COVID-19 Bird Watching Resources
The coronavirus pandemic has had an impact on our everyday lives in ways that we would never have imagined. For all of us being confined to our homes and only allowed out for exercise or to buy essential items is going to be tough.
If you’re missing getting out and about to watch birds and wildlife then we have compiled a list of activities to help keep you busy while you’re self-isolating or social-distancing.
For those of you who have stumbled across this page due to curiosity then we highly recommend bird watching, whether that’s in your garden or virtually, as a way to keep your spirits up.
Research has shown that being amongst nature can have a positive impact on people’s wellbeing and their mental health. So if you’ve always thought that bird watching was the preserve of a certain type of middle-aged man in an anorak, throw your prejudices to one side and why not try something new today?
If you have any suggestions of things to do please add them in the comments below.
Bird Identification Guides – our very own ID guides to over 170 British birds
RSPB Bird Identifier – answer a series of questions to identify a bird you’ve seen
Xeno Canto – 1,000s of bird sounds from around the world
Merlin Bird ID – instant bird ID help for over 4,500 species
BTO Bird ID Workshops – learn the difference between the UK’s confusing bird species
Fun & Games
British Bird Lovers Facebook Group – join a community of 32,000 friendly bird lovers
The Self-Isolating Bird Club – tweet your sightings from home
Google Streetview Birding – bird watching from the comfort of your armchair
Chris Packham – live from the New Forest every day
Bird Spot Instagram – sharing beautiful images of British birds
Arts & Crafts
NHS – general advice for everyone about COVID-19
Citizens Advice Bureau – find out what coronavirus means for you
National Domestic Abuse Helpline – call for free, and in confidence, 24 hours a day
Nextdoor – join your local neighbourhood for support and help
Money Advice Service – coronavirus and your money
Samaritans – help if you’re struggling to cope