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Bird Alerts!
Set up alerts for specific types of birds, or families of birds. You can receive an email, an sms or an iPhone alert when a spotting is reported. You can also set up alerts for bird status, for common, or rare bird alerts. More


Bird Finder
Birding News has a number of ways in which you can search for bird sightings. They can be restricted by bird, or bird family, to area, dates, times, maturity, sex and rarity, and any combination of the above. More


Bird Locations
All bird spottings that are posted can be sorted and displayed on a map for easy access to location data. This shows you quickly and easily what's close to you, whats clumped together, and what's too far to travel to.

 

Birding News iPhone Application

Getting Started
Download the Birding News iPhone Application if you don't already have it!

Here is a quick overview of the Birding News iPhone app.

If you have a question that has not been answered below then you can post in the forum.

Logging in
This is the first screen you will be presented with when starting the Birding News iPhone application. You will need to log in in order to use it. If you don't already have an account on www.birdingnews.co.uk then you can register for one.

Once you have entered your log in details here then click the 'Go' button. You will be told that you are logged in if successfully

 

Sightings
Click on the 'Sightings' button in the centre at the bottom of the page. This will take you through to the Sightings page. This will be set to its default settings. It will try to display up to 20 sightings that have been seen recently in your area. If there are no sightings then there will be no red pins in the map. You can zoom in on the sightings, and get a little more information on them by clicking them.

 

Table View
This currently displays the data from the map in a table. This will be give more functionality in an update.

 

Search Page
This screen will provide you with the tools to find any birds that are in an area around your position. You can control the different elements to the searches by using the sliders, and clicking on the 'All Birds >' button. To change one of the elements such as 'days since sighting' click and drag on the slider. You would then click on the 'Sightings' button near the top left of the screen, this would take you back to the previous screen with the changes applied.

You can control the different elements to the searches by using the sliders.

 

'All Birds >'
When you click on this button in the search page, this is the screen you will be presented with.

Simply start typing the name of the bird that you want to search for, and suggestions will start to pop up
Once you see the species that you want to search for, tap the name and it will be entered in to the search box
Then hit the back button and you will be taken back to the search page with the bird species entered.

Sightings

Once you have the settings as you want them, hit the 'Sightings' button on the search page and you will be taken to the Sightings page. This will now be showing all of the birds that fit the search settings that you chose.
If you tap the pins you will get a little more information about each one.
The table view gives you the same data in a tabulated format.
Hit the 'Map View' tab to change the formatting of the map, this will switch between satelite view, normal map view, and a mix of the two.
Your own position is marked by the blue marker. You can zoom in to the map by double tapping the screen, and zoom out by tapping with two fingers at the same time.



Reporting a sighting
If you have a sighting that you want to report using the Birding News iPhone application then you need to go to the 'Report' page. This if found by clicking the Report tab on the bottom right of the screen.

This is the screen that you will be presented with. When you report a sighting you can enter the specie name, weather you saw or heard it, the date and time of the sighting, and the location that you saw it in.

Search for species
If you click in the search bar along the top then the key pad pops up.
Start typing the name of the bird that you want to report and the application will start to predict the one that you want to enter. Click the species that you want to report and you will be taken back to the main report page.
You can choose the date and time if you click on the date / time button.
Latitude / Longitude
Click on this button to choose and report the exact location that you sighted the bird. The pin should be pretty close to your current location when you get to this page. You can drag and drop the pin to where you want to place it. It can feel a little awkward at first dragging the pin, so give it a few goes. Try pressing on different parts of the pin if you are still having problems. You can zoom in and out in the same manner as before. Double tap to zoom in, and tap with two fingers to zoom out.
Map View
When you get close in to your position it is sometimes a good idea to switch to the satelite view. You can really see exactly where you are with this, right down to tree level! Once you have the correct spot click the 'Select' button in the top right to take you back to the Report page.
Send
Once you have entered all of the details, hit the send button.
Spot Sent
If all is successfully then you will be given a similar message to the one below. This will add the sighting to Birding News. You will be able to access all of your sightings through Birding News, and others will also be able to see them. You can edit or delete your sightings once you have logged in to your account on Birding News.
 
If you have a question that has not been answered here then you can post in the forum. Sometimes a bad iPhone connection can cause problems with any of the above steps.
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Bird Sightings

Enter your bird sightings, their details, and access them from anywhere. Sort them how you want them, export the data in a spreadsheet and show it on a map however you want it. Update your bird watching reports and delete any old ones you want to. More



iPhone App
Post spottings, access current data, set up alerts and have new spottings sent to you in realtime out in the field. Access information from a map with gps tracking helping you to find the position of the birds you are interested in. More