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Migration

Sedge warbler in flight

Why do sedge warblers fly to Africa from the UK in one long flight? Find out in this section

Migration - the regular movement of birds and other creatures from one part of the world to another and back again - is one of the wonders of the natural world.

Why do birds do it? Where do they go? What hazards do they face along the way? These, and similar questions, are all answered here. 

Migration is a form of adaptation. Birds migrate to survive. Learning about migration is one of the best ways to understand the risks that birds and other animals must take in their daily lives - and it's a great way to interpret the changes you can see in the bird life around you.

Migration route map

Play this game and see the incredible journeys made by animals in their migrations. More...

Migration route map

Free migration game!

Swallow migration game and poster

Image: The RSPB

We have a free swallow migration game and poster to give away, whilst stocks last. To obtain your free copy please email education@rspb.org.uk. Please note this offer is limited to one per request.

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