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Bird Watching Magazine Subscription

Official magazine of #My200BirdYear

 

Experience bird-watching like never before with Bird Watching magazine! We take pride in being the only magazine that caters to birders of all agers and abilities offering a treasure trove of help, expert advice and the latest bird news.

Choose your subscription plan below:

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Print+ Subscription

Get the print magazine delivered to your door + FREE access to the digital subscription

£5 / 3 issues

Then pay £30/6 months. Saving £89.51 per year!


  • Get the print magazine delivered to your door with FREE UK delivery
  • Instant access to the latest & previous issues via the Bird Watching app. Easily control the text size, use audio mode to listen to each issue in the app!
  • Access to rewards, discounts and prizes

Digital Subscription

Enjoy instant access and customise your reading experience with the digital version of Bird Watching

£5 / 3 issues

Then pay £27/6 months. Saving £24.76 per year!


  • Get the print magazine delivered to your door with FREE UK delivery
  • Instant access to the latest & previous issues via the Bird Watching app. Easily control the text size, use audio mode to listen to each issue in the app!
  • Access to rewards, discounts and prizes

Bird Watching Magazine

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Bird Watching Magazine

About this magazine

Bird Watching magazine is Britain's best-selling birdwatching magazine. With features and articles from some of the UK's best-known and most highly-respected nature writers and ornithologists, illustrated by the work of the world's best bird photographers, it provides inspiration to seek out, see and identify new birds, keeps readers up to date with the ever-changing natural world, and asks the important questions about the conservation issues of our time. It's your best birdwatching friend, whether you're an absolute beginner or a lifelong birder looking for new challenges.

In every issue of Bird Watching magazine, you will find:

  • Features take an in-depth look at British bird species - how to find and identify them, and what they need to ensure they'll thrive.
  • Your Birding Month - what birds to look for, where, and how, this month, from garden favourites to mega-rarities.
  • ID Challenge - learn to identify bird species step by step.
  • Go Birding - site guides to 10 varied and wildlife-rich UK locations.
  • UK Bird Sightings - all the latest news from YOUR area
  • Reviews - the latest birding gear tried and tested in the field, by experts.

From monthly subscriptions, to the latest digital issue, Bird Watching magazine is the perfect choice, either for yourself or as a gift for the wildlife-lover in your life - it's as vital to any birdwatcher as a pair of binoculars and a field guide.

Benefits of becoming a Bird Watching subscriber

Here's why becoming a subscriber is an absolute must:

  • Expert Advice: As a subscriber, you gain access to a wealth of knowledge shared by our team of experienced ornithologists and bird experts. Learn from the best in the field and enhance your bird-watching skills with their valuable tips and advice.
  • Mesmerizing Photography: Feast your eyes on breathtaking photographs that capture birds in their natural habitats. These images, coupled with insightful narratives, will transport you to the heart of their world.
  • Convenience at Your Fingertips: Whether you prefer the feel of a physical magazine or the convenience of digital reading, we've got you covered. As a subscriber, you can enjoy both the print magazine delivered to your doorstep or instant access to our digital magazine via smartphone, tablet or computer, or both with our Print & Digital option!
  • Never Miss an Issue: We’ll bring you closer to your love of the outdoors. Get every issue delivered promptly either to your door or on your digital device, ensuring you're always up-to-date.
  • Digital Delights: Opt for our Print & Digital or Digital only subscription and gain instant access to the latest and previous issues. Read or listen to the magazine on-the-go through our user-friendly app. You'll also unlock rewards, discounts and prizes.
  • *Environmental Commitment: By choosing our digital-only subscription, you actively contribute to reducing paper waste and your carbon footprint and positively impacting the environment. Read more about our commitment to sustainability here.

*Refers to our Digital subscription only.

Join the #my200birdyear community

Here at Bird Watching magazine we want to encourage as many people as possible to see more birds than ever, and our #My200BirdYear does just that! You don’t need any fancy equipment, although a pair of binoculars does help, you can do it by yourself, with a friend or with a total stranger! You can do it in England, Wales or deep in the Amazon rainforest. We’ll be providing help and advice in every issue of Bird Watching, there’s additional online content to steer you towards your target, and there’ll be regular Readers’ Days at which you can meet the BW team, get tips from them and reserve wardens, and add new species to your list at some of the UK’s best birding spots. We have a ready-made community on Facebook which you can join here and our sponsors will throw in competitions, discounts and expert advice to help you with your birding year.

It’s not a race, you may smash through your 200 goal or only do half - but the aim of your #My200BirdYear challenge is to do what you love to do most, birdwatching!

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Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, if you have the email address of the recipient, we can send an e-card at the time of purchase or on a date of your choice. Please note that if your gift subscription comes with a welcome gift, the welcome gift will be sent to you to give to the recipient or to keep for yourself.

Print subscriptions: When you place your print order, you will be able to choose the start issue in the checkout and the expected delivery date will be shown.

Digital subscriptions will be accessible on the day of purchase. Once you have completed checkout, you will receive further instructions on how to access your digital magazine.

Print + Digital subscriptions: The digital magazine will be accessible on the day of purchase and the print magazine will start from the start date you select in the checkout. Once you have completed checkout, you will receive further instructions on how to access your digital magazine.

As standard with our digital subscriptions, you will receive:

  • Instant access to all the content via the app
  • Special bonus content via an email
  • Access to rewards

You may receive additional benefits depending on the brand. Please see the 'Subscriber Benefits' tab for a full list of benefits that you will receive.

Currently, digital subscription rewards can ONLY be accessed via the app. So please install the app on your phone or tablet.

All information regarding rewards, bespoke competitions and access to content will be available in the app and via email.

Yes – every issue of the magazine and all content is published in what we call ‘device-optimised templates’ on our app. This means that no matter the size of the screen you use, your magazine will be easy to read.

The app gives you the best of both worlds! You can either enjoy your digital magazine in old-fashioned ‘magazine view’, which is basically a PDF replica of your print magazine, OR you can read it in optimised template format. - We call this ‘digital-view’ mode.

On the app, when you’re reading the magazine in digital-view mode, you’ll see a header bar at the top of each article. Here you’ll be able to:

  • Select audio mode and listen to the magazine being read to you
  • Select the size of text you find easiest to read
  • Bookmark features you want to quickly return to
  • Switch to ‘dark mode’ to make it easier to read your content

You'll also be able to access the content almost instantly when you purchase either a Print + Digital or Digital only subscription.