Spread your wings into the wonderful world of birds and get spotting! Which birds do you share your neighbourhood with?
Our gardens, countryside and even towns and cities, are full of amazing birds.
From acrobatic blue tits and charismatic robins to noisy magpies and cheeky gulls - birds are our most visible and vocal wild friends and no matter where you are, birds and their unique behaviours make for fascinating viewing!
Find a comfy spot to perch at home looking out of your window over your garden, neighbouring park or even just the trees in your street and see what you can spot! Alternatively, you might be able spot birds when out and about on a walk.
Our Big Garden Birdwatch happens each January and is the perfect birdwatching opportunity. And it helps our scientists too! But you can go birdwatching at any time of year.
Have a brilliant birdwatch, show us how you got on and take another bold step towards completing your Wild Challenge.
Are you doing this activity as part of your ild Challenge? Find out how you are progressing – are you getting closer to gold?
Did you know: that feathers are made of something called keratin - the same stuff as your fingernails?
What you will need
Spotting birds is pretty easy and all you really need is to be really aware of your surroundings and the places birds like to hang out! However, if you'd like to take a closer look at the feathered friends you find, you'll need:
- Activity sheet (download in: English, Cymraeg, Bilingual)
- Online bird identifier
- Elephant ears (see 'Step by step guide' below and all will be explained!)
- Camera or pens and paper
Welsh/English bilingual resources are also now available for our family Wild Challenge activities/ Adnoddau dwyieithog rŵan ar gael ar gyfer gweithgareddau Sialens Wyllt
- Decide whether to do your birdwatch from a window or head out into your garden or a local green space such as a park or beach. You might even be able to pop down to your local RSPB reserve! You'll find different birds in different places but no matter where you go, please make sure you have permission to be there and that the spot you choose is safe.
- Be still and be quiet. As exciting as it is to watch a blackbird bouncing around searching for worms, you'll get a better look if you're really quiet – and you might even hear them sing or call too!
- Look all around you, on the ground, in the trees and in the sky.
- Another good way to find birds is with your ears! Yes, hearing where birds are and beginning to recognise their different calls and songs is a brilliant way to hone your birdwatching skills. You can listen to bird songs on our bird guide to train your hearing! Try elephant ears: cup your hands around your ears and turn your head slowly like a satellite dish - you'll be amazed how focused and super-charged your hearing will become!
- If you'd like to take a closer look then binoculars are a good idea, but if you're new to them you'll need to be patient as they take some practice. However, once you begin to get the hang of them, they're a great way to see a bird's colouring and shape close-up and help you determine what you're looking at.
- Don't forget to tell us when you have completed the activity! Upload a photo, drawing, painting or description of your experience to help earn your award.
Completing the activity
Use the 'Mark as complete' button at the top of this page to tell us you've completed your activity. You'll need to show us what you did by uploading a photo of what you saw or your family on the look out! Alternatively, draw or paint what you saw or upload a description of your experience.