A notepad and pencil

To describe what you see, or draw a picture.

 

Or you can use this data sheet.

 

You can also create your own data sheet with this template. There is space to add photos or draw pictures.

Some binoculars

For a close-up view

A torch or head torch

To spot nocturnal creatures

A camera

To help with identification

You will probably see and hear more animals if you walk quietly and slowly, using your eyes and ears to look for movement and listen for sounds.

 

Just remember

Wildlife should be viewed from a distance, so you don’t disturb or scare them. Some animals can bite and are dangerous.

Never touch wild animals.

 

Once you’ve seen some animals, can you work out
what species they are?

What You Need

You don’t need much to get to know your local wildlife but it might be helpful to have: