Whether you're the keenest of twitchers, a devout local birder or someone with a passing interest in what's being seen near you, the BirdGuides app gives you all the information you need - and much more besides.
Major new features include:
• Map view – locate sightings on a map and tap for full details;
• Search function – search our entire sightings database, stretching back to November 2000, in an instant;
• Sophisticated submission form to send us your sightings as quickly and accurately as possible from the field;
• Update and create Filters within the app;
• Customise your notification sounds and settings to your choice;
• 'Nearby' news can now be customised on a 5-120 km scale, based on your current position at any given time.
News is helpfully broken into three channels: Latest, showing all the most recent sightings nationwide; Filtered, showing only the news you want to see; and Nearby, updating on your phone's GPS position to show you what's in your area at any given time.
Each sighting can be expanded to give full location details and further information, such as time seen, number of birds, detailed directions and parking instructions. A single click will load the best route to the bird in your map provider. Birding has never been so easy!
We've improved linking to Collins Bird Guide and BWP.
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We have improved the reliability of signing into the app with a bad connection, and fixed several minor bugs.
Ratings and Reviews
Good app with fascinating information
I took out the generous free trial to this service to see if it might be of interest to an ‘ordinary’ birdwatcher. Actually, it is! Even if you have no interest in travelling distances to see unusual birds, it is great to know when something special turns up on your local patch, or to prompt a weekend away to an area that looks interesting. It’s also just fascinating to me to see what is appearing where even if I’m unlikely to see it. Thanks to the app I was able to time a weekend to Bempton Cliffs to try and see the albatross there to also take in another unusual bird, and I have seen (and also missed) birds on my own patch that I might have been unaware of.
BirdGuides update June 2020
Overnight BirdGuides has changed. There is a fresh new look! Everything is set out in a much clearer fashion. This is now much easier to read on a mobile phone. Pictures of the birds are larger and there are easy links through to location maps. There is also an excellent link which takes you straight through to the correct page of the Collins Bird Guide app. A lot of thought has clearly gone into this upgrade. Congratulations and thanks to the team!
I am getting rather annoyed with this app. I have been birdwatching for nearly sixty years and am quite knowledgeable about birds and animals. If I can’t correctly identify a bird, I discount it and move on. But if I identify an unusual bird, I double check it and attempt to put it on the app so that other bird watchers can be informed.
I’ve had the app for a few years now. So far, I have tried to put around ten sightings, of which I am certain they are correct, on to the app. None have been accepted or published.
Because I’m a woman?
Because I don’t post every day?
Because I don’t run in the right circles?
I don’t know, but I’m feeling victimised!
I think there’s a lot of snobbery in birdwatching and I suggest this site promotes this attitude.
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