Waders are a vast and confusing group of birds. This course, Birdwatching: Wader Migration, visits a coastal site and an inland reservoir to seek out wading birds. We will aim to sort out any confusion regarding their identification.  

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We’ll discuss how to identify waders and where they are going to and where they have come from. Our course date is set to coincide with the major influx of wading birds into the UK as they move South from the Arctic Circle.

Please note: This course is not part of the Biodiversity learning framework, this course is organised by Flatford Mill and the tutor.

About the tutor

Carl Chapman

Carl Chapman runs a wildlife tour business based in North Norfolk and has done so for the last 15 years. He runs tours around Norfolk as well as other parts of East Anglia and other parts of the UK looking at birds as well as ther wildlife. Carl also is a qualified photographer and teaches wildlife photography. He is a qualified ornithologist and also has a keen interest in cetology.

Carl is Norfolk’s Marine Mammal Recorder and works for several charities including Sea Watch Foundation, AFON (A Focus on Nature) and BDMLR (British Divers Marine Life Rescue). He also chaired the NNNS (Norfolk & Norwich Naturalists’ Society) through its 150th year and still plays an active role chairing the Liaison Committee of the Society which actively protects the county’s wildlife.

About Flatford Mill

We have four buildings that are used for visitor accommodation. Whilst most rooms are either en-suite or have a dedicated bathroom, there are some rooms in The Mill that share showers and toilets at the end of the hall. If this is un-suitable for you please make the office staff aware upon booking or as soon as possible.

Please be aware that you are visiting a Field Centre that caters in the main for school parties; the accommodation is basic and dormitory style, but warm and comfortable.

Explore our range of nature courses hosted by our engaging tutors and learn from their expertise and skills. Our art courses are a chance to meet like-minded people, a chance to unwind from everyday life, and a great opportunity to experience the UK’s glorious countryside surrounding our field centres.

Example Timetable

Arrival Day

Check-in is between 1600-1800, if you are arriving after 1800 please advise us, so we can ensure you are advised of access codes, room key location, and room location.

You will meet the tutor at dinner, and you will have your first session after dinner.

What's Included

Full board accommodation and picnic lunch is available for resident bookings only.
Refreshments are included for all, but non-resident bookings are advised to bring lunch with you.

Before You Attend

What to bring

  • Binoculars.
  • A field telescope and tripod if you have one.
  • Subdued coloured outdoor clothing appropriate for the time of the year.
  • Pen, notebook and a keen sense to learn.
  • If you are an RSPB member please bring your membership card.


Opportunities to attend this course

  • Fri 19, July 2024 19:00 - Sun 21, July 2024 16:00

    We now only have non-resident spaces available for this course.

    Flatford Mill
    £205 - £292
    Carl Chapman