Forum guidelines

To ensure this community stays a happy place, we have a few rules. Before you register for an account, have a read of them and if you don’t think that you are going to be able to stick to them, then please find somewhere that is more suited to you. 

Keep it friendly

Please keep discussions on topic and respect others when posting. Everyone has the right to hold their own opinion and disagree with others. However, you are not free to attack, degrade, belittle, or insult other members.

If you see something that you don’t think should be on the site, please report it and do not get involved in arguments or off-topic discussions.

Any material which constitutes defamation, harassment, or abuse is strictly prohibited. Material, including images, that is sexually or otherwise obscene, racist, or otherwise overly discriminatory is not permitted on these forums. Please use your common sense when posting. 

No spam/advertising/self-promotion

Do not offer goods or services for sale or post unnecessary links to other websites. Spamming also includes sending unsolicited private messages to other forum members.

Stay safe

Do not share any personal information directly within the forums or via private messages. If you arrange to meet someone, then please take the usual precautions. 

Private messages

Do not send unsolicited private messages. Do not send private messages asking for help or replying to questions posted on the public forums.

Captive birds

This community is for the discussion of wild birds only. If you want to start a conversation about caged, aviary, or pet birds this is not the place for you.

Bird identification

If you need help identifying a bird you’ve seen, please post it in the appropriate forum. You can find 100s of British bird identification guides here.

To keep things tidy, if you get a satisfactory answer, please vote the answer up and indicate the topic has been solved by clicking the green check mark.

Cats

If you have a question or want to start a discussion about cats, please post it in the appropriate forum. You can find lots of information about cats and garden birds here.

If you start a conversation about cats anywhere but in the appropriate forum, you will be removed.

Rats

If you have a question or want to start a discussion about rats, please post it in the appropriate forum. You can find lots of information about rats and garden birds here.

If you start a conversation about rats anywhere but in the appropriate forum, you will be removed.

General posting guidelines

New topics

Please post a descriptive topic name so that members understand what it is about. Examples of bad topic names are, “Help!”, “I have a question”, or “Very urgent”.

Tags

A tag is a word that describes the topic and can help people find discussions more easily. When adding tags use all lower case and think about how someone would search for that subject. 

Solved and answered topics

If you have asked a question and someone has answered it, mark the topic as solved or answered. 

Use the voting buttons in the Q&A forums to signal to the rest of the community whether a question has been answered correctly or not. Upvotes are also a great way of thanking a member who has shared useful information. 

 

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