Due to Covid-19 we have had to cancel courses from March to 1st August, we hope you will find an event later in the year that you can attend.

An introduction to identifying common (and occasionally less common) birds using sight and sound. No prior experience is necessary, just an enthusiasm to get out and have a go.

We will have some classroom-based activities but the focus of the day will be to be outside practicing spotting, hearing and recognising common species in the field. We will also discuss other species that you might come across in different habitats and how to go about identifying them.

Course fee includes FSC fold out chart: Top 50 Garden Birds.

Please bring a packed lunch with you.

Tutor: Chris Ford

Chris Ford has worked in environmental education for 15 years, working at in the London Region at Juniper Hall and Bushy Park and at the Blencathra Centre in the Lake District National Park. He is now working for the RSPB on the Suffolk Coast at RSPB Minsmere Nature Reserve and continuing to share his love for the natural world from wildflowers to wading birds and invertebrates to interesting fungus. When he isn’t working Chris is often out on his bike or out in the garden but always with an eye out for anything interesting that might be spotted nearby.

Example Timetable

09.30 - Arrival, tea, coffee
10:00 - Welcome and introduction. Course outline, aims and objectives.
10:30 - Introduction to bird basics - terminology, taxonomy, and grouping of species.
11:30 - Practising in the field 1
12:30 - Lunch break
13:15 - Practising in the field 2
15:00 - Other habitats and key species to spot
15:50 - Summary and review
16:00 - Course ends

What's Included

  • Expert Tuition
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Hot and Cold Drinks
  • In Course Transport
  • Personal and Travel Insurance

Before You Attend

What to Bring

  • Suitable outdoor clothing and footwear
  • Packed lunch
  • Notebook and pencil
  • Binoculars - if you have them
  • Bird ID books/charts/apps - if you have them

Chris will bring some spare binoculars and ID books with him so there is no need to purchase any especially for the course.