As Britain's snow cover turns to slush, the Birdwatch team thought it would be a good time to commemorate the worst winter for thirty years by covering the event in a special article. The severe weather has been responible for notable movements, numbers and sightings of such species as Fieldfare, Redwing, Woodcock, Jack and Common Snipe and Water Rail, often affording people their best ever views of these species and making members of the public very aware of the plight of wild birds in such conditions.

Not only has the weather provided unique encounters with wild birds in the countryside and reserves, it has also brought shy and flighty species right to the public's door, as birds invaded gardens looking for food and shelter. This has enabled the public to collectively amass an almost unprecedented wealth of snapshots and anecdotes, which we would like to tap into for this one-off article.

If you have images of exceptional or unusual occurrences of birds, large gatherings and flocks or close encounters with normally retiring species, we would like to hear from you. From mystery tracks in the snow to odd feeding behaviour, from the thrush flock in your apple tree to the Woodcock in your greenhouse, we would like to give you the opportunity to contribute to our documentation of how birds coped and fared during the exceptional cold snap.

It doesn't have to be the species mentioned, even our most familiar birds can provide the basis for an interesting segment. If you'd like us to consider your images and stories for publication, please contact me at the address below.

Cheers, David

David Callahan,
Staff Writer - Birdwatch
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