Birds on your doorstep

Ref: C2523930

Do you enjoy spending time in your local park? Do you sometimes wonder what the birds that you see and hear are called? Would you like to know more about what they eat and where they shelter? By the end of this day school you will know all about the birds in your park, as well as understand what makes your park good for birds and how you can make your park (and street) better for them. The day school runs from 10-3pm on Saturday 7th April at The Bike Garden in Nuns Moor Park and is open to all. It is taught by renowned wildlife tutor, Keith Bowey, who also teaches for Northumberland Natural History Society. Some of the session will be outdoors watching birds so please bring warm clothes and suitable shoes. There will be a free lunch, and we are hoping to organise a forest school creche for children so that parents with children can attend. This will also be held at the bike garden. For more info about the creche contact

Course aim

An introduction to the birds that live in Nuns Moor Park; includes time outdoors in the park watching them, so that learners can identify the birds as well as understand what food, shelter and places to sleep the birds need to survive.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Identify birds in the park by their appearance and/or their song
  • Understand what shelter and food birds in the park need to survive and breed
  • Understand what makes your park good for birds and how you can make your park (and street) better for them.
  • Know how to use binoculars (these will be provided)

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • When outside, the tutor wil help you with identification of birds.

What else do I need to know?

  • Warm clothing and shoes suitable for walking in the park as we will be outside for some of the time.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • We are planning a two day course on ecology in May/June which may be of interest for those who attend this course.

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Birds on your doorstep


You can if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • are paying with a credit/debit card or are not paying a fee because of a qualifying benefit
  • have a valid email address
  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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