Join our bird trail

 Robin on rock arch at Stourhead, Wiltshire

Spring is the time of year that you start to see more birds enjoying our back gardens and parklands, and this spring will be no different, so join us in celebrating Britain’s bird life.

As home across the nation are bringing joy to those getting out into the fresh air whilst social distancing by placing rainbows into their windows, we have added our very own Stourhead twist to this trial and invite you all to take part.

Each week we’ll be sharing a new bird which you can download, print off and display in your windows alongside your rainbows. You could even have a go at drawing your own bird each week using ours as inspiration.

Week one: the robin

To get you started, we'll kick off with a friendly robin. Not only is the robin the nations favourite bird, but they sing nearly year-round, you may even hear them signing at night close to street lights. They like to nest on or near the ground, and usually start breeding in March, so you may soon see lots of baby robins, which unlike their parents, don’t have a bright red breast, instead they are spotted with golden brown.

The robin (PDF / 0.2MB) download

Week two: blue tit

he blue tit is another very recognisable bird with their colourful mix of blue, yellow, white and green feathers. You may often see several of these beautiful birds at one feeder but they also enjoy eating insects and caterpillars as well as seeds and nuts.

Blue Tit (PDF / 0.5MB) download

Week three: goldcrest

The goldcrest is the UK's smallest bird, along with the firecrest. Their feathers are a dull greyish-green with a pale belly and a black and yellow stripe on the top of their heads. You can tell which the males are as they have an orange centre to their yellow stripe.  Their thin beak is ideally suited for picking insects out from between pine needles. Being such a small bird, they only eat small food such as spiders, moth eggs and other small insects.

Goldcrest (PDF / 0.3MB) download

A new bird will be released for you to print out and display in your window at home each Monday.