Introduction to Bird News Extra


Bird News Extra is our web-based sightings service. Each day we log every new bird sighting of interest, cross referencing the exact location, any photos, details of the bird and any other information we have.* We publish these sightings as a list and as an interactive map and carefully archive them so that they are searchable in a variety of useful ways.

Key features

A detailed list of all sightings of birds of interest each and every day of the year. Sort by time, species, level of rarity and click through to see more details of each bird. The bird list occasionally also carries news of significant European twitches, cetacean sightings and other useful information.

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A clickable bird map providing at a glance information about rarities. View today's, yesterday's or a day three years ago's sightings. Click on an individual bird to find more information.

BirdMap screenshot

Access to a variety of search functions. Find out about all occurrences of Red-eyed Vireo, or where Waxwings have been sighted in the past week. Plan a day's birding by using the "nearby" search facility.

Nearby page screenshot

Access the Online Guide to Rarer British Birds: look up all historic records of rare species (as considered by the British Birds Records Committee). You can search for all the accepted sightings in any county or at any locality, and view graphs charts and maps to show which months, years or counties have had the most sightings of any rarity.

Online Guide to Rarer British Birds screenshot

Online Guide to Rarer British Birds screenshot

There are many other benefits to Bird News Extra:

Study and print out maps showing where the bird has been seen. In most cases, these will at least give you a map of the locality, but if we know the exact grid reference then the map will have an arrow pointing to the very spot.

See a history of all the reports of that bird. This will tell you how long the bird has been there and how often it has been reported, including news of times when it disappeared. This will give you a much clearer picture of the likelihood of the bird still being present when you get to the site.

Access our database of over 19000 birding localities. For each locality we will generally have a grid reference (with links to printable maps at various scales), details of all the reports we've had from that site and any photos we've received that have been taken there. In many cases there are also descriptions of how to access the site and what birds you might find, plus text from Lee Evans's book Finding Birds in Britain, describing how and when to find whatever rare species are seen there regularly.

Read, and take part in, any on-going debates about any of the reported birds. If there is any doubt about the identity or age or subspecies or 'tickability' of any bird you will find it in the "comments" section.

Access lots more relevant information, via links to other pages.

  • Details of all other recent sightings of that species
  • Details of all other recent sightings at that site
  • Details of all other recent sightings in that county
  • Details of other birdwatching hotspots in that county
  • More information about that species including photos, illustrations, text and maps
  • More information about that site, including access details, best birds, map etc.
  • A link to the relevant county or country page
  • Photographs of that particular bird (where available)

Customise your news page so it only shows the information you're most interested in. You can "filter" to see only the news you've asked for, but you can always see the rest of the news by clicking the 'filter off' link.

Sort the information on the news page so you can either see the sightings listed by species, by county, by site or by time of occurrence.

Access all the information that is available via the county pages, including:

  • Full details of all the recent sightings in that county
  • The most recent photos taken in that county
  • Details of county recorders and other useful contacts
  • A list of all the 'BB rarities' seen in that county. Click on any species in the list and you'll see details of all the accepted sightings in that county.
  • Details of where, when and how to see any scarce or rare species that are seen regularly in that county. This information has been extracted from the book Finding Birds in Britain by Lee Evans, presented exclusively here in a county-by-county format.
  • A list of all the best birding sites in the county. Click on any of these to get further details, e.g. a grid reference, access information, etc.

Access to our webzine. Currently, a subscription to any of our bird news services entitles you to read any of the articles in our webzine, including the ever-popular Review of the Week.

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