Introduction to British Birds (2 day course)
(c) Richard Hanman
29 April 2017 - 9:30am - 4:00pm
Wondering how to tell your blackbird from a blackcap or dunnock from a house sparrow? Join bird expert Ed Drewitt and learn how to identify local birds and their songs living in the scrub and grasslands around Feed Bristol, Frenchay.
Develop your bird identification skills with bird expert Ed Drewitt.
About the course
Throughout the two days, a mix of indoor and outdoor tuition will give you the opportunity to learn a variety of common birds found around Frenchay, Bristol and improve your birding skills. Local birds will be nesting and summer migrants, such as warblers, will be just arriving and in full song.
This course, designed for relative beginners and those wanting to develop their identification further. We will mix learning indoors looking at visual and sound identification and spending time outdoors looking and listening in the field.
A large part ‘birdwatching’ is using your ears and you will therefore be learning to identifying birds by calls and song as well as by sight. Ed will help you to consider the key things to think about when you’re trying to identify birds and how to distinguish ‘look-a-likes’. As birds are spotted, you’ll discuss the characteristics of their size, shape, age, sex, distinctive colours and markings, behaviours and flight patterns.
By the end of the two days you will be more confident in identifying common birds and able to develop a foundation from which to progress toward future projects such as participating in bird surveys, writing about your local birds or reserve, further study conservation issues concerning birds or simply improve your enjoyment of birding.
Please bring a packed lunch, walking boots and water proofs for the outdoor sessions. Please aim to arrive at least 15 minutes before the start time of the course.
This course is being delivered as part of Avon Wildlife Trust’s Field Ecology Programme for 2017 . The courses are aimed at students, practicing ecologists, conservation volunteers and anyone who wishes to further their knowledge in natural history and biological recording.
Each course will provide hands on experience which will aid in developing identification skills that are essential to field studies. Our tutors are all passionate about their subjects, and have a great range of knowledge and experience to share.
The courses will provide a thorough introduction to each group’s biology, ecology and diversity within the Bristol area. References and help with understanding relevant literature, and practical activities teaching basic field survey techniques will also be covered. Some of our courses will include field trips to local sites of interest. These courses will aid participants in forming a strong foundation of understanding to take on to further study.
The courses will be delivered at our Feed Bristol project , which is a 6 acre community food growing hub and native wildflower nursery in Stapleton. This is an education and community enterprise centre which champions conservation and ecology in a food growing setting.
Fees for this two day course are as follows:
Participants claiming benefits: £60
Participants on low income (less than £15,000 per year): £80
Participants earning above living wage (more than £15,000): £100
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