Birdwatching in London

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Birding is for everybody and every body!

People of all abilities, skill levels and backgrounds are welcome to enjoy birds. We have compiled information and resources on this page to help people who are new to birdwatching in London get started. 

Click a link below that describes your interests:

Apps for birding

We recommend checking out the following smartphone apps for birdwatching. These apps are useful for beginner and expert birders alike:

  • iNaturalist - identify birds and other organisms from photos, add observations to map

  • eBird - post observations of birds, keep lists of species, track activity at hotspots

  • Merlin - identify bird species based on their appearance and/or vocalizations

Accessible birding​

There are excellent resources for learning about birding with disabilities available from Birdability.

Check out this free online Birding by Ear course from Birds Canada. This course is specially tailored for people with a visual impairment such as sight loss and low vision but all are welcome.

In London, there are a few central park areas that are suitable for birdwatching and also provide key accessibility features such as paved paths, public washrooms, seating areas and access via public transit. Below are some suggestions for accessible locations to see birds in London.

Gibbons Park (map) (photos)

  • Paths: Paved, shared with many cyclists, connects to the Thames Valley Parkway, mostly flat

  • Level access (i.e., no steps or major inclines): Yes. Note: path and road at Grosvenor St entrance is very steep.

  • Information signage near entrance: Yes

  • Seating: Many benches

  • Shaded sitting areas: Yes

  • Public transit access: Yes (directions)

  • Vehicle access/parking: Yes, free parking

  • Public bathrooms: Yes (see map)

  • Noise level: Medium-low

  • Dogs: Some, required to be on leash

  • Snow clearance: Some paths are cleared by the City of London. Generally, in the winter there is some ice on the path that may be impassable for wheelchair users.

Kilally Meadows Environmentally Significant Area (map) (photos)

  • Paths: Paved, shared with cyclists, flat

  • Information sign near entrance: Yes

  • Seating: A few benches along paved paths (see map)

  • Shaded sitting areas: No structures, some benches may be shaded by trees

  • Vehicle access/parking: Yes, west end of park off Adelaide, south end at residential lots or street parking, free parking

  • Public transit access: Limited, bus stops are located within short distances with paved paths to entrances at Highbury Ave (directions) and Adelaide St (directions)

  • Public bathrooms: None.

  • Noise level: Low

  • Dogs: Few, required to be on leash

  • Snow clearance: Some paths are cleared by the City of London. Generally, in the winter there is some ice on the path that may be impassable for wheelchair users.

Springbank Park (map) (photos)

  • Paths: Paved, some areas are separated for pedestrians and cyclists, mostly flat

  • Level access (i.e., no steps or major inclines): Yes

  • Information sign near entrance: Yes

  • Seating: A few benches along paved paths (see map)

  • Shaded sitting areas: Yes

  • Vehicle access/parking: Yes, free parking

  • Public transit access: Limited, bus stops are located on Wonderland Rd S at Riverside Dr and Springbank Dr, with paved paths into the park (directions)

  • Public bathrooms: Yes (see map)​

  • Noise level: Medium-low

  • Dogs: Some, required to be on leash. There is a dog park located east of Wonderland Rd next to Springbank Park.

  • Snow clearance: Some paths are cleared by the City of London. Generally, in the winter there is some ice on the path that may be impassable for wheelchair users.

Birding for beginners

Birding for kids/families

Birding for new Canadians

The following translation resources may be helpful especially for people who are new to Canada or for whom English is a second language. Birds found in Canada may have names in other languages associated with related species in other countries. 

Advanced Birding

London is home to many advanced birders! If you already have experience with birding, the resources listed below may be of interest to you.

We encourage birders, especially advanced birders to record observations in a citizen science database like eBird or iNaturalist. These tools are used by conservationists and planners to protect London's Natural Heritage System.