Have you ever opened a bird book at the 'waders' section and gulped? The good news is that identifying waders is not as hard as you might think. Join us for an informative and fun day, learning to use size, structure and other features to identify these fascinating birds. If you've previously struggled to identify waders then prepare to have your birdwatching transformed!
The day will combine interactive indoor learning with time outdoors to practice (weather permitting). The rising tide should gradually bring the birds nearer to give us some good, close views. We'll also discuss how you can use your newly-honed wader ID skills to contribute to BTO schemes and surveys. The morning session will be indoors at Bo'ness Library (use the external stairs to access the first floor meeting room), then after an early lunch – and subject to weather – we will visit Kinneil Lagoons to watch the waders as they're pushed in by the tide.
It can be particularly cold and windy on the shoreline so we advise warm layers, waterproof clothing, sturdy shoes, hat and gloves. Tea and coffee are provided but please bring a packed lunch. You may also want a notepad and pen for taking notes. Please bring binoculars, and a telescope if you own or can borrow one.