Birding in Our Local Patch

Ref: C2342283

At our first meeting on 19th September, 10am – 1pm at Poolsbrook Country Park (postcode S43 3LH) we will start indoors at the Visitor Centre, where you will be briefed on how to get to the other fieldwork venues, before we go outside to explore the park until 1pm. So, please bring appropriate outdoor clothing and footwear as well as your binoculars. All subsequent meetings will be outdoors on Thursday mornings, meeting at field venues for a 10am start as follows; 3rd October; Carr Vale Nature Reserve, 7th November; Linacre Reservoirs, 5th December; Ogston Rservoir. All the field visits involve easy walks of about 3 miles or so and both beginners and experienced birdwatchers are equally welcome. These courses always have a nice social atmosphere and I hope that you will enjoy meeting other course members as well as appreciating the birds.

Course aim

The emphasis of this course will be on the enjoyment of birds and nature by encouraging course members of all levels to discover our ‘local patch’, and to identify the birds, which use the different habitats.

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:

  • Be able to recognise a variety of local birds by sight and sound (resident and visitors)
  • Be able to distinguish between resident birds & visitors
  • Be more competent in the use of a fieldguide
  • Be familiar with some birdwatching locations local to Chesterfield
  • Be familiar with some birdwatching locations local to Chesterfield

How will I be taught?

  • The tutor will point out birds by sight and sound and will also test learners informally on identifying birds by sight and sound. The tutor will show the birds in a telescope whenever possible.

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • As the tutor informally tests the group on bird identification by sight and sound, learners can gauge their personal progress.

What else do I need to know?

  • Binoculars are essential and a fieldguide (bird book) would be useful.

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
  • • to another birdwatching course at a different time of year and in different habitats • to a birdwatching day trip, weekend or longer holiday • to becoming a member of a conservation group

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Birding in Our Local Patch

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