During this course, we will examine binoculars and telescopes and how to get the best from them.

We will look at field guides and field notes and how best to make use of them. We will examine fieldcraft and how to choose a ‘local patch’ to watch near where you live.

Bird song and call is a prerequisite to both finding and identifying a species. Well also examine the law and birds and how that relates to what you may or may not do in the field.

We’ll be visiting local sites to put into practice what we have learnt.

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.

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.

Bird standing on land

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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