Over 570 million years, the land that we live on and the water that surrounds us has been home to an inconceivable amount of creatures. The majority are sadly extinct – although use of the word ‘sadly’ will depend on how passionate you are about humans being the dominant species on the planet – but their legacy lives on through the fossils we are still uncovering millions of years later, not to mention the evolution of all living species today.
Whether you want to look back in time and discover the fossilised remains of those that came before us, or admire the beauty of today’s wildlife in its natural environment, there are many fantastic locations in the UK for you to set off to. Here are a few of our favourites.
Birdwatching – or birding – is an activity which can be enjoyed by anyone, almost anywhere. With nearly 600 species of bird officially listed in the UK, it wouldn’t be difficult to spend a lifetime learning about them and completing a ‘seen’ checklist. Then, of course, there’s the rest of the world to explore – it is thought that there are almost 10,000 types across the globe.
Some people enjoy the thrill of chasing elusive birds (those who focus on rarer varieties are often known as twitchers), while others find a real sense of satisfaction in simply learning more about the animals which regularly visit their gardens. There are even professional birdwatchers who invest their time in the conservation of these fascinating creatures. Whatever the motivation is, it helps to gain an understanding of some of the most common birds found in the skies, woodlands and gardens of the UK.