The big table below shows which bird species can be seen in which month. Some
live in Britain permanently, some visit during summer to breed, whilst others
just stay the winter to escape the cold of northern Europe. Furthermore
some species which we think of as residents all year round have their numbers
significantly boosted in winter, or move around the countryside away from
their summer haunts.
There are many other bird species that arrive on these shores, as passage migrants (between the north and the south) or because they have been blown off course. These are often sought out by the extreme birders (known as 'twitchers'). So keep your eyes peeled and enjoy the experience of spotting something new.
Key to table below:
| ||Residents|| || |
| ||Breeding summer visitor|| || |
| ||Breeding summer visitor - arrives late in month||*|
| ||Breeding summer visitor - some also over-winter||#|| |
| ||Non breeding summer visitor|| || |
| ||Winter visitor\passage migrant|| || |
1. Months are shown as the equivalent number - i.e. January is month 1 and February is month 2 etc.
2. Many sea birds remain largely or entirely out at sea through the winter and only land during the breeding season.
3. Many birds (e.g. ducks) are shown as residents, but in fact are confined to very small breeding areas during summer and are normally seen more commonly in winter.