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Finding feathered friends

An enchanting world awaits the budding birdwatcher this summer

Posted: 21 July 2011
by Fiona McKim

Soaring majestically through blue skies and chirping a cheerful tune at the first light of dawn, our native birds are as intimately intertwined with the British summertime as ice cream on a rainy beach. Clever creatures that they are, many of our 259 species of bird migrate to warmer climes as the temperatures begin to drop, making the summer holidays an ideal time for your child to discover Britain’s fascinating avian population.

Birds in their natural environment can be a source of wonder and fascination for inquisitive young minds. At home young children will watch with delight as a Blackbird slurps wriggly worms from the garden lawn and feel a sense of warming pride as a miniature House Sparrow pecks seeds from a homemade feeder.

Whilst bird watching in the garden can be a rewarding experience, the most exciting species are to be found in the peaceful wilderness of a nature reserve. Scattered throughout the country the RSPB owns over 200 such locations bursting with beautiful flora and fauna including hundreds of bird species, exotic butterflies and vibrant flowers to stimulate your child’s imagination.

As well as providing an opportunity for families to discover our native wildlife, the RSPB plays a crucial role in protecting Britain’s birds and their natural habitats through donations and membership fees. By signing up for Wild Families membership you can enjoy free entry to over 100 nature reserves, free quarterly adult and bi-monthly children’s magazines, booklets packed with day out ideas plus stationary sets, posters, stickers and wildlife log books for children.

Membership of the RSPB provides not only the chance for your family to enjoy and learn about nature but continued conservation of these beautiful creatures for future generations to enjoy.

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