Bird ID (Residential, Brixham, Devon)

Great Northern Diver by Sarah Kelman
Matt Collis
Friday, February 28, 2020 - 16:00 to Sunday, March 1, 2020 - 14:30
A few places left

Gain confidence identifying birds by sight and sound, with plenty of opportunities to put what you have learned into practice.

Develop your bird identification skills on this weekend course for relative beginners and improvers. Expect a combination of indoor sessions covering the basics of bird identification and outdoor sessions to build your confidence in the field. The Devon coast is an excellent location for late winter birding with grebes, divers and scoters and the nationally rare Cirl Bunting all likely to be encountered. With the local resident landbirds starting to sing, so there will be opportunity to build your confidence in identifying birds by sound.

This course aims to provide you with the following:

  • A detailed introduction to the common birds of various lowland habitats.
  • Identification tips for a range of common birds by sight and sound.
  • Guidance on identifying some less common coastal birds, including coastal ducks, grebes and divers. 
  • A brief introduction to rewarding BTO surveys you can participate in.
  • Ample opportunity to practice your identification skills in the field.

Our weekend residential courses in 2020 cost £250. The price includes accommodation at the Grenville House Outdoor Education Centre, breakfasts, picnic lunches and cooked evening meals (from Friday evening to Sunday lunchtime inclusive), tuition and course materials.

Accommodation is in shared rooms. Single occupancy accommodation is no longer available for this course.

A non-residential price of £170 is also available, which includes packed lunches and evening meals but not bed or breakfast. Please ask for more details, though note that there are both pre-breakfast and post-dinner activities.

Online booking is available for this event but if you have any queries about booking a place, please email Anne.Cotton [at] or ring 01786 458021.



Grenville House Outdoor Education Centre
Berry Head Road
TQ5 9AF Brixham , DEV
United Kingdom
Devon GB