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COURSE – Spring Birds: An Introduction to Ornithology with Birdwatching

May 3, 2017 - May 31, 2017


Explore the life of birds and learn about bird evolution, behaviour and conservation. Then put your new identification skills into practice on two field trips in London (St James’ Park and Hampstead Heath).

Three classroom sessions at City Lit in Holborn and two off-site. Wednesdays 03/05/17 – 31/05/17 all 14.00-16.00. 

What is the course about?

This course aims to introduce participants to the world of birds and birdwatching, looking at all of the different aspects of this very familiar, much loved and sometimes maligned group of animals. The course looks at everything from the origin of birds from reptiles, their body structure, behaviour (including migration), breeding, feeding, threats and conservation. The focus will be birds of the UK, but with an overview of the diversity of birds which can be found throughout the globe. The course will provide practical identification techniques and an auditory introduction to birdsong. These skills can then be developed over two outdoors field trips in London green spaces, with the aim of adding wonder and enjoyment to your everyday travels.

What will we cover?

Classroom sessions based at City Lit, 14:00 – 16:00hrs:
– Bird evolution and structure
– Bird identification and fieldcraft
– Bird behaviour and migration

Off-site walks 14:00 – 16:00hrs. Locations:
– St James’ Park
– Hampstead Heath.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to…

– Describe how birds evolved from reptiles
– Describe the basic structure of birds including feather structure
– Identify several different species based on simple learned tips
– Appreciation the diversity of birdsong and be able to recognise the songs of several different species
– Become a good birdwatcher: outline the skills and techniques required to watch, identify and better understand birds
– Recognise and identify the different behaviour elements of birds (breeding behaviour, calling and singing, habitat-specific behaviour, finding food, avoiding predators)
– Describe some of the complexities of migration
– Outline some of the main threats and conservation initiatives for birds.

Cost and Booking

£89 Full price, £71 Senior, £39 Concession

For more information and to book visit the City Lit website


May 3, 2017
May 31, 2017
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