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* From the makers of 'Chirp!’ Bird Songs - check out the App Bundle! *

Our apps are British-made, by British naturalists - we know our stuff! Fantastic photos, songs, calls, distribution maps and detailed information for 199 birds - all the common and best known birds in Britain arranged by family or alphabetically. The specially written bird notes cover the appearance, habitat, diet, lifespan, nesting habits, rarity status, and distribution in Britain, as well as interesting facts.

The photo-based Bird Finder will quickly identify a mystery bird, then you can mark it as seen, add your own photos, and make a note about it. Automatically note the current date, time, latitude, longitude and Grid Reference. Share the news with your friends straight away with the built-in Facebook and Twitter links. The app includes iCloud syncing, so that if you have more than one device (iPhone, iPod or iPad) your sightings will automatically synchronise.

"I don't say this often, but you guys should charge more for this neat little piece of work! I almost feel guilty now, for the price!" - AppStore reviewer

Great features! This is the ONLY budget British bird app with the following features:
• A photo-based BIRD FINDER based on appearance, habitat, location, date and more
• Carefully selected photos of MALES, FEMALES and JUVENILES, to show the main features
• Labelled photos of KEY FEATURES
• A HISTORY feature to make it easy to go back to the last bird you looked at
• Select the birds for the area WHERE YOU LIVE
• European distribution maps for EVERY BIRD
• A BACK-UP system so you can save your data
• iCLOUD syncing to synchronise your sightings across your devices

Want more? For the full works, look for iSpiny's Birds of Britain Pro: A Field Guide.

========= Our Bird Apps =========

We have been making apps since the App Store started in 2008, and now have a range of bird and bird song apps for all iOS devices - iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad & Apple Watch.

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---- Bird Guide Pro & Pocket Birds ----
These are our reference bird guides, with photos, sounds, notes etc, plus features for recording sightings. Bird Guide Pro is our top-of-the-range app, while Pocket Birds is the budget version.

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What's New in Version 2.1.4

Great new features have been added! You can now import your own photos into the app - simply tap the camera icon to take a photo or to choose a photo from your Photo Library. There's a new image browser, and many more nest and egg photos.

Hope you enjoy the changes!


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Customer Reviews

Okay but....

Firstly, there are some great things about this app that others don't offer such as the ability to record sitings and compare different characteristics to confirm a species.

However, I would not recommend this app to a serious twitcher. For a start there are only two or three photographs for each species and little to help with identifying juveniles or distinguishing features from similar species. Secondly, and probably a fundamental problem, is that many species are missing. For example, there are no wood larks, Cirl buntings or bar tailed godwits to name three.

There are much better apps out there in my opinion if you want a really good bird identification app.

Definitely the Best Birdwatching App

Wonderful App that has all you need to know about the Birds of Britain.

I've always been a nature lover and come from a family of birdwatchers.

Can use on both my iPad and iPhone which gives you the option of the bigger screen to explore and read better and the compact portability of the iPhone. Plus you don't need Internet which is great for when you're in remote places.


This guide to birds it brilliant. It is much better than I thought it would be. It has enabled me to identify all the birds locally and the birds I see when I'm out. It's easy to use and it's helped me identify uncommon birds that are more difficult to note or remember until you get home.
I don't usually both to rate apps but this one has really helped me, so I am glad to reciprocate.

Birds of Britain: A Pocket Guide from iSpiny
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • £2.99
  • Category: Reference
  • Updated:
  • Version: 2.1.4
  • Size: 243 MB
  • Languages: English, Danish, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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