If you’re struggling to get your children outside or if you’re running out of ideas on keeping them entertained why not get them involved with a new hobby - birdwatching.
There are many different ways you can bird watch, and it can even be done from the comfort of your own home. Your school may already be taking part in the RSPB Big Schools Birdwatch, but if not, there are plenty of ways in which you can take part at home.
You can bird watch from anywhere. Even if you don’t have a garden you can look out of your window at a neighbouring park or even just a tree on the street.
If you want to get out and about, why not visit your local RSPB reserve or take a walk around your local area.
How to find them
If you’re at home, grab a comfy spot and sit and wait. If you’re out and about keep your eyes and ears peeled, up in the trees and on the ground, and most importantly stay quiet as being noisy will frighten the birds. If you have a pair of binoculars, take these with you as they will be a great tool to help you identity the birds.
If you want to attract more birds into your garden, invest in a birdfeeder or a bird table. Make sure you put it in a safe place, well away from predators such as cats! This will attract all different types of birds – don’t forget to leave them some water to. You can even make your own bird feeder.
How do I identify the birds?
There are plenty of birds to look out for, no matter where you live. You can find a list of the most common birds here. The RSPB has a great tool to identify any bird that you spot no matter where you are, which you can view here.
If you want to take part in a national bird survey, why not take part in the Big Garden Birdwatch which runs from the 28th – 30st January.