Five of the UK's best birdwatching sites


Interested in birdwatching around the UK? As Walthamstow welcomes its new wetlands reserve, we select five other great spots to take flight to for feathery figures

Rathlin Island, the northernmost point of Northern Ireland, is home to the country’s biggest seabird colony. The star is the puffin, which arrives in April to breed and heads back out to sea in late July. Other birds to see at the West Light Seabird Centre, a refurbished lighthouse, include razorbills, guillemots, kittiwakes and fulmars. The Roonivoolin Reserve in the south of the island attracts choughs, lapwings, corncrakes and snipe, while eider ducks laze around the harbour.
Admission free, return ferry fare from Ballycastle is £12 adult, £6 child and £32 family, rathlincommunity.org

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