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Identification and Field Survey Skills - Ornithology

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Identification and Field Survey Skills - Ornithology

Practical training in how to identify and handle birds, also training in survey techniques and classifications including ringing licences.


April 2019

22/04/2019    Bird Song ID    1 Day

Bickley Hall farm, Cheshire Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01948 820728 alinnet@cheshirewt.org.uk https://c-js.info/2CvQkr9

Spend a morning learning all about bird song.

Cost £10.00


27/04/2019    Zoo Academy (15-17 year olds)    8 Days

ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, ZSL. Contact: https://c-js.info/2CyS1nH

ZSL Zoo Academy is an eight-day course which includes study sessions on different exotic species and more than 20 hours practical experience in the zoo. Our exciting animal-based course is designed for 15-17 year olds who wish to become vets, vet nurses, zoo keepers or pursue other animal related careers/studies.

Cost £575.00


28/04/2019    Wildlife Rehabilitation and Release for Veterinary Professionals - CPD Training    1 Day

Highbridge, Secret World. Contact: 01278 783250 info@secretworld.org www.secretworld.org/

Please visit our website for more information

Cost £125.00


30/04/2019    Identifying Birds by Sight and Sound    2 Days

The Kingcombe Centre, Dorset Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01300 320684 hradice@dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk www.kingcombe.org

Whether you're new to birding or have some previous experience, join DWT’s Hamish Murray on a birding exploration around Powerstock Common and Kingcombe Meadows nature reserves.

Cost £188.00


May 2019

01/05/2019    Improve Your Birdwatching - Bird Song    1 Day

Fingringhoe Wick Nature Reserve, near Colchester, Essex Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01621 862960 admin@essexwt.org.uk www.essexwt.org.uk/events/2019-05-01-improve-your-birdwatching-bird-song

A classroom session looking at how and why birds sing, learning to recognise birdsong, alarm and contact calls, followed by a short walk to put the theory into practice and a longer guided walk after lunch

Cost £unknown


02/05/2019    Breeding Bird Surveys and Checks    1 Day

West Midlands , CIEEM. Contact: 01962 868626 enquiries@cieem.net events.cieem.net/Events/EventPages/02052019000000BreedingBirdSurveysandChecks.aspx

A one day course providing a baseline for breeding bird surveys and site checks.

Cost £unknown


02/05/2019    Improve Your Birdwatching - Spring Bird ID    1 Day

Fingringhoe Wick Nature Reserve and Abberton Reservoir, near Colchester, Essex Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01621 862960 admin@essexwt.org.uk www.essexwt.org.uk/events/2019-05-02-nature-course-spring-bird-id

The day will be largely spent outside looking for, listening to and identifying our spring and summer birds. You will also gain an understanding of the habitat and management requirements for a variety of breeding birds.

Cost £unknown


03/05/2019    Spring Birdwatching    2 Days

Flatford Mill, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01206 297110 enquiries.fm@field-studies-council.org c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

Visiting a range of locations around Suffolk and Essex, as well making use of sites around Flatford Mill, participants will explore woods, heathlands or marshes as the group make best use of local weather conditions to watch and discover more about the local birdlife.

Cost £270.00


03/05/2019    Birds in the Shropshire Springtime    2 Days

Preston Montford, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01743 852040 enquiries.pm@field-studies-council.org c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

Shropshire in springtime is a delightful place in which to develop your bird identification skills. This course will visit a variety of different habitats within the county, which should enable a wide range of species to be encountered and give an indication of where to find different birds. It aims to improve identification by sight and sound and will look at some of the basic methods of monitoring birds.

Cost £295.00


03/05/2019    Wetland Songbirds    1 Day

Cotswold Water Park, Glos, Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01452 383333 info@gloucestershirewildlifetrust.co.uk www.gloucestershirewildlifetrust.co.uk/events/2019-05-03-course-wetland-songbirds

Ed Drewitt leads a fascinating day at Whelford Pools nature reserve focussed on wetland songbirds - possibly 9 species of warbler, reed bunting, and cuckoo. You also may see kingfisher, grebes, water rail and even hobbies skimming for dragonflies. 09:30 - 16.00.

Cost £49.00


04/05/2019    Spring Birds in Pembrokeshire    4 Days

Orielton, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01646 623920 enquiries.or@field-studies-council.org c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

May is an important month for both resident and migratory species. You will visit coastal, woodland and wetland habitats, learning to identify birds by sight and sound and examining their general ecology. The fee includes a visit to Skomer Island with its internationally important seabird colonies.

Cost £455.00


06/05/2019    Dawn Chorus Walk and Breakfast    1 Day

Nower Wood, Mill Way, leatherhead KT22 8QA, Surrey Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01372379523 adult.learning@surreywt.org.uk

Join us on International Dawn Chorus day for a magical morning of bird ID followed by a well deserved breakfast.

Cost £32.00


08/05/2019    Bird Survey Techniques    1 Day

Nr Exeter, Acorn Ecology Ltd. Contact: 01392 366512 training@acornecology.co.uk c-js.co.uk/2xSEjfq

Introductory level course suitable for both ecologists and conservationists. The course covers different bird survey techniques that can be used, the methods involved and how to present and interpret the results. Techniques covered included breeding bird surveys, single species surveys, transect surveys and point counts.

Cost £unknown


10/05/2019    Bird Identification    2 Days

Kindrogan, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01253 870 150 enquiries.kd@field-studies-council.org c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

We will cover a variety of ways to accurately identify birds with an emphasis on recognising songs and other types of call. We will also cover some visual ID and you will learn to interpret bird behaviour and calls as an effective way to discover what other wildlife is around.

Cost £232.00


10/05/2019    Songbird Identification    3 Days

Preston Montford, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01743 852040 enquiries.pm@field-studies-council.org c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

This weekend course in late spring is at the ideal time to see and hear songbirds. It will concentrate on identification skills using sight and song, with field notebooks as important aids to observation. There will be at least one early start and visits to a wide range of interesting habitats. *MMU

Cost £395.00


10/05/2019    Farmland Songbirds    1 Day

Cheltenham, Glos, Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01453 383333 info@gloucestershirewildlifetrust.co.uk www.gloucestershirewildlifetrust.co.uk/events/2019-05-10-course-farmland-songbirds

Join Ed Drewitt for an exclusive exploration of a remarkable private farm managed for wildlife. Learn how to identify the songbirds that live there - from familiar species such as thrush and chaffinch, to unusual farmland specialists such as whitethroat and yellowhammer. "Ed was an amazing trainer". 09:30 - 16.00.

Cost £49.00


15/05/2019    Improve Your Birdwatching - Warbler ID    1 Day

Abbotts Hall Farm, near Colchester, Essex Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01621 862960 admin@essexwt.org.uk www.essexwt.org.uk/events/2019-05-15-nature-course-improve-you-birdwatching-warbler-id

The morning will be a classroom session at Abbotts Hall Farm looking at warbler identification. After lunch we'll drive to Layer Breton Causeway at Abberton Reservoir in search of more warbler species.

Cost £unknown


17/05/2019    Bird Identification - An Introduction    3 Days

Denmark Farm Conservation Centre, Betws Bledwrs, Lampeter, SA48 8PD, Denmark Farm Conservation Centre. Contact: 01570493358 info@denmarkfarm.org.uk www.denmarkfarm.org.uk

The number of species and the range in shape, colour and call may surprise you. Come and gain an enormous amount of pleasure and knowledge from observing and learning about birds in the wonderful habitats.

Cost £120.00


17/05/2019    Bird Survey Techniques    3 Days

Preston Montford, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01743 852040 enquiries.pm@field-studies-council.org c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

This course covers collecting bird data to contribute to accurate, long-term surveys which are essential to measure population trends. It is aimed at keen amateur ornithologists and wildlife professionals who would like to learn some basic bird survey techniques, and it will include a dawn survey. *MMU(M)

Cost £505.00


22/05/2019    Heathland Habitats for Wildlife & how to Manage them for Birds    1 Day

Pond Farm, Wisley Common, Surrey Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01372379523 adult.learning@surreywt.org.uk

Learn about the unique heathland habitat and the wildlife that call it home. We will then walk the heath in search of native birds.

Cost £57.00


24/05/2019    Birds for Beginners    2 Days

Juniper Hall, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01306 734501 enquiries.jh@field-studies-council.org c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

An introduction to identifying common (and occasionally less common) birds using sight and sound. This course will visit a wide range of habitats in the Surrey Hills to develop your confidence and practise your new found skills.

Cost £240.00


24/05/2019    Birds of the North Wales Coast, Woodlands and Uplands    3 Days

Rhyd-y-creuau, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01690 710494 enquiries.rc@field-studies-council.org c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

With the breeding season well underway, this is an ideal long weekend for birdwatching in the dramatic landscapes of North Wales. We will explore the coastal cliffs and estuaries, visiting seabird colonies on Anglesey and the RSPB Reserve at Conwy and walk through glaciated valleys for open country and woodland birds.

Cost £370.00


June 2019

14/06/2019    Identifying and Monitoring Birds of Prey    3 Days

Malham Tarn, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01729 830331 enquiries.mt@field-studies-council.org c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

This course is aimed at those with limited or no experience of observing birds of prey in the wild and will introduce you to the different British birds of prey, their ecology and behaviours as well as various ways of monitoring them.

Cost £375.00


23/06/2019    All About Barn Owls in Kent     1 Day

Bough Beech, Kent Wildlife Trust . Contact: 01622662012 studydays@kentwildlife.org.uk https://c-js.info/2C2oH95

Find out about barn owl ecology and habitat management. Includes practical sessions for instance studying barn owl pellets and small mammal trapping. Normal fee - £33 per person per day.Concessionary fee - KWT volunteers, senior citizens, unemployed and students £5 off.

Cost £33.00


July 2019

06/07/2019    Young Birders’ Training Course    7 Days

Isle of May, The Scottish Ornithologists' Club. Contact: 01875 871 330 jane.allison@the-soc.org.uk https://c-js.info/2Cr1jSv

A week-long funded opportunity, the course provides an opportunity annually for three female & three male naturalists (aged 16–25), to spend a week at the Observatory learning first-hand, a wide range of bird survey skills & techniques. These skills are out with the scope of most university/college curricula yet are essential attributes for those embarking on a career or role in wildlife recording/conservation.

Cost £unknown


15/07/2019    Zoo Academy (15-17 year olds)    8 Days

ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, ZSL. Contact: https://c-js.info/2CyS1nH

ZSL Zoo Academy is an eight-day course which includes study sessions on different exotic species and more than 20 hours practical experience in the zoo. Our exciting animal-based course is designed for 15-17 year olds who wish to become vets, vet nurses, zoo keepers or pursue other animal related careers/studies.

Cost £575.00


22/07/2019    Bird Identification in Pembrokeshire    4 Days

Orielton, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01646 623920 enquiries.or@field-studies-council.org c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

Enjoy watching a range of migrant and resident birds including local specialities such as Chough. This will involve some gentle walks as well as visits to beaches, estuaries, coastal cliffs and headlands. Weather permitting we will visit Skomer Island; boat and landing fees included.

Cost £455.00


26/07/2019    Scottish Island Birds: Summer Seabirds    2 Days

Millport, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01475 531420 enquiries.mil@field-studies-council.org c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

The spectacular glacial landscape of the Clyde Sea provides a surprising range of habitats in a small area. From the Isle of Cumbrae; upland, coastal, wetland and pelagic bird species are all within easy reach.

Cost £291.00


29/07/2019    Zoo Academy (15-17 year olds)    8 Days

ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, ZSL. Contact: https://c-js.info/2CyS1nH

ZSL Zoo Academy is an eight-day course which includes study sessions on different exotic species and more than 20 hours practical experience in the zoo. Our exciting animal-based course is designed for 15-17 year olds who wish to become vets, vet nurses, zoo keepers or pursue other animal related careers/studies.

Cost £575.00


August 2019

03/08/2019    An Introduction to Wildlife Surveying    1 Day

Woods Mill, Henfield, West Sussex, Sussex Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01273 497544 michaelblencowe@sussexwt.org.uk sussexwildlifetrust.org.uk/whats-on/2019-08-03-an-introduction-to-wildlife-surveying-03082019

This new course gives you a unique opportunity to learn about the various methods and equipment that are used to survey a range of wildlife groups. The course will include a series of 'taster sessions' on how to survey birds, butterflies, bats, reptiles, moths, small mammals, hedgehogs and other wildlife.

Cost £unknown


04/08/2019    Birds of South Devon    5 Days

Slapton Ley, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01548 580466 enquiries.sl@field-studies-council.org c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

This course provides an opportunity to develop your knowledge and experience of birds within this classic English landscape. Ranging from the coastline up onto the rugged contours of Dartmoor National Park, we explore the birdlife around us, but also take stock of the diverse native flora and fauna, which are such an integral part of each habitat.

Cost £535.00


10/08/2019    BTO Bird Identification    2 Days

Castle Head, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01539 538120 enquiries.ch@field-studies-council.org c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

Learn how to identify Britain's birds with confidence and discover how there is a BTO survey that you can take part in. These courses begin with the basics of identifying birds by sight and progress during your stay to identifying the commoner species by songs and calls as well.

Cost £250.00


12/08/2019    Zoo Academy (15-17 year olds)    8 Days

ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, ZSL. Contact: https://c-js.info/2CyS1nH

ZSL Zoo Academy is an eight-day course which includes study sessions on different exotic species and more than 20 hours practical experience in the zoo. Our exciting animal-based course is designed for 15-17 year olds who wish to become vets, vet nurses, zoo keepers or pursue other animal related careers/studies.

Cost £575.00


30/08/2019    BTO Bird Identification    2 Days

Rhyd-y-creuau, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01690 710494 enquiries.rc@field-studies-council.org c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

Learn how to identify Britain's birds with confidence and discover how there is a BTO survey that you can take part in - no matter what your bird-watching experience. These courses begin with the basics of identifying birds by sight and progress during your stay to identifying the commoner species by songs and calls as well.

Cost £250.00


September 2019

11/09/2019    The Owls of Sussex    1 Day

Woods Mill, Henfield, West Sussex, Sussex Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01273 497544 michaelblencowe@sussexwt.org.uk sussexwildlifetrust.org.uk/whats-on/2019-09-11-the-owls-of-sussex-11092019

We will start the course with an illustrated talk about the owls of Sussex. Find out how these incredible birds have adapted as masters of nocturnal hunting. Learn about their ecology, diets, behaviour and how to identify them by sight and by call. In the evening we'll head out to try to find our local owls.

Cost £45.00


14/09/2019    Introduction to wildlife rescue and rehabilitation    1 Day

Highbridge, Secret World. Contact: 01278 783250 info@secretworld.org www.secretworld.org/

Please visit our website for more information

Cost £60.00


18/09/2019    The Owls of Sussex    1 Day

Woods Mill, Henfield, West Sussex, Sussex Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01273 497544 michaelblencowe@sussexwt.org.uk sussexwildlifetrust.org.uk/whats-on/2019-09-18-the-owls-of-sussex-18092019

We will start the course with an illustrated talk about the owls of Sussex. Find out how these incredible birds have adapted as masters of nocturnal hunting. Learn about their ecology, diets, behaviour and how to identify them by sight and by call. In the evening we'll head out to try to find our local owls.

Cost £45.00


21/09/2019    Zoo Academy (15-17 year olds)    8 Days

ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, ZSL. Contact: https://c-js.info/2CyS1nH

ZSL Zoo Academy is an eight-day course which includes study sessions on different exotic species and more than 20 hours practical experience in the zoo. Our exciting animal-based course is designed for 15-17 year olds who wish to become vets, vet nurses, zoo keepers or pursue other animal related careers/studies.

Cost £575.00


28/09/2019    Wildlife Handling and Care    1 Day

Highbridge, Secret World. Contact: 01278 783250 info@secretworld.org www.secretworld.org/

Please visit our website for more information

Cost £60.00


October 2019

05/10/2019    Migrants and early winter visitors to Gowy Meadows    1 Day

Gowy Meadows, Thornton-le-Moors , Cheshire Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01948 820728 info@cheshirewt.org.uk www.cheshirewildlifetrust.org.uk/events/2019-10-05-migrants-and-early-winter-visitors-gowy-meadows

Join local recorder Steve Holmes on a guided walk around Gowy Meadows looking at birds returning for the winter

Cost £10.00


11/10/2019    Little Brown Jobs - Small Birds of the South Downs    1 Day

Sompting, West Sussex, Sussex Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01273 497544 michaelblencowe@sussexwt.org.uk sussexwildlifetrust.org.uk/whats-on/2019-10-11-little-brown-jobs-identification-of-the-small-birds-of-the-south-downs-11102019

This course looks at the wildfowl, geese and ducks that can be seen in Sussex throughout the year. As an Introductory course it will look at Identification techniques: Habitats, Seasons, Behaviour.

Cost £45.00


12/10/2019    Assessment and First Aid in Wildlife Casualties    1 Day

Highbridge, Secret World. Contact: 01278 783250 info@secretworld.org www.secretworld.org/

Please visit our website for more information

Cost £60.00


12/10/2019    Autumn bird walk at Bickley Hall Farm    1 Day

Bickley Hall Farm, Malpas, Cheshire Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01948 820728 info@cheshirewt.org.uk www.cheshirewildlifetrust.org.uk/events/2019-10-12-autumn-bird-walk-bickley-hall-farm

Join us for a walk around our wildlife friendly farm, to learn about how we make space for nature and see the wonderful birds that call the farm home.

Cost £6.00


16/10/2019    Bird migration along the Black Sea coasts    1 Day

Nantwich Methodist Church, Nantwich, Cheshire Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01948 820728 info@cheshirewt.org.uk www.cheshirewildlifetrust.org.uk/events/2019-10-16-bird-migration-along-black-sea-coasts-steve-holmes

Join South Group local group for their monthly winter talk.

Cost £3.00


18/10/2019    Autumn Birdwatching Weekend    2 Days

Flatford Mill, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01206 297110 enquiries.fm@field-studies-council.org c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

Field excursions during the day to some of the best birdwatching sites in Suffolk and Essex will help improve your identification of migrant and resident birds and these will be complemented by slideshows and other activities. The course is equally suitable for those new to birdwatching and those with more experience.

Cost £270.00


21/10/2019    Siberian Week: Looking at Bird Migration Along the Suffolk Coast    4 Days

Flatford Mill, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01206 297110 enquiries.fm@field-studies-council.org c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

This course is designed to help you to find out more about bird identification and bird migration and the species likely to be encountered during migration periods. It is aimed equally at anyone who is a newcomer to birdwatching and those who wish to improve their skills in wild bird identification.

Cost £495.00


25/10/2019    Mainly Migrants    2 Days

Flatford Mill, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01206 297110 enquiries.fm@field-studies-council.org c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

We will divide our time between watching birds in the field and working indoors reviewing and discussing what we have collectively learnt. We will observe as many species as possible and use the latest smartphone apps and DVD identification guides to cover those species that may elude us on the day.

Cost £270.00


November 2019

03/11/2019    Field Craft and Animal Tracking - Get Close To Wildlife    1 Day

Woods Mill, Henfield, West Sussex, Sussex Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01273 497544 michaelblencowe@sussexwt.org.uk sussexwildlifetrust.org.uk/whats-on/2019-11-03-field-craft-and-animal-tracking-get-close-to-wildlife-03112019

Renowned wildlife photographer and author David Plummer shares his secrets in this new course aimed at teaching you the field craft required to get closer to wildlife while respecting and not disturbing the wildlife itself.

Cost £45.00


10/11/2019    Introduction to wildlife rescue and rehabilitation    1 Day

Highbridge, Secret World. Contact: 01278 783250 info@secretworld.org www.secretworld.org/

Please visit our website for more information

Cost £60.00


24/11/2019    Wildlife Rehabilitation and Release    1 Day

Highbridge, Secret World. Contact: 01278 783250 info@secretworld.org www.secretworld.org/

Please visit our website for more information

Cost £60.00


December 2019

06/12/2019    The birds and insects of Gowy Meadows    1 Day

Holly Bank House, Thornton-Le-Moors, Cheshire Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01948 820728 info@cheshirewt.org.uk www.cheshirewildlifetrust.org.uk/events/2019-12-06-birds-and-insects-gowy-meadows

Hear how wildlife changes across the seasons at Gowy Meadows, with site recorder Steve Holmes

Cost £5.00


February 2020

08/02/2020    Wintering birds of Gowy Meadows    1 Day

Gowy Meadows, Thornton-le-Moors , Cheshire Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01948 820728 info@cheshirewt.org.uk www.cheshirewildlifetrust.org.uk/events/2020-02-08-wintering-birds-gowy-meadows

Join local recorder Steve Holmes on a guided walk around Gowy Meadows, focussing on the wintering birds

Cost £10.00



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