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, Wetland Bird Survey
Shoveler by M & S Johnson Flatford Mill Field Centre East Bergholt
Fri 19th Jan 2018 to Sun 21st Jan 2018
Learn to identify wintering wildfowl and waders on the Suffolk coast and find out how the Wetland Bird Survey could be the survey for you.
Led by Steve Piotrowski.
Bird Identification
Wheatear by Paul Hillion Portland Bird Observatory
Sat 07th Apr 2018 to Mon 09th Apr 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.
Chough by Jill Pakenham Dale Fort Field Centre Haverfordwest
Fri 27th Apr 2018 to Sun 29th Apr 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.
Ruff by Allan Drewitt Castle Head Field Centre Grange over Sands
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-coed
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 Kilnsea
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.
Bird Survey Techniques
Redstart by Carl Day Malham Tarn Field Centre Settle
Fri 11th May 2018 to Sun 13th May 2018
Learn about BTO surveys, their value to science and conservation, and how fun and easy they are to do!
Led by Su Gough.

1-day Workshops

Bird Identification
Reed Bunting by Nick Stacey Hams Hall Environmental Studies Centre ColeshillFully Booked Thu 16th Nov 2017 Learn how to identify woodland and water birds.
Led by Ed Drewitt.