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So, how do I get started?

It might have been an “ooh-aah” pretty bird that initially piqued your interest. Or, maybe, it was a distinctly beautiful song heard in a park or garden. Or even just a glimpse out the window while you’re waiting at the doctor… was that something that moved? I wonder what it was? It seems to be pecking away at a dead tree trunk…
…and with a little practise, you might even recognize it as a Great Spotted Woodpecker.

Possible introductions to birdwatching include:

  • Just being outdoors
  • A bird feeding table
  • Holidays to natural areas
  • Hiking
  • Sport (jogging, mountain biking)
  • Fishing
  • Hunting
  • Studies (school, university…)
  • Visiting a museum
  • TV (BBC wildlife, Discovery, National Geographic)
  • In your job
  • A boat trip

For many, all it takes is some contact with the world of birds to get them interested.

Why go birding?

Birdwatching - or being involved - with birds enriches your life and adds a different perspective to your life. No matter where you are on our planet, with a little practise, effort and luck, you are bounds to find fascinating birds. Consequently, a simple holiday or trip can be filled with lots of memories of unforgettable bird experiences.

With a little bit of practise, your awareness of birds will increase and you will start to find and hear birds all over the place. With practise, you will get better and better at using your binoculars and finding even the most hidden of little forest birds. You will also get faster at finding and focussing in on flying birds.

Highly recommended are regular monitoring events, such as the counting of raptors on migration. Examples include those in Sicily, Israel and Andalusia, where you will learn quickly from the experts at the “raptor-camp”, and you will no doubt have a lot of fun learning and participating.


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