Set out below are links to various websites that have no direct connection with the WHCG but may be of interest. Suggested additions or amendments should be sent to Andrew Haynes (andrewhaynes [AT]


RSPB North West London Local Group Details of outings, local bird walks and indoor meetings for RSPB members in north-west London.

Welsh Harp Environmental Education Centre The WHEEC, adjacent to the Welsh Harp, provides environmental education for school and college students. It is managed by Thames21 (see below).


Other RSPB local groups: Central London; Enfield; North East London; Pinner & District; Potters Bar & Barnet; St Albans; Watford Details of events for RSPB members in north London and south Hertfordshire.

Marylebone Birdwatching Society This Hampstead-based society has an annual programme of coach trips, local outings and indoor meetings and a weekly Tuesday walk on Hampstead Heath throughout the year.

Herts Bird Club A list of Hertfordshire birds plus details of the county’s major birding sites, news, recent sightings, etc.

Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust Details of more than 40 nature reserves across Hertfordshire and the former county of Middlesex (now the London Boroughs of Barnet, Enfield, Harrow and Hillingdon).

Essex Birdwatching Society Details of birding sites in Essex and a list of the county’s more unusual birds, plus general information about birding.

London Wetland Centre The London Wetland Centre, a Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust site, offers some good wetland birding but is expensive to visit and is run more like a theme park/menagerie than a nature reserve. For example, until 28 January 2017 it is displaying giant Lego brick animals “to bring families closer to nature”.


London Bird Club The wiki of the birding section of the London Natural History Society, where Brent Birders record their sightings at the Welsh Harp.

London Natural History Society The parent organisation of the London Bird Club, concerned with all aspects of wildlife within the capital.

London Wildlife Trust The only charity dedicated solely to protecting the capital’s wildlife and wild spaces, engaging Londoners through access to nature reserves, campaigning, volunteering and outdoor learning.

Thames21 This charity believes that putting healthy waterways back at the heart of community life is the key to reconnecting people with nature and each other. It now runs the Welsh Harp Environmental Education Centre (see above).


Royal Society for the Protection of Birds Europe’s largest wildlife conservation charity, with more than a million members. It works to promote conservation and protection of birds and the wider environment through public awareness campaigns and the operation of 200 nature reserves across the UK. It has many active local groups (see above). Its website include a guide to more than 250 species of British bird.

British Trust for Ornithology The BTO works with both experts and volunteers to provide unbiased information about birds and their habitats.

British Ornithologists’ Union The BOU maintains the official list of wild bird records in Britain, managed by its records committee.

BirdGuides BirdGuides offers a range of subscription services but also allows free access to its webzine, with articles on a wide range of subjects, including a Review of the Week. You can also register to receive a free weekly email newsletter.

Rare Bird Alert This is a subscription service but has some free content, including an archive of daily news summaries (from April 2006 onwards) and a host of articles, including a weekly birding round-up. You can also register to receive a free weekly email newsletter.

Birdwatch magazine This is the online arm of an independent magazine established by birders for birders. It features bird news and selected archived content from its print issues, alongside web-only material, multimedia content and online services.

Bird Watching magazine The website of this Bauer Media birding magazine offers travel guides, equipment reviews and general articles.

Naturenet An independent website providing an online resource for practical nature conservation and countryside management.

The Wildlife Trusts Provides information about the 47 independent wildlife trusts that cover the UK, the Isle of Man and Alderney — each concerned primarily with nature conservation within its own geographical area.


BirdForum BirdForum is an internet birding community. Registering for a free account allows you to contribute to discussion forums, a photo gallery, blogs, a birding encyclopaedia and equipment reviews.

Surfbirds Run by birders in Britain and America, this website offers a wide range of information about birds worldwide, including trip reports and identification guides.

Fatbirder Fatbirder is a UK-based international web resource about birds, birdwatching and birding software. It has tens of thousands of links on 2000 pages about birding throughout the world.

Birding Hotspots Around the World This was once a valuable resource with a huge number of links to birding sites. Unfortunately, it has not been updated since April 2004 and most of the links are now broken.


A Beginner’s Guide to Bird Watching for Couch Potatoes Bizarrely hidden away on the website of a US company that sells sofas and other seating, this resource is included here because it provides comprehensive advice for birding beginners.