bird alert PRO from Rare Bird Alert provides birders with up-to-the-minute sightings of scarce and rare birds turning up across the British Isles. Operating since 1991, we are the longest running in-the-field birdnews service and our app carries the same speedy and reliable birdnews as featured on our pager, online and SMS services. With push notification alerts for news filters you set up, bird alert PRO is an indispensable tool for all birders.
Designed by birders for birders, the app is packed full of useful features and ways to read and be alerted to the very latest birdnews.
• Push notification alerts – set up and save individual ‘alert filters’ and get instant alerts when birds matching your criteria turn up
• Breaking birdnews sightings – instant access to all the latest birdnews with pre-defined easy to use reports, or search the sightings using your own criteria
• Sightings database – access to over 700,000 sightings from the last 10 years
• Species maps – see what birds have been seen where on an interactive map
• Species photo gallery – huge collection of photos from our users
• Submit a sighting – send us your sightings quickly and easily, GPS find-me feature makes it easy to report your sighting even if you don’t know the area.
Permanently free content includes
Bird reports - the very latest bird sightings from each county from across Britain and Ireland
Photo gallery - rare, scarce and common bird photos from Britain and Ireland
Detailed directions for specific sightings and push notification alerts can be trialled for 24 hours.
Ratings and ReviewsSee All
Mostly good but crashes
This is useful for receiving alerts but I find when I go to click on an alert the app crashes, every time. If you load a message from the general news but it’s find, but not from my alerts.
(Phone software is fully up to date)
Just the job
I approached RBA about such an app some while ago, before it was in the pipeline I suspect, so was hugely hopeful when I found out this was to be released.
First the service, I have been an RBA service user for 20 years and they are second to none, news is more reliable than all the competition, though obviously not perfect, far fewer errors slip through, undoubtedly due to the expertise of the team.
Second the techie bit, does exactly what I want, gives me the news as I require, the filtering is superb and I can get alerts for all the species and areas I am interested in as well as all the national news.
The maps and directions are very useful, the news and species search facilities are great. Photos too are top class.
It is more economical than my pager, which is a real advantage in these cash strapped times.
Downsides: slightly slower than the pager service but not too much so, sometimes messages do not want to load due to server errors, a pain but again does not normally last too long, relies on phone signal which can be patchy in some areas but this is also a positive as the messages will always get delivered eventually unlike missed pager messages.
On balance I am very happy with the app, with continued phone development (4G) it can only get better.
Best app for bird alerts
One of the only apps I can find for bird alerts and so far so good 👍
- Virtual Programming Ltd
- 57.4 MB
Requires iOS 10.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone 5S, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus, iPhone SE (1st generation), iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR, iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max, iPhone SE (2nd generation), iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 12 Pro Max, iPad Air, iPad Air Wi‑Fi + Cellular, iPad mini 2, iPad mini 2 Wi‑Fi + Cellular, iPad Air 2, iPad Air 2 Wi‑Fi + Cellular, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 3 Wi‑Fi + Cellular, iPad mini 4, iPad mini 4 Wi‑Fi + Cellular, iPad Pro (12.9‑inch), iPad Pro (12.9‑inch) Wi‑Fi + Cellular, iPad Pro (9.7‑inch), iPad Pro (9.7‑inch) Wi‑Fi + Cellular, iPad (5th generation), iPad (5th generation) Wi‑Fi + Cellular, iPad Pro (12.9‑inch) (2nd generation), iPad Pro (12.9‑inch) (2nd generation) Wi‑Fi + Cellular, iPad Pro (10.5‑inch), iPad Pro (10.5‑inch) Wi‑Fi + Cellular, iPad (6th generation), iPad (6th generation) Wi‑Fi + Cellular, iPad Pro (11‑inch), iPad Pro (11‑inch) Wi‑Fi + Cellular, iPad Pro (12.9‑inch) (3rd generation), iPad Pro (12.9‑inch) (3rd generation) Wi‑Fi + Cellular, iPad mini (5th generation), iPad mini (5th generation) Wi‑Fi + Cellular, iPad Air (3rd generation), iPad Air (3rd generation) Wi‑Fi + Cellular, iPad (7th generation), iPad (7th generation) Wi‑Fi + Cellular, iPad Pro (11‑inch) (2nd generation), iPad Pro (11‑inch) (2nd generation) Wi‑Fi + Cellular, iPad Pro (12.9‑inch) (4th generation), iPad Pro (12.9‑inch) (4th generation) Wi‑Fi + Cellular, iPad Air (4th generation), iPad Air (4th generation) Wi‑Fi + Cellular, iPad (8th generation), iPad (8th generation) Wi‑Fi + Cellular and iPod touch.
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Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.