As the end of 2018 looms, my #My200birdyear list still lacks Tawny Owl. In the past they’ve called just outside the house, but this year, nothing, and I realise now I’ll have to look further afield. All the more reason to find a few ‘bonus ticks’, and the charismatic Great Grey Shrike (see page 20), could be just the job. Read Ian Parsons’ feature to find out how you could see this scarce, but predictable, winter visitor. Add in Jack Snipe (Dominic Couzens tracks them down on page 42), and you’re well on the way. If you add foreign birds to your list, then I hope our Bird The World supplement will give you plenty of great ideas for next year, but closer to home, there’s still a lot to be done to ensure birds, and nature, are accessible to all. On page 32, we take a close look at this important issue. We’d love to know how accessibility issues affect your birding, so enjoy your read, enjoy the birds, then let us know.
Tawny Owls are easier heard than seen