All about BTO surveys (Residential – Sandwich Bay Bird Observatory)

Sandwich Bay Bird Observatory by Steffan Walton
Discover the range of BTO surveys, and just how easy and enjoyable they are to do!
Friday, May 10, 2019 - 16:00 to Sunday, May 12, 2019 - 14:00
Level:  Improver
Event host / presenter:  Nick Moran
Availability:  Places available

Additional information

Taking part in BTO volunteer surveys is hugely rewarding, not only providing valuable data for science and conservation but also developing your own birding skills in various ways. Join former BTO survey organiser Nick Moran to explore the surveys that might suit you at this great location, with a wide range of birds and habitats on the doorstep. Practical sessions are carried out in small groups, ensuring a high level of tutor-to-participant attention.

This course will provide you with the following:

  • An overview of the general principles underpinning BTO volunteer surveys.
  • A brief introduction to the full suite of BTO volunteer surveys.
  • A detailed insight into BirdTrack, the Wetland Bird Survey (WeBS) and the Breeding Bird Survey (BBS).
  • Ample opportunity to practice the skills needed for BirdTrack, WeBS and BBS in the field.
  • A survey pack with all the fieldwork forms for the outdoor sessions.
  • A specially-produced CD of bird songs and calls.

Note that this course is not designed for professional ecologists who are responsible for designing and implementing bespoke surveys – to meet that need, we offer professional courses.

This weekend residential course costs £250. The price includes accommodation at the Observatory, breakfasts, packed lunches and cooked evening meals at a nearby pub (from Friday evening to Sunday lunchtime inclusive), tuition and course materials.

Observatory accommodation is in twin rooms. Please enquire if you would like a single room, which may be available for a supplement but cannot be guaranteed.

A non-residential price of £170 is also available, which includes packed lunches and evening meals but not bed or breakfast. Please ask for more details, though note that there are both pre-breakfast and post-dinner activities.

Online booking is available for this event but if you have any queries about booking a place, please email Anne.Cotton [at] or ring 01786 458021.


Sandwich Bay Bird Observatory
Guilford Road Sandwich Bay
Sandwich , Kent
United Kingdom
CT13 9PF