UK Bird Watching Holidays
With so much beautiful countryside around us it’s no wonder that more and more people are choosing to holiday in the UK. For bird watchers and anyone who loves the outdoors a holiday in the UK is a brilliant opportunity to relax and enjoy the amazing sites that nature has to offer.
And with foreign travel off the agenda for the foreseeable future there’s never been a better time to holiday at home.
There are also a number of social benefits to staying in the UK for your holiday. Air travel and long car journeys use fossil fuels and put a strain on the environment. And by holidaying at home you will also be helping support local businesses and the economy.
Before you choose where to go on your bird watching holiday take some time to decide on the types of birds you want to see so you don’t leave disappointed. If you want to see wading birds then somewhere near an estuary or the coast is ideal. There are many lovely unspoilt wetlands in the UK and organisations such as the RSPB are doing important work to ensure that you can see a large variety of waterfowl.
For birds of prey the rugged woodlands of Scotland and Wales are ideal locations and there are dedicated viewing centres and hides you can visit. There are also opportunities to watch whales, dolphins and even sharks off the coast of Scotland.
We have chosen a range of self-catering holiday cottages in England, Scotland and Wales that are all recommended because of their proximity to RSPB nature reserves or areas where there are an abundance of different species of birds. As well as birds you should also be able to see other wild animals in their natural environment as well as walk, hike, ride, cycle, fish, sail and take part in other outdoor pursuits.
Of course you may just want to spend time taking in the view from a beer garden of the village pub, in which case the manager of your holiday cottage will be able to advise you on local amenities including places to eat, shops and tourist attractions. Organised bird watching tours may also be available in the area and we would recommend that you check them out as local guides will have expert knowledge of where and when to see birds, particularly rarer species.
When you go out for a day be it for a picnic or some serious hiking please respect the environment and local people who live in the area. Make sure you are aware of the law and any local restrictions that govern the countryside and always follow the Bird Watchers Code so you don’t disturb that habitat that birds and plants live in.