Nature Reserves And Wetlands As Field Trips

Wildlife is wild, which is why on a day to day basis if you are hoping to see an animal or bird then it's best to go where they are most likely to frequent or are spotted on a regular basis. This will increase your chances of observing the bird in their natural habitat.

There are some fantastic and beautiful locations in the UK where you can visit to observe birds at all times of the year. These are woodlands, fields, forests, lakes and wetlands where birds spend the most of their time in certain seasons or on short visits as they tour the UK for a mate or for food.

Several locations you may wish to consider visiting are the RSPB run locations such as Old Moor in Barnsley, Fairburn Ings in Leeds, Titchwell Marsh in Norfolk and Lake Vyrnwy in Powys and 100 more to seek out. Aside from the RSPB enclosures there is also the National Trust parks dotted around the country including Clumber Park in Nottinghamshire and Glaslyn Marshes in North Wales Wildlife Trust.

But what will you find when you arrive? Which species of birds can you see? If you are visiting the Whisby Nature Park, you may well find any of 60 species but most certainly not at all the same time. Garden Warbler, Little Ringed Plover, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Whitethroat and Cormorant with a summer time special with the resident Nightingales.

As one avid Bird Watcher states "I've only been in May and June with the specific aim of seeing Nightingale and I've not yet been disappointed as there are several pairs of Nightingales and up to 20 singing males. Delightful!" Alternatively visit RSPB Bempton Cliffs which is situated near Bridlington. Explore the area to find Guillemot, Gannet, Kittiwake and Kestrels alongside Meadow Pipit, Swallow and Skylarks.

With over 300 nature reserves and national parks in the UK there is an abundance of wildlife that can be viewed all year round. Birds which are resident to the UK and those which use the UK as part of their migratory flights to and from Europe and America. It is often easier to gain quick and cheap access to these nature reserves and national parks by taking up membership. Often for a monthly fee or annual charge, you can gain access to most reserves and parks for free, which if you're an avid bird watcher will enable you to do so more frequently.