Bird watching, as the name suggests, is the recreational watching of birds. It is a hobby enjoyed by many and one which is growing in popularity as we begin to re-recognise the importance of nature, the environment and ones own health and well-being. Here we will discuss some of the important benefits of growing a wild bird presence in your garden.
As birds begin to come to your area and recognise your garden as a place of security, wonderful opportunities arise.
Bird watching has amazing health benefits, both mental and physical.
- Increases activity levels – whether observing birds in your own backyard or further afield, it gets one outdoors and exercising.
- Lowers stress levels – by stepping out in the fresh air and disconnecting from hectic everyday life, one is allowed a time to relax and reflect, thereby reducing stress levels.
- Supports well being – studies have shown that bird watching lowers feelings of anxiety and depression.
Bird watchers have fostered a strong sense of community.
- A shared interest in bird-watching provides a social outlet for many, who often meet for group outings.
- Strong friendships and connections are developed among individuals who have a shared interest of bird watching.
Bird watching strengthens familial bonds.
- With the ever increasing influence of technology, it is becoming more and more difficult to spend quality time with family. Developing a bird presence in your garden allows a family to go outdoors and enjoy quality time together.
- Parents and grandparents can impart their knowledge with their kids and grand-kids, engaging their naturally curious minds.
- Spending time together feeding wild birds in your garden and making a bird bath or bird table strengthens relationships.
Developing a home for the wild birds in your garden has environmental benefits.
- As mentioned above, bird watching is a family activity. By involving children in the care of birds you are teaching them a respect for the environment. An important life lesson!
- Birds, like bees, act as pollinators as they move from plant to plant. This is vital for fruit and seed production.