Top UK wildlife-watching experiences

Saturday 13th February 2016

Brent Geese

Vote for yours using The Wildlife Trusts’ new online guide!

An exciting new seasonal guide offers a perfect opportunity to plan a ‘wild’ year ahead:

For those who have ever wondered when and where to glory in the beauty of the rare swallowtail butterfly or to cheer at a salmon’s leap; for those who pine to see a puffin but don’t know where to head and when; or for those who want to spot an otter, osprey or orchid but don’t know how, The Wildlife Trusts’ seasonal guide to Top UK Wildlife Experiences offers answers to these, with inspiration, facts, ‘how to do it’ and our special spots to visit for each experience.

Iconic Essex species and Essex Wildlife Trust nature reserves feature strongly, such as watching brent geese at Two Tree Island, marvelling at orchids at Shadwell Wood, listening to nightingales at Fingringhoe Wick, seeing bats emerge from their roost at Hanningfield Reservoir or seeking out the elusive lesser spotted woodpecker at Shut Heath Wood.

Outdoor enthusiasts and wildlife-watchers will be able to vote for their favourite wildlife experience online – the results will be published in 2017.

Simon Barnes, wildlife author and journalist, introduces our top wildlife-watching experiences: “Here are many, many ways in which you can get closer to the Wild World than you ever dreamed,” he says.

Our Top UK Wildlife Experiences online guide has gone live - - as spring beckons: the perfect moment to make plans and venture outdoors to see what’s sky-dancing, swooping or singing during half-term and beyond. It homes in on the charismatic, the mysterious and the shimmering gorgeous – from gannets to glow worms, newts to nightingales, and bluebells to butterflies – and shows you how to get closer to the wild.