Summer is just around the corner and this year nearly 5 million of us will consider taking a holiday at home this year instead of abroad. This being Springwatch we think a holiday in the UK wouldn't be complete without taking in some wildlife along the way.
We've got a few ideas to get you started below, but here's some specific ways we can all get a bit of nature into our holidays:
And there's more to come over the coming weeks.
If you've had an experience you'd like to share about holidaying at the beach. Or if you are planning a trip and need some advice, tell us right here.
Not only is the UK a fantastic place to have a holiday, it's also packed with amazing wildlife. There's so much to see and get involved with. It doesn't cost the earth, it's really accessible and great fun.
You don't have to be an intrepid explorer, kitted out with complicated and expensive equipment to enjoy our fantastic wildlife. There are hundreds of wildlife laden places all around the UK for a day out with the family whether you're hitting the beach, off camping, heading inland to our woodlands and rivers or just spending time in your own back garden. From incredible wildlife spectacles to quick and simple things to make and do with the kids, UK wildlife can really spice up your summer holiday.
Great Days Out
How about a great day out, where you can escape the hustle and bustle to get closer to nature and our resident wildlife? If you like birds, There are over 150 RSPB nature reserves, or try the Wildlife Trusts for locating reserves in your area.There are plenty of well trodden wildlife walks throughout the UK as suggested by the National Trust and The Woodland Trust can help you locate your nearest accessible wood.
Don't forget our stunning coast, peppered with fantastic beaches or why not spend a day at a one of the Wildfowl and Wetland Trust's wetland centres or explore the countryside with the help of Natural England. These are all great places to see wildlife in some of the most beautiful parts of the country.
If you've got a family, then chances are you'll be looking for quick and easy things to do with the kids wherever you are. Here are some suggestions that are cheap, easy and will keep the little ones entertained for hours:
- The Wildlife Trusts: Wildlife Watch (for children)
- The Woodland Trust Nature Detectives (for children)
- RSPB kids
- Buglife Bug Buddies
- Butterfly Conservation activity sheets
- Forestry Commission factsheets
- The National Trust Wild Child
Staying at home
You don't even need to travel far to find great wildlife. If you have a garden or a local green space then there's plenty to see and do, if you just know where to look.
The RSPB have some good advice on wildlife gardening
Or if you really want to get involved and transform your garden into a wildlife garden... try this.
There's lots more out there...
Try some of these:
- National Trust: Top places to visit for wildlife
- National Trust: Ten great wildlife walks
- National Trust: Days out and visits
- RSPB reserves
- Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust
- The Woodland Trust: Directory of Woodland Trust woods
- Forestry Commission: The UK's forests
- Natural England: Information on English nature reserves
- Countryside Council for Wales: Which species are special in Wales
- Scottish Natural Heritage: Scotland's national nature reserves
- Northern Ireland Environment Agency: Northern Ireland's nature reserves
- National Trust: Top tips for wildlife-spotting
- Marine Conservation Society Good beach Guide
- Birdwatch: Where to watch guides
- The Wildlife Trusts' nature reserves
- Natural England - getting involved