Bird identification videos

Latest Bird ID Workshop

Ruff. Photograph by Ed Drewitt
By learning how to recognise Ruff in their various guises through this video, you’ll be able to pick them out with confidence.

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Previous Bird ID Workshops

Cuckoo. Photograph by Edmund Fellowes

Cuckoos are well-known birds, but their distinctive and eagerly awaited song can be confused with several other species. Let us help you pick out this iconic bird.

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.

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