Bird Identification courses at Bawdsey Hall
Spring & Autumn 2020
Bird identification courses at Bawdsey Hall are the perfect opportunity for beginners to develop their confidence and enhance their birdwatching skills. The course covers a range of species from garden birds to waterfowl and waders as well as providing a unique opportunity to discover why the Suffolk Coast is one of the UK’s prime wildlife areas. With a combination of indoor and outdoor sessions that start with the basics of bird identification culminating in
field practice there is ample opportunity to develop skills as well as learning something new.
The course offers exploration of nearby nature reserves including Sutton and Hollesley Heaths, Boyton and Hollesley Marshes as well as the potential to travel to some famous nearby reserves such as RSPB Minsmere. You will also receive exclusive access to the Bawdsey Hall private reserve.
BOOKINGS CAN BE MADE THROUGH THE BOOKING FORM VIA THE BAWDSEY HALL WEBSITE
OR BY CONTACTING US ON 07763291026
FRIDAY 17th – SUNDAY 19th APRIL
Residential (2 nights)
FRIDAY 1st – SUNDAY 3rd MAY
Residential (2 nights)
DAY ONE (EVENING)
After arrivals and registration, you will have the opportunity to meet your tutor and fellow colleagues before you have your introductory talk. After this, you will venture to a local pub to enjoy your two course evening meal, before heading back to Bawdsey Hall for your evening presentation.
After an early morning walk you will feel energised for the day and certainly ready for your full English breakfast sat around an elegant dining table enjoying views of the garden. Set up for the day ahead, you will move into the first session which provides an overview of the birds can be found in the UK during passage periods and the habitats in which you can find them.
You will be able to examine the merits of good field-craft as well as developing your own skills to enhance birdwatching opportunities. This will cover concepts in preparation, your behaviour and the bird behaviour.
Your course leader will provide pointers in identifying a range of common birds for that season, by sight and sound around the Bawdsey Hall reserve and at nearby coastal habitats.
During the evening you will have time to relax at a local pub for your evening meal, where your tutor will be on hand to answer any questions. After this you will be able to enjoy watching the nocturnal wildlife at Bawdsey Hall from the luxurious comfort of your bedroom.
Following, your pre-breakfast walk and after filling up on your scrumptious breakfast, your second day will offer specific guidance on how to effectively distinguish between similar-looking waders and waterfowl. The session will also provide an introduction to bird surveys that will allow participants to take part in future surveys.
Booking and Confirmation
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 lots of useful information about your stay at Bawdsey Hall. The balance of the fee is due one month before the event.
Dates & Prices
Our weekend residential courses at Bawdsey Hall in 2020 cost:
Single Occupancy of a room- £350 per person
Double/Twin Occupancy of a room-£495 (total cost for two people)
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 are included from Friday evening until a Sunday 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. As well as tuition in the field during the day, lectures during the evening and course materials for the residential course.