Birdwatching Introduction


Written and delivered by an ex RSPB reserve warden and experienced ornithologist this accredited training course is designed for enthusiasts, beginners and individuals who want to gain a more informed insight into birdwatching. This rural skills training course commences at Mere Sands Nature Reserve and is taught in the open air over one full day and will involve walking to different local birdwatching locations around the reserve.

Our skilled instructor will provide you with structured and guided learning on diverse birdwatching subjects such bird identification, species diversity and bird topography. This training course will enable you to develop your own field-based skills allowing you to start removing the guess work from this environmentally beneficial, interesting, healthy and rewarding outdoor hobby.

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


  • Guided introduction to bird diversity
  • Learn differing bird forms and functions and adaptations
  • Learn the basics of bird ‘topography’
  • Learn how to develop bird identification techniques
  • Learn how to identify ten distinct UK bird families
  • Learn how to identify fifteen common UK bird species
  • Learn the basics of bird migration in the UK
  • Learn about a range of conservation issues facing UK birds


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