|When to Watch Wildlife
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We all love birds (well most of us do anyway).
For many watching birds in the garden was the first thrill that lead to
a lifetime of enjoyment learning about nature.
For a personal view,
click here to see the list
of the most commonly spotted bird species in Britain, along with W2WW
comments and observations.
What to see and when...
There are always birds of interest to see throughout
the year. In spring and summer many species visit our shores to
breed, with the countryside coming alive with bird song.
For a quick guide go to the
Birding Year page.
Britain is particularly important for its populations
of breeding sea birds.
To see which birds migrate to Britain, and which live
here all year round, go to the
When to Watch Birds page.
Autumn and Spring present exciting times as birds
migrate in and out of Britain, and passage migrants drop by. In
winter birds from the arctic regions escape the harsh northern climes
and move south to spend several months here. Many bird species
which we regard as residents have their numbers boosted by birds from
northern Europe e.g. great tits and bull finches.
Also as seasons change resident birds move around,
especially when the breeding season is over. Therefore you never
quite know what you might see.
Birds in your garden
Bird watching is often the first introduction that
many people get to wildlife, and as birds can easily encouraged to visit
gardens, small efforts can yield very rewarding results.
Click here to see how to
attract birds to your garden.
Conservation of declining one bird species (the great
crested grebe) gave rise to the RSPB and a general change in emphasis
regarding attitudes to natural history. This lead the way to the
appreciation and conservation of wildlife that we now consider to be the
What's that bird...?
You can do no better than visiting the RSPB's web
site, linked below, to access the British birds species list, along with
songs and images etc. - a fantastic resource:
Of course the British Trust for
Ornithology is also a very comprehensive site:
For another site which provides
excellent bird-by-bird information (although not so wide ranging as the
RSPB site) see
The Birds of Britain web site also
lists many of the
more common birds of Britain.
You may also like to visit these sites
for bird photographs:
For a more information about birds and
their songs go to the Bird song
Recommended web sites:
On the BirdForum site birders reports their latest sightings:
go to BirdForum "Your Birding Day"
Also the latest bird sightings can be seen on the
bird track site.