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

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!

Song Thrush

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