If you enjoy birdwatching, join us as we look closely at our Winter visitors.

Some birds visit us just for the Winter months and leave us in Spring. During this course we’ll look at why birds visit us in Winter and seek out over two days in the field some of those birds.  

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We’ll explore a coastal site as well as an inland reservoir and look for divers, grebes and passerines that will shortly be leaving us as daylight increases and days get longer.

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 knowledge. Our nature experiences 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 wildlife and the surrounding countryside of 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

  • Expert Tuition
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Full Board Accommodation
  • Hot and Cold Drinks
  • Picnic Lunch

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

This course is not currently available to book. Dates will follow soon.

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