Bird watching holidays in the UK

The UK has some of the best bird watching locations in all of Europe. Whether you're looking for a day out or a couple of weeks away, there are plenty of great options and destinations for wildlife enthusiasts. Here we take a look at some of the best spots for bird watching in the UK.

Top spots for bird watching in the UK

Bird watching in Norfolk

Cley Marshes in Norfolk is possibly the country's most famous bird watching destination. The marshes are home to dozens of different types of breeding birds, including Bittern and Bearded Tit. Spring time brings migrant waders like Ruff and Garganey.

Holkham Reserve is a favoured spot among bird enthusiasts for spotting the Marsh Harrier and winter waterfowl like Brent Geese.

At Wayland Wood you'll have the chance to see Nightingale, Stone Curlew and the Golden Pheasant, among others.

Bird watching in the New Forest

The New Forest contains Britain's most important area of lowland heathland, making it a magnet for a rich diversity of plants and animals. Bird watchers here will get the chance to see Hawfinch, Dartford Warbler, Great Grey Shrike, Crossbill, Stonechat, Treecreeper, Siskin, Redpoll, Meadow Pipit, Woodpeckers, Merlin, Sparrowhawk, Peregrine, Hen Harrier, Buzzard, Brent Goose, Red-breasted Merganser, Dunlin, Eider and Goshawks, which perform roller coaster display flights in early spring.

Bird watching on the Isles of Scilly

The Isles of Scilly are a renowned staging post for migrant birds and also boast a large resident population of seabirds, including the Scilly Pelagic, European Storm-Petrel, Spotted Flycatcher, Black-browed Albatross, Black-tailed Godwit, Sooty Shearwater, Sabine’s Gull, Greenshank and Great Skua.

Bird watching on the Isle of Mull

Mull is the third largest of the Hebridean islands and its pristine natural environment plays host to many species of bird, including Red-throated Divers, White-tailed and Golden Eagles, Hen Harrier, Short-eared Owl, Twite and Puffin. In addition, Mull is arguably the best spot for bird watching in the UK where you can also see otters.

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