Birdwatching for Beginners Revisited

Birding, any time, any place, anywhereWith spring on its way, our resident birds getting ready for nesting season, and the prospect of  spring migrants just around the corner, this is the perfect time to revisit our popular series of articles on birdwatching for beginners.

This series of four articles is a great introduction to birding, spanning everything from getting started, to bird watching equipment, to developing your birding skills. Check out the articles below and we’ll help you take the first steps on a lifelong birdwatching adventure.

The blue tit -- one of the most striking of our common garden birds

Article 1: Why watch birds


In this first article of the series we look at some of the reasons we watch birds, why it's good for us, and why it's good for the birds and other wildlife. We also offer advice on how to get started in this fascinating hobby.
Wren

Article 2: Getting to know your garden birds


We take a look at how you can use your garden and immediate surroundings to hone your birding skills, and examine the benefits of establishing a local patch and getting to know your local birds better.
Little Egret

Article 3: Bird watching equipment


As with any hobby, you can get specialist equipment to enhance your birdwatching experience. We examine what to look for in some of the basics, like a good field guide, binoculars and a spotting scope.
Finding Birds in Ireland

Article 4: The next steps


In this final article we offer advice on ways to spread your birding wings and broaden your bird watching horizons by meeting other local birders, visiting birding location at home and abroad, and joining in with local birding groups.

Birding is an affordable, take-anywhere hobby that gets you closer to nature and will grow with you over the years and decades ahead. It’s also a great introduction to the world of wildlife in general, and a greater awareness of and fosters a stronger connection with the natural world around us.

About Calvin Jones

Calvin Jones is a freelance writer, author, birder and lifelong wildlife enthusiast. He is founder and managing editor of IrelandsWildlife.com. He is also the tour leader and wildlife guide on our West Cork based Discover Wildlife tours.
Calvin is also co-author of bestselling digital marketing titles and offers digital business consulting services and training through Digital Marketing Success

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