FiveoftheUK'sbestbirdwatchingsites

作者:Liz    發表日期:2017-12-28 10:56:37


PuffinsonRathlinIsland,NorthernIreland

RathlinIsland,thenorthernmostpointofNorthernIreland,ishometothecountry’sbiggestseabirdcolony.Thestaristhepuffin,whicharrivesinApriltobreedandheadsbackouttoseainlateJuly.OtherbirdstoseeattheWestLightSeabirdCentre,arefurbishedlighthouse,includerazorbills,guillemots,kittiwakesandfulmars.TheRoonivoolinReserveinthesouthoftheislandattractschoughs,lapwings,corncrakesandsnipe,whileeiderduckslazearoundtheharbour.

•Admissionfree,returnferryfarefromBallycastleis£12adult,£6childand£32family,rathlincommunity.org

SwansatAbbotsbury,Dorset

TheAbbotsburySwannerywasfoundedbyBenedictinemonksinthemid-11thcenturyandtodayistheonlymanagedcolonyofnestingmuteswansintheworld.The600free-flyingswansliveina25-acresanctuary;fluffycygnetshatchfrommid-MaytotheendofJune,andlearntoflyinSeptemberandOctober.Visitorscanwalkamongtheswansandhelpatfeedingtime(middayand4pm).Therearealsolotsofgeese,ducksandotherwaterfowl.

•From£10adult,£7.60child,abbotsbury-tourism.co.uk

OspreysatLochGarten,Highlands

In1954,apairofbreedingospreysnestedinAbernethyForestnexttoLochGarten–thefirstseeninScotlandsince1916.Since1959,apairhasnestedthereeveryyear,andtodaythereisanOspreyCentrewithbinoculars,telescopesandCCTVviewsofthenest.TheospreyscanbeseenfromApriltoAugust,whilethecapercaillie,Scotland’slargestgrouse,putoncourtshipdisplaysinAprilandMay.Otherinhabitantsincludecrestedtits,goldeneyesandScottishcrossbills.

•£5adult,£2child,£10family,rspb.org.uk

NightingalesatWhisbynaturepark,Lincolnshire

NightingalesareontheRedListofUKbirds,whichmeansurgentactionisneededtosavethemfromextinction:accordingtotheRSPB,theirnumbershavedroppedby90%overthepast50years.AswellasthechallengeofcrossingtheSaharatwiceayear,andfindingfoodduringwinterinwestAfrica,theyneedasuitablebreedingsitewhentheyreturninspring.OnesuchsiteisWhisbynaturepark,reclaimedgravelpitsnowrunbyLincolnshireWildlifeTrust,whichorganisesguidednightgalewalksinlateApril.Warblers,swallowsandternsalsoflocktothelakes,woodlandandmeadows.

•Free,smallcar-parkingcharge,lincstrust.org.uk

EaglesontheIsleofRum,InnerHebrides

Thewhite-tailedeagleistheUK’sbiggestbirdofprey.ItbecameextinctinBritainintheearly20thcenturybuthassincebeenreintroduced.TheIsleofRum,wherethefirsteagleswerereleasedin1975,nowhasmorethan50breedingpairs,andisalsohometogoldeneagles.TheeaglesareoutnumberedbythecolonyofManxshearwaters,however:morethan60,000pairsnestinmountainburrowsfromlateMarchtoSeptember.

•Admissionfree,returnferryfarefromMallaigis£8.30adult,£4.20child,isleofrum.com

原文地址:https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2017/oct/19/five-best-uk-birdwatching-sites-dorset-highlands-northern-ireland

 

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