Birding Through the Seasons

Ref: C2342805

Field visits involving fairly easy walks to learn about birds and their habitats. Meeting at different venues, 10am on a Tuesday of each month, from February through to June, you will witness how the birds change through the seasons. Please bring appropriate outdoor clothing and footwear and binoculars to each session. We begin on 25th February in the Visitor Centre cafe at Carsington Water (Post code DE6 1ST), where you will be briefed on how to find the other venues, before we go outdoors to explore the area until 3pm, with lunch in the Visitor Centre. Subsequent meetings will be as follows; 31st March, 10am – 3pm at Rutland Water (Post code LE15 8QL), 14th April, 10am – 3pm at Frampton Marsh RSPB reserve (Post code PE20 1AY), 12th May, 10am – 3pm at Cannock Chase (Post code WS15 2UQ) and 16th June, 10am – 3pm at North Cave Wetlands (Post code HU15 2LY). All the field visits involve easy walks of about 3 miles.

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 some of the region's top birding sites, 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 (at least 5) by sight and sound (resident and visitors)
  • Be able to distinguish between resident birds & visitors
  • use a field guide effectively.
  • List at least 5 birdwatching locations in the East Midlands
  • Compile a list of birds seen at each location

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 Through the Seasons

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 2019
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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