Being around nature can have a very calming effect. While we might not be able to get out much at the moment, bird watching from home could be a fun and convenient alternative.

It’s not essential to kit yourself out with expensive, high tech equipment to enjoy this activity, you could start off with just a notebook and pen to keep track of what you’ve seen.  If you want to spot birds at more of a distance then you might want to invest in a pair of binoculars at some point too.

If you are new to birdwatching and would like some guidance, there’s a wealth of information available on the internet.  You can find lists of birds to keep an eye out for, tips on how to attract birds to your garden, and advice about equipment.

How can I help someone to do this?

You could suggest this activity to someone you know.  If you think they might prefer a bird spotting book rather than using online reference material, you could assist them with the online purchase and delivery arrangements.

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