Places you can hear birdsong

After the long winter, migrating birds return from milder climates to spend summer in the UK. Spot chiffchaffs from mid-March, swallows and house martins from mid-April and swifts in late April or early May.

One of the Island peacocks at the outdoor centre

Brownsea Island, Dorset

During spring the island provides a home for a huge range of bird species. Listen out for the noisy call of the black-headed gull and watch the peacocks showing off on Church Field, or see terns and gulls nesting on the lagoon.

Flock of birds on Strangford Lough

Castle Ward, Northern Ireland 

Follow the secret shore trail to the bird hide which overlooks Strangford Lough, one of the best places to spot birds such as grey heron, redshank, and curlew.

a bearded reedling sitting on a reed stem

Blakeney Point, Norfolk

Blakeney Point is a key site for birdwatchers, particularly as it’s been designated as one of the most important sites in Europe for nesting terns. These are joined by several species of song bird in spring including swallows, sand martins and the meadow pipits that live among the marram grass.

A family uses binoculars to look out from the bird hide at Crom

Crom, Northern Ireland

One of Ireland’s most important nature conservation areas, at Crom you can watch winter birdlife depart and migrants arrive from the south. The bird hide on the shores of Derrymacrow Lough is equipped with binoculars, identification guides and notebooks to record what you see.

Couple walking

Danbury Common, Essex

The woodlands of Danbury and Lingwood Commons have a commanding position on one of Essex’s highest ridges – a whopping 107 metres high. Visit in spring for a peaceful wander through the trees through the trees, and if you’re lucky you might even hear nightingales singing nearby.

Couple walking in the formal garden at Fenton House

Fenton House and Garden, London

This 17th century merchant’s house is a hidden gem just off Hampstead’s bustling high street. Take a stroll through the peaceful gardens and you’ll be able to hear birds such as robins, blackbirds and song thrush chirping away – not to mention the flocks of parakeets that live on the heath.

Hare Hill hare in Spring

Hare Hill, Cheshire

We’re very proud of our bird hide in the woodland garden at Hare Hill, which was made by some of our regular volunteers and a team from Phoenix Futures. Our bird feeders are stocked regularly to help encourage hungry visitors, and a wide variety of woodland birds including great tits, nuthatches and blue tits can often be seen darting around. If you’re lucky you may even hear the tawny owls or woodpeckers.

A Chough feeding near Lizard Point

Lizard Point, Cornwall

As well as the famous choughs (Cornwall's 'national' bird) the Lizard peninsula also provides homes for many species of songbird including Blue Tits, Chiff Chaffs and Redstarts.

A pied flycatcher on a twig

Longshaw Estate, Derbyshire

The Longshaw Estate includes ancient woods, parkland and heather moorland, providing plenty of habitats for birds. We’ve also installed feeders outside the café which are frequented by finches, blue and great tits, nuthatches and siskins. So while you’re polishing off a cuppa and a slice of cake, you can watch our winged residents enjoying a snack of their own.

A pair of nightjars at the New Forest Northern Commons

New Forest, Hampshire

The New Forest’s heathland commons are fantastic for dawn and dusk choruses. We do lots of important conservation work in the area to help support the growth of local bird populations, including rare species such as the nightjar. Keep an ear out in the evening and you may be lucky enough to hear one among the trees.

Swans and cygnet glide along the creek at Newton National Nature Reserve

Newtown National Nature Reserve, Isle of Wight

If you’re listening out for incredible springtime birdsong, then Newtown National Nature Reserve is the place for you. From woodland and meadows to marshes and coast, diverse habitats here ensure a wide range of bird species. Highlights include oyster catchers, peregrines, curlews, golden plovers, kingfishers and starlings.

Great tit sitting on a tea cup at Stackpole Quay, Pembrokeshire

Stackpole, Pembrokeshire

The unspoilt coastline of the Stackpole Estate attracts all sorts of birdlife. Take a seat outside the tea room at Stackpole Quay to listen to them singing from the trees.

Wicken Fen - Bird Watchers and Sunset over Sedge Fen

Wicken Fen, Cambridgeshire

The dawn chorus at Wicken Fen is spectacular. If you can get out of bed early enough, you will hear Cuckoo calls joined by wrens, songthrushes, blackbirds and the reed-bed specialists: reed and sedge warblers. Later in the day the fens are alive with skylarks – the voice of the UK’s spring time.