Get up close and personal, on an RSPB Binocular & Telescope Weekend
Far from being a quiet time for wildlife watching, winter offers up some excellent opportunities to spot fauna that would otherwise be camouflaged by hedgerows and trees in full leaf. Yet even then, we can do with a helping hand.
A decent pair of binoculars or a telescope is a must when it comes to bringing our stunning wildlife into focus, but the array of products on the market can be bewildering. If you're not sure what's best for you, however, or if you're looking for the perfect gift for a loved one with a passion for the great outdoors, then a couple of local RSPB reserves have just the event for you this December.
RSPB Conwy in North Wales and RSPB Lake Vyrnwy in Powys are staging two Binocular & Telescope weekends each, featuring teams of staff and volunteers on hand to offer expert advice and top tips. And with both reserves boasting an array of incredible birdlife, you won't have far to go to use your new purchase.
Winter at Lake Vyrnwy sees migrants such as redwings, bramblings and fieldfares descend, while flocks of siskins gather in the conifer forests. In Conwy, meanwhile, huge murmurations of starlings can be seen settling down to roost at dusk. And if you're more of an armchair wildlife watcher, water rails can be seen from the reserve's coffee shop!
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