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Top Destinations for Birding in Europe

Different people have different preferences and choices and therefore you must know what you expect from your upcoming trip. Many travelers love to make the most of their trip by heading to destinations where they can explore the best places to spot wildlife and birds in their natural settings. This offers them a relaxing and educational experience where they not only see different species of birds but also learn more about these winged creatures. The European continent is vast and offers a vast array of different landscapes and weather conditions ideal for different birds and wildlife.

If you are heading to Europe for your holidays you can look for some of the best places and destinations that would offer you insight into the world of birds. You can also find many tours that offer you a great holiday experience as you get to watch these birds in the vicinity. To begin with, you can look for Far and Wild Travel packages that can help you visit some of the top destinations for birding in Europe.

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Here are 7 top destinations where you can have the best bird-watching experience in Europe.

Farne Islands, Northumberland, Great Britain

Top Destinations for Birding in Europe

If you are visiting Great Britain there are plenty of stops you can take here to find some of the best bird-watching destinations. One of the best places that you shouldn’t miss is Farne Islands in Northumberland. With around 23 species of birds that you can view here along with a colony of puffins, Farne Islands would be the best place that can ensure a great bird-watching experience. Here you can watch hundreds of puffins idling around their burrow entrances and you can also find terns and kittiwakes that are found in plenty here. The birds here are found in huge concentration and that makes for a perfect bird-watching experience.

The Camargue, France

The Camargue

With superb landscapes that would enhance your bird images, if you are a bird photographer, the Camargue is a place that should be on your list when you are visiting Europe. However, there are two main seasons here when you can find birds in abundance: the spring and the autumn/winter season. Spring season is generally for birds that migrate from Africa like the Eurasian Hoopoe, Pied Avocet, and the European Bee-eater. With the end of the autumn season, you can find plenty of Bearded Reedling, the Common Shelduck, the Glossy Ibis, and the Greater Flamingo. You can also find plenty of Common Cranes here that are visible in huge numbers during the beginning of the winter season.

Danube River Delta, Romania

While Romania doesn’t strike as one of the popular tourist destinations in Europe but it can be surprising what this part of the land has to offer. The Danube River Delta is the second largest river delta in Europe and in 1991 it became a part of UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites. This area alone is home to 1200 species of plants and trees and 330 species of birds of which 174 are breeding here. This makes the Danube River Delta one of the best places for bird-watching in Europe. Here you can find plenty of species like the White Pelican, Great White Egret, Spoonbill, Purple Heron, Grey Heron, Whooper Swan, Glossy Ibis, Avocet, Red-Breasted Goose, and Kingfisher. So, make sure that you bring along the best binoculars for bird watching to ensure you don’t miss out on any of them.

Spanish Pyrenees, Spain

Spanish Pyrenees

Spain has always remained a hot favorite with bird watchers and ornithologists that want to find out more about bird habits and behavior. This popular 500-mile mountain range is home to some of the most popular bird species that you can find in Europe. Hence, when you are taking a trip to Europe you want to make sure that you don’t miss out on exploring these mountain ranges. Another advantage of bird watching in the Spanish Pyrenees is that you can come here any time of the year. Black Woodpecker, Citril Finch, Yellow-billed Chough, and Iberian Grey Shrike are among the resident birds here. During the summer months, you can watch Egyptian Vultures, Common Nightjar, Eurasian Wryneck, Western Orphean, and Subalpine Warblers. If you are new to bird-watching experiences, this would be the right place to visit to learn how to bird watch as you can find them in abundance throughout the year. If you love to take pictures of birds, you can have a great background of the majestic mountains of the Spanish Pyrenees.

Pripyat River, Belarus

Another excellent location that can help you with bird watching experience is The Pripyat River, especially near Turov. If you are looking for the elusive Azure Tit, you will find this bird nowhere else in Europe except here. While you are here you can the Pripyatsky National Park which is one of the best-kept secrets in Belarus. The wetlands here are home to more than 250 species of birds and 800 species of plants and trees. You can opt for a river safari that will allow you to cover more ground and find the best bird species here like Greater Spotted Eagle, Great Snipe, Spotted Crake, and Aquatic Warbler. With improved protection status, this part of Belarus is quickly becoming a hotspot for many ornithologists and bird lovers that come here to explore the local avian species.

Lesvos, Greece

Lesvos

Straddling the borders of Europe and Asia, Lesvos also known as Lesbos is a Greek island that is considered one of the best bird-watching places in Greece and even in Europe. While the place is known for its beautiful beaches, unspoiled natural landscapes, and delicious Greek cuisine it also attracts plenty of bird lovers that flock to these islands for some bird-watching experiences. Kruper’s Nuthatch and Cinereous Bunting are among the two popular birds that most visitors come to watch. However, while you are here on the island you can also find Greater Flamingo, Gull-billed Tern, Glossy Ibis, Night Heron, Sombre Tit, Blue Rock Thrush, Ruddy Shelduck, and many others.

Bialowieza Forest, Poland

Nestled on the border of Poland and Belarus, the Bialowieza Forest is another great location that you shouldn’t miss when you are looking for destinations where you can find more birds. Along with the forest area, you can also explore the Bialowieza National Park where you can find many local ornithologists observing some of the rare bird species.  Here you can find all species of European woodpeckers, flycatchers, owls, and hazel grouse. You can also find all species of warblers and other local birds. You can also explore the Biebrza Marshes that also home to some of the popular local birds, insects, and plants. The national park is recognized by BirdLife International and is among the best places to visit in Poland for bird lovers.

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