Top 5 UK Winter Birding Location

1. Slimbridge, Gloucestershire
The Wildfowl and Wetland Trust is the place to see huge numbers of Berwick Swans http://www.wwt.org.uk/visit-us/slimbridge/

2. Elmley Marshes, Kent
This is a great spot to see peregrine falcon and wigeon are numerous. This RSPB reserve is not for the faint hearted as it can be one of the most unforgiving environments in Southern England during the winter months. http://www.rspb.org.uk/reserves/guide/e/elmleymarshes/about.aspx

3. Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex
This spot is just a short walk from the town centre and a great place to see brent geese http://www.walton-on-the-naze.com/Nature/nature.htm

4. Snettisham, Norfolk
This is a good place to see pink-footed geese. If you are there at dawn you can witness them rising from their sand bank roosts and flying to the sugar beet fields to feed http://www.rspb.org.uk/reserves/guide/s/snettisham/

5. North Warren, Suffolk
A nice place to spot wildfowl in large numbers, especially white-fronted geese http://www.rspb.org.uk/reserves/guide/n/northwarren/

Barns, Simon (2011). ‘Birds by Simon Barnes’. The Times Weekend. Saturday October 29th, p3.