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Scottish Island Coastal Birds

  • Location: Millport
  • Tutor: Jack Lucas
  • Dates: Friday 03 August 2018 to Sunday 05 August 2018
  • Times: 05:00 PM - 03:00 PM
  • Level: Open for Everyone
  • NON-RESIDENT: £147

This weekend course is a unique opportunity to brush up your birding skills, and get to grips with our waders and sea ducks, as well as passage migrants and local coastal specialities.

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. At this time of the year 'late breeders' are still feeding their young and many birds are still feeding fledged youngsters - giving an ideal chance to see juveniles and parents together.

This course gives you the chance to explore the diverse coastline of Millport, including taking a trip on our research vessel (weather permitting), in order to discover the abundant coastal and sea birds which live around our shores. Our local expert will be on hand to help you identify and photograph a variety of birds including different sea ducks, gulls, auks and waders.

Recent feedback about this course:

"Several months later, I have fantastic memories of my time on Cumbrae. Great sightings of birds and seals, topped off with a close encounter with a dolphin. The tutor was enthusiastic and knowledgeable, and the accommodation was comfortable." (Scottish Island Coastal Birds at Millport, August 2017)

About the tutor

Jack Lucas is an experienced tutor and marine biologist working at FSC Millport. Jack has a passion for all things marine, and specialises in marine megafauna such as dolphins, whales, seals and birds. He has worked for research organisations in The Bahamas, New Zealand, Australia and the UK before joining the FSC team in Scotland in 2015. Jack can usually be found on the shores of Cumbrae leading science and natural history courses for all ages and is the current Sustainability Coordinator for the centre at Millport.

Having graduated with an Honours degree in Marine Biology from Plymouth University, Jack is currently pursuing a research degree part-time at the University of St. Andrews focussing on the population ecology of bottlenose dolphins in Scotland. He spends most of his spare time undertaking offshore surveys for marine mammals and seabirds or volunteering for environmental organisations.


Extra nights: If you are interested in staying at the Centre for additional nights, before or after the course, please contact the Centre for availability and costs which start from £35 for B&B, or £42.50 full board.

Partner Rate: For those paying the sole occupancy price, we are offering our guests a special rate for those who would like a twin room for them and their partner not enrolled on an FSC course, at £42.50 per night for dinner, bed and breakfast.

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