Discovering Seabirds: Identification, Ecology, and Conservation (Online Course)

Seabirds are among the most charismatic and mysterious species on our planet. They spend most of their lives miles from land, surviving in extreme conditions and undertaking foraging trips and migrations that cover vast distances.
Despite their highly specialised adaptations, sharp intelligence, and hardy resilience; seabirds are also unfortunately among the most threatened species, with many populations around the UK experiencing severe declines.

This 3-week beginner course is a starting guide to the skills required to begin identifying and observing our native seabirds in the field. You will learn valuable observational field identification tips, life history characteristics and general ecology of the different groups of seabirds found around the British coastline. These include gulls, terns, skuas, auks, petrels, shearwaters, gannets, cormorants and sea-ducks.

This is the perfect course for beginners looking to learn more about the seabirds seen around our coastline, appreciate their amazing lives, and to start to identify these animals. Participants will also discover numerous opportunities to get involved with seabird monitoring and conservation efforts, from training courses and field surveys out at sea, to citizen science and group events on land.

This is a 3-week course covering 3 topics, for which you will complete a variety of online resources and activities. Topics are concluded with an interactive Zoom workshop.

By the end of the course, you will be able to:

  • Identify a variety of common British marine birds
  • Describe their adaptations for surviving at sea
  • Outline the different life history strategies of different groups of seabirds
  • Discuss some of the main threats to seabirds, and conservation measures implemented to protect them
  • Share this new and exciting information with friends and family when out and about at the coast!

This is a training course from the FSC, including online course materials, expert tuition and a flexible learning style. After attending this course, you may like to progress your learning about birds with further relevant FSC courses, or branch out into other areas of the animal kingdom. FSC offers both online and in person courses, so you can choose the learning style that suits you best.

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Key Information

Start date:

3rd February 2022 at 9:00am




Field Studies Council




Biodiversity, Biology, Conservation, Ecology, Marine Conservation, Nature & Wildlife


Online, United Kingdom