While there are some winter wildlife highlights that only appear in certain areas (like snowy-white mountain hares or coastal migrant birds), you might be surprised by how much nature there is on your doorstep at this time of year. Take a look below to discover some of our top picks and locations for winter wildlife watching, as well as tips to lend nature a hand during the colder months.
Winter wildlife to look out for
Starling murmurations are a sight to behold in autumn and winter. Watch at twilight as flocks gather together in their thousands to create nature's very own ballet in the sky.
Winter is a great time for owl-spotting. Listen out for the ‘twit-twoo’ of tawny owls claiming their territory, or watch for barn owls hunting in fields and along hedgerows.
Winter’s bare tree branches make it much easier to spot these shy creatures. They can also be tempted by peanuts, so if you have a population nearby you might find them on your bird feeders.
Immerse yourself in nature
With fewer hours of daylight, not to mention the rain and cold, it’s no wonder that so many of us can find winter difficult. In many cases spending even just a few minutes in nature can be a real help – giving us time and space to recharge away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
Whether you’re out hiking the hills or strolling around your local park, take a few moments to really tune in to your surroundings. Wildlife spotting can be a helpful way to get started, as you’ll be actively noticing the sights, sounds and sensations all around you – right down to the texture of bark as you investigate a tree, or the feeling of brushing through long grass.
If you don’t have quite enough time to head out in search of wildlife, why not encourage them to come to you? Try some of our top tips for turning your outdoor space into a wildlife haven. You'll not only help nature to thrive in your back garden, but you'll also be able to easily practice your wildlife spotting skills.