Course: Birds of the North Wales Coast, Woodlands and Uplands

Field Studies Council

FSC Rhyd-y-creuau, North Wales
Friday 17th April 2020 - Monday 20th April 2020 01690 710494

Cost: From £247

Sectors: conservation & wildlife

This spring long weekend course is specially designed for everyone keen to improve their skills in bird identification. In late April, in the woodlands, wetlands and uplands, both resident and summer migrant birds are well into their breeding cycle, as are the seabirds on cliffs around the coast.

The course aims to introduce as many as possible of the commoner species found in North Wales and more widely in northwest Britain – and some of the scarcer ones too. Much of the time will be spent in the field in a variety of habitats, explaining how best to identify birds from visual clues and from the sounds they make. This will be complemented by helpful presentations back at the Centre, both to set the scene and review the day’s experiences. You will also be shown how to submit records of the birds we encounter using the BTO BirdTrack website.

One of the most important elements of the course is to help you really understand why you are seeing and hearing each species we encounter, as we consider:

  • What is characteristic about its size, structure and shape?
  • What can we learn from its behavour and how it flies?
  • Does the habitat make it likely that this is the species we think it is?
  • Where exactly on the bird are any distinctive colours and markings?
  • How can we capture and remember the sounds the bird makes so we will know them next time!?

To help you learn, you’ll often be asked what can you see or hear, so we hope there will be lots of lively interaction and discussions!

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