Wel­come

Bird Watching (UK) - - Contents - Matt Mer­ritt, ed­i­tor

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

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