Oh you silly girl,
Winter is a fabulous time to go bird watching in England. The days are
short, the weather is vile but its fabulous all the same because England
ain't the end of the line. As the summer migrants head south the Geese,
various gulls and Snow Buntings take their place. The leaves have gone from
the trees and woodland birds are urgent - a Goldcrest needs to find one
insect a second every daylit hour of the day! And every time the wind blows
another mega tick turns up. I am so jealous.
There are any number of excellent guide books, also magazines and telephone
hotlines. A very useful book in view of the season is :-
Lack, P. (1986).The atlas of wintering birds in Britain and Ireland.
Poyser, Staffs., UK.
Visit every RSPB reserve you can and say hi to my mum.
> From: Vicki Parslow Stafford <>
> To: Birding-Aus <>
> Subject: [RFI] UK Visit
> Date: Monday, 16 November 1998 13:23
> I will be leaving to visit Great Britain on 24 November, for 10 weeks.
> Much of my time will be spent in the north of England (based near
> Manchester), although I will be driving around the south, Wales and the
> Midlands for approx. 2 weeks in the New Year.
> Unfortunately, it's not the greatest season for birdwatching, but I'd
> appreciate any suggestions as to specific localities, wildlife preserves
> etc that might be worth visiting; species to look out for at this time
> year (it's my first overseas visit); and a good basic field guide to buy
> when I get there. Thanks,
> Vicki PS