Birdwatching Advanced


Written and delivered by an experienced ornithologist, who is an ex RSPB warden, this accredited training course follows on from our one day introductory course and has been designed for enthusiasts, beginners, intermediates and individuals who want to gain a more informed in depth insight into birdwatching.

This rural skills training course is taught in the open air over four separate days and also supported by four separate nights guided learning indoors. The days in the field will involve visiting and walking to different local birdwatching locations* such as Mere Sands Nature Reserve, Marshside RSPB, Lunt Meadows, Pennington Flash, Leighton Moss and Brockholes.

Our skilled instructor will provide you with structured and guided learning on diverse birdwatching subjects such bird identification, species diversity, bird behaviour, conservation issues, habitats and bird topography. This training course provides exceptional value for money given the training hours involved enabling you to further develop your own field-based skills allowing you to remove the guess work from this environmental beneficial, interesting, healthy and rewarding outdoor hobby.

On completion of the course you will be awarded an certificate of accreditation in advanced birdwatching issued by UK Rural Skills and endorsed by the Tree Bee Society of Great Britain.

*Locations may vary according to weather/availability.


  • Guided introduction as to what makes birds different from other animals
  • Understand bird diversity, differing forms and functions and adaptations
  • Understand the basics of bird ‘topography’
  • Learn how to develop bird identification techniques
  • Learn how to recognise individual bird calls and songs
  • Learn how to identify ten distinct UK bird families
  • Learn how to identify twenty five common UK bird species
  • Lean five basic UK bird habitat types
  • Learn about five local birdwatching sites
  • Learn about bird migration in the UK
  • Learn a range of conservation issues facing UK birds


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