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Top Tools for Bird Watching This Spring
Spring is one of the best times of the year to get bird watching, whether you’re a seasoned ornithologist or an amateur twitcher. We’ve put together a list of a few top tools for bird watching this spring.
RSPB Handbook of British Birds
Where to Buy: RSPB Website Price: £9.99 The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds sells this book as being ideal for all experience levels of bird watchers. It’s fully illustrated with a biography of each bird. It cites 272 of the most common species of bird in the UK including 24 rarer species that you may be lucky enough to see. There’s also a Scottish edition of this book available on the RSPB’s website.
Bird Watching Binoculars
Where to Buy: Amazon or eBay Price: £9.00 – £150+ These are essential for catching a real close up look at the wild birds around you. If you’re just starting out then you don’t have to spend a fortune on a pair, just keep in mind that you get what you pay for.On Amazon and eBay bird watching binoculars start from as little as £9.99 with more high spec equipment reaching up to £150+.
Bird Log App
Where to Buy: iTunes Price: £2.99 If you have an iPad or iPhone then there’s a great little app you can download and use to record your bird sighting, including the species of bird, the date and time of your sighting, where you saw the bird, your photos and any additional comments you want to add.You can easily email each log to a friend and when you come back to review your sightings later you can filter by bird type to find what you need. Handy little app if you unexpectedly spot a interesting bird whilst out and about.
Bird Box Camera
Where to Buy: SpyCameraCCTV.com Price: starting at £39.99 These bird box cameras are one of our most popular products because not only are they cheap, but their easy to install and use and it gives you a great picture of the goings on inside your garden nesting box.This way you can get up close and personal with your local wild birds without having to leave the comfort and warmth of your living room. These are a few things to get you started this spring. Have you got a few top tools of your own that you couldn’t live without when bird watching? Let us know in the comments below or post a message on our Facebook page.