Scottish Island Coastal Birds

This weekend course is a unique opportunity to brush up your birding skills, and get to grips with our waders and sea ducks, as well as passage migrants and local coastal specialities.

The spectacular glacial landscape of the Clyde Sea provides a surprising range of habitats in a small area. From the Isle of Cumbrae, upland, coastal, and pelagic bird species are all within easy reach. At this time of the year ‘late breeders’ are still feeding their young and many birds are still feeding fledged youngsters – giving an ideal chance to see juveniles and parents together.

This course gives you the chance to explore the diverse coastline of Millport, including taking a trip on our research vessel (weather permitting), in order to discover the abundant coastal and sea birds which live around our shores. Our local expert will be on hand to help you identify and photograph a variety of birds including different sea ducks, gulls, auks and waders.

Jack Lucas is an experienced tutor and marine biologist working at FSC Millport. Jack has a passion for all things marine, and specialises in marine megafauna such as dolphins, whales, seals and birds. He has worked for research organisations in The Bahamas, New Zealand, Australia and the UK before joining the FSC team in Scotland in 2015. Jack can usually be found on the shores of Cumbrae leading science and natural history courses for all ages and is the current Sustainability Coordinator for the centre at Millport.

How to Apply

To book a place on this course, please visit the FSC website or contact the centre directly on 01475 531420.

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Key Information

Start date:

3rd August 2018 at 5:00pm


From £147


Field Studies Council




Biology, Marine Conservation, Nature & Wildlife


Millport, United Kingdom