Bird identification videos

Latest Bird ID Workshop

Herring Gull. Photograph by Edmund Fellowes
Build up your gull ID skills by learning to recognise two ideal reference species: Common Gull and Herring Gull.

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Previous Bird ID Workshops

Black-necked Grebe. Photograph by Graham Catley

Small grebes in summer are gloriously-coloured birds, but two of the three species are unfamiliar to most. Let us help you separate these beautiful birds.

Whooper Swan. Photograph by Jill Pakenham

Every winter thousands of Whooper Swans from Iceland and Bewick’s Swans from Arctic Russia migrate into UK and Ireland to spend the winter here.

Cattle Egret

A white heron in the UK is likely to be a Little or Great White Egret, but occasionally Cattle Egrets turn up.

A black, reptilian-looking bird swims by low to the water - but is it a Cormorant or a Shag?

A stocky brown bird rockets up from just in front of your feet, but is it a Common Snipe, or its rarer relative Jack Snipe?

On paper Lesser and Great Black-backed Gulls are straightforward to separate but, in reality, many of us struggle.

Harriers are stunning, lithe and elegant birds of prey. Two species of grey harrier are regularly found in the UK, Hen and Montagu's.

Two species regularly found in Britain and Ireland - their ranges and habitats overlap, so how can we tell them apart?

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