Best UK Bird Watching Spots in Winter

The great outdoors offer a huge variety of interesting activities to enjoy at any age. But winter is not the best season to make the most out of outdoor activities, especially if you are fond of bird watching. However, there are some perfect places to indulge in your favorite hobby during winter.

North Norfolk Titchwell Snettisham RSPB Reserve

North Norfolk Titchwell Snettisham RSPB reserve

This is the place if you want to spot big flocks of waders because up to 50.000 birds gather in one spectacular flock during winter.

Rainham Marshes, Essex

Rainham Marshes, Essex

A marsh is a very interesting habitat during winter and frosted waters and frozen vegetation make bird-watching easier. Bearded tits, marsh harrier, peregrine falcons, waders and widgeons spend the winter in this marsh, which is inside M25.

Dungeness, Kent

Dungeness, Kent

Some claim this is the best place to see a wintering smew. Bitterns and bearded tits are also on the menu for a bird watcher visiting the place.

Pagham Harbour, W. Sussex

Pagham Harbour, W. Sussex

Red-breasted merganser, brent geese and golden plover are to be seen on the frosty marshes.

Gerrans Bay, Cornwall

Gerrans Bay, Cornwall

If you’re not afraid to get a little wet while bird-watching sessions, head toward Gerrans Bay to see various black-throated and great northern divers.

Largo Bay, Fife

Largo Bay, Fife

This rocky bay is the place to spot elusive birds, like the surf scoter. The local fauna includes many sea ducks, red-necked grebe, black-throated diver and other common birds which live in the bay.

Dee Estuary Point of Ayr, Flintshire

Dee Estuary Point of Ayr, Flintshire

Still on the sea-side, there are more birds to see for an enthusiastic bird-watcher. Flocks of up to 20,000 roosting waders, peregrine falcons, hen harriers, short-eared owls and merlins wait for you at Flintshire.

Slimbridge Wetland Centre, Glos

Slimbridge Wetland Centre, Glos

Beautiful wild Bewick’s swans are found during winter in Glos. Ducks of all shapes and sizes also reside among the swans.

Leighton Moss, Lancs

Leighton Moss, Lancs

A bird watcher can spot here merlins, peregrines, siskins and possibly bittern and water rail.

Fairburn Ings, West Yorks

Fairburn Ings, West Yorks

A patient bird watcher can get to see long-eared owls here. Other possible sightings are brambling, waxwing, willow tit and tree sparrow. Ducks are easier to spot as the place is a regular winter home for  smew, goosander and goldeneye ducks.

When you go on a bird-watch trip in winter make sure you have warm clothes and lots of hot tea with you. The birds will bring the sunshine in your life with their relaxing sounds and colorful feathers.

photo credit: (www.telegraph.co.uk)

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