"Beautiful location. Excellent instructors" - Alan (Burford, Oxfordshire)



16th February 2019 | Greystones Farm Nature Reserve
| £49
Course Provider: Cotswolds Conservation Board
A fantastic one day course focussing on winter wild fowl identification, involving a combination of field identification and class-room learning

Course description:  Are you interesting in learning how to identify wild fowl species in particular, by sight and sound?

On this course you will focus on identifying Cotswolds wild fowl species, through their appearance and range of calls . These identification skills will be taught by a combination of a class-room session directed at the species encountered on this walk, plus information about the species themselves, from their habits, behaviours, anatomy and other useful information and field-work (involving a bird walk hosted by the instructor Andy Lewis).

This course provided an introduction to common wildfowl and waterbirds you can find in the Cotswolds and Gloucestershire in winter. The classroom session will be followed by a walk at local gravel-pits.

IMPORTANT: the gravel pits are a very short drive from the venue where the classroom session is taking place, and participants will need to drive in convoy with the instructor. Full directions will be provided on the day, plus the instructor will be contactable via mobile in case assistance is required. If arrangements to accessing the gravel pits change, by obtaining access to a minibus for example, participants will be informed as soon as possible in advance of the course taking place. A detailed breakdown of the day is provided below:


By the end of the course you will:

- aim to identify 20 common winter waterbird species

- know which waterbirds are likely to occur where in winter

- have had short practical experience with examples pointed out

- know of several good Cotswold winter bird sites

- know where to look for further information

What do you need to know: No prior knowledge or experience is required. This course is ideal for those who have no or very little knowledge of bird identification and want to learn more!

>All materials and equipment provided, plus a free Wetland Birds Id Chart from the Field Studies Council is included in the course fee (laminated folded sheet).

What do you need to bring: You will need to bring appropriate clothing, sturdy footwear, snacks and drinks and a packed lunch. Binoculars and a Notebook is also recommended, and clip-boards, hand-outs and other learning materials will also be provided as necessary.  

Times: Start: 10.00 am, Finish 16.00 pm (approximately)