Mankind has been fascinated by the avian species since time immemorial. Maybe we are jealous of their power to take flight, along with the liberty flying symbolizes. Observing birds also highlights the frailty of existence in the wild – just how do tiny wrens cope with the cold winter months? They need to be more resilient than us! Bird watching is an easy, pleasurable, and tranquil pursuit that just about anyone, young or old, can engage in, just about anywhere. Some of the enjoyment in birding is trying to keep yearly details of the trends in local bird populations. These days Wild life organizations ask the public to join in with bird count exercises, your contribution is valueable and helps to build a bigger picture. Birding is a relatively healthy pursuit, with plenty of fresh air to be had and a lot of walking to do. What specialist gear is considered necessary? Before anything else, binoculars; 10x50, 10x40, or 8x30 work best. It's best not to buy more powerful binoculars. They are simply too heavy to cart about and will not provide better sight of the birds. Smaller binoculars cannot give the views of the birds needed for accurate identification. Do not put on bright, noticeable colours. The birds will spot these coming from a long way away and will be wary of you. The practical course of action is to wear dark shades of green or dark brown colours. These kinds of shades will be inconspicuous and partially conceal any approach to where the birds are. Always make sure dress and boots are appropriate for the weather and terrain. Also, get a slimline pocket notebook or pocket recorder to jot down what has been observed, and a working description of the birds that cannot be identified definitely.

If wandering in the backwoods is not your sort of thing you can always open up a whole new world of 'nature at the door' by luring birds right into your backyard. Even town or urban gardens can be a nesting ground for birds with some attention to detail. Grow native trees and shrubs, smaller trees that are suited to gardens may include mountain ash, hawthorn and crab apples. Or make use of trees such as hazel and willow that may be cut back to contain their growth. Whenever possible grow natural hedges and include dog roses, guelder rose, hawthorn, wild privet. Pyracantha and Contoneaster are perfect shrubs to grow in the garden, think berry when you buy shrubs. Hide garden walls with climbing vegetation, this presents refuge both for birds and also the insects that birds rely on for their diet. Plant native blooms in your beds and borders, especially those with big seed heads, for instance teasels,these provide food as well as providing interesting structure in the winter garden. They look beautiful dusted with frost! Also the smallest pond can make your backyard attractive to birds and other wildlife besides. Avoid chemical use in the garden as you may risk eliminating insect food resources and possibly even directly poisoning birds. Place birdfeeders out in the winter season and provide nesting boxes.

A bird feeder in view of your kitchen window offers you plenty of opportunity to study birds, although should you wish to see birds close up then a nest box camera is is just the ticket. With one of these you are able to enjoy chicks when they hatch and study their progress into the big, wide world. You will get your own special wildlife show on tap. There's a lot of types on the market. Make sure the make pick is made from long-lasting, FSC wood. Hinged sections that accommodate the actual camera will allow for convenient access and resetting without worrying birds. Uncomplicated focusing and integrated infrared lights makes it possible for a nest box camera to record sharp, high standard images by day and also by night. As soon as the nesting season is finished it ought to be possible to unclip the camera from the nest box and take advantage of it for observing other creatures in your garden. The majority of nest box cameras include adjustable access sizes so as to draw in various types of birds. Ensure your nest box camera equipment arrives complete with a long extension cable, around 30 metres, and a scart adaptor that will allow you to plug the camera straight to your television or recorder.

Needless to say you must make sure your new nesting box lures in avian lodgers, so consider the siting for this box. The bird box really should be placed over two metres above the ground. A wall or just a tree is a suitable spot, but ideally in a quiet section of the garden and and sited away from bird feeders and predators - ensure that they are not accessible to cats. If at all possible site your box with the opening somewhere between north and east. This offers some refuge from the worst of the weather and stops the box and your avian guests overheating in sunny and hot weather. Make sure you adapt the opening to attract the specific species of bird visitors you would like, the majority of bird box cameras are supplied with a range of access options. Don't forget practical issues, how long is the cable for example? Where is there an appropriate point in the house wall to feed a cable through? If you keep all these guidelines in mind you will definitely enjoy happy birding for countless years ahead.