Bird watching is not just a pastime for older people, children can enjoy spotting and identifying birds out in the wild. The best way to learn about birds is to visit a nature reserve or woodland and tick them off on a sheet.
Parks can also be a good location for first learning about our common birds such as blackbirds and sparrows. Most people take the children to feed ducks in park which is a good introduction to wildlife and children learn a little about their habitat and how to behave with them.
There are plenty of locations to feed swans and geese. Swans are protected by British law and many riversides have a resident flock of swans.
There are also swan sanctuaries to visit such as Abbotsbury in Dorset which is home to hundreds of swans. There is also a visitor centre where people can learn more about swans of various types such as mute swans.
Coastal regions and reservoirs are wonderful
for indentifying waders.
Safaris in Britain and Ireland
The best time to see animals in Britain and Ireland is after nightfall. Go to any remote corner of countryside and it is amazing what is possible to see; swooping owls, deer, wild cats, foxes, rabbits, badgers and more.
Visit the wildernesses or Scotland or the countryside of Wales for satisfying nocturnal safaris. Children will think of them as a great adventure. Take torches to attract moths.
Animals frequently spotted in towns and villages
Self catering holidays in wildlife rich areas
Wild ponies wander freely around the New Forest, Dartmoor and Bodmin in Cornwall. Book a cottage holiday in these locations to see the ponies.
Go to the Scottish Highlands to see herds of deer, osprey and eagles. Scotland is also home to red squirrwls and otters. There are seala on coastal beaches and fish ladders for salmon to climb, all good topics for young minds. Birds of prey can be spotted in all national parks and many rural areas.
Take a look at cottages in rural locations perfect for spotting wildlife.