Category Archives: Bird Watching

Animal Fact File: Ptarmigan

Male ptarmigan in Scotland

Name: Ptarmigan Scientific Name: Lagopus muta Description: The ptarmigan is a plump game bird that is camouflaged seasonally, with a short beak. It is found on the highlands of Scotland. Oher names for it are the rock ptarmigan.

Animal Fact File: Red Grouse

A red grouse in Britain

Name: Red Grouse Scientific Name: Lagopus lagopus Description: The red grouse is a medium-sized game bird with a plump body, short tail and slightly hooked beak. It is found in heather moorland across Britain and Ireland. Other names for it include moorcock or moorfowl.

Test Your Knowledge On Britain’s Birds of Prey

Peregrine falcon, one of Britain’s birds of prey

Britain’s birds of prey have an unparalleled hunting instinct, with their strong talons, hooked beak and eyesight being nearly eight times better than a humans. These features make them the lords of the sky when it comes to catching game, and they are interesting birds to learn about.

Join in with the Big Farmland Bird Count 2018

A chaffinch spotted in the countryside UK

Taking place from the 9th to the 18th February this year, the Big Farmland Bird Count is back for its annual event. Working to monitor the activity of birds in the UK (and further afield), the Big Farmland Count is an important activity in the agricultural calendar which needs as many people to take part Continue Reading →

Helping Wildlife Through Winter

Robin visiting a winter garden

You can make a significant contribution to supporting wildlife during the cold winter months from doing something as simple as putting food out in the garden. Helping wildlife visiting your garden in winter is also a great way to watch the birds and animals at close quarters.

Wildlife To Watch For In The Autumn

Wildlife to watch for in autumn

In the autumn, British wildlife goes into business preparing for the cold winter months. As the temperature drops, there is a lot of work to be done, such as fattening up for the winter, flying south and preparing homes for hibernations. Everywhere you look in the countryside there are signs of change as the wildlife Continue Reading →

Best Places to Photograph UK Wildlife

Photograph of red deer wild in the UK

Summer is a great time to head outdoors with your camera to photograph wildlife and nature; the trees are green, flowers are blooming, and animals are out and about feeding and playing in the good summer weather. The UK has many incredible native animals, and it is a wonderful experience to be outdoors, capturing the Continue Reading →

Country Pursuits for the British Summer

Polo as a country pursuit in British summer

In the height of summer, before the shooting seasons starts again, it is always good to get outdoors and taking part in some fun traditional British country activities. Even if it is something you have never done before, you are never too old to try out a new hobby. There is so much you can Continue Reading →

10 nature reserves to visit this summer

Kingfisher at a nature reserve this summer

There is such a plethora of beauty overflowing in the countryside that one nature reserve is not enough to see the best of British wildlife this summer. As such, we have put together ten of England’s best nature reserves where you can watch birds bursting into song, butterflies fluttering by, flowers providing a mesmerising scent Continue Reading →

Learn more about Britain’s birds of prey

Use birdwatching binoculars when looking for birds of prey

Birds of prey have impressive aerial skills and a hunting instinct which make them the lords of the skies, but do you know the difference between the raptors found across Britain? These birds have much better vision than ours; powerful talons to catch and kill prey, and a hooked beak perfect for tearing the flesh Continue Reading →