Bird watching is one of the easiest ways of connecting with Mother Nature. It will get you the chance to get outside and keep moving around. It is a hobby that your entire family can participate and enjoy together. And introducing your kids to nature through bird watching will lift up their admiration of the natural world. One reason that makes bird watching so much popular as a hobby is it being relatively inexpensive; you just need a notebook, binoculars and a field guide to get started.
Bird watching is something more than just simply learning the names of different birds or being able to identify the species when you see a bird. Actually, it is about studying the behavior of birds and the ways they relate to the environments around them. And here we have short descriptions of some of the best places in the UK for bird watching.
You will be able to watch all kinds of birds near the mouth of the River Exe. The cliffs of the Jurassic Coast are another great place to visit. You will be able to watch many types of birds including egrets, goldfinches (in autumn) and kittiwakes in Exmouth.
This is a huge reserve spreading across 42 hectares, which is located in Southwest London near the River Thames. The types of birds you can watch here changes according to the season of the year. In summer you will be able to watch egrets, black-tailed godwits, hobby falcons and garganey. During the spring, the place is filled with sanderlings, avocets, stone curlews, lapwings and sand martins.
Gigrin Farm is a 200-acre upland sheep farm located in Wales. The place has spectacular views over the Elan and Wye Valleys. At first Gigrin Farm was just another sheep farm. But since the owner agreed to a request from the RSPB in 1992 to convert it into a red kite feeding place, at present, it is one of the most well-known red kite feeding stations in the UK. Visit the place any afternoon to see them fly around in a stunning aerial display.
Farne Islands are one of the best places in the UK, if not the world, to watch seabirds. The place is one of the best and biggest seabird colonies in the world. You can watch many seabirds, including puffins, terns and kittiwakes, throughout the day in Farne Islands.
The Isles of Scilly is one of the best bird watchers destinations in the UK. In addition to many native birds, many migrating birds that are blown off the course use these islands as a staging post. This makes it a great place if you like to see rare birds. If you make a visit during October, you might get the chance to see yellow-browed warblers, red-breasted flycatchers, Richard's pipits, wrynecks, pectoral sandpipers and sometimes even Lapland buntings. However, if you need to miss the crowds, avoid October and visit the islands in April or May.
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