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Waterbird ID virtual training (2 sessions, Tuesdays 10am)
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In this video, Training manager Nick Moran explains the differences between Collared Dove and Woodpigeon songs.
Two of our more common garden visitors, they sound very similar - so make sure to find a mnemonic to help you keep them apart.
By learning how to recognise Ruff in their various guises through this video, you’ll be able to pick them out with confidence.
Identifying Common & Herring Gull
Build up your gull ID skills by learning to recognise two ideal reference species: Common Gull and Herring Gull.