Best Binoculars for Birdwatching

How do you pick the best binoculars for Birdwatching? Where do you go to try them?

These seemingly easy to answer questions are becoming more and more difficult to answer, luckily we’re here for you. Castle Cameras are a major stockist of some of the best binoculars in the UK, with Binocular and Scope specialists in Salisbury, Wiltshire and Bournemouth, Dorset. Visit us to get your hands on a whole range of binoculars from the likes of Steiner, Opticron, RSPB, Canon, Nikon and more.

When it comes to bird watching the standard rule is the best pair of 8×42’s you can afford. That is the simple answer. The more involved answer needs to asses your exact requirements. If weight is an issue to you then a pair of 8×42’s may actually become heavy by the end of a long day and picking something slightly smaller may actually benefit you. If you get out mostly at early morning or late evening then 42mm optics may be too small and something bigger that lets more light in can solve this.

The best way to find the best binoculars for you is to try them out. Both our Salisbury and Bournemouth shops stock a range of binoculars and demonstration models for you to try-before-you-buy.

Wiltshire and Dorset benefit from a range of local nature reserves and fantastic woodland and coastal trails. When out and about a simple pair of binoculars will open up a whole new world for spotting nature, you may even become hooked.

From Bournemouth visit the RSPB reserve at Arne, based a short trip over the Sandbanks ferry or a longer cycle around Poole bay. Arne offers some beautiful trails and a fantastic array of wildlife, perfect for spotting wading birds with your new binoculars.

Salisbury Plains in Wiltshire are located about 12 miles north fo Salisbury. The plains are owned by the MOD but when open to the public you will stunning scenery and unique flora and fauna. One of the most exciting developments is the re-introduction of the county’s bird, the Great Bustard. Trying to find it will offer some interesting afternoons in the Spring.

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