Get into Birdwatching this Summer

The current lockdown is proving difficult for everybody in some way, shape or form. New challenges are being thrown our way, and we are having to quickly adapt and get used to this ‘new normal’.

But one of the biggest challenges many of us have faced is knowing what to do with ourselves. If we are not working, or are simply struggling to find ways to pass the time, we can quickly become restless.

One way to quell this is by finding new hobbies and things to entertain ourselves with. You have probably tried reading more, or watching more TV or films. You might well feel like you are running out of things to keep your mind entertained. This is why you need to think outside the box.

 

Embracing Nature

Many of us are looking to embrace nature as a way of coping with the lockdown. Gardening is a great way to get out and connect, and exercise is also a proven way of helping our bodies and minds and to feel at one with nature. You don’t necessarily need to leave the four walls of your home to enjoy nature and some of the creatures that contribute to its beauty.

One such activity is birdwatching. If you have a garden or greenspace nearby, you will have undoubtedly seen some feathered friends popping in and out on occasion. But taking the time to admire these winged creatures in all their glory, notice their habits and eccentricities, and see all the different types of birds that visit can become a really interesting hobby to take up.

 

So Many To see

The diversity and number of birds that fly around Britain are truly amazing, and these beautiful animals play a vital role in the ecosystems that we live within. 

There are a number of ways that you can attract more birds to your garden, the main one being food. Birds, like all of us, love a tasty treat, but their preference, unlike us (hopefully!), is for things like mealworms to nibble on.

These can be kept in bird feeders that can be placed at handy locations around a garden with ease. There are many simple bird feeders out there, including the range we have here at Poundstretcher. There are also caged seed feeders which can keep unwanted visitors away from your food and save it solely for your feathered friends.

There’s a range of bird products here, so if you want to bring more birds to your garden then take a look through.

A caged seed feeder for birds available at Poundstretcher

 

Visit Local Beauty Spots

Of course, you can take your birdwatching to new levels by visiting local beauty spots and nature areas, and potentially spot a rare or exciting bird that might not visit your garden. It really is the kind of thing that once you get the taste for, you can really enjoy and get into.

There are also a number of books and websites out there with great information on the traits and markings of birds, allowing you to get a better idea of what type of bird is paying you a visit. 

However you approach it, happy birdwatching and please do send us photos of any birds visiting your garden via our Facebook and Twitter channels!