Since the start of January, we've been back in yet another lockdown due to the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. This leaves us wondering if we're actually allowed to go out birdwatching at local nature reserves and sanctuaries.
Unfortunately, the most simple answer to this question is no; we're not allowed to go bird watching during the current lockdown. This is because the government has issued another 'stay at home' scenario, limiting us to only leaving the house for essential reasons. A single form of exercise - bird watching is not classified as an essential reason.
You are allowed to go out for a walk as part of your daily exercise, and walks through local parks and woodlands can be abundant with plenty of different species of birds.
If you're lucky enough to have a garden, you can still discover many species of birds right from your home. During the colder months, food can be more scarce for birds, so regular feeding can be essential for the birds in your garden. You'll also find that regular feeding will encourage birds to visit more frequently, and experimenting with different types of bird food can attract new species into your garden.
There is some hope that when the restrictions are reviewed over the next couple of weeks, we will be about to travel to local nature reserves and popular birding spots to resume once again watching birds. But for now, we recommend that you try and identify what birds you can in your garden.