Natural History Courses

websiteBee ID Course with Steven Falk

Saturday 22nd – Sunday 23rd June 2019

Steven Falk is a leading naturalist in the UK and recently published the ground-breaking Field Guide to the Bees of Great Britain & Ireland. He was awarded the prestigious Royal Entomological Society/Marsh Award for Insect Conservation in 2012.

Steven will utilise a combination of presentations, field visits and microscope workshops using keys and prepared specimens. By the end of the course participants should be more confident in identifying the more commonly encountered families and genera.

The course will take place over two days, Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd June 2019, at the Field Centre. Limited self-catering accommodation can be provided from the evening of Friday 21st.

Cost:

* £70 non-residential

* £130 residential, sole occupancy in Twin Room

* £110 residential, double occupancy in Twin Room

* £100 residential, shared in Family Room of six

All costs per person. Accommodation nearby can also be recommended upon request.

Please note this course will build on microscope skills and fresh specimens will be used. You will need access to a suitable microscope for large parts of the course. If you do not have one it may be possible to loan one for the weekend from a local university. The ethics and rules of collecting specimens will be explained, and bee-pinning for making and curating specimens demonstrated. Participants will need a copy of Steven’s Field Guide to the Bees of Great Britain and Ireland in order to fully engage with the course. If you don’t already have one, these can be purchased direct from Steven on the course for the special price of £30.

For bookings please email sbbotmail@gmail.com.

 


 

 

Curlew-sray-all-year All about BTO surveys

(Residential – Sandwich Bay Bird Observatory)

16.00 Friday 10th – 14:00 Sunday 12th May 2019

 Discover the range of BTO surveys, and just how easy and enjoyable they are to do!

Level:  Improver
Event host / presenter:  Nick Moran

To book a place please see BTO website by clicking HERE.

Taking part in BTO volunteer surveys is hugely rewarding, not only providing valuable data for science and conservation but also developing your own birding skills in various ways. Join former BTO survey organiser Nick Moran to explore the surveys that might suit you at this great location, with a wide range of birds and habitats on the doorstep. Practical sessions are carried out in small groups, ensuring a high level of tutor-to-participant attention.

This course will provide you with the following:

  • An overview of the general principles underpinning BTO volunteer surveys.
  • A brief introduction to the full suite of BTO volunteer surveys.
  • A detailed insight into BirdTrack, the Wetland Bird Survey (WeBS) and the Breeding Bird Survey (BBS).
  • Ample opportunity to practice the skills needed for BirdTrack, WeBS and BBS in the field.
  • A survey pack with all the fieldwork forms for the outdoor sessions.
  • A specially-produced CD of bird songs and calls.

This weekend residential course costs £250. The price includes accommodation at the Observatory, breakfasts, packed lunches and cooked evening meals at a nearby pub (from Friday evening to Sunday lunchtime inclusive), tuition and course materials.

Observatory accommodation is in twin rooms. Please enquire if you would like a single room, which may be available for a supplement but cannot be guaranteed.

A non-residential price of £170 is also available, which includes packed lunches and evening meals but not bed or breakfast. Please ask for more details, though note that there are both pre-breakfast and post-dinner activities.

 


 

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Coastal Speciality Moths of Sandwich Bay SSSI, Kent

(Sandwich Bay Bird Observatory)

Sunday, July 28th 10.00 – 16.00

Level:  Beginner/intermediate

Event host / presenter:  Dave Grundy

Learn more about the speciality moths of this exceptional grassland, sand dune and shingle site. This is a one day course will be held at Sandwich Bay Bird Observatory, with a chance to examine the moths caught around this site in moth traps the previous night. (Guildford Road, Sandwich Bay (postcode CT13 9PF and grid ref TR355575).

Maximum of 15 participants on the course – booking essential. Make a provisional booking with Dave Grundy on dgcountryside@btinternet.com and then places will be confirmed on payment of £40 per person.

(Crescent-striped, Oblique Striped, Cynaeda dentalis, Pigmy Footman, Rest Harrow and Bright Wave might be among moths seen on this course if weather conditions are good).

DGCountryside,

5, Melrose Avenue,

Woodfield Road,

Sparkbrook,

Birmingham,

B12 8TG.

Mobile: 0777-898-0924

Email: dgcountryside@btinternet.com

Website: www.dgcountryside.co.uk

Facebook: Dave Grundy

Twitter: @dgcountryside

 


 

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BTO Bird ID Course

(Residential – Sandwich Bay Bird Observatory)

Sunday, September 29, 2019 – 16:00 to Thursday, October 3, 2019 – 14:00

Level:  Beginner
Event host / presenter:  Steve Piotrowski

To book a place please see BTO website by clicking HERE.

Develop your bird identification skills on this weekend course for relative beginners. Expect a combination of indoor sessions covering the basics of bird identification and outdoor sessions to build your confidence in the field. Sandwich Bay Bird Observatory is ideally placed for witnessing autumn migration, and the course is timed to coincide with the departure of Swallows and martins, warblers and more.

This course aims to provide you with the following:

  • A detailed introduction to the common birds of various lowland habitats.
  • Identification tips for a range of common birds, including autumn migrants, by sight and sound.
  • An introduction to BirdTrack.
  • A brief overview of other rewarding BTO surveys.
  • Ample opportunity to practice your identification skills in the field.

This 4-day residential course costs £400. The price includes accommodation at the Observatory, breakfasts, packed lunches and cooked evening meals at a nearby pub (from Sunday evening to Thursday lunchtime inclusive), tuition and course materials.

Observatory accommodation is in twin rooms. Please enquire if you would like a single room, which may be available for a supplement but cannot be guaranteed.

A non-residential price of £275 is also available, which includes packed lunches and evening meals but not bed or breakfast. Please ask for more details, though note that there are both pre-breakfast and post-dinner activities.