UK visit.

To: Gary Oliver <>, Birding-Aus <>
Subject: UK visit.
From: Jim Smart <>
Date: Mon, 11 Jun 2012 21:25:33 +1000
Hello Gary,

I lived in the UK in 1990, 1994 and again in 2008. Birding in the UK is a big 
and a very popular activity even though at times you get the feeling that the
birdwatchers outnumber the birds.

If you are only going for 8 weeks I suggest that you use the facilities of the 
This is the largest conservation organisation in the world with over a million
members and a budget of £95 million. They have 200 reserves located all over
the UK. Start by looking at their website:
In 8 weeks full time you will only see a fraction of what they have to offer.
Many reserves have an admission charge. This covers the provision of
excellent hides and other maintance.

The Wildfowl and Wetlands trust (WWT) specialise in wetland birds. They have 
ten reserves
of which Slimbridge is the biggest and best as well as being close to your 
likely route.
See: Arundel in West Sussex is also 
worth a visit.

September is a bit too late for some of the UK's special birds. The Puffins 
will have
bred and will all be out in the ocean. The Ospreys of Scotland will also have 
for Africa. as will a good number of other migratory species.

Still you will have a great birding holiday in the UK. You will find the Brits 
reserved as one would expect in such an overpopulated place. However the
birders will be as friendly as birders are all over the world.


Jim Smart
East Maitland NSW

On 2012/06/11 19:07, Gary Oliver wrote:
Greetings all,

My wife and I are heading to the UK late September for 7 - 8 weeks. We'll
have a mobile home and hope to take in Cornwall, Ireland, Scotland and parts
of England. Nothing is planned yet and we nothing about UK birding or key
places. Can someone please help kick start our trip with some advice?


Gary Oliver


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