Birdwatching: Understanding birds in the local environment

Ref: C3842773

A course of practical birdwatching trips in different locations. Learn to identify a range of species across key habitats, understanding how birds are adapted to the demands of their environment.

Course aim

To introduce the basic features used for bird identification in the field. To explain how wild birds are adapted to their environment and connect this to conservation practice. To encourage students to explore topical nature conservation issues.

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 field using ID charts and books and employ these techniques to discriminate between common confusion species.
  • Explain how bird adaptations and behaviour suit particular species to their lifestyle and habitats.
  • Indicate how management techniques are used to mitigate declines in bird populations in two key habitats.
  • Contribute to a bird survey that improves the knowledge database for a particular site.
  • Describe two ways in which coming on the course contributes to improved health and well-being.

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
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor

What else do I need to know?

  • Bring binoculars if you have them.

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

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Birdwatching: Understanding birds in the local environment

Enrolment Conditions

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2018
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

Not sure or have further questions? Contact courseenquiries@wea.org.uk

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