Feathers are-a-flutter in Britain’s world of birds, with a number of
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Birdwatching in the UK
There are a number of fantastic spots across the UK where you can spot a feathered specimen or two.
- Insh Marshes National Nature Reserve: From whooper swans and greylag
geese,to lapwings and redshanks, this beautiful wildlife reserve near Kingussie in Scotland is home to a wide variety of bird species. Entry to the reserve is free, and they have a number of woodland trails and guided walks available.
- Exminster and Powderham Marshes: The marshes provide an important resting and feeding area for migrating birds that fly there for the winter season. This reserve is located close to Exeter, in Devon, and is a great spot for year-round
- WWT London Wetland Centre: This
centreis a fantastic option for keen birdwatchers, with six wildlife viewing hides installed around the wetland area, offering visitors the chance to see a number of different bird species up close in their natural habitat.
- Rutland Water Nature Reserve: The annual British Birdwatching Fair is held at this location, and it has been designated as a European Special Protection Area and internationally
recognisedas a globally important wetland RAMSAR site. Created in the 1970s, the reserve covers around 1000 acres and contains 31 bird watchinghides and nature trails.
- Ramsey Island: This stunning offshore island is home to a number of breeding seabirds during spring and summer. With soaring cliffs, wonderful sea views and
colourfulcoastal heathland, Ramsey Island is a perfect spot for birdwatching.
If you’re looking for birdwatching club in the UK, then BirdGuides.co.uk has a great directory you can search through to find one nearest your location. There are also some great birdwatching apps available - The RSPB eGuide to British Birds, The Birds of Britain and UK Birds – to name but a few.
If you’re venturing around on trails in search of an elusive bird specimen, or hunkered down in one spot, patiently waiting for a feathery visitor, you’re going to need gear that keeps you warm, dry and comfortable.
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