CHOICE LO­CA­TIONS

BBC Wildlife Magazine - - WILD OCTOBER -

Is­lands, points and head­lands are ideal places to spot birds mov­ing from breed­ing to over­win­ter­ing grounds. Start ex­plor­ing at one of these top lo­ca­tions:

1 Fair Isle

is sit­u­ated be­tween Shet­land and the Orkney Isles and its won­der­fully iso­lated lo­ca­tion makes it prob­a­bly the best place to find rare Asi­atic birds in Britain.

2 Spurn Point

curls for over three miles from the Hum­ber’s North Bank into the North Sea. With 391 dif­fer­ent birds recorded there, the penin­sula has the high­est species count on main­land Britain.

3 Blak­eney Point

has as its main fea­ture a 6.4km spit of sand and shin­gle that can hold huge num­bers of mi­gra­tory birds when con­di­tions force them to land.

4 Port­land Bill

promon­tory at the south­ern edge of the Isle of Port­land in Dorset is the per­fect land­fall for all man­ner of mi­grants need­ing to rest be­fore head­ing off to the Con­ti­nent.

5 The Isles of Scilly

ar­chi­pel­ago has a strate­gic po­si­tion off the south­west­ern tip of Corn­wall and is famed as a mag­net for unusual birds orig­i­nat­ing from all points of the com­pass.

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