A Practical Guide To Wildlife Watching

Viewing animals in their natural habitat is a wonderful experience because it’s the chance to see how they live without our interference. Like any worthwhile activity it takes a certain amount of preparation and each location should be taken into consideration along with terrain, weather patterns and the type of animal you’d like to see. Here are a few tips to help with your wildlife watching!

KIT

Having the right kit is essential, whether you’re walking down a trail in the woods or watching for animals in the garden. Never overlook the advantage of a good pair of binoculars, but bear in mind that the lighter they are the more you’ll have to compromise magnification. During dusk and dawn binoculars are a poor choice because of the low light levels.

A good alternative is a telescope, but it might make you stand out a bit if you’re using one in your local park! Other kit essentials include guide books, a magnifying glass and a tray for pond fishing. Insect enthusiasts shouldn’t forget their butterfly catching nets or pooter for sucking up anything they find in the undergrowth. Remember to put everything back where you found it.

CLOTHING

Bright clothes are an easy way to be noticed so avoid wearing them. Settle for earthy shades and camouflage clothing so you can blend into the environment. Your outline will be broken up and make it less likely for an animal or bird to spot you.

Make sure the clothes are suited for the environment so decide whether they should be waterproof, breathable or windproof. When you’ve studied the terrain and are tracking a mammal make sure to stay down wind of it to mask your scent.

LOCATIONS

Local nature reserves are an excellent place to see wildlife. It’s normal for them to set up hiding spots so you can check out where birds nest and maximise your experience. The same reserves are likely to carry out guided walks and volunteer programs so you’ll be able to get up close and personal within a professional atmosphere.

For people who don’t want to leave the comfort of their home why not set up a birdfeeder outside. It doesn’t have to be in the garden as the feeder works just as well near a window.

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