About birds

A focus on - Ruff

Calidris pugnax
Ruff. Photograph by Espen Lie Dahl
UK Conservation Status: red
Number In Britain: 800 birds (Winter)
Maximum recorded age: 9 years 0 months 25 days (Recorded in 1986)
Habitat: Grassy tundra, lakes, farmland, on migration mudflat
Diet: Invertebrates, especially insects, some plant material
BirdTrends Report

Discover the latest bird trends

Get the big picture of what is happening to some of the UK's key bird species in the BirdTrends report.

Drawing on data from a number of schemes including the Breeding Bird Survey, Nest Record Scheme and Ringing Scheme, this annual report reveals which species are decreasing in numbers, which are booming and how breeding succes is changing over time.

BirdTrends now includes trends across habitats.

View the latest BirdTrends Report

 

Learn more about birds from BirdFacts

BirdFacts gives in depth information about all of the 580 species recorded in the wild in Britain. For each bird, BirdFacts provides details of Population and Distribution, Breeding and Survival and Biometrics, along with other fascinating facts.

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Watch Bird ID Workshop Videos

Reed Bunting. Photograph by Liz Cutting
Brown, streaky buntings can be an ID headache! This video tackles four species that can be found in coastal areas in winter: Reed, Little, Snow and Lapland Buntings.

Browse our expanding collection of bird ID workshops on tricky species.

To learn more about bird identification, try one of our training courses.