how to birdwatch
everything you need to know
created by Nathalie Schorbon  - please email comments to  



About me

Getting Started: where to go - kit you will need - how to recognise birds  - keeping records 

Books: reviews of books - DVDs and CD-Roms and where to buy them

Site Map: A to Z

Links: some useful websites

Arctic Tern - Inner Farne - Northumberland 

all images copyright Nathalie Schorbon

 Last updated 21/07/10


Welcome to my website.  I hope you've found this site because you've been inspired by programmes like Springwatch and now want to find out more about the wildlife around you - particularly birds.

So, you want to learn more about the birds you see everyday, and perhaps even want to go out specially to watch birds on a nature reserve.  But - how do you start?

As a beginner you will find that your world is full of questions.

  • Do I need to go on a reserve to birdwatch?
  • What binoculars do I need and where do I buy them?
  • How do I make the bird I am seeing fit the bird in the field guide?
  • Do I have to wear camouflage clothing?
  • Do I have to get up at five in the morning?

These are all questions I had when I started birding and the aim of my website is to give you some answers and set you on the path to becoming a birdwatcher.  I can't teach you everything - only you can do that by getting out there and using your eyes and ears. Practice makes perfect and there is nothing quite like the feeling of seeing something new and wonderful - whether it is a bird you haven't seen before, or a familiar bird doing something unusual.

Hopefully birding will become a hobby for life and if you get as much pleasure and fun from it as I do, you will have a great time.

I plan to continually develop the website and I hope you will find it a useful resource. Please share share your experiences and knowledge with me  - I welcome feedback and suggestions.

 So - on to the  basics.