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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.


January 2019

25/01/2019    BTO Bird Identification and WeBS    2 Days

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

Participants will develop skills in visual identification of common species and move through to songs and calls. Focusing on wetland birds, the group will visit a range of appropriate sites in the area to develop identification skills, learn how to count birds and develop a better understanding of the Wetland Bird Survey.

Cost £250.00


February 2019

02/02/2019    Winter Bird Identification Walk    0.5 Day

Attenborough Nature Reserve, Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust . Contact: 0115 972 1777 enquiries@attenboroughnaturecentre.co.uk https://c-js.co.uk/2KAo6wR

Improve your identification of winter birds using sight and sound. 9-11am.

Cost £7.00


15/02/2019    Winter Birdwatching Weekend    3 Days

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

Wildfowl, shorebirds and other winter visitors such as thrushes, finches and buntings will be the main focus of interest on this late winter birdwatching weekend and there is always the possibility of scarcer visitors from the north and east if the weather has been particularly hard in previous weeks.

Cost £395.00


17/02/2019    Winter Bird Identification    1 Day

Attenborough Nature Reserve, Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust . Contact: 0115 972 1777 enquiries@attenboroughnaturecentre.co.uk https://c-js.co.uk/2KAo6wR

This day course focuses on the wildfowl, waders and other winter visitors at Attenborough. You'll improve your birdwatching and winter bird identification skills. 10am-3pm.

Cost £35.00


March 2019

03/03/2019    Wildlife Handling and Care    1 Day

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

Please visit our website for more information

Cost £60.00


05/03/2019    Woodland Bird ID & Bird House Build    1 Day

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

See and hear the different woodland bird species on an early morning walk before making your own bird house to take home.

Cost £47.00


08/03/2019    Discovering Birds by Sight, Song and their Calls in a Diversity of Habitats    2 Days

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

If you enjoy watching and listening to birds but are frustrated trying to separate different species, this course will certainly develop your knowledge and confidence. Learning good fieldcraft, how to make the most of your binoculars, to understanding plumage patterns and behaviour, and listening to and learning bird sounds in the field will all help you memorise how to identity the birds and their elusive sound patterns!

Cost £270.00


22/03/2019    Recognising Birds by Sight and Sound: Especially for Improvers    2 Days

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

This course is for anyone who feels fairly confident that they know their garden and woodland birds, and would like more experience of less frequently encountered species. You will improve your fieldcraft and spend time listening to, and learning, bird sounds in the field to help you memorise their elusive sound patterns!

Cost £270.00


23/03/2019    Wildlife Rehabilitation and Release    1 Day

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

Please visit our website for more information

Cost £60.00


29/03/2019    Scottish Island Birds: Spring Migrants    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, and pelagic bird species are all within easy reach. In winter, the sheltered Clyde is a haven for wildfowl and a vital staging point for waders.

Cost £291.00


April 2019

05/04/2019    Introduction to Birds    1 Day

Amersham, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01494 721054 enquiries.am@field-studies-council.org c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

An introduction to identifying common (and occasionally less common) birds using sight and sound. No prior experience is necessary, just an enthusiasm to get out and have a go.

Cost £42.00


05/04/2019    Birdwatching for Absolute Beginners    2 Days

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

This course is designed for absolute beginners to birdwatching and will teach the basics of bird identification. This will include birds commonly seen in gardens and also the ducks and waders on the local estuary. Basic fieldcraft skills will be used to help identify birds from their behaviour, location, song and calls.

Cost £270.00


06/04/2019    Woodland Birds of Epping Forest    1 Day

Epping Forest, Field Studies Council. Contact: 020 8502 8500 enquiries.ef@field-studies-council.org c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

Get to grips with woodland bird identification on a relaxed spring walk around the ancient woodland that is Epping Forest. Our day will incorporate bird identification, bird vocalisations and bird behaviour as we explore this beautiful location. Fee includes FSC foldout chart Top 50 Garden Birds.

Cost £35.00


07/04/2019    Introduction to wildlife rescue and rehabilitation    1 Day

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

Please visit our website for more information

Cost £60.00


12/04/2019    An Introduction to Bird Watching    3 Days

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

The aim of this course is to identify many of the more common breeding birds of North Wales by sight and sound. This will be a relaxing course, suitable for beginners. We will walk in some of the lovely places in the beautiful Conwy Valley. There will be a short introduction to the course in the classroom on the first evening and an opportunity to get out early in the morning to sample the dawn chorus in nearby woodland habitat.

Cost £325.00


13/04/2019    Birdwatching in Bushy Park    1 Day

Bushy Park, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01306 734501 enquiries.ldn@field-studies-council.org c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

Bushy Park is a great location to spot resident and migrant birds in spring. The course is designed to help you observe and identify birds. Spend the day visiting the open parkland, the ponds, the gardens with their wooded areas and the wetland being developed in the Brewhouse fields not usually accessible to the public.

Cost £35.00


13/04/2019    Birds of Cattawade Marshes    1 Day

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

Visiting a variety of habitats around Flatford Mill, participants will explore marshland, grassland and the River Stour itself as the group make best use of local weather conditions to watch and discover more about the local avifauna. The emphasis will be on helping everyone feel more confident about identifying birds.

Cost £80.00


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

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

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


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


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


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


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


July 2019

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


August 2019

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


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

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

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

Please visit our website for more information

Cost £60.00


28/09/2019    Wildlife Handling and Care    1 Day

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

Please visit our website for more information

Cost £60.00


October 2019

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

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

Please visit our website for more information

Cost £60.00


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

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

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

Please visit our website for more information

Cost £60.00



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