British Birds of Prey: Identification and Monitoring

Birds of prey have captured people’s attention and imagination for generations, perhaps more so than any other group of birds. Learning how to identify the different species and their behaviour can help us gain a greater understanding of how these birds live and how we can live alongside them. This course is aimed at those with limited or no experience of observing birds of prey in the wild and will introduce you to the different British birds of prey, their ecology and behaviours as well as various ways of monitoring them. The course will include: A look at British bird of prey species and clarifying some common causes of confusion when identifying them Field visits to identify local species, habitats and monitoring techniques Practical workshops for monitoring and supporting wild birds of prey The course will be split between classroom and field sessions with an emphasis on observation and monitoring techniques. An outline programme comprises: Friday: Introduction to the course – Monitoring British birds of prey Saturday: British raptor ecology & identification – practical classroom sessions Saturday evening: Owl prowl – Evening session looking at monitoring owls with a walk to monitor local owls Sunday: Monitoring techniques and methods and owl pellet dissection workshop — classroom and field sessions Monday: field sessions in the local area Course notes will be provided throughout. Some of the field sessions take place in the stunning limestone scenery right on our doorstep and showcase local habitats however, there is no guarantee that raptors will be sighted! Whilst individual abilities will be taken into account, please note that some of the walks take place on uneven and rocky terrain. If you have any queries about this, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

How to Apply

To book a place on this course, please visit the FSC website or contact the centre directly on 01729 830331.

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Key Information

Start date:

18th May 2018 at 4:00pm


From £255


Field Studies Council




Nature & Wildlife


Malham Tarn, United Kingdom

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