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Practical Bird Field Skills

April 01, 2023

This beginner course will guide you in getting to grips with practical bird watching field skills. Including how to choose and use binoculars, how to start learning bird songs and calls, and how to give yourself the best chance of spotting the birds in the first place!

There will be some classroom based sessions covering the basics of bird anatomy, classification, ethics and observational skills before heading out into the field to practice spotting and identifying some of the varied birdlife found in the wonderful landscapes around Flatford Mill.
What will be covered during this course?

– Introduction to the basic craft and techniques of bird watching
– How to use a field guide
– How to use binoculars
– Introduction to common bird families
Field practice

By the end of the course, you will be able to:

– Use basic identification guides and binoculars with some confidence
– Knowledge of main bird groups and how to identify some of the commoner bird species in the field
– Practice listening to and identifying common/distinctive species by sound
– Share this knowledge with friends, family, and fellow volunteers
– Please email ecoskills@field-studies-council.org if you have any questions.

This level 2 course is next in the series of our Birds framework and is a perfect progression from our level 1 Field Ecology of Garden Birds.

This course is for anyone who is starting out on their journey into identifying birds and those wishing to build on an existing basic foundation.

Who Should Attend? – Nature enthusiasts, students, rangers, early career ecologists, amateur birdwatchers.

Knowledge Level – Beginner. Level descriptors can be found on the following web-page: Framework and Course Level Descriptors

Prior Knowledge – No prior knowledge is required.


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Sat, April 1, 2023
9:00 am - 12:00 pm


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