Birdwatching in winter
Time: 10:30 - 12:00
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: HS277
Duration: 3 sessions (over 3 weeks)
What is the course about?
This course is an introductory course to birdwatching, field skills and natural history. This is a great time of year to look for birds as species which migrate to the UK for the winter are now arriving. You may spot winter thrushes or migratory ducks in addition to resident species on your walks between our sessions.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
- Identification by visual characteristics
- Using identification books / guides
- Bird sounds of winter
- Interpreting bird behaviour
- Species of winter migrant which can be seen in London
- Field skills to assist with bird watching
- Recording your sightings
- Furthering your interest.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Identify a wider range of London bird species with increased confidence
- Utilise a set of tools to determine the identification of an unknown bird
- Listen for bird sounds with increased awareness
- Recognise a variety of common behaviours in context of the bird ecology
- List a selection of winter migrants that can be found in London, and know where to look for them
- Record your bird observations in a manner which suits your interest
- Further your interest through a variety of options.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is an introductory / improvers course and is open to all.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
There will be tutor presentations, questions and answers, learning tasks, viewing websites and videos.
You are encouraged to spend time outdoors practicing the skills taught and looking for birds between the classes.
Learning material will be available on Google Classroom after each class.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
There are no additional costs, but you may wish to bring paper and pen for taking notes.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
HS112 History of Chelsea Physic Garden
HS274 Winter walks in London
HS277 Birdwatching in winter
HS191 Botany of the Christmas cake
HS275 Bird identification with sight and song
HS260 Introducing plants.
Brenna Boyle (B.Sc Hons Dunelm, M.Sc DIC) is a zoologist, wildlife guide and environmental teacher. She runs Wild Capital and also works for two urban environmental education charities. She is often to be found wading in either the River Thames or Deptford Creek. Her favourite species is the Long-tailed Tit.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.