Competitive birdwatching

Competitive birdwatching has ruffled the feathers of some traditional twitchers as comedian Bill Bailey and a few celeb mates have some fun outdoors in a new TV series.

The hobby has hit the big time on Sky TV in Bill Bailey’s Birdwatching Bonanza and given lovebirds who like spreading their wings in the open air dating ideas. TV exposure has shown lots of couples that crouching together in a dark hide is a romantic and fun way to spend a day out in the country, with the bonus of spotting some colourful wild life as well.

Bird sanctuaries abound around Britain – especially on the muddy estuaries of some major rivers, like the Dee, near Chester and the desolate Wash where The Ouse pours out in to the sea.

Up close and personal bird watching

Lots of these sanctuaries are within an easy drive of major towns and cities – and offer nearby B&B or camping for a great weekend break. Some more remote areas, like Snowdonia and the Scottish Highlands are still home to plenty of birds of prey for the more patient watcher. If you really have the bird watching bug, then the Royal Society of Protection of Birds (RSPB) is the place to start finding out about getting back to nature and where to go and what to see all the year round.

Lots of local clubs and resources specialising in bird watching can be found online. Bird watching is popular with photographers as well, who can get up close and personal with a telephoto lens from a hide for some terrific back to nature pictures.

Spend the day huddling in a hide

Twitching – slang for bird watchers who spend their time seeking out rare breeds visiting these shores – is also catching on big time with foreign holiday firms. Some web sites offer trips away to exotic locations like The Caribbean, Iceland and even Mongolia.

So if you are looking for a new way to romance a partner who is in to getting back to nature and wild life, spend a day huddled together in a quiet and secret corner of a bird sanctuary. Who knows…your relationship might just get off to a flying start.