Bird ID (Residential – Castle Head Field Centre)

Ruff. Photograph by Ed Drewitt
Gain confidence identifying birds by sight and sound, with plenty of opportunities to put what you have learned into practice.
Saturday, August 10, 2019 - 16:00 to Monday, August 12, 2019 - 14:00
Level:  Beginner
Event host / presenter:  Steve Piotrowski
Availability:  Places available

Additional information

Develop your bird identification skills on this weekend course for relative beginners. Expect a combination of indoor sessions covering the basics of bird identification and outdoor sessions to build your confidence in the field. This excellent venue offers access to a wide range of birds, habitats and reserves, and the course is timed to coincide with autumn wader passage.

This course aims to provide you with the following:

  • A detailed introduction to the common birds of various lowland habitats.
  • Identification tips for a range of common birds, including passage waders, by sight and sound.
  • An introduction to BirdTrack.
  • A brief overview of other rewarding BTO surveys.
  • Amply opportunity to practice your identification skills in the field.

Our weekend residential courses in 2019 cost £250. The price includes accommodation at the Field Centre, breakfasts, packed lunches and cooked evening meals (from Friday evening to Sunday lunchtime inclusive), tuition and course materials.

Field Centre accommodation is in twin / double 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.


Castle Head Field Centre
Grange over Sands , Cumbria
United Kingdom
LA11 6QT