Best bird and wildlife YouTube channels

Male cuckoo on a branch

What are the best YouTube channels for people who enjoy bird and nature watching? Here’s what we found – a wide variety of bird and wildlife videos, created by some very dedicated and knowledgeable enthusiasts. Whether you’re a serious twitcher or just enjoy watching the birds in your back garden, there’s something for everyone here!

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Greg’s Wildlife

Where you site your bird feeders makes a huge difference to the number and variety of bird species that visit your garden. Greg from Greg’s Wildlife shows just how much this matters when he moves his feeders from an unsheltered part of the garden to somewhere where nearby bushes offer plenty of cover – the change is incredible.

A science and nature enthusiast who also happens to love frogs, Greg is determined to make his back garden more attractive to wildlife. Join him as he shares his rewilding journey!

Wild Your Garden With Joel Ashton

Digging a small wildlife pond in your garden is one of the best things you can do to attract wildlife, including birds, to your garden! Joel from Wild Your Garden with Joel Ashton shows you how. His very handy time-lapse video takes you through every stage of construction, from marking out, digging, lining and filling.

With over 15 years experience in designing and building wildlife gardens, Joel is your go-to source for nature gardening know-how. Check out his awesome interview with David Attenborough, and discover what the nation’s favourite wildlife broadcaster does to encourage wildlife to his garden.

My Birding Year

How well do you know your garden birds? From robins to long-tailed tits; from goldfinches to dunnocks, My Birding Year offers superb footage of the full flock of UK birds you’re likely to see in your garden.

In fact, My Birding Year is a real treasure trove for beginner and improver birdwatchers, with plenty of informative content to interest the more experienced twitchers too. Learn some interesting facts about the common chaffinch or the rise and fall of the little egret, and definitely watch the video of the peacock courtship dance with open feathers!

A Shot of Wildlife

The European or common crane is the tallest bird you’ll see in the UK, says Liam over at A Shot of Wildlife. They used to visit the UK but only began to breed here again in 1978, after a gap of 400 years. Here you’ll find excellent footage of the original Norfolk flock which still thrives today.

Liam Smith has a degree in zoology, has worked for wildlife rescue and now works in biodiversity and wildlife education. His videos are fun, info-packed and his enthusiastic approach to wildlife reportage is infectious!

Espen Helland

How would you like some expert pointers on photographing birds in the wild? If so, Espen Helland’s YouTube video is the one for you. He shares the Pro Capture settings he likes to use when capturing birds on the move and how to achieve photographs that stand out.

As well as providing great technical advice, Espen’s channel offers a wonderful opportunity to view the birds and other wildlife of the spectacular Scottish Highlands. Join him as he spends a magical morning at RSPB Fowlsheugh, Scotland, filming guillemot, razorbill, puffin, kittiwake and herring gulls – the footage is exceptional!

KG’s Photography

“All good things come to those who wait…” says Keith at KG’s Photography. “And I waited, waited and waited some more and then it came!!” What? A wild barn owl! A wonderful capture and there’s some great footage to prove it, including some lovely stills of the bird at rest and in flight.

Keith is “passionate about UK wildlife and nature photography”. He says: “Come and join my adventures and follow my tips and tricks on photography and editing.” Click here to check out his page!

Paul Dinning

A man with a great sense of humour, Paul Dinning produces videos for cats to watch which includes some fantastic footage of wildlife including birds, mice and squirrels. But it’s not all about your feline friend, Paul even has a ‘Name the Species’ Challenge to keep you entertained too!

Graham Barker

A man with a genuine love of the natural world, Graham Barker’s passion for birds comes through in his films, making them inspiring and full of useful information. Check out Graham’s channel to watch his spectacular short films, we especially love the video where he finds adorable tawny owl chicks!

Stewart Abbott, Derbyshire Bird Tours

Join Stewart Abbott as he makes an early morning pilgrimage to record the dawn chorus at Ladybower Wood, one of the last remaining ancient upland oakwoods in the Peak District. In a mossy and atmospheric spot on a cold morning, Stewart’s engaging and informative commentary is well worth a watch!

“I love making films, watching & protecting wildlife. If I can inspire anyone else to get out and enjoy the wild side of life then that’s a bonus.” says Stewart. His YouTube Channel, Derbyshire Bird Tours is full of interest. Check out his six-part adventure where he explores Isle of Mull – wonderful stuff!

We hope you’ve enjoyed this selection of some of the best YouTube accounts focusing on birds and wildlife. Have we missed one of your favourite channels? Do please let us know so that we can include it in a future piece.

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