Millions of people visit London every year and a majority of these people are vacationers. While most of the vacationers prefer to explore historical sites and royal architectures of London, some would also like to explore the animal and bird life of the city. You will be amazed to realize that London offers some great opportunities for avid bird watchers. You can head towards certain parts of Greater London in order to catch glimpses of popular exotic birds but if you are in no mood of putting up such efforts, explore these birding spots which are located in and around Central London neighbourhoods –
- River Thames – Thames not only provides shelter to a variety of migratory birds, but also, supports migration of fish varieties like salmon. You can spot birds like Black-headed Gulls, Great Cormorants and Common Gulls near River Thames, all round the year.
- St James Park – This royal park can offer you sights of many commonly found birds including Woodpigeon, European Robin and Common Blackbird all round the year. Visit the park during winters and you will be able to spot birds like Tufted Duck and Common Pochard.
- Regent’s Park – There is a small island in the lake of this park, where you can easily find bird varieties like Grey Herons and Pied Wagtails during the spring season. You can also spot the Redwings and Fieldfares here, during the winters.
- Hyde Park – On a visit to London’s largest royal park, you’ll be able to spot birds like Great Spotted Woodpecker, Eurasian Coots, Winter Wren, Chaffinch and Great Crested Grebes. Rare species like Garden Warbler and Eurasian Jays can also be spotted occasionally.
Besides the above mentioned species, you can also spot birds like Skylarks, House Martins and Barn Swallows in certain parts of Central London. The recently concluded Brilliant Birds Discovery Day 2014 saw a wonderful turn-out of bird watchers at Hyde Park. If you are planning to participate in one such event, be prepared. Study an informative field guide in order to identify different species and keep a pair of binoculars handy. You should also learn the proper use of the binoculars. Be patient and no matter what, don’t do anything that’ll disturb the birds in their environment.