DO’S AND DON’T’S

Bird Watching (UK) - - Se­abird Spe­cial Coastal Lo­ca­tions -

1 DO YOUR HOMEWORK: As you’ve seen, some se­abird sites re­quire boat and ferry trips, or overnight stays, while any se­abird-watch­ing day can be spoiled by the Bri­tish weather. Book ahead, keep an eye on the fore­cast, and try to re­ar­range if it looks like it will be blow­ing a gale.

2 DRESS TO BEAT THE MESS: Warm, wa­ter­proof cloth­ing is a must, as even on fine days sea spray and wind can take their toll. And al­ways wear a hat – seabirds lose their ap­peal when they poop on you, or worse, at­tack your bare head.

3 GO EQUIPPED: A spot­ting scope is al­ways worth tak­ing, if you have one, and even a small com­pact cam­era can get great pics at se­abird cities as it’s their over­all scale that re­ally blows you away. Above all, take your lens clean­ing kit – sea spray, again, can be a pest.

4 GET YOUR TIM­ING RIGHT: Many seabirds breed late, so check web­sites to see when num­bers are at their peak. Gen­er­ally, May to the end of Au­gust is the breed­ing sea­son for seabirds.

5 DON’T GET TUN­NEL VI­SION: Great as se­abird cities are, don’t for­get to scan out to sea, for pass­ing non-breed­ing species, or around you on­shore – a bird in the car-park might be worth two on the cliff.

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