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Watching birds

Peregrine falcon in flight over Manchester city centre

Image: Ben Hall

Birds can be seen almost anywhere, and you don't need binoculars or a telescope. Find out more about how to get the most fun and enjoyment from birdwatching with our tips and suggestions.

Bird behaviour

How can you stop birds flying into your windows, or help mother duck take her ducklings to water? What's that bird singing at nightime and why are some birds aggressive? Find out the answer to these and many more questions here. More...

Bird behaviour

How to identify birds

You don't need to know anything about birds to enjoy watching them. But what if you want to know how to tell one species from another? We have lots of useful advice and suggestions to help you learn. More...

How to identify birds

Advice for disabled birdwatchers

Birdwatching is a pastime that can be enjoyed by everyone. These pages give some practical advice to disabled birdwatchers and tell you where to get more information. More...

Advice for disabled birdwatchers

The birdwatchers' code

Britain's birdwatching boom has triggered a new code. Some three million adults go birdwatching every year in the UK and the new birdwatchers' code is based on good practice, common sense and should enable us all to enjoy seeing birds. More...

The birdwatchers' code

Black grouse and capercaillie code of conduct

The black grouse and capercaillie are in serious trouble. Numbers are now so low here that they are at risk of extinction in many areas: the capercaillie could be lost from Britain within the next two decades. Find out how you can watch them without causing disturbance. More...

Black grouse and capercaillie code of conduct

Choosing equipment

You don't need much to enjoy birds - just your eyes or ears. But there are lots of things which can make it easier or more enjoyable. We have advice on buying the right kit to help you get off to a great start. More...

Choosing equipment

Reserves

There are over 150 RSPB nature reserves to visit throughout the UK. They provide everything from great days out for all the family with a wide range of facilities to quiet sites where facilities are minimal but the wildlife experience is not. More...

Reserves