Training Programme

We run a wide range of courses each year around the country in a variety of venues and habitats. Most courses are run in the early spring when many birds are at their most obvious and when survey work is most commonly started. 

Below are the confirmed dates for 2018 and we will be adding more as details are confirmed for other courses. If you cannot see a course date, venue or topic to suit you, please come back later, or contact us at BTO to discuss your training needs. We will be offering a range of bird survey techniques and bird identification courses, training for professionals as well as bird ringing and other survey-specific courses such as Nest Recording and WeBS. We are also able to offer bespoke training (please contact our Training Manager – training [at] bto.org to discuss this further).

Residential Courses

Bird Identification
Ruff by Allan Drewitt Castle Head Field Centre Grange over SandsA few places left
Fri 17th Aug 2018 to Sun 19th Aug 2018
The complete package – gain confidence identifying birds by sight and sound, with plenty of opportunities to put what you have learned into practice. The location provides us with the perfect opportunity to concentrate on waders and coastal birds.
Led by Steve Piotrowski.
Knot by Chris Mills www.norfolkbirding.com Rhyd-y-creuau Field Centre Betws-y-coedFully Booked
Fri 31st Aug 2018 to Sun 02nd Sep 2018
The complete package – gain confidence identifying birds by sight and sound, with plenty of opportunities to put what you have learned into practice. The location provides us with the perfect opportunity to concentrate on waders and coastal birds
Led by Steve Piotrowski.
Wryneck by Jill Pakenham Spurn Bird Observatory / Westmere Farm KilnseaFully Booked
Sun 30th Sep 2018 to Thu 04th Oct 2018
The complete package – gain confidence identifying birds by sight and sound, with plenty of opportunities to put what you have learned into practice.
Led by Steve Piotrowski.

1-day Workshops

Bird Identification, Wetland Bird Survey
Water Rail by Sarah Kelman Slimbridge Wetland Centre SlimbridgeFully Booked Wed 08th Aug 2018 Improve your waterfowl and wader ID skills, and find out why the Wetland Bird Survey could be the survey for you.
Led by Ed Drewitt.
Redshank by Les Foster Welney Wetland Centre WelneyFully Booked Thu 06th Sep 2018 Hone your waterbird ID skills and find out why the Wetland Bird Survey could be the survey for you
Led by David Hodkinson.
Wigeon by John Harding Castle Espie Wetland Centre Newtownards Sat 22nd Sep 2018 Brush up your waterbird ID skills and learn how to use them for the Wetland Bird Survey
Led by Shane Wolsey.