This page is intended as a brief explanation to help you understand our services and the differences between them.
Our five services are:
Each is described briefly below, with links to more details if you're interested. What next?
Bird News Extra is our most popular service. It allows you to check bird news on the World Wide Web from your computer, including the latest news, full access to the BirdMap and a searchable archive of thousands of sightings.
More information on Bird News Extra
The Email Alert service sends you selected bird reports by email. A typical Email Alert message looks like this:
You can receive messages individually as they are broadcast (as above) or receive a single digest email once every 24 hours.
The Bird Text Alert service sends selected bird reports to your mobile phone by SMS text message. A typical Bird Text Alert message is shown to the left.
More information on Bird Text Alert
The Bird News Anywhere service allows you to browse our bird news output on your web- or WAP-enabled mobile phone or PDA. It's a bit like a simplified version of Bird News Extra for mobile devices. A typical Bird News Anywhere screen is shown to the left.
A Bird News Anywhere subscription also allows users of our free iPhone app or Android app to access more detail and additional features (e.g. filtered reports, right) that are not available in the free version.
The BirdGuides webzine is an online magazine containing topical articles on bird-related subjects and a searchable archive of older articles. It includes a brief overview of recent rarities by county, but otherwise it's not really a bird news service. Some of the articles can be read by everybody, but some are restricted to subscribers. Currently, if you subscribe to any of the above services, you automatically get a subscription to the webzine as well. If you don't want a bird news service, you can subscribe to the webzine only.