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An Introduction to Bird Watching

Hop, Skip and a Jump: Grey Heron © Terry Cavner

Tuesday mornings starting 10 October 2017, 10:00 – 12:00 – first session is a full day with a field trip in the afternoon. Packed lunch recommended.

This eight-week course aims to engage the less experienced birdwatcher or the absolute beginner who wants to learn more to enjoy and understand their birdwatching. Led by
Keith Bowey, one of the region’s best-known ornithologists.

The classroom sessions (held at Blaydon Youth & Community Centre) will provide participants with background knowledge about birds and birdwatching. They will include:

·         using and choosing binoculars, buying field guides and other equipment

·         bodies, bits and biology: what makes a bird ‘a bird’

·         from wildfowl to warblers: an introduction to the main bird groups

·         basic field craft for better birdwatching; and, of course,

·         ways to identify the birds you see

On the four 3-hour field trips, participants will visit a range of bird-rich habitats, including wetlands, woodlands, coastline and upland, to build on their developing skills. Most of the field trips
will be in relatively easy travelling distances of Tyneside.

Cost £65 (concessions £55)