This course provides a unique opportunity to embark on a guided ornithological tour of a beautiful, yet accessible, Scottish island. This is the perfect short weekend break for bird enthusiasts of all ages and backgrounds.

Whether you’re new to the wonders of the bird world, looking to improve your identification skills further or simply wanting to learn more about these amazing creatures in their natural habitat; this is the course for you! Spend a fascinating weekend bird watching in Scotland.

The islands off the west coast of Scotland are host to some of the most diverse communities of birds in the UK. There are few places where seabirds, raptors, songbirds, waders and wildfowl can all be encountered, set against the beautiful backdrop of mountains, sea and sky. The Island of Great Cumbrae in the Firth of Clyde is just an hour from Glasgow and has been a popular nature retreat since the Victorian times. This course is based at Millport Field Centre on the island, with the aim of exploring the seasonal bird life of Scotland with our expert guide.

Tutor: Jack Lucas

Jack is an experienced professional marine ecologist with broad range of field skills and scientific knowledge. With a focus on marine mammals and seabirds, Jack has worked all over the world on research projects studying these animals in their natural habitats. Jack was formerly the Senior Tutor at FSC Millport, where he led the provision of science, wildlife and outdoor activity courses to learners of all ages. He has taught seabird, marine mammal and other wildlife courses at FSC centres for the last 6 years and has an in-depth knowledge of the sites and species that feature in his courses. His love of marine megafauna is channelled through his teaching, where learners will discover how they too can get involved with these amazing creatures! Jack currently lives on the west coast of Scotland, and when back on land he can usually be found in the highlands or the islands, photographing wildlife or engaging in a variety of outdoor activities!

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