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Virtual training for BTO supporters (3 modules, Tuesdays 10am)

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09 Jun 2020 to 23 Jun 2020

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

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Ruff. Photograph by Ed Drewitt
Featured video

Identifying Ruff

Ruff, with their variable size and plumage, often present identification issues. However, by learning how to recognise Ruff in their various guises through this video, you’ll be able to pick them out with confidence, and have a great reference point for identifying other similar-looking waders.

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