Bird identification by sound and sight

Course Dates: 22/08/20
Time: 10:30 - 13:30
Location: Online
Verity Miles

Sometimes we hear birds before we see them. Find out more about identifying birds by sound and refresh your knowledge of the natural history of birds and what to look for to distinguish different species by sight and behaviour.

Verity Miles, MSc, is a Zoologist and environmental campaigner, with a background in ecology, conservation and ornithology. Since studying and teaching in the Biological Sciences department of the University of Bristol, she has been working for an environmental campaigning organisation in London and managing nature reserves with the Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust in her spare time. She is passionate about conservation and has a particular interest in birds. As a bird ringer, Verity has experienced identifying and handling many different species and is an advocate for urban birding and engaging with wildlife in the City.

This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.


What is the course about?

The natural history of birds with emphasis on species found in London and their common songs, calls and behaviour.

This is a live online course. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

An introduction to bird behaviour, including why birds sing
A year in the life of our native species of bird
Tips and guidance on observing birds
Identification of some common species by sight and sound.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

Understand why and when birds sing, and how important this is in a bird’s life
Know some key features which will help you identify common species
Identify some common birds of London by sight and sound
Have the confidence to go bird watching, identify some good sites for observing birds in London and learn how to use aids and guides effectively.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This is an introductory course and is aimed at complete beginners, so no previous skills or experience are
required. It is open to anyone with enthusiasm for the natural world who is keen on observing the wildlife around
them. We will focus on common garden and parkland species and go back to basics.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

The course will be taught online using a mixture of presentations, visual guides and sound recordings. There will be a chance to quiz yourself and ask the tutor questions. There is no work required outside of the classroom, but the session aims to equip you with the skills and knowledge to have a go at identifying species in the field in your own time.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

There are no extra costs, all you need to bring is a note pad and pen. ID books and guides will be provided but if you have any please feel welcome to bring them if you’re able to.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Look out for our other Natural History courses in the 2020-21 programme.

Tutor Biographies
We’re sorry. We don’t have a bio ready for the tutor of this class at the moment, but we’re working on it! Watch this space.

Book your place

Course Code: HS179

Sat, day, 22 Aug - 22 Aug '20

Duration: 1 session

Full fee: £29.00
Senior fee: £23.00
Concession: £15.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

Any questions?
or call 020 7492 2652

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