This beginner online bird course will introduce you to the field skills required to start identifying and recording birds, including how to use a guide and make a valuable record!

Birdwatching has become a hobby for many people of all ages and backgrounds. It allows us to connect with nature and begin to contribute to citizen science, but this relies on us knowing how and what to record. This course will help you become a better birdwatcher and use your observations for good!


Tutor: Anne Brenchley

Anne was born and brought up in Kent and has been a keen birdwatcher from a very early age. She was awarded a Zoology degree and a PhD from Aberdeen University (studying Rooks) and went on to spend most of her working career, until 2011, with Natural England and its predecessors. She has been a Regional Rep for the British Trust for Ornithology since 2000 in Flintshire and Wrexham, organising and taking part in surveys and also helping other volunteers. She is also a fully qualified bird ringer and the main author of the Breeding Birds of North Wales published in 2013. Anne is now an independent ecological/horticultural consultant and lead birdwatching/wildlife walks on a weekly basis.


  • ★★★★★

    Really enjoyed having the basics presented in a very complete way, a great way to make sure everyone has all the fundamentals they wouldn't get from just reading books.

  • ★★★★★

    It was taught by professionals and they taught the basics well. I learnt enough to feel confident going out and trying to identify birds better and know how to group them.

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