Summer is quickly approaching, which means soon the kids will be able to get outside and spend warm, sunny evenings and weekends exploring the great outdoors. If you’re looking for a great family activity, birdwatching could be the perfect choice! Not only is it fun, but it’s a great way to teach your children about the nature that they can find everywhere, even in their own back garden!
Take a look at some great birdwatching tips below, from the experts over at Kennedy Wild Bird Food.
Attracting birds to your garden
The first step to great birdwatching is making sure that there are plenty of feathered friends in your garden! By regularly putting out a little bird food, you’ll find that many different types of bird take up residence in your garden, making them easier to spot.
Take a look at the guide below to see what foods you should be using throughout the year to best support your local birds.
Making birdwatching fun
Birdwatching can easily become a family favourite with a little time and imagination. Get some inspiration below!
Turn it into a challenge
Birdwatching can be a great competitive challenge – ask the kids to see who can spot the most birds, or identify the most species. There are plenty of simple guides available online to help younger children identify different types of birds by their size, shape and colours, which will give them a great introduction to the art of ‘twitching’!
Get involved in the local community
There are birdwatching and nature groups and communities all over the UK, many of which run regular family nature walks or talks, which are a great way to introduce your little ones to birds, as well as making some friends in the process! Check out Facebook or local community groups to find upcoming events, or why not put on an event yourself!
Arts and crafts
The beautiful colours of the UK’s feathered friends is a great inspiration for a little crafting! Take to sites like Pinterest to find crafting activities for your family, or put on an impromptu art show with paintings, sketches and sculptures made from household items. This is a great way to get creative minds working!
Hopefully with these tips, birdspotting will become a firm family favourite activity for years to come!
*This is a collaborative post.