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Old Tuesday 2nd August 2005, 11:07   #1
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World Birdwatch / Birding World

Does anyone see these and if so what do they think?

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Old Tuesday 2nd August 2005, 12:42   #2
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Hi Pete,

World Birdwatch is an excellent magazine if you are into birds from around the globe, and it offers a valuable insights as to how Birdlife International are trying to save the remaining patches of primary habitat in the world. Another good reason is that you are putting money into a great organisation, Birdlife International. Without them much more habitat and birds would be lost.

Birding World, hopefully somebody else can answer this, as I no longer subscribe, it has become to orientated on certain aspects of British Birding for me, notably some dodgy taxonomic decisions that are oftenthe main feature. Though still has some interesting articles last time I looked, and some good European coverage.

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Old Wednesday 24th August 2005, 19:29   #3
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thanks James

World Birdwatch turned up today. looks good and as you say its for a good cause.
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Old Wednesday 24th August 2005, 20:16   #4
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I personally found that the 2 above publications were a little too technical for me,excellent info but lots of facts anf figures.Has anyone read the re vamped issue of "Birdwatch".I found it very good indeed.Clearly laid out,suberb images ,an excellent mag.I wish I had read the Aug copy before taking out anothers years subs to Birdwatching,as I would have opted for the former.
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Old Thursday 25th August 2005, 11:39   #5
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World Birdwatch is, as James has already said, a quarterly publication of Birdlife International. You have to subscribe to it by becoming a member of their World Bird Club. If you are in the RSPB, which you should be, then you get a greatly reduced subscription if you want, but I always send the saving as a donation because Birdlife is a very worthwhile cause.

Birding World is not linked to any charity, it is a purely for profit publication by a group of Norfolk birders. They do support a range of charities, listed in the front cover, but I do not know how much they donate. The content is mainly listings of scarce and rare birds seen in Britain during the previous month, a similar list for the western Palearctic countries, accounts of the major rarities (eg Sooty Tern in the latest issue), occasional identification articles (much more advanced than in Birdwatch and Birdwatching), and some brief accounts of birding trips to various places in the world. There are also reviews of books that cover the same fields.

Birdwatch always strikes me as a watered down version of Birding World; I used to subscribe to it but I do not have the time available for so much reading these days. I have never really bothered with Birdwatching but I understand that it is similar to Birdwatch but with more local (county) input. Both these two are, like Birding World, commercial publications.

Really, Birding World, Birdwatch and Birdwatching are all covering the same subject material but at different levels. Which one (or two) you prefer will depend on the type of birder you are.

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Old Tuesday 30th August 2005, 15:11   #6
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World Birdwatch - a brilliant read and conservation based.

Birding World - round up of all the rare birds seen last month (yawn) complete with fuzzy digipix but some excellent id articles from time to time. Rather obsessed with the UK scene - strange given that it's called Birding WORLD!

British Birds by far the best for me though - top id articles, plenty of stuff on ecology and conservation, reviews, etc

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