Winging it through nature

Bird-spotting may not have the most glamorous image, but it can be a rewarding way to get closer to nature, writes Jasper Winn.

13th April, 2014
Winging it through nature
Hortobagy crane migration Picture: Jasper Winn and the Association for the Tourism of Debrecen and Hortobagy

What do you know about birds? Probably more than you think. I'll bet you can easily recognise 30 common species, even if you're not a birder. Try jotting down a list now - blackbird, rook, pigeon, gannet and so on. I was right, wasn't I? Probably more than 30, actually.

That basic knowledge is enough to add another dimension to your outdoor activities, because birds are one of the most visible and audible manifestations of the natural...

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