Summertime Bird Watching: How To Get Started

Bird watching is hardly what you would call a mainstream activity.

During the Winter and Autumn months, birders have to rise during the early hours of the morning in rather miserable weather, in order to get camped down for a good view. However, by the time the summer months come round, a day spent bird watching begins to look like a much more attractive prospect. 

Thanks to the proliferation of green spaces throughout the UK, it doesn’t take long to leave the city and make it out to a convenient place for bird watching. Although the UK is home to a number of migratory species that ‘winter’ in warmer parts of the world, there are still many species of bird that stay in the country for the whole year, making Summer the best time to spot them.

If you’ve just begun your bird watching journey then one of the first questions will be where best to do it. Rural England during the Summer is a perfect place to begin your bird watching journey. Take a country trail or bridal path out into the sticks and you’ll soon start to spot a few creatures. However, should you wish to take a short cut to bird watching success, then you can head to a dedicated bird reserve of which there are dozens spread throughout the UK.

The RSPB, Britain’s leading bird preservation charity, owns huge swathes of land out in the countryside, including 5 large stretches of marshland in Norfolk. Should you wish to learn some more advanced tricks of the trade then you can always head to Rutland Water for the annual Bird Fair, where hundred of British bird watchers gather every year to share tips, photographs and sightings.

All you really need to start bird watching is patience, there are a few other things which you might wish to take with you, should you wish to while away more than just a single hour in the hot sun:

A good pair of binoculars

If you embark on a bird watching expedition it’s best to come armed with at least one pair of binoculars. Because of the distance that you often have to sit from, the bird’s you might spot could be quite hard to make out.

Although you could spend a good few hundred pounds on a pair of binoculars, this pair from John Lewis should serve you well for your fledgling spotting trips.

An effective electric fan

If you stay out in the summer heat, then you are going to get hot. You may find that your spot will be under cover, but that won’t stop the sun getting to you.

Avoid buying a novelty child-sized fan and invest in a serious piece of equipment, so that you can stay cool throughout the day. Northern firm Beatson sell ‘man-coolers’ capable of keeping the air moving, even on hot muggy days (you can find them by clicking here).

Camouflage clothing and netting

The last thing that you might want to do on a hot summer’s day is cover up, but the plain truth of the matter is that bird sightings will be a lot more elusive if you don’t wear some form of camouflage.

You can buy netting and material from a haberdashery should you wish to create your own den, but if you want to invest a little more, you can be a full camouflage light weight suit form Wildlife Watching Supplies right here.

Once you’ve kitted up, all you need to do is head out to a spot and wait – best of luck!

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