Twitchers are professionals who record sightings of birds, in particular, rare ones and North Wales holiday parks provide perfect self-catering accommodation from which to set out on a birdwatching mission extraordinaire!
The region of North Wales is an area of natural beauty and also the ideal location for bird watching opportunities, with many habitats and bird species all inhabiting a small area. There is nowhere quite as scenic as the North Wales coastline for some fantastic birdwatching at any time of the year.
Throughout the year there are many different types of birds that you could expect to see, either at the coast or inland on the marshy areas or in the woodlands. If you are spending some time at your holiday home, especially during mid-week periods when it is quieter or maybe at the weekend, get yourself out into the great outdoors and see how many different species of birds you can spot. During the differing seasons you can expect to see the following birds:
Wildfowl, Snow Bunting, Crossbills, Purple Sandpiper, Red Kites and Great Grey Shrike
Seabirds such as Pomarine Skue and Puffin, Hen Harrier, Osprey, Waders, and Black Grouse
Black Grouse, Manx Shearwater, Puffins, Hen Harrier, Peregrine and Common Redstart
Many raptors, waders, seabirds and all resident birds such as Marsh Tit and Willow Tit
Equipment you may need
The most important equipment you will need for bird watching is your eyes. However, if you feel this is going to be more a hobby or serious pastime, rather than just a one-off visit, there are several items that you may need, depending on your budget.
- A notebook and a pen to write down date and time, location, habitat and weather. Make a list of the birds that you know, and if you don’t recognise any, do a quick sketch that you can research later.
- Binoculars, a decent pair should last you a lifetime, so buy the best pair that you can initially afford.
- Clothing, as you can expect to be outdoors most of the time, opt for lightweight, waterproof but warm items.
- Camera, initially maybe begin with a simple to use a digital camera, perhaps one with a zoom lens. A later purchase may be a camera with a telephoto lens for high definition shots.
- A field guidebook, listing the different types of birds, usually illustrated with photographs or drawings to help you identify the various birds you will see.
Ideal locations to go bird watching
There are several important factors that make Wales a perfect situation for bird watching. The area is surrounded on three sides by the ocean, and many of the main birdwatching sites are preserved as National Nature Reserves. Snowdonia National Park, with river estuaries, rocky crags, sheltered woodland and coniferous woody areas, offers rich and diverse habitats that attract many bird species to the area.
The nearest reserves to Whitehouse Leisure Park are to be found at Conwy (RSPB), Coedydd Aber (NNR) and Traeth Lavan. The RSPB website has detailed listings of birds recognised in the region at various sites, and in 2015, the total tally for birds spotted was 150 species at Conwy Reserve.
North Wales Holiday Parks
There are several North Wales holiday parks around Towyn and Abergele where you can rent or buy a static caravan:
Owens Caravan Park TOWYN
Ty Gwyn Holiday Park ABERGELE
Mountain View Park at Sirior Bach
Edwards Caravan Park TOWYN
Browns Caravan Park TOWYN
Sirior Bach Caravan Park, ABERGELE
Happy Days Caravan Park TOWYN
Whitehouse Leisure Park, ABERGELE
The promenade at Llanfairfechan delivers some unsurpassed bird watching opportunities and is a brilliant location to while away a few hours. Many watchers are attracted here each year, to spot the many different species of waterfowl and seabirds.
North Wales Holiday Parks discounted accommodation
Now the days are getting longer, and the prospect of spring and better weather is looming get yourself prepared with the necessary tackle; choose from one of the North Wales holiday parks (where accommodation is often discounted at this time of the year) and make a point of getting out to do some “twitching”.