EASTER weekend will see walkers taking their first steps of the year in the uplands of England, including the thousands expected to come and enjoy the outdoor delights of the Yorkshire Dales.
From Dartmoor to the Dales and beyond, the country's uplands are often important wildlife sites and contain a rich variety of birds.
New guide identifies common upland
birds like the Curlew
Help is now at hand for those eagle-eyed walkers to discover and identify more birds than ever this summer, with a leading conservation charity publishing a new leaflet.
'Upland Birds - A Walker's Guide' is the latest offering from the RSPB.
Julian Hughes, author of the guide, said: "From the sound of singing Skylarks to the sight of soaring Buzzards, birds are continual companions for walkers in every area of our uplands.
"We realised there was great demand for a practical guide helping walkers identify the birds they see, how to avoid disturbing birds and what to do if they suspect they have found evidence of a wildlife crime."
The full-colour publication features 16 of the most frequently encountered or easily identified birds.
Jonathan Manning, the editor of Country Walking Magazine, said: "Thanks to the new right to roam legislation walkers have opportunities to explore some of the UK's true moorland and upland wildernesses.
"The RSPB guide will help walkers identify the rich bird life in these habitats, adding fabulous interest to walks."