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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.


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


17/07/2019    An Introduction to Barn Owls    1 Day

Abbotts Hall Farm, near Colchester, Essex Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01621 862960 admin@essexwt.org.uk https://c-js.info/31uXKpu

The course will focus on the ecology of Barn Owls as well as conservation initiatives and surveying techniques. Suggested donation £30.

Cost £unknown


17/07/2019    Barn Owl Ecology and Survey Techniques    0.5 Day

Blue House Farm, near Chelmsford, Essex Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01621 862960 admin@essexwt.org.uk https://c-js.info/2KN5kFS

This course is aimed at those increasing their amateur interest in Barn owls and those beginning a career in ecological consultancy. Suggested donation £25.

Cost £unknown


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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