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Become a better birder with our guides on basic birding and surveying skills, and browse our range of training courses and bird identification videos.
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Bird ID (Residential – Sandwich Bay Bird Observatory)
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Identifying Common & Herring Gull
Build up your gull ID skills by learning to recognise two ideal reference species: Common Gull and Herring Gull.
Identifying farmland buntings
Yellowhammer, Cirl and Corn Bunting all breed in farmland in the UK, and can all present identification challenges.