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.


* £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



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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.