Virtual training for BTO supporters in Scotland (3 modules, Wednesdays 10 am)

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Improve your bird ID and birdwatching skills, and learn how these can be put to good use in some exciting BTO-led projects.

The training will consist of three weekly online modules, complemented by supported self-study exercises which your trainers will provide after each session. Numbers are limited to a maximum of 30 so that your trainers can get to know you and so that we can provide a more personal experience.

The training will be run by BTO Scotland staff Ben Darvill and Steve Willis, both experienced birdwatchers, surveyors and trainers.

In order to participate you will need:

  • broadband of sufficient speed to view live video (we can carry out a test in advance if you are unsure)
  • a computer with sound and ideally a webcam, or a tablet/smartphone.

The three sessions will cover the following:

MODULE 1: Bird identification, with an emphasis on songs and calls
Wednesday 10 March, 10–11:30am

An overview of the various components of bird identification followed by an entertaining interactive workshop which will help you to recognise and remember the songs and calls of many of the commoner breeding birds found in our gardens and woodlands. We will also briefly introduce BTO Garden Birdwatch and BirdTrack.

MODULE 2: Further bird identification 
Wednesday 17 March, 10–11:30am
After a recap of your homework and what you learned in the first session, this interactive module will introduce some scarcer species, including those found in upland habitats. This session will hone both your visual and auditory ID skills. We'll also briefly introduce Nesting Neighbours and the Wetland Bird Survey.

MODULE 3: How to improve as a birdwatcher 
Wednesday 24 March, 10–11:30am
After a further recap, we'll highlight some recommended resources and practical activities which will help you to further improve, building on the knowledge that you have already acquired. You'll then learn more about BTO-led recording schemes and surveys, and the impactful outputs that they generate. Finally, you'll receive guidance on how to judge which options are appropriate for your ability-level, and advice on how to get started 

COST: The programme of three weekly webinars and supported self-study exercises costs £30. Participants are strongly encouraged to attend all three sessions to get the maximum benefit. We are unable to offer single sessions at a reduced price. If cost is a barrier to taking part then please contact us and we'd be happy to discuss a concessionary rate.

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10 March 2021, 10:00   to   24 March 2021, 10:00
Online course booking fee £ 30.00
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