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Training Directory: Identification and Field Survey Skills - Ornithology Short Courses

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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.

12/06/2020 Nightjars 1 Day

Pirbright, Surrey Wildlife Trust 01372379523 adult.learning@surreywt.org.uk c-js.info/2OQQRtV

Learn about this strange, wide-mouthed bird that sits camouflaged on the ground during the day and hunts at night.Then walk the heath in search of them.

Cost £40 members/£52 non-members

19/06/2020 Identifying and Monitoring Birds of Prey 4 Days

FSC Malham Tarn, Field Studies Council 01729 830331 enquiries.mt@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/identifying-and-monitoring-birds-of-prey/

Learning how to identify the different bird of prey species and their behaviour can help us gain a greater understanding of how these birds live and how we can live alongside them. 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

24/06/2020 Understanding Owls 1 Day

British Wildlife Centre, Surrey Wildlife Trust 01372379523 adult.learning@surreywt.org.uk c-js.info/2SmyMWB

Gain an insight into these fascinating nocturnal creatures. Join us for an afternoon talk about the six owls native to Surrey before touring the British Wildlife Centre.

Cost £40 members/£52 non-members

10/07/2020 Wildlife Tracking 3 Days

FSC Malham Tarn, Field Studies Council 01729 830331 enquiries.mt@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/wildlife-tracking-2/

A detailed look at tracks and signs left by a range of birds, mammals, reptiles and invertebrates, including instruction on using camera traps. Tracking develops our ability to observe subtle details and connect them to landscape-scale patterns. You will build confidence in sign recognition and interpretation while learning practical applications of tracking for conservation and education as well as simple enjoyment of the natural world.

Cost £454.00

17/07/2020 Bird Identification in Pembrokeshire 5 Days

FSC Orielton, Field Studies Council 01646 623920 enquiries.or@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/bird-identification-in-pembrokeshire/

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. This course is for anyone who watches birds but would like to improve their identification skills - whatever your skill level you will learn something new.

Cost £465.00

17/07/2020 Summer Wildlife Watch 5 Days

Orielton Field Centre, Pembroke, Field Studies Council 01646 623920 admin.or@field-studies-council.org

A great opportunity to learn about wildlife in the stunning surroundings of Pembrokeshire. Look at the wildlife on sea cliffs, farmland, wetlands and rivers, including flowering plants, mammals, birds, butterflies and dragonflies. Local specialities include badgers, bats, grey seals, porpoises and the puffins and seabird colonies of Skomer Island.

Cost £465 sole occ/£425 shared/£365 non-res

22/07/2020 Summer Birds and Pembrokeshire Islands 5 Days

FSC Dale Fort, Field Studies Council 01646 636205 enquiries.df@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/summer-birds-and-pembrokeshire-islands/

The aim of the course is to build confidence in bird identification, in an easy going and digestible way, starting with resident and common migrants. The focus will be on watching and identifying birds 'in the field', getting to grips with birds typical of the West Wales coast, and hopefully through this finding and identifying scarcer migrants and possibly something even rarer.

Cost £455.00

22/07/2020 Fossicking the Flora and Fauna of South Pembrokeshire 6 Days

Orielton Field Centre, Pembroke, Sandy Hill / Field Studies Council 01646 623920 admin.or@field-studies-council.org

The Pembrokeshire Coast National Park is more than just a beautiful patchwork quilt of seaside landscapes, as it holds a wealth of habitats and biodiversity to explore. We will search out the birds, blooms and beasts and develop your ID skills and experience. You should find plenty to keep you enthralled. Moderate level of fitness required.

Cost £540 sole/£500 shared/£440 non-res

24/07/2020 Scottish Island Birds: Summer Seabirds 3 Days

FSC Millport, Field Studies Council 01475 531420 enquiries.mil@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/scottish-island-birds-summer-seabirds/

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. In the late summer months, the marine environment is alive with seabirds that can be seen from the shore and from our research vessel, Actinia. Feeding frenzies of gannets, shearwaters and auks provide spectacular bird-watching opportunities in addition to some of our coastal and inland highlights and the occasional marine mammal!

Cost £300.00

03/08/2020 Birds of South Devon 5 Days

FSC Slapton Ley, Field Studies Council 01548 580466 enquiries.sl@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/birds-of-south-devon/

The course provides an opportunity to develop your knowledge and experience of birds within this classic English landscape. Centred around the coast, we'll also discover areas of freshwater, farmland and wooded sites to 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 £515.00

28/08/2020 Wildlife Tracking 4 Days

FSC Slapton Ley, Field Studies Council 01548 580466 enquiries.sl@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/wildlife-tracking-3/

A detailed look at tracks and signs left by a range of birds, mammals, reptiles and invertebrates. Tracking develops our ability to observe subtle details and connect them to landscape-scale patterns. You will build confidence in sign recognition and interpretation while learning practical applications of tracking for conservation and education as well as simple enjoyment of the natural world.

Cost £350.00

11/09/2020 BTO Bird Identification 3 Days

FSC Rhyd-y-creuau, Field Studies Council and BTO 01690 710494 enquiries.rc@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/bto-birds-of-north-wales-date-tbc/

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Cost £370.00

11/09/2020 Autumn Birdwatching Weekend 3 Days

FSC Flatford Mill, Field Studies Council 01206 297110 enquiries.fm@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/autumn-birdwatching-weekend/

In the autumn there are often large numbers of winter visitors moving from northern latitudes through East Anglia. Wildfowl and waders are moulting and becoming easier to recognise and there is always a chance of exotic species from Siberia to quicken the pulse! 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 in the evenings.

Cost £270.00

20/10/2020 Winter Migrant Birds 5 Days

FSC Dale Fort, Field Studies Council 01646 636205 enquiries.df@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/winter-migrant-birds/

The aim of the course is to build confidence in bird identification, in an easy going and digestible way, starting with resident and common migrants. The focus will be on watching and identifying birds 'in the field', getting to grips with birds typical of the West Wales coast, and hopefully through this finding and identifying scarcer migrants and possibly something even rarer.

Cost £455.00

23/10/2020 Autumn Bird Watching 3 Days

FSC Margam, Field Studies Council 01639 895636 enquiries.mp@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/autumn-bird-watching/

We will spend most of our time outdoors exploring a variety of habitats, which no doubt will be a mixture of brief encounters and longer views that will enable us to study birds behaving naturally feeding, flocking, even evading any predators (fingers crossed) and other behaviours. We will observe birds stealthily and focus on aspects of field craft e.g. how to best scan for birds across large open expanses and how not to disturb them.

Cost £289.00

26/10/2020 Siberian Week: Looking at Bird Migration Along the Suffolk Coast 5 Days

FSC Flatford Mill, Field Studies Council 01206 297110 enquiries.fm@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/siberian-week-looking-at-bird-migration-along-the-suffolk-coast/

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. It will also emphasise the adaptations of birds to their preferred habitats and lifestyles.

Cost £480.00

30/10/2020 Mainly Migrants 3 Days

FSC Flatford Mill, Field Studies Council 01206 297110 enquiries.fm@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/mainly-migrants/

This course is designed to help you find out more about bird identification and bird migration, along with the species likely to be encountered during migration periods. We will explore migration marking techniques including: ringing, colour marking and radio and satellite tracking. Weather permitting, we will organise bird ringing demonstrations at the Flatford ringing site.

Cost £270.00

02/11/2020 Avian Egg Incubation Workshop 5 Days

Jersey, Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust academy@durrell.org c-js.info/2GYQhVQ

This five-day workshop is aimed at curators, keepers, veterinarians, serious private breeders and field biologists involved in managing breeding birds, both in captivity and in the wild. Whether new to egg incubation or experienced with managing eggs, participants gain a broad range of skills necessary to ensure optimal hatchability both in the incubator and in the nest.

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