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

Slowly but surely, the fin­ish­ing line of #My200birdyear is hov­ing into view. A few dis­tant Manx Shear­wa­ters seen dur­ing a fam­ily hol­i­day to Corn­wall brought my to­tal up to 179, but a more ma­jor boost awaits. As we ex­plain on page 20, Oc­to­ber of­fers the chance to start mop­ping up those rap­tors and owls that you haven’t yet seen. I plan a few trips out to the Great Fen, and our forth­com­ing Read­ers’ Hol­i­day on Spey­side should help, too. Read on to find out how you could do the same. On page 92, we’ve got the first in a 13-part se­ries on get­ting started in bird pho­tog­ra­phy. Paul Sterry, one of the men be­hind Bird Pho­tog­ra­pher of the Year, will be tak­ing you through all the ba­sics, so this time next year you’ll be doc­u­ment­ing your 200th species with top-qual­ity pho­tos. En­joy!

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