3, 4 & 5 day Residential Bird ID Courses at Bawdsey Hall



Bird Identification Courses at Bawdsey Hall are the perfect opportunity to develop your confidence and enhance your birdwatching skills, at a beginner and intermediate level. The course covers a range of species from garden birds to waterfowl. Join Steve Piotrowski, one of the East Anglia most experienced birders with a combination of indoor and outdoor sessions. The Bird ID courses at Bawdsey Hall start with the basics of bird identification culminating in field practice, there are ample opportunities to develop skills as well as learning something new for those new to this and those with more experience. The course offers exploration of nearby nature reserves including Sutton and Hollesley Heaths, and Boyton and Hollesley Marshes as well as the potential to travel to some famous nearby reserves such as RSPB Minsmere, if required.

You will also receive exclusive access to the Bawdsey Hall private nature reserve which you will enjoy during your stay as part of our pre-breakfast walks. Bawdsey Hall hosts a huge range of wildlife conservation opportunities considering a range of species from Moths to Birds (including Barn Owls) in addition to a wide range of mammals. For many years Bird Ringing and recording has taken place at Bawdsey Hall offering an ideal base for bird identification courses.

Weather permitting, bird ringing demonstrations will also be organised during the course, this will enable you to get close up with some birds. Seeing birds in the handled under guidance of experts is an excellent way of understanding the nuances of bird identification and will reinforce the observation you can make through binoculars.

Steve Piotrowski
Your tutor, Steve Piotrowski

All bird photographs on this page © Dave Hermon

2 nights/3days (Friday- Sunday courses):

Single Occupancy in a room- £400 per person

Double/Twin Occupancy in a room-£590 (total cost for two people)

3 nights/4days: (Sunday-Wednesday courses)

Single Occupancy in a room- £575 per person

Double/Twin Occupancy in a room-£845 (total cost for two people)

4 nights/5days: (Monday-Friday courses)

Single Occupancy in a room- £770 per person

Double/Twin Occupancy in a room-£1120 (total cost for two people)

Included is accommodation in a private room,  food (including full English breakfast,  lunch and a two course meal at a local pub) and drinks when in the field. Tuition etc.

Course Information for 2021



Wader Special

Sunday 22nd - Wednesday 25th August

Meadow Pipit

Peak Autumn Migration

Sunday 24th -Tuesday 26th September 2021


Siberian Week

Monday 18th - Friday 22nd October 2021


Siberian Weekend

Friday 22nd - Sunday 24th October 2021

Bawdsey Hall is located on the Suffolk Heritage Coast, on the peninsula between the River Deben and the North sea. A building steeped in history with records dating back to the 16th century, it now is run by David and Charlotte offering Bed and Breakfast and an extensive range of wildlife experiences. Bawdsey Hall is one of the best places to stay if you want time to yourself and escape from the world, a perfect Suffolk retreat on the coast. We bridge the gap between a friendly countryside B&B and a beautiful boutique hotel. The emphasis is on privacy and relaxation. For many it is their ‘home away from home’, a unique B&B nestled in the beautiful countryside of Suffolk, offering a tranquil breakaway with charm & character.

You can join us at Bawdsey Hall and discover the delights of nature during your stay. The Hall situated on a small private nature reserve providing opportunities for photographers, birders, entomologists, lepidopleists, wildlife enthusiasts and anyone wanting to relax amongst peaceful surroundings. Bawdsey Hall is an ideal location for anyone looking for a Wildlife Retreat, with extensive grounds, our mature woods, large ponds, old outbuilding & meadow land offer a variety of different habitats for local wildlife. Making Bawdsey Hall a wildlife haven and unique in what it has to offer.

The price includes 2 night accommodation at Bawdsey Hall situated on the Suffolk’s Coast Area of Natural Beauty. All meals, as well as hot drinks and water when on the field and in lectures are included from Friday evening until Sunday lunchtime or Sunday evening until Tuesday lunchtime. This includes a cooked full English breakfast, a packed lunch when on the field and a 2 course evening meal at a countryside pub on the two evenings. (drinks can purchased directly at the pub with an option to make this 3 courses if you wished) . Tuition in the field during the day, lectures during the evening (with a slice of cake to keep you replenished) and course materials for the residential course. There is also post course tuition and you will be provided with Bird, Butterfly and Dragonfly list that has been seen on the course. Binoculars are available for lone for the duration of the course free of charge if required. These will be provided in sealed sanitised bags with date of when sanitised. Please let us know at the time of booking if you would like binoculars provided.

Single occupancy and double occupancy all have their own private room which have stunning views over the garden and private nature reserve beyond, where you can watch the wildlife go by, including excellent views of our resident Badgers and Tawny Owls at night. The rooms are spacious and the bathroom is located directly opposite your room (note two rooms may need to be share one bathroom on some bookings). For your comfort bath robes, towels and bathroom amenities are provided. There are tea and coffee making facilities within your room which also include water, glasses and a bottle opener, so you can sit back with a beverage of your choice and relax whilst looking out onto the garden.

Twin room

Breakfast options includes: yoghurt, cereal, fresh fruit, breads, fruit juices tea and coffee. If you would rather something more substantial to set you up for the day ahead we also offer a yummy Full English Breakfast. We are able to cater for special dietary requirements but kindly request that you provide us with any requirements when booking. Your lunch options will be made up for you in the morning. Your two course evening meal will be pre booked from a list of options , so all you need to do is relax at a countryside pub during the evening. Why not relax with a beverage of your choice to have with your meal, your tutor will be on hand throughout your evening meal.

Some areas will be within walking distance from Bawdsey but some locations are easier via vehicle. In the interests of the environment, we encourage car sharing where possible, but we shall continue to monitor current guidelines in order to keep all group members safe, current guidelines recommend transport in your household bubbles. If you cannot drive and would require transport please let us know when booking.

These courses will run with a small group (approx. up to 12 people), providing the perfect opportunity to have a course with those extra personal touches.

Booking and Confirmation
To book your place on our Bird Identification Course at Bawdsey Hall contact us via our booking form or by calling us on 07763 291026.
Your place will be held for 24 hours to allow you to pay 50% non-refundable booking deposit via bank transfer and return the completed booking form. On receipt of payment and booking form, we will send you an e-acknowledgement and before your course you shall receive useful information about your stay at Bawdsey Hall. The balance of the fee is due one month before the event.