Birdwatching is a fascinating hobby that offers countless rewards for those who are passionate about nature and wildlife.
From the enchanting melodies of birdsong to the vibrant plumage of our feathered friends, birdwatching provides a connection to the natural world that is both enriching and therapeutic.
Rhiannon Rees from South Yorkshire experienced this firsthand. She had a stroke last year, and when she came home, she felt she needed to occupy her mind during her recovery. She discovered Centre of Excellence and decided to study our Birdwatching Diploma Course.
Rhiannon said it really helped her recovery, as she could sit in her chair and see the birds in the garden.
"I really enjoyed being able to sit there, using my phone, and just scroll through and read the various units and answer the questions," Rhiannon said.
“I didn't have to make copious notes or anything like that, which was quite good because, right at the beginning, I couldn't even hold a pen properly to write.
"It helped me reclaim the confidence to know that I was okay while recovering, and it gave me a new focus during a very difficult time."
Birdwatching Tips and Tricks:
Invest in a good pair of binoculars: A quality pair of binoculars is essential for observing birds in detail, enabling you to appreciate their beauty and behaviour up close.
Keep a field guide and notebook handy: A field guide will help you identify different bird species, while a notebook allows you to record your observations, creating a personal birdwatching journal.
Create a bird-friendly environment: Attract local birds to your outdoor space by setting up feeders and birdbaths. This will provide them with a reliable food and water source, while allowing you to observe their behaviour and interactions.
Join birdwatching communities: Engaging with fellow birdwatchers and participating in birdwatching events and walks can enhance your knowledge, provide valuable insights, and foster a sense of community.
Rhiannon told us she really enjoyed the accessibility of the course, which allowed her to tailor it around her recovery.
“I was able to study in bite-sized chunks, which meant I was free to do it within my own time.
“I wasn’t compelled to have to turn up to a classroom at a specific time and day, I could do it at my own pace and even study in the middle of the night if I couldn’t sleep.
“I’d make sure to always find a couple of minutes each day to study.”
Embarking on the journey of birdwatching offers lots of rewards, from the delight of observing avian wonders to the sense of calm and connection with nature it brings. Birdwatching has the power to aid recovery, reignite passions, and provide a renewed focus.
So grab your binoculars, field guide, and notebook, and embark on an enchanting adventure in the world of birds.