Winter coastal birds guide
The Winter coastal birds guide features 44 of the birds you can see around the coastline of Britain and Ireland in the winter months.
Some coastal birds are resident in the UK throughout the year. Others arrive either in the summer to breed or in the winter, when they may be seen feeding in large flocks. The illustrated bird chart features images of some of the winter coastal birds you may see around the UK coastline in the winter. These detailed illustrations show birds in their adult winter plumage. There are separate images for males, females and juveniles where helpful.
The reverse side includes a concise bird identification guide for each species. This text covers key characters to look out for including length (bill to tail), wingspan and call. Also included in this winter birds field guide are useful pointers to help distinguish between similar-looking species.
The coastline of Britain and Ireland supplies a rich source of food for seabirds. Terns and the cliff nesting birds such as guillemots plunge into the water after sand eels and small fish. Larger birds like gannets will even catch herring and mackerel. The long bills of waders such as oystercatchers and redshanks are ideal for probing the sand and mud for marine worms and cockles. Rockpools and rocky shores provide an abundance of molluscs such as mussels and winkles. Sand dunes and shingle supply a rich source of insects and other invertebrates. Gulls in particular are very opportunist scavengers and will eat carrion and takeaway waste.
Our popular bird guides measure 24.5cmx17.5cm and are extremely lightweight so make the perfect visual identification chart for popping in your bag when heading to the coast. All wildlife identification guides are laminated, meaning they are showerproof for use outside. and can be wiped clean.