Counting birds and the Wetland Bird Survey (Scotland; Tuesday 18th October, 7pm)

a flock of Knots. Photograph by Rob Robinson
Ben Darvill, Steve Willis
Tuesday, October 18, 2022 - 19:00
Places available

Learn how to count flocks of birds and how to put your skills to use in the Wetland Bird Survey (WeBS).

The training will consist of one online module, complemented by supported self-study exercises which will be provided after the session. The training will be run by BTO Scotland staff Ben Darvill and Steve Willis, both experienced trainers, birdwatchers and surveyors.

    CONTENT: We will introduce various techniques for counting large groups of birds in a range of settings, and use interactive exercises for you to practice these skills. There will be an introduction to WeBS, with tips and hints to help you get started with this engaging survey. This course will not cover any aspects of identification.

    This course complements two other courses that will run during autumn 2022: two-session courses on wildfowl identification and wader identification.

    In order to participate you will need:

    • broadband of sufficient speed to view live video (we can carry out a test in advance if you are unsure)
    • a computer with sound and ideally a webcam, or a tablet/smartphone.

    COST: This one-session course is free of charge. If you need to brush up on your identification of wildfowl and/or waders, please consider attending one or both of the identification courses mentioned above.