While some British wildlife species can be seen in urban environments such as our parks and gardens there is definitely something to be said for actually getting out in the countryside with a pair of binoculars and simply enjoying being surrounded by beautiful scenery and wild animals.
But the question is where do you find places you can visit in order to see the abundance of wildlife found in the UK?
Fortunately there are a wide range of charities and non-profit organizations who take care of many of Britain’s most beautiful areas and a little bit of research can dig up an astonishing number of places worth visiting.
For example a visit to your local library or tourist information office will often turn up maps and guides to all sorts of nature walks one can take in your local area.
But this simply scratches the surface. Try the following links which will allow you to search for nature reserves, bridle paths, woodlands and more all around the British Isles. I think you’ll be surprised at just how many wild spaces there are on your doorstep once you know where to look.
Bridleways – This site does require you to register, though this is free. Intended mainly for horse enthusiasts, this should also provide you with some interesting countryside walks.
Forestry Commission – Find woodlands you can visit. You can even search these listings by species if there is a certain animal you would like to see.
Natural England– Information on National Nature Reserves (NNRs), SSSIs and a variety of other protected areas.
RSPB Reserves – Not just for bird lovers, these reserves boast a wide variety of wildlife though many reserves do charge an entry fee.
Wildlife Trusts – Over 2,000 reserves are maintained by the Wildlife Trusts so make the most of this fantastic opportunity.
Woodland Trust – Another fine selection of woodland to visit. Includes information on the facilities you may find at these sites.
WWT – Wetland habitats around Britain.