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    Bird Watching for Your Health

    ArticleThursday 09 December 2010
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    Bird watching is a great way of maintaining your mental state and keeping healthy, and enjoying yourself at the same time. When you bird watch, you will inevitably do lots of walking which is great exercise. %%AFC-ADVERT%%

    Combine this with the brain stimulation attained from this activity, and you cannot go wrong. The fast recognition of particular birds, as well as knowing all the bird names and what they sound like, are all pieces of information that can help one to remain stimulated later in life.

    Learn
    One of the better ways to begin to bird watch is to enrol in a course for bird watching run by an expert. Make sure that you select a class that allows you to get outdoors and learn the tricks of bird watching first hand. Find a teacher for bird watching who is able to point out the different types of bird and their songs.

    Bird Watching Books
    On top of this, you should find some bird watching books to assist you. You do not necessarily need to spend money on bird watching books. Use the library to take out a selection on a regular basis for free. There should also be bird watching books available that are specific to your particular region. These detail information about the kinds of birds that you are likely to find nearby.

    Garden
    Once you have started to prepare yourself, you can begin to make efforts to attract birds to your own back garden. Place bird feeders and houses to your garden. Make sure you find out what the individual bird species in your area like to eat, and place that food accordingly.

    Local Spots
    As well as in your own garden, start to explore your local area. There may be organised bird outings nearby that you can join in on. These promote good social and mental stimulation, as well as giving you good physical exercise from all the walking that is involved. Find local trails that you can explore.

    Holidays
    Get online and research the types of bird watching holiday available. When you have gained experience in the field, you can then think about taking your hobby to the next level and take a bird watching holiday. There are plenty of companies that offer tailored packages around the country. By travelling around on a bird watching holiday, your new hobby will develop wonderfully, as you discover a whole lot of new bird species in the UK.

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