Training Programme

We are offering a 20% discount on Bird ID and Survey Techniques Courses for New BTO Members (offer available within the first year of your membership) - join today to take advantage of this great offer.

First 2016 DATES AND VENUES available NOW - our ever-popular residential courses are ready to take bookings. 1-day workshop dates and venues will be available very soon!

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 first confirmed dates for 2016 and we will be adding more as details are confirmed for many 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.

Residential Courses

Bird Survey Techniques
Buzzard by Luke Delve The Kingcombe Centre Dorchester
Fri 15th Apr 2016 to Sun 17th Apr 2016
Get to grips with doing BTO surveys and find out how much fun they are!
Led by Su Gough.
Rhyd-y-Creuau Field Studies Centre CANCELLED Betws-y-CoedFully Booked
Sat 04th Jun 2016 to Mon 06th Jun 2016
Due to circumstances beyond our control, this course has been CANCELLED
Led by Su Gough.
Malham Tarn Field Studies Centre SettleA few places left
Fri 10th Jun 2016 to Sun 12th Jun 2016
Learn about the BTO surveys in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales
Led by Su Gough.
Marsh Harrier by Luke Delve How Hill Trust Ludham, Great Yarmouth
Fri 09th Sep 2016 to Sun 11th Sep 2016
A relaxed course, finding out about BTO surveys and how to get involved
Led by Su Gough.
Bird Identification
Flatford Mill Field Study Centre East BergholtFully Booked
Fri 15th Apr 2016 to Sun 17th Apr 2016
Learn to identify birds at the inspiring Flatford Mill
Led by Steve Piotrowski.
Kindrogan Field Studies Centre Fully Booked
Fri 03rd Jun 2016 to Sun 05th Jun 2016
Learn to identify birds in southern Scotland
Led by Steve Piotrowski.
Malham Tarn Field Studies Centre SettleFully Booked
Fri 10th Jun 2016 to Sun 12th Jun 2016
Learn to identify birds in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales
Led by James Bray.
The Kingcombe Centre DorchesterFully Booked
Fri 16th Sep 2016 to Sun 18th Sep 2016
Learn to identify birds at the end of the season in stunning Dorset
Led by Steve Piotrowski.

1-day Workshops

Bird Identification
Smew by Luke Delve SOC, Waterston House EdinburghFully Booked Sun 28th Feb 2016 Learn to identify winter water birds at the headquarters of SOC in eastern Scotland
Led by Scott Paterson.
RSPB Lochwinnoch Lochwinnoch Sun 06th Mar 2016 Find out how to identify birds in Renfrewshire
Led by Scott Paterson.
WWT Caerlaverock Caerlaverock Sat 12th Mar 2016 Learn to identify birds at this year's Autumnwatch venue!
Led by Scott Paterson.
WWT Washington WashingtonFully Booked Sun 13th Mar 2016 Learn to identify birds at a new venue in the north-east
Led by Scott Paterson.
Hams Hall Environmental Studies Centre ColeshillA few places left Thu 31st Mar 2016 Learn to identify birds in the bird-rich Tame Valley and find out about WeBS
Led by Ed Drewitt.
The Nunnery ThetfordFully Booked Wed 13th Apr 2016 A 1-day workshop learning to identify birds by sight
Led by Steve Piotrowski.
The Nunnery ThetfordFully Booked Thu 14th Apr 2016 A 1-day workshop expanding your bird knowledge and tackling ID by sound
Led by Steve Piotrowski.
Darts Farm ExeterA few places left Sun 24th Apr 2016 Woodland, farmland and wetland birds, all close to Exeter
Led by Matt Collis.
Minsmere RSPB Visitor Centre SaxmundhamFully Booked Fri 29th Apr 2016 A 1-day workshop learning to identify birds by sight
Led by Steve Piotrowski.
Minsmere RSPB Visitor Centre SaxmundhamFully Booked Sat 30th Apr 2016 A 1-day workshop expanding your bird knowledge and tackling ID by sound
Led by Steve Piotrowski.
Hams Hall Environmental Studies Centre ColeshillFully Booked Tue 03rd May 2016 Learn to identify a range of species
Led by Ed Drewitt.
Nagshead RSPB centre ParkendFully Booked Fri 06th May 2016 Learn to identify birds by sight and sound in the heart of The Forest of Dean
Led by Matt Collis.
Oystercatcher by Luke Delve Hams Hall Environmental Studies Centre Coleshill Wed 18th May 2016 Discover the range of birds that occur in this rich wildlife area
Led by Ed Drewitt.
Siskin Palacerigg Country Park Glasgow Sat 11th Jun 2016 Get to grips with telling birds apart, and find out more about the BTO
Led by Scott Paterson.
Bird Survey Techniques
Lawrence Weston Community Farm BristolFully Booked Wed 02nd Mar 2016 Learn about BBS and the species likely to be encountered near Bristol
Led by Ed Drewitt.
Pied Wagtail by Luke Delve Epping Forest FSC Loughton Sun 06th Mar 2016 Find out more about birds and how to record them in a fun and useful way
Led by Edward Jackson.
Flatford Mill Field Study Centre East BergholtFully Booked Sun 13th Mar 2016 Gain confidence in identifying birds and learn how to use this to take part in BBS
Led by Edward Jackson.
Robin - Luke Delve Rodbaston Campus, South Staffordshire College Sun 20th Mar 2016 Learn about BTO surveys in the Midlands
Led by Gordon Kirk.
Winterbourne Downs / Newton Toney Village Hall SalisburyFully Booked Sun 27th Mar 2016 Learn about taking part in the BBS and gain confidence identifying a range of common birds.
Led by Matt Collis.
Buzzard Breakish Hall Isle of Skye Sat 02nd Apr 2016 Find out about getting involved in a range of BTO surveys - there's something for everyone!
Led by Ben Darvill and David Jarrett.
Song Thrush - Luke Delve Warwick College, Moreton Morrell Warwick Sun 03rd Apr 2016 Learn about BTO surveys in the Midlands
Led by Gordon Kirk.
Stonechat by Luke Delve Holton Heath NNR, Poole Poole Sat 09th Apr 2016 Learn about BBS and the species likely to be encountered on the south coast
Led by Matt Collis.
Grey Wagtail Blair Atholl Village Hall Fully Booked Sat 09th Apr 2016 Find out about getting involved in a range of BTO surveys - there's something for everyone!
Led by Ben Darvill and David Jarrett.
Hebden Village Hall, Ibbotson Institute HebdenA few places left Thu 14th Apr 2016 Learn to identify birds on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales and find out about surveys
Led by Dudley Hind.
Pied Flycatcher by Luke Delve Borrowdale Institute Rosthwaite Tue 19th Apr 2016 Learn to identify birds and find out how to do surveys in the heart of the Lake District
Led by Dudley Hind.
Rock Pipit Dalry Town Hall Castle Douglas Sat 23rd Apr 2016 Find out how to make more of your birding
Led by Ben Darvill and David Jarrett.
Ashtead Common Ashtead Tue 24th May 2016 Find out more about this vital BTO survey
Led by Ed Drewitt.
Bird Identification, Bird Survey Techniques
Ringed Plover Lochinver Village Hall (Assynt Visitor Centre) Sat 12th Mar 2016 Skills and techniques for BTO bird surveys
Led by Ben Darvill and David Jarrett.
Red-breasted Merganser by Luke Delve Hindmarsh Hall AlnmouthFully Booked Thu 07th Apr 2016 A bird ID and Introduction to bird surveying workshop
Led by Dudley Hind.
Wheatear An Roth Centre Isle of Mull Sat 16th Apr 2016 Skills and techniques for BTO bird surveys
Led by Ben Darvill and David Jarrett.
Wetland Bird Survey
Common Terns by Luke Delve WWT Steart Marshes Bridgwater Sun 04th Sep 2016 Learn to identify wetland birds, and how to take part in the Wetland Bird Survey (WeBS)
Led by Matt Collis.
Common Terns by Luke Delve WWT Steart Marshes Bridgwater Sun 04th Sep 2016 Learn to identify wetland birds, and how to take part in the Wetland Bird Survey (WeBS)
Led by Matt Collis.
Tufted Duck by Luke Delve Darts Farm Exeter Sun 02nd Oct 2016 Learning about WeBS and waterbirds
Led by Matt Collis.