Birdwatching through the Seasons

Ref: C2338120

Field visits involving easy walks to learn about birds and their habitats. Meeting at different venues, on one Tuesday of each month from October through to February, we will witness how the birds change through the seasons. Please bring appropriate outdoor clothing and footwear plus your binoculars to all sessions. Meeting points will be confirmed at the first session. Your own transport will be required to reach the venues which are: 3rd October, 10am - 1pm, Attenborough Nature Reserve (near Nottingham); 7th November, 10am - 3.30pm, Rutland Water (near Oakham); 12th December, 10am - 3.30pm, Middleton Lakes (near Tamworth); 23rd January, 10am - 3.30pm, Oldmoor Wetland Centre (near Barnsley); 27th February, 10am - 3.30pm, Potteric Carr Nature Reserve (near Doncaster)

Course aim

To provide a succession of visits to different venues to enable us to see how seasonal changes affect the birds and other wildlife, with an emphasis on the enjoyment of birds and nature.

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:

  • Recognise a variety of birds (resident and visitors)
  • Distinguish between resident birds and visitors
  • Use a field guide more competently
  • Compile a list of birds seen on the course
  • Become more familiar with some of the top birdwatching sites in the East Midlands

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
  • Coaching in the identification of birds by sight and song with the opportunity to practise your skills with the aid of a telescope under supervision; invitation to state which aspect of birdwatching you wish to improve and plan how to do this

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
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • At the end of each meeting we will compile a list of birds identified. Each course member will be assessed at the end of the course on their chosen area for improvement, through a mixture of self assessment and tutor discussion.

What else do I need to know?

  • Binoculars are essential and a fieldguide (bird book) would be very useful. You need to wear outdoor clothing and footwear appropriate to the weather forecast.

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
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next
  • Progression to i) another birdwatching course at a different time of year and in different habitats ii) a birdwatching day trip, weekend or longer holiday iii) becoming a member of a conservation group

Download full course outline

Birdwatching through the Seasons Course Outline

Enrolment Conditions

You can enrol online 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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