Virtual training for BTO supporters (3 modules, Saturdays 2pm)

BTO virtual training session
Nick Moran, Ben Darvill, Steve Willis
Saturday, June 13, 2020 - 14:00 to Saturday, June 27, 2020 - 15:30
Fully booked

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

*** Unfortunately this course is now fully booked. Please check our Develop your skills pages or follow us on Twitter for news of future courses. ***

The training will consist of three weekly online modules, complemented by supported self-study exercises which your trainer will provide after each session. The training will be run by BTO staff Nick Moran, Ben Darvill and Steve Willis, all experienced birdwatchers and surveyors.

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 elements of the training will be as follows:

MODULE 1: Bird identification, with an emphasis on songs and calls
Saturday 13 June, 2:00–3:30pm
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 of gardens and woodland.

MODULE 2: How to improve as a birdwatcher 
Saturday 20 June, 2:00–3:30pm

After a recap of what you learned in the first session, this interactive module will introduce you to some recommended resources and practical activities which will help you to further improve, building on the knowledge that you have already acquired.

MODULE 3: BTO research, schemes and surveys
Saturday 27 June, 2:00–3:30pm

After a further recap, this module will give you an insight into BTO research, introducing our cutting-edge satellite-tracking projects. You'll then learn about BTO-led recording schemes and surveys, and the impactful outputs that they generate. Finally, you'll receive guidance on how to judge which recording scheme is appropriate for your ability level, and advice on how to get started.

COST: The programme of three weekly virtual sessions and supported self-study exercises costs £20. 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.


Online course
United Kingdom