that are facing a challenging future. Our countryside would be the poorer for the loss of either, so getting to know them better is an essential first step to saving them. Finally, take a look at our Gear section, on page 90. We’ve got a review of a great pair of 8x32 binoculars, a reader offer on essential clothing, and news of a spotting scope that might just change the face of birding. Not entirely, though – whatever gear you’re using, April offers sights and sounds to remember. Enjoy them with us!