Today I’m publishing a guest post by Rachel Campbell with some of the best places in Britain to spot birds this summer. The perfect way to get outside for an hour this weekend.
The Great British countryside really is a beauty to behold. From the glistening waters of the Lake District, the vast stretches of green that lie across Kent, to the peaks and caverns that cover Snowdonia; the depth and abundance of natural scenery in Britain offers something for everyone.
Bird spotting in the UK isn’t all about swans, pigeons and seagulls!
Of course, with this countryside comes a huge variety of wildlife, both large and small, each of which have chosen their favourite spots across the British countryside to call home. If you enjoy a bit of bird watching now and again, you’ll probably know that summer is one of the best seasons to head out into the wild with your book and your binoculars.
It’s also worthwhile knowing some of the best locations across Britain, where you can enjoy a ramble amongst spectacular scenery, all whilst spotting an abundance of beautiful birds along the trail. Discover five of the best summer walks for bird watching in Britain, recommended to you by Kennedy Wild Bird Food.
Mynydd Illtud, Brecon Beacons
Considered to be one of the most spectacularly beautiful areas of Britain, the Brecon Beacons mountain range and national park is home to a wealth of wildlife, some being the rarest species found in Britain.
Starting your walk at the visitor centre at Libanus, you’ll find a gentle stroll to Mynydd Illtud, where you’ll be able to spot red kites, larks and wheatears flitting about the countryside.
A gull posing in the north of Scotland.
Loch Garten, Scotland
Surrounded by the lush green woodland of Abernethy Forest, the beautiful setting of Loch Garten is home to ospreys, thanks to the work of the RSPB to improve the numbers of this beautiful bird of prey.
Follow waymarkers and spend time walking along the loch edge. Head further into Abernethy Forest itself to see some more varieties of birds, including the capercaillie – you shouldn’t have any trouble finding them once you have heard their signature squawk!
Delamere Forest, Cheshire
The towering trees of Delamere Forest make the perfect escape from the summer sun, as well as providing some lovely walks to enjoy whilst on the lookout for birds. Head out on a jaunt with a pair of binoculars, to spot some goshawks, jays and nuthatches, to name a few.
Make your way to Blakemere Moss within the forest, where you’ll find a few varieties of waterbirds. There are a number of different walks throughout the forest, so you can always return to try out another route if you enjoyed your first visit to the forest!
Birds in flight.
The Fleet Lagoon, Dorset
A beautiful stretch of water that’s just a little larger than the Lake District’s Ullswater, the Fleet Lagoon is the perfect place to spot an abundance of birds in summer. From the mute swans to the dark bellied brent geese, not forgetting greenshank, pochard and the red-breasted merganser, too.
The moonfleet walk offers up the perfect opportunity to explore the surrounding area, whilst watching the birds from Chesil Beach along the way.
The Forest of Bowland, North England
Crossing over the borders of Lancashire and Yorkshire, the Forest of Bowland provides a variety of birds with impressive landscapes and terrains to call their home. Look out for the likes of ring ouzels, hen harriers and whinchats, as you make your way around this beautiful place in Britain.
Bowland Walks are dedicated to providing a number of walks throughout the Forest of Bowland, with a variety of different distances, difficulty and starting points.
Bird box in Lincolnshire woodland.
This is a guest post provided by Kennedy Wild Bird Food.