• Please be aware that avian influenza has been confirmed in the Western Isles. Great Skua and Gannet are the worst affected currently but a range of other bird species can be infected. Please avoid contact with dead birds, give sick and dying birds space, keep dogs on leads and report all instances of five or more dead birds of one species to Defra (03459 335577).

  • When here in the Outer Hebrides and looking at a bird, have you ever wondered how rare it is? The status of all species can vary enormously from island to island. How rare is Shoveler on Barra, has Stock Dove been seen on Harris, does Dotterel occur on Benbecula in the autumn, and how common is Blue Tit on North Uist? Well, fret no longer! The Status and Distribution of birds here on the Outer Hebrides has been completely updated and summarised for every species and each of the main islands and outliers. Available as an online resource at https://status.outerhebrides-birdreports.org/ or via our shop

    New - now available as an ebook

patch birding

  1. YvonneB

    Patch Birding Yvonne's Local Patch - 2022

    Well here we go again... Well done to @Bruce who was the Outer Hebrides top PWC patchbirder in 2021. Due to ongoing problems with the Patchwork Challenge website this year i'm going to try something different, BirdGuides are running a Local Big Year initiative (using #LocalBigYear on social...
  2. YvonneB

    Patch Birding Patchwork Challenge 2016

    Having been a participant in the Patchwork Challenge (PWC) since it first started in 2013 I thought I would give a quick rundown on how things went here in the Outer Hebrides during 2016. How does PWC work? You have your own patch which should be no more than 3km square, there are points for...
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