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).

Multi-day Courses

Breeding Bird Survey, Bird Identification
Common Tern by Jill Pakenham Farmoor Reservoir Oxford
Tue 09th Apr 2019 to Wed 10th Apr 2019
Improve your bird identification skills and learn how they can be applied in the Breeding Bird Survey
Led by Matt Collis.
Willow Warbler by Allan Drewitt Wimbleball Lake Activities Centre Dulverton
Tue 30th Apr 2019 to Wed 01st May 2019
Improve your bird identification skills and learn how they can be applied in the Breeding Bird Survey
Led by Matt Collis.
Pied Flycatcher by Edmund Fellowes RSPB Nagshead Lydney
Thu 02nd May 2019 to Fri 03rd May 2019
Improve your bird identification skills and learn how they can be applied in the Breeding Bird Survey
Led by Matt Collis.
Bird Identification
Wheatear by Paul Hillion Portland Bird Observatory Portland
Fri 19th Apr 2019 to Sun 21st Apr 2019
Gain confidence identifying birds by sight and sound, with plenty of opportunities to put what you have learned into practice.
Led by Steve Piotrowski.
Breeding Bird Survey, BirdTrack, Wetland Bird Survey
Sandwich Bay Bird Observatory by Steffan Walton Sandwich Bay Bird Observatory Sandwich
Fri 10th May 2019 to Sun 12th May 2019
Discover the range of BTO surveys, and just how easy and enjoyable they are to do!
Led by Nick Moran.
Bird Identification, BirdTrack
Ruff. Photograph by Ed Drewitt Castle Head Field Centre Grange over Sands
Sat 10th Aug 2019 to Mon 12th Aug 2019
Gain confidence identifying birds by sight and sound, with plenty of opportunities to put what you have learned into practice.
Led by Steve Piotrowski.
Coal Tit by Sarah Kelman Rhyd Y Creuau Betws-y-Coed
Fri 30th Aug 2019 to Sun 01st Sep 2019
Gain confidence identifying birds by sight and sound, with plenty of opportunities to put what you have learned into practice.
Led by Steve Piotrowski.
Sandwich Bay Bird Observatory by Steffan Walton Sandwich Bay Bird Observatory Sandwich
Sun 29th Sep 2019 to Thu 03rd Oct 2019
Develop your bird identification skills, with plenty of opportunities to put what you have learned into practice.
Led by Steve Piotrowski.

1-day Workshops

Breeding Bird Survey
WWT Castle Espie NewtownardsFully Booked Sun 24th Mar 2019 Learn and practise the survey methods for the Breeding Bird Survey (BBS)
Led by Shane Wolsey.
Coal Tit by Sarah Kelman Marble Arch Caves Visitor Centre Enniskillen Tue 26th Mar 2019 Learn and practise the survey methods for the Breeding Bird Survey (BBS)
Led by Shane Wolsey.
Chaffinch by Jill Pakenham Lough Neagh Discovery Centre Craigavon Sat 30th Mar 2019 Learn and practise the survey methods for the Breeding Bird Survey (BBS)
Led by Shane Wolsey.
Bird Identification, Wetland Bird Survey
Garganey by Graham Catley Attenborough Nature Centre NottinghamFully Booked Sun 24th Mar 2019 Improve your wetland bird identification skills and discover the Wetland Bird Survey
Led by David Hodkinson.
Wigeon - image by John Harding Welney Wetland Centre WisbechA few places left Mon 01st Apr 2019 Improve your wetland bird identification skills and discover the Wetland Bird Survey
Led by David Hodkinson.
Black-tailed Godwit by Nigel Clark WWT Slimbridge Gloucester Wed 24th Apr 2019 Improve your wetland bird identification skills and discover the Wetland Bird Survey
Led by Ed Drewitt.
Snipe by Liz Cutting GWT Magor Marsh Caldicot Thu 25th Apr 2019 Improve your wetland bird identification skills and discover the Wetland Bird Survey
Led by Ed Drewitt.
Shoveler by M & S Johnson GWT Magor Marsh Caldicot Thu 09th May 2019 Improve your wetland bird identification skills and discover the Wetland Bird Survey
Led by Ed Drewitt.
Golden Plover WWT Slimbridge Gloucester Wed 07th Aug 2019 Improve your wetland bird identification skills and discover the Wetland Bird Survey
Led by Ed Drewitt.
Ruff by Matt Latham Welney Wetland Centre Wisbech Mon 07th Oct 2019 Improve your wetland bird identification skills and discover the Wetland Bird Survey
Led by David Hodkinson.
Bird Identification
Whooper Swans by Sarah Kelman RSPB Lochwinnoch PaisleyFully Booked Sun 24th Mar 2019 Develop your bird identification by sight and sound and learn how you can put your skills to good use
Led by Scott Paterson.
Coal Tit by Sarah Kelman Dinton Pastures Country Park ReadingFully Booked Mon 25th Mar 2019 Build up your bird identification skills and learn to use them in a range of BTO surveys
Led by Lucy Wallace.
Reed Bunting by Nick Stacey RSPB Leighton Moss CarnforthFully Booked Mon 25th Mar 2019 Develop your bird identification by sight and sound and learn how you can put your skills to good use
Led by Scott Paterson.
Wigeon by John Harding SWT Carlton Marshes Lowestoft Mon 08th Apr 2019 Improve your bird identification skills and how you can make good use of them in a range of BTO surveys
Led by David Hodkinson.
Pochard by John Proudlock Hauxley Wildlife Discovery Centre Low Hauxley Wed 17th Apr 2019 Develop your bird identification by sight and sound and learn how you can put your skills to good use
Led by Scott Paterson.
Redshank by Les Foster RSPB Loch Leven Kinross Thu 25th Apr 2019 Develop your bird identification by sight and sound and learn how you can put your skills to good use
Led by Scott Paterson.
Chaffinch by Jill Pakenham Ruardean Hill Baptist Church Ruardean Hill Tue 30th Apr 2019 Improve your woodland bird identification by sight and sound in the Forest of Dean
Led by Ed Drewitt.
Green Woodpecker by Liz Cutting RSPB Minsmere Discovery Centre Saxmundham Thu 02nd May 2019 Learn the basics of bird identification by sight and sound at this flagship RSPB reserve
Led by Steve Piotrowski.
Common Tern by Jill Pakenham RSPB Minsmere Discovery Centre SaxmundhamA few places left Fri 03rd May 2019 Improve your bird identification by sight and sound at this flagship RSPB reserve
Led by Steve Piotrowski.
Bird Survey Techniques
Redshank by Les Foster Mid Ulster Council Offices MagherafeltFully Booked Fri 29th Mar 2019 Build your familiarity with the key wader species and practise the survey methodology
Led by Shane Wolsey.
Curlew by Jill Pakenham Mid Ulster Council Offices Magherafelt Tue 02nd Apr 2019 Build your familiarity with the key wader species and practise the survey methodology
Led by Shane Wolsey.
Breeding Bird Survey, Bird Identification
Grey Wagtail photograph by Jill Pakenham SWT Falls of Clyde New LanarkFully Booked Sat 30th Mar 2019 Hone your woodland bird identification skills and practice survey techniques for the Breeding Bird Survey (BBS).
Led by David Jarrett.
Wheatear by Paul Hillion Blair Atholl Village Hall Blair AthollFully Booked Sat 13th Apr 2019 Hone your upland bird identification skills and practice survey techniques for the Breeding Bird Survey (BBS)
Led by David Jarrett.
The Lodge Forest Visitor Centre AberfoyleFully Booked Sat 27th Apr 2019 Hone your woodland bird identification skills and practice survey techniques for the Breeding Bird Survey (BBS).
Led by David Jarrett.
meadow pipit photograph by steve gantlett Muirshiel Visitor Centre and Country Park near Lochwinnoch Sun 28th Apr 2019 Hone your upland bird identification skills and practice survey techniques for the Breeding Bird Survey (BBS)
Led by Ben Darvill.
Willow Warbler by Allan Drewitt Ruardean Hill Baptist Church Ruardean Hill Tue 07th May 2019 Improve your woodland bird identification skills in the Forest of Dean and learn how you can put them to good use
Led by Ed Drewitt.
Bird Identification, BirdTrack
Chaffinch by Jill Pakenham WWT Langford Lakes Salisbury Fri 26th Apr 2019 Develop your bird identification skills and learn how to log your sightings using BirdTrack
Led by Matt Collis.
Great Spotted Woodpecker by Jill Pakenham Newton Tony Memorial Hall Salisbury Mon 29th Apr 2019 Develop your bird identification skills and learn how to log your sightings using BirdTrack
Led by Matt Collis.
Bird Identification, BirdTrack, Wetland Bird Survey
Bullfinch by Jill Pakenham Hams Hall Environmental Studies Centre Coleshill Thu 16th May 2019 Improve your bird identification by sight and sound and learn how you can put your skills to good use
Led by Ed Drewitt.
Butterfly Monitoring
Small Tortoiseshell on Sedum by Martin Warren The Nunnery Thetford Sat 15th Jun 2019 Develop your butterfly identification skills and learn how to use them in the Wider Countryside Butterfly Survey (WCBS)
Led by Zoë Randle.
Wetland Bird Survey
Wigeon - image by John Harding WWT Castle Espie Newtownards Sat 21st Sep 2019 Learn and practise the survey methods for the Wetland Bird Survey (WeBS)
Led by Shane Wolsey.