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

Bird Identification
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.
Bird Identification, Wetland Bird Survey
Gadwall by Paul Hillion Darts Farm Village Exeter
Tue 02nd Oct 2018 to Wed 03rd Oct 2018
Improve your winter bird ID skills and discover the Wetland Bird Survey on this 2-day course.
Led by Matt Collis.
Snipe by Liz Cutting WWT Steart Marshes Bridgwater
Thu 04th Oct 2018 to Fri 05th Oct 2018
Improve your winter bird ID skills and discover the Wetland Bird Survey on this 2-day course.
Led by Matt Collis.
Goldeneye by John Proudlock Farmoor Reservoir Oxford
Tue 09th Oct 2018 to Wed 10th Oct 2018
Improve your winter bird ID skills and discover the Wetland Bird Survey on this 2-day course.
Led by Matt Collis.
Water Rail by Sarah Kelman The Nature Discovery Centre Thatcham
Thu 11th Oct 2018 to Fri 12th Oct 2018
Improve your winter bird ID skills and discover the Wetland Bird Survey on this 2-day course.
Led by Matt Collis.
Reed Bunting by Nick Stacey RSPB Pulborough Brooks Pulborough
Wed 17th Oct 2018 to Thu 18th Oct 2018
Improve your winter bird ID skills and discover the Wetland Bird Survey on this 2-day course.
Led by Matt Collis.
Shoveler by M & S Johnson RSPB Arne & Stoborough Heath Wareham
Fri 19th Oct 2018 to Sat 20th Oct 2018
Improve your winter bird ID skills and discover the Wetland Bird Survey on this 2-day course.
Led by Matt Collis.
Bird Surveying for Professionals
British Trust for Ornithology Thetford
Wed 07th Nov 2018 to Thu 08th Nov 2018
Bespoke training, tailored to the needs of the ecological / environmental professional
Led by Nick Moran and David Jarrett.
The Beta Centre Stirling
Tue 19th Feb 2019 to Wed 20th Feb 2019
Bespoke training, tailored to the needs of the ecological / environmental professional
Led by David Jarret and Nick Moran.

1-day Workshops

Bird Identification, Wetland Bird Survey
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.
Bird Identification, BirdTrack, Wetland Bird Survey
Dunlin by Chris Mills norfolkbirding.com Kirkcudbright Community Centre KirkcudbrightFully Booked Sat 29th Sep 2018 Improve your wetland bird ID skills and learn how to put them to good use in the Wetland Bird Survey and BirdTrack
Led by Scott Paterson.
Pochard by John Proudlock Seven Lochs Wetland Park Glasgow Sat 17th Nov 2018 Improve your wetland bird ID skills and learn how to put them to good use in the Wetland Bird Survey and BirdTrack
Led by Ben Darvill.