Introduction to Urban Birds – Learn to Love Birds – A course to introduce novices to our feathered neighbours in nature.

Manchester – National Trust Quarry Bank Mill, Styal, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 4LA

Learners will appreciate the basic biology of a bird and how that model has been illimitably adapted! Even in an urban environment the variety of species and their distinctive behaviours can be observed and better understood under the guidance of an engaging, experienced expert in the field. If you’re interested in finding out more about birds but don’t feel quite ready for a specific field ID course, then this is the course for you! Learn To Love Birds is a gentle introduction, covering aspects of urban bird biology, ecology and behaviour complemented by a creative day that will give you time and space to develop your skills in investigating and representing this fascinating subject artistically/

What will be covered during this day?

  • Birds 1a – Bird Biology
  • Birds 1b – Bird Ecology
  • Birds 1c – Common urban birds encountered
  • Birds 1d – Common types of bird song

Our talented tutor Anne Brenchley will combine the use of classroom-led learning and outside learning opportunities to give individuals the skills and confidence to learn more about the lives and ecology of birds.

The course gives you the opportunity to immerse yourself in a new subject, acquire novel skills.

  • Each day will run 10am – 5pm each day.
  • See the ‘Example Timetable’, ‘What’s Included’ and ‘Before You Attend’ sections below for more information about this course.
  • Please email [email protected] if you have any questions.

Course fees

Attendee InPerson: £60

If you are aged 18-25, you are eligible for a £50 discount thanks to the Generation Green project, click here to find out more.

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.

Covid Measures

In order to keep our customers and staff safe we ask that anyone attending our centres:

  • wears a face covering when in shared indoor space (unless exempt).
  • maintains social distancing.
  • cleans their hands regularly.
  • takes a Covid-19 test before they arrive.

Example Timetable

  • Please arrive in time for the course to start promptly at 10:00 am.
  • The course will end at 5:00 pm.

What's Included

  • Expert Tuition
  • 6 hours of tuition
  • Any excursions will be on foot

Bursaries and Subsidies

Generation Green

Generation Green is an ambitious project which will support 100,000 young people and teachers/youth leaders to better understand the environment and green economy. Through a series of day and residential activities, teacher and youth leader training, apprenticeships and work placements the partners delivering this project will reach out to young people in England in the North West and Midlands, and deprived coastal and urban areas.

Generation Green is actively delivering opportunities for an 18 month period thanks to government funding (Defra) administered through Heritage Lottery. FSC is working alongside YHA, Outward Bound Trust, Girl Guides, Scouts and National Parks to provide these amazing opportunities.

FSC are offering this course at a heavily subsidised rate for young people aged 18-25 living in England through the Generation Green project.

Before You Attend

What to bring

Notebook and pencil
Binoculars (if you have them)
Sensible footwear and clothing for being outdoors

There will be a member of staff with first aid training and access to a first aid kit on site. If you have special medical requirements please let us know as soon as possible so we can plan the course.