The North Wales Coast supports a wide range of specialised bird species, such as breeding auks and terns, passage waders and wildfowl.

On the course, learners will have the opportunity to look for them as we visit a variety of habitats from cliffs to uplands and estuaries to woodland. The course is aimed at anyone who watches birds but would like to improve their identification skills by sight and sound.

One of the most important elements of the course is to help you really understand why you are seeing and hearing each species we encounter.

The course will include:

  • Visits to a number of sites, looking for and listening to birds.
  • Learning how to identify a range of bird species.
  • Gaining an understanding of which are associated with each habitat.

The field visits are not strenuous, but a reasonable degree of physical fitness is required, as much of each day will be spent walking. Most sites have surfaced paths, but some routes follow natural, uneven ground and have steep slopes or steps.

We anticipate that this course will run with between 8 and 16 participants.

If you are 18-25, you can get £50 off this course thanks to the Generation Green project. Click here to find out more and to get your voucher code.

Tutor: Kevin Clements

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.

Please note, the fee is for tuition and refreshments only.

If you would like to book accommodation, lunch and an evening meal at FSC Rhyd-y-creuau, please call 01690 710494.


Example Timetable

After a brief introduction on Saturday morning, the rest of the day and all of Sunday will both be spent in the field visiting a number of sites.

If you have booked accommodation at the centre, please arrive between 8:00am and 9:30am on arrival day, allowing time to settle into your room before the course begins

If you are a non-resident, please arrive by 9:45am.

The course will end at 17:00pm on the last day and we ask that rooms are vacated by 9:30am.

What's Included

  • Expert Tuition
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Hot and Cold Drinks
  • In Course Transport
  • Up to 6 hours of tuition a day.
  • Tea and coffee making facilities available throughout the day.
  • Use of resources and facilities including workrooms and the centre grounds.

Bursaries and Subsidies

If you are 18-25, you can get £50 off this course thanks to the Generation Green project. Click here to find out more and to get your voucher code.

Before You Attend

What to bring:

  • Binoculars.
  • Daysack.
  • Lunchbox, drink bottle/flask.
  • Outdoor wear including stout footwear is essential.
  • Warm clothing/Sun cream and sun hat (check the forecast!).
  • Waterproof jacket and waterproof trousers.
  • Camera and telescope/tripod if you have them.