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Guide to Bird Watching (The Regent's Park)

  • Location: London
  • Tutor: Edward Hutchings
  • Date: Saturday 24 March 2018
  • Times: 10:00 - 16:00
  • Level: Open for Everyone

This course is now historical and therefore no bookings can be taken. Explore our current programme of courses here

Course Details

This one-day course will help you get to grips with the most common and familiar British birds on a relaxed early spring walk around The Regent’s Park. Unusually for a Royal Park, Regent’s has been managed for the benefit of wildlife for the past 35 years and there are a variety of habitats that attract a wide number of species for Central London.

We shall explore all of these productive areas thoroughly and the day will incorporate bird identification, bird vocalisations and bird behaviour.

Course fee includes a copy of the FSC fold out chart: Top 50 Garden Birds.

About the tutor

Ed Hutchings is a journalist and wildlife tour guide who specialises in birds. He worked briefly for the RSPB and the BTO before his present career. He writes regularly for BBC Wildlife, Birdwatch, Bird Watching and Nature’s Home amongst others, whilst guiding for Greenwings Wildlife Holidays and The Travelling Naturalist. He has travelled extensively worldwide as a result. Ed has a relaxed and informal style to his guiding and strives to ensure that all guests receive his undivided attention.


  • 0930 Registration
  • 1000 Welcome, Health and Safety & Introduction
  • 1015 Morning session
  • 1300 Lunch
  • 1330 Afternoon session
  • 1550 Taking your interest further and Course Reviews
  • 1600 Course finishes

Disclaimer - All timings are approximate. This is an outline programme and may be subject to change according to the weather, requirements of the group or access restrictions to field sites on the day of the course.

What to bring

  • Binoculars
  • lunch and plenty to drink
  • suitable clothing & footwear
  • waterproofs or sun cream as appropriate
  • notebook and pencil
  • small bag to carry personal items.

Health and Safety

  • There will be a member of staff with first aid training and access to a first aid kit on site.
  • If you have special medical requirements please let us know as soon as possible so we can plan the course.

Meeting point / Location

The Park Offices Regent’s Park.  https://www.royalparks.org.uk/parks/the-regents-park/visitor-information/opening-times-and-getting-there

FSC in The Regent's Park

FSC has been working in partnership with The Royal Parks to deliver courses since 2011. In The Regent's Park, we use facilities within the Park Offices to deliver courses, including classroom space, toilet facilities and refreshments. Most of our courses use sites across the Park allowing you to experience the diversity of habitats in this stunning park. The Regent's Park, designed by John Nash, covers 395 acres and includes Queen Mary's Gardens which features more than 12,000 roses of 400 varieties, as well as the gloriously restored William Andrews Nesfield's Avenue Gardens. With excellent sports facilities spanning nearly 100 acres it includes the largest outdoor sports area in central London. The park also houses the Open Air Theatre, London Zoo, Primrose Hill, the country's largest free to access waterfowl collection and 100 species of wild bird.

This course is now historical and therefore no bookings can be taken.

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