Training Programme

We are offering a 15% 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 2017 Dates and venues will be available 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 2017 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 (please contact Su Gough, Training Manager to discuss this further).

Residential Courses

Bird Identification, Wetland Bird Survey
Yellowhammer Flatford Mill FSC East BergholtFully Booked
Fri 10th Feb 2017 to Sun 12th Feb 2017
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
Grey Wagtail The Kingcombe Centre DorchesterFully Booked
Fri 07th Apr 2017 to Sun 09th Apr 2017
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.
Great Spotted Woodpecker Juniper Hall FSC DorkingFully Booked
Fri 28th Apr 2017 to Sun 30th Apr 2017
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.
Puffin Dale Fort FSC HaverfordwestFully Booked
Sat 06th May 2017 to Mon 08th May 2017
Find out how to identify a wide range of birds by sight and sound. Due to the location of this venue there will be a particular focus on seabirds and coastal birds
Led by Steve Piotrowski.
Ring Ouzel Kindrogan FSC Blairgowrie
Fri 09th Jun 2017 to Sun 11th Jun 2017
The complete package - gain confidence identifying birds by sight and sound, with plenty of opportunities to put what you have learned into practice. Due to the location of the veune we have the perfect opportunity to concentrate on upland birds.
Led by Steve Piotrowski.
Ringed Plover Castle Head FSC Grange-over-Sands
Fri 23rd Jun 2017 to Sun 25th Jun 2017
The complete package - gain confidence identifying birds, with plenty of opportunities to put what you have learned into practice. Due to the location we have the perfect opportunity to concentrate on waders and coastal birds.
Led by Steve Piotrowski.
Bird Survey Techniques
Yellow Wagtail Malham Tarn FSC Settle
Fri 28th Apr 2017 to Sun 30th Apr 2017
Learn about BTO surveys, their value to science and how fun and easy they are to do.
Led by Su Gough.
Spotted Flycatcher The Kingcombe Centre Dorchester
Mon 08th May 2017 to Wed 10th May 2017
Learn about BTO surveys, their value to science and how fun and easy they are to do.
Led by Su Gough.
Grey Heron How Hill Trust Great Yarmouth
Fri 16th Jun 2017 to Sun 18th Jun 2017
Learn about BTO surveys, their value to science and how fun and easy they are to do.
Led by Su Gough.
Rock Pipit Dale Fort FSC Haverfordwest
Fri 08th Sep 2017 to Sun 10th Sep 2017
Learn about BTO surveys, their value to science and how fun and easy they are to do.
Led by Su Gough.

1-day Workshops

Bird Identification, Wetland Bird Survey
Wigeon Ranger Centre Forfar Sun 11th Dec 2016 Learn to identify wetland birds, and how to take part in the Wetland Bird Survey (WeBS)
Led by Ben Darvill.
Teal Hams Hall Environmental Studies Coleshill Wed 12th Apr 2017 Learn how to identify waterbirds and how the Wetland Bird Survey couldbe the survey for you.
Led by Ed Drewitt.
Great Crested Grebe Hams Hall Environmental Studies Coleshill Wed 17th May 2017 Learn how to identify waterbirds and how the Wetland Bird Survey could be the survey for you.
Led by Ed Drewitt.
Shoveler Hams Hall Environmental Studies Coleshill Tue 20th Jun 2017 Learn how to identify waterbirds and how the Wetland Bird Survey could be the survey for you.
Led by Ed Drewitt.
Pochard Slimbridge WWT Slimbridge Tue 08th Aug 2017 Learn how to identify waterbirds and how the Wetland Bird Survey could be the survey for you.
Led by Ed Drewitt.
Breeding Bird Survey
Great Tit Epping Forest FSC Loughton Sun 05th Mar 2017 Discover more about the Breeding Bird Survey, an important and fun-to-do springtime survey
Led by Edward Jackson.
Reed Bunting Flatford Mill FSC East Bergholt Sun 19th Mar 2017 Discover more about the Breeding Bird Survey, an important and fun-to-do springtime survey
Led by Edward Jackson.
Blackcap Winterborne Downs, Newton Tony Village Hall SalisburyFully Booked Sun 02nd Apr 2017 Find out more about the Breeding Bird Survey, and brush up on your bird identification at the same time!
Led by Matt Collis.
Whitethroat Hebden Village Hall Hebden Thu 20th Apr 2017 Find out more about BTO surveys, focussing on BBS, but looking at what else is on offer to find something for you!
Led by Dudley Hind.
Sedge Warbler Darts Farm Exeter Sun 30th Apr 2017 Find out more about the Breeding Bird Survey, and brush up on your bird identification at the same time!
Led by Matt Collis.
Bird Identification
Dunnock RSPB Lochwinnoch Paisley Sun 05th Mar 2017 Learn how to identify a range of birds by sight, increasing your repertoire and introducing some by song as well.
Led by Scott Paterson.
Oystercatcher East Lothian Council Outdoor Learning Service Musselburgh Wed 08th Mar 2017 This ID workshop will concentrate especially on waders, which should be plentiful around the venue.
Led by Scott Paterson.
Nuthatch RSPB Leighton Moss Carnforth Sun 12th Mar 2017 Learn how to identify a range of birds by sight, increasing your repertoire and introducing some by song as well.
Led by Scott Paterson.
Stonechat RSPB Saltholme Middlesbrough Thu 23rd Mar 2017 Learn how to identify a range of birds by sight, increasing your repertoire and introducing some by song as well.
Led by Scott Paterson.
Red Grouse Bowlees Visitor Centre Barnard Castle Sun 02nd Apr 2017 Learn how to identify a range of birds by sight, increasing your repertoire and introducing some by song as well.
Led by Scott Paterson.
Wren Harestanes Countryside Visitor Centre Jedburgh Sun 09th Apr 2017 The perfect time of year to start learning bird song, and this workshop will focus principally on identifying birds by sound.
Led by Scott Paterson.
Sparrowhawk Hauxley Nature Reserve Morpeth Sat 22nd Apr 2017 Learn how to identify a range of birds by sight, increasing your repertoire and introducing some by song as well.
Led by Scott Paterson.
Reed Warbler Palacerigg Country Park Glasgow Sun 30th Apr 2017 Learn how to identify a range of birds by sight, increasing your repertoire and introducing some by song as well.
Led by Scott Paterson.
Wood Pigeon Minsmere RSPB Saxmundham Wed 03rd May 2017 Learn how to identify a range of birds by sight
Led by Steve Piotrowski.
Song Thrush Scottish Dolphin Centre Fochabers Thu 04th May 2017 Learn how to identify a range of birds by sight, increasing your repertoire and introducing some by song as well.
Led by Scott Paterson.
Robin Minsmere RSPB SaxmundhamFully Booked Thu 04th May 2017 Take it to the next stage and become confident with bird songs and calls
Led by Steve Piotrowski.
Redstart Nagshead RSPB Parkend Fri 05th May 2017 Learn how to identify a range of birds by sight, increasing your repertoire and introducing some by song as well.
Led by Matt Collis.
Wheatear Mungrisdale Village Hall Penrith Thu 11th May 2017 Learn how to identify a range of birds by sight, increasing your repertoire and introducing some by song as well.
Led by Scott Paterson.
Wigeon Sands of Forvie NNR Ellon Thu 18th May 2017 Learn how to identify a range of birds by sight, increasing your repertoire and introducing some by song as well.
Led by Scott Paterson.
Swallow Monikie Country Park Dundee Sat 20th May 2017 Learn how to identify a range of birds by sight, increasing your repertoire and introducing some by song as well.
Led by Scott Paterson.
Siskin Community Hall Aviemore Thu 15th Jun 2017 Learn how to identify a range of birds by sight, increasing your repertoire and introducing some by song as well.
Led by Scott Paterson.
Bird Identification, Bird Survey Techniques
Woodcock Elm Tree Farm Matlock Wed 22nd Mar 2017 Come and learn how to identify the birds in the area and how to take this further.
Led by David Hodkinson.
Song Thrush Idle Valley Nature Centre Retford Sat 25th Mar 2017 Find out more about the birds around you, and how there is a survey for everyone!
Led by David Hodkinson.
Blackbird Bayfordbury Campus Hertford Tue 28th Mar 2017 Learn more about the birds in your area
Led by David Hodkinson.
Blue Tit Welney WWT Wisbech Fri 31st Mar 2017 Learn more about the birds around you, and how you can get involved
Led by David Hodkinson.
Shelduck Sandwell Valley RSPB West Bromwich Thu 27th Apr 2017 Learn more about identifying birds, and discover how there is a survey suited for everyone.
Led by Ed Drewitt.
Bird Survey Techniques
Rook Rodbaston Campus, South Staffordshire College Sun 26th Mar 2017 Discover how there is a survey suitable for everyone!
Led by Gordon Kirk.
Goldcrest Warwick College, Moreton Morr Warwick Sun 02nd Apr 2017 Discover how there is a survey suitable for everyone!
Led by Gordon Kirk.
Hooded Crows Living Stones Christian Centre Sat 08th Apr 2017 Find out more about making your birdwatching count
Led by David Jarrett.
Capercaillie Glen Tanar Estate AboyneFully Booked Sat 15th Apr 2017 Find out how to make your birdwatching count!
Led by David Jarrett.
Redshank Dark Island Hotel Isle of Benbecula Thu 20th Apr 2017 Find out how to make your birdwatching count
Led by David Jarrett.
Fulmar Uig Community Centre Isle of Lewis Sat 22nd Apr 2017 Find out how to make your birdwatching count!
Led by David Jarrett.
Twite Lairg Community Centre Lairg Sat 29th Apr 2017 Find out how to make your birdwatching count!
Led by David Jarrett.
Nuthatch Eglinton Country Park Irvine Sat 06th May 2017 Find out more about making your birdwatching count
Led by Ben Darvill.
Wheatear Isle of Seil Community Hall Oban Wed 10th May 2017 Find out how to make your birdwatching count!
Led by Ben Darvill.
Wheatear by Amy Lewis The Nevis Partnership, An Drochaid Fort William Tue 27th Jun 2017 Learn how to make your birdwatching count in the uplands
Led by Ben Darvill.