During this course, we will be looking at the origin of birds and how they developed from reptiles. We’ll also look at a bird’s topography and how that knowledge can be an aid in identification. Bird photography can be an aid to identification, and we shall explore the various means of taking photographs.

We shall also explore some difficult to separate species and how to avoid pitfalls in identification.

We will also cover bird migration in some detail.

Visiting local sites throughout the course will enable us to put new identification skills into practice.

Please note: This course is not part of the eco-skills learning framework which you can find more out about here. This is a standalone nature course kindly organised by FSC Flatford Mill and the tutor.



This course is not included in the BBCWildlife offer

Tutor: Carl Chapman

Carl Chapman runs a wildlife tour business based in North Norfolk and has done so for the last 14 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 other 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 Cetacean 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.

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What's Included

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

About FSC 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 unsuitable 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.

Arrival Day

Check-in is between 1400-1800, 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.

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