Bird Journal is now even more free!

Earlier this year we launched the version 5 desktop software and the response has been very positive. We've heard from many of you about how the new interface is smart and intuitive, and how it's nice to be able to finally run Bird Journal on the Mac. And we've also heard from many who want more from the Bird Journal free edition.

Today we're excited to share that we've added even more to the free edition. We've removed many feature restrictions from Bird Journal. So many that the mobile apps are now completely unrestricted! Starting today you'll be able to enjoy these previously premium features across all devices:

  • Input worldwide bird records
  • Input non-bird wildlife records
  • Filtering (e.g. to see year/location lists or to find all entries where you've seen a particular species)
  • Enhanced context and browsing (e.g. lists of recent photos & entries)


Premium is now even more affordable!

Prices for premium have been reduced in almost all regions in response to research we conducted. We hope this will make the best Bird Journal experience open to even more users.

Premium is now even more powerful!

Advanced analysis features remaining in premium have been extended. Updates available today include:

  • Lifer & year first badges and summary on the entry page
  • New customisable premium Firsts report
  • Enhanced premium Species Progress graph  (Formerly Intra Year Species Progress)
  • New printable premium Checklist report, highlighting potential lifers & country firsts

Answers to likely questions about these changes can be found in the article "Now even more Free: FAQ".

Bird Journal runs on Mac, PC, Android & iOS and is available from

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Comments (6) -

  • Joe Shannon

    7/24/2016 2:28:35 PM | Reply

    Looking forward to it

    • Justin

      7/24/2016 7:34:54 PM | Reply

      @Joe, thanks and hope you enjoy the update!

  • Tony Snowden

    7/24/2016 5:56:09 PM | Reply

    Very good to be able to filter records on free version - easily lets you see a list of where you have recorded a given species and when.  Thanks for the free gift!

    • Justin

      7/24/2016 7:36:09 PM | Reply

      You're most welcome Tony. Please help us spread the word!

  • Archie

    7/24/2016 7:20:47 PM | Reply

    I can't see the BOU update regarding new/split species yet on the App'.

    • Justin

      7/24/2016 7:37:48 PM | Reply

      Check you've installed the latest version of the app, then go to Library > Updates and press Update All. You'll need to use a desktop app (V5) to see details on possible splits. Go to Tools > Taxonomic Updates. Hope this helps!

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