Bird Watching
Cover of May 2011 issue, showing a Corncrake
EditorMatt Merritt
Circulation20,660 Jan–Dec 2022
First issueMarch 1986 (1986-03)
CountryUnited Kingdom
Based inPeterborough

Bird Watching (ISSN 0269-1434) is a British four-weekly (13 issues per year[1]) magazine for birdwatchers, established in March 1986. Distributed by subscription and also through newsagents, it has, as of September 2023, a cover price of £5.25.[2]

History and profile

Bird Watching was established in 1986.[3] Key content areas include bird identification, birdwatching site guides, recent sightings from across the UK, book and equipment reviews and news.

Its contributors include notable birders such as Dominic Couzens[1] and David Lindo.[1]

Originally published by EMAP,[4] the magazine is published monthly by Bauer Consumer Media of Peterborough.[1] Its ABC-certified total average net circulation per issue for 2022 was 20,660,[4] of which 2,530 were newsagent sales[4] and 17,950 went to subscribers.[4]


Former editor Sheena Harvey at a birdwatchers' fair at Middleton Hall on 21 May 2011

Bird Watching has had five editors:

See also


  1. ^ a b c d e "Bird Watching". Bird Watching. 25 (5). May 2011. ISSN 0269-1434.
  2. ^ Birdwatching Magazine. September 2023.
  3. ^ Caroline Taggart (30 June 2010). Writer's Market 2010: Make Money Writing. F+W Media. p. 508. ISBN 978-0-7153-3529-1. Retrieved 7 August 2016.
  4. ^ a b c d "Bird Watching- Data". ABC. Retrieved 27 September 2023.