Meandering down the leafy, shaded forest tracks with 40-acres at your fingertips, you’ll discover a wealth of wildlife at La Buanderie. It’s a haven for birds as well as mammals, giving you the chance to experience excellent birdwatching within this idyllic chateau estate.
Just imagine spotting a hen harrier swooping low over a meadow, or a treecreeper slowly working its way up a tree trunk… These birdwatching tips will help you see more during your stay.
Take a guide book with you
Whether birdwatching is a new passion or you’re a seasoned birder, there will always be more species to discover, especially when you’re abroad. There are several bird identification books inside the house for you to make use of. When you spot a long-eared owl or Montagu’s harrier, you’ll know it!
Get the best views with binoculars
A lot of your time spent birdwatching will be looking upwards into the sky. And when you do spot a bird, you’ll be treated to an even more spectacular viewing while they’re air-borne than you’d often get if they’re perched. This makes binoculars essential.
You’ll be able to see the detail, pick out the patterns and colours in the bird’s plumage and get the best views possible – all of which becomes very exciting when there’s a booted eagle soaring above you!
Blend into your surroundings
Many birds are cautious by nature and will fly away at the first sign of danger – which includes you! Try to stay quiet and still while watching so that the birds aren’t affected by your presence. There’s a hide available at La Buanderie to make this even easier.
Hunt for the right habitats
If you’ve got your heart set on spotting a woodpecker, you need to look in the right habitats for them. Likewise, you’re more likely to find the heron by the lake or pond. This sounds so simple, but it is the key to success.
When you first arrive at La Buanderie, why not take a walk through the forest tracks to find likely spots for your favourite bird species? You can make the most of your birdwatching opportunities with a little bit of planning. Not sure where you might find some birds? The guide books in the house will help you.
Time it right
If you’re hoping to catch a glimpse of nocturnal birds, like many owls, then you need to be birdwatching when they’re awake too. That means heading out after dark (keep a torch or two handy) to spot them. Birdwatching is a pastime that requires patience. You may sit and watch for an hour with no luck, but the next minute you could be treated to a real show. Only time will tell, so birdwatching is not something to rush.
Successful birdwatching doesn’t just come down to the time of day, though. The time of year matters too. Many bird species are migratory, so they might only spend several months of the year near La Buanderie. Equally, birds are often more active when they need to feed young, giving you even better chances of seeing them.