Raptor ID virtual training (2 sessions, Mondays 7pm)

Kestrel by Philip Croft
Nick Moran, Jenny Donelan
Monday, January 23, 2023 - 19:00 to Monday, January 30, 2023 - 19:00
Fully booked

Improve your confidence identifying the raptors that are commonly found in the UK in this two-part online course.

The training will consist of two weekly online modules of 90–100 minutes each, complemented by supported self-study exercises which will be provided after each session. The training will be run by BTO staff members Nick Moran and Jenny Donelan, both experienced birdwatchers and surveyors.

In order to participate you will need:

  • broadband of sufficient speed to view live video
  • a computer with sound and ideally a webcam, or a tablet/smartphone.

The two sessions will be as follows:

SESSION 1: Identifying smaller raptors - Monday 23 January, 7–8:45pm
We'll start by exploring the key elements of raptor identification using a range of interactive activities, then introduce two helpful 'reference species'. The main species we will cover in this session are Sparrowhawk and Goshawk, as well as the falcons: Kestrel, Peregrine, Hobby and Merlin. 

SESSION 2: Identifying larger raptors - Monday 30 January, 7–8:45pm
After reviewing the self-study exercises, we'll turn our attention to the skills needed to identify larger raptors. In this session, we will cover Buzzard, Osprey, Red Kite, Marsh and Hen Harriers, as well as White-tailed and Golden Eagles.

COST: The programme of two weekly online sessions and supported self-study exercises costs £24. Participants are strongly encouraged to attend both sessions to get the maximum benefit. If the cost is prohibitive or you have any other questions about the course, please contact us at training [at] bto.org.

This course is designed for amateur birdwatchers and bird survey volunteers – professionals seeking training should contact us by email.

After booking you should receive an automatic confirmation email. If this doesn’t arrive, please check your spam/junk email folder and if it is not there, or you have any other questions or booking issues, please email us at training [at] bto.org