About birds

Bird of the Month - Golden Plover

Golden Plover. Photograph by Edmund Fellowes
Pluvialis apricaria
49 thousand Pairs (Summer)
12 years 0 months 29 days (Recorded in 1978)
Tundra, wet moor, pasture & estuaries
Invertebrates - beetles, earthworms

Get the latest bird trends

Go to the BirdTrends area of our site for the latest information on changes in the numbers and breeding performance of the UK's birds.

Early breeders fall on hard times

Numbers of early breeders are falling rapidly, such as Tawny Owl, Mistle Thrush and Dipper.


Learn more about birds from BirdFacts

BirdFacts gives in depth information about all of the 580 species recorded in the wild in Britain. For each bird, BirdFacts provides details of Population and Distribution, Breeding and Survival and Biometrics, along with other fascinating facts.

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Watch Bird ID Workshop Videos

Common Scoter. Photograph by northeastwildlife.co.uk

Scoters are known to most of us as winter visitors, usually far off shore. Learn to tell the difference between the species, when seen far out to sea in poor viewing conditions?