photo of calm body of water during golden hour September 06

4 of the best spots for birdwatching in the UK

As the summer cools off, sun-worshippers might be mourning the warmest season whilst avid birdwatchers will be welcoming in autumn with gusto. That’s because it’s one of the most exciting seasons that sees mass migrations from the UK to hotter climates, and some friendly new arrivals who are here for the winter.

With so many great birdwatching spots all around the UK, it can be tricky to decide where to set up camp. If you have a particular species in mind that you’d love to see, allow that to guide your decision or read on to find out all about the best spots that guarantee some unforgettable sights.


Far north on a secluded island in Northumberland, birdwatchers are in for a real treat. Lindisfarne National Nature Reserve is home to Holy Island which boasts soaring panoramic views, gusting sea winds and some of the most sought-after bird sightings in the UK. 

Their most notable resident is the puffin. Occupying a very special place in Britain’s collective heart, these charming birds can be seen making their home in the rocks and cliffs that surround the coast. 

The New Forest

Easily reachable by train from Southampton, we’re going all the way down south to the New Forest which is teaming with a multitude of bird species. Over 100 species of these birds are actually breeding birds, but there are still 20 permanent species that like to stay there the whole year.

For some incredible sightings, head to the heathlands, nature reserves or woodlands and you might be in with the chance of seeing the brilliantly blue flash of a kingfisher or an inimitable buzzard prowling the forest for its dinner!

Anglesey, Wales

A wild and wonderful corner of Northwest Wales, Anglesey is known for its untouched natural beauty that is as rugged as it is jaw-droppingly beautiful. And it seems that the birds like it too with walking trails across Newborough Beach, Holyhead Mountain, Traeth yr Ora Beach and Lligwy Bay that are specially designed to pass by bird habitats. 

The Cairngorms, Scotland

Head really far north to The Cairngorms in Scotland. Situated in the Highlands of Scotland, there’s little to disturb birds from doing their thing and making their homes amongst the moorlands, peatlands, pine forests, wetlands and rivers. With all kinds of terrain, from the Insh Marshes to Findhorn Valley and Anagach Woods, the variety of species up here is quite remarkable.