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Old Tuesday 27th September 2005, 09:12   #1
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Birdwatching magazines

Could anyone tell me if there is any good birdwatching magazines,ive asked around local newsagents and nobody seems to know.
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Old Tuesday 27th September 2005, 09:16   #2
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Could anyone tell me if there is any good birdwatching magazines,ive asked around local newsagents and nobody seems to know.


Yep.... Birdwatching... its a monthly mag - I find it very good. You usually do have to order it in especially. Its about 3.50.
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Old Tuesday 27th September 2005, 09:27   #3
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Could anyone tell me if there is any good birdwatching magazines,ive asked around local newsagents and nobody seems to know.
There is also Birdwatch which most branches of W H Smith stock. I no longer buy either but if I go in to Smiths it is Birdwatch rather than Birdwatching that I flip through. Birding World is available on subscription, see www.birdingworld.co.uk and this is the magazine that most Birders take, it is described by their Editors as "Europe's premier monthly magazine for keen birdwatchers".
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Both birdwatch and birdwatching are v.good mags'.They are well worth the money esp' for those new to birding.The subscription journals may be a little dry if you're starting out.
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I stopped taking periodicals a while ago (was finding I didn't have time to read them properly) so the following may be a bit out of date. I'm sure someone will tell me if so! However, I would sum up the four main birding periodicals like this:

Birdwatching: Perhaps the best choice if you're really interested, but don't want anything too heavy.

Birdwatch: Again, not too heavy, but more in-depth than the above.

Birding World: http://www.birdingworld.co.uk/. Focus is on identification of difficult species and on UK rarities. The ID articles are often cutting-edge and can sometimes be exhausting reading (especially when discussing the identification of sub-species).

British Birds: http://www.britishbirds.co.uk/. You can download a free issue from their website. On a par with Birding World as regards seriousness, but more varied, covering not only identification, but also more "scientific" topics like ecology, biology, distribution etc. It's also the official mouthpiece of the British Birds Rarities Committee and the Rare Breeding Birds Panel and publishes their annual reports.
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Old Wednesday 28th September 2005, 20:36   #6
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There's also a Finnish journal alula which comes out quarterly, and you can get an English version. I think it's similar to Birding World though I haven't subscribed to it yet.
I would be interested to hear from anyone who's read it!
http://www.alula.fi

I subscribe to birding world as I find the articles on identification extremely useful and it contains lots of excellent photos of rare migrant species which is always handy to help keep clued-up!

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Old Wednesday 28th September 2005, 22:01   #7
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Obviously theres my personal favourite RSPBs Birds both inspirational, informative, great photos aswell. Personally I am not interested in ID articles (got collins and BF for that), optics reviews, birds I am likely never to see and how many gannets ocupy a given grid refernce on a given day (unless i was actually involved with the study) and thats why I like Birds magazine. The best choice to try first birdwatching its light reading which everyone can enjoy get something out of to some extent and as someone has said its available at WHsmiths
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Old Wednesday 28th September 2005, 22:12   #8
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Is Birding World really the most popular with birders? It's mainly last month's rarities and a few id articles?

I'd have thought BB was still by a mile. A fantastic journal. Loads of varied content on all aspects of birds and their ecology, ID and conservation.

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PS Alula is very good and not really like Birding World imo
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... best choice to try first birdwatching its light reading which everyone can enjoy get something out of to some extent ...
Got to go along with that as somewhere to start, which i'm guessing (?) the original poster is.
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Is Birding World really the most popular with birders? It's mainly last month's rarities and a few id articles?

I'd have thought BB was still by a mile. A fantastic journal. Loads of varied content on all aspects of birds and their ecology, ID and conservation.

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PS Alula is very good and not really like Birding World imo
I have 20 years of BB on my bookshelf, all bound. However I stopped my subscription several years ago now as in my opinion it mainly became too scientific and aimed at Ornithologists rather than mere Birders. I still peruse the odd copy from time to time when I am staying at the Portland Bird Observatory but I have to say that whilst it has undergone a change over the past few years I have no desire to read it on a regular basis. Didn't there used to be a saying "You can't be a real birdwatcher if you didn't read BB". Pretentious crap (the saying not the magazine). Roger

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Both Birdwatch and Birdwatching should be easily available in places like Smith and Borders, without having to order.


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Is Birding World really the most popular with birders? It's mainly last month's rarities and a few id articles?
No. according to DIMW in Beguiled by Birds it is the least popular of the big 4 british mags described above. Birdwatching is ahead by a mile in sales. You can argue that it is not predominantly a 'birders' magazine, but 'Birdwatch' is, and that beats both BB and BW on sales.
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British Birds: [url="http://www.britishbirds.co.uk/"] On a par with Birding World as regards seriousness, but more varied, covering not only identification, but also more "scientific" topics like ecology, biology, distribution etc. It's also the official mouthpiece of the British Birds Rarities Committee and the Rare Breeding Birds Panel and publishes their annual reports.
I would rate BB miles ahead of Birding World for 'seriousness' but otherwise what you have said is still very much the case.

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"You can't be a real birder if you don't read BB"
If any (ex)twitcher said that to me I would reply
"subscribing to BB doesn't make you a scientist"
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Could anyone tell me if there is any good birdwatching magazines,ive asked around local newsagents and nobody seems to know.
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Thanks,got a copy of birdwatching from W H Smith in Newcastle, the store in sunderland dont stock it.
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Didn't there used to be a saying "You can't be a real birdwatcher if you didn't read BB".

I reckon that was a (slightly) tongue-in-cheek quote from Mr. Oddie in a 'BB' advert.
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I reckon that was a (slightly) tongue-in-cheek quote from Mr. Oddie in a 'BB' advert.

Yes, and when he said it BB was the only birding magazine available.
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Personally I find the non-subscription magazines a bit wishy-washy with no real content. RSPB birds magazine seems to have gone down hill over the last few years too, I generally only skim through it these days then give it to a friend to read! I'm definitely in favour of Birding World and British Birds, though BB is often a bit too heavy going (and pricey). Might have to give Alula a try though.
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