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Songbird Identification

  • NON-RESIDENT: £270

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

This weekend course in late spring is at the ideal time to see and hear songbirds. With the breeding season well underway, they will be actively singing and displaying, whilst the comparative lack of leaves, hopefully, means that those that are heard may also be seen. The course will concentrate on developing identification skills by sight and song, using field notes and sketches as important aids to observation. There will be at least one early start, so come prepared for a long fieldwork day. The habitats visited will comprise mostly of farmland, woodland and waterside sites, including some work on the Preston Montford Estate. The course is geared to those wishing to improve their identification skills and those who have little or no experience of bird song.

Kevin Clements is a County Bird Recorder and Deputy Chairman of the West Midlands Bird Club. An experienced field ornithologist and naturalist, he has worked for many organisations in conservation and biological recording.


This course is part of the Biological Recording programmes run jointly with Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU). There is assessment of learning on the course through, for example, identification tests, producing survey reports or field journals, working through keys and other various pieces of work.

Credits from these assessments contribute towards the University Certificate in Biological Recording and Species Identification and the MSc Biological Recording. To gain University Credits you must register in advance.

To do this, please contact the Division of Biology and Conservation Ecology, Manchester Metropolitan University (Shrewsbury Office),The Gateway, Shrewsbury, Shropshire SY1 1NB Telephone: 01743 355137 E-mail: [email protected] For more information about the course please visit the MMU website: http://www.sste.mmu.ac.uk/recording/ The course is also suitable for non-credit students.

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

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