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Whitethroat (m) Sylvia communis Ken Dolbear MBE

Whitethroat c Ken Dolbear MBE

Celebrate Dawn Chorus weekend on this workshop learning the art of identifying bird songs and calls.

Led by Edward Jackson

Fri 1 - Sun 3 May  2015

This spring weekend workshop has been specially designed for anyone who is keen to improve their skills in bird identification, by concentrating particularly on bird sounds. It will help you identify the songs and calls of the more common species found in Dorset and more widely in southern Britain ­ and some of the more scarce ones too. It is equally suitable for anyone with either a general interest in birds and birding, or for someone who needs to be familiar with bird sounds for professional reasons too.

Much of the time will be spent in the field in a variety of habitats - close to the Centre and further afield - explaining how best to identify birds from the sounds they make. This will be complemented by helpful presentations back at the Centre, both to set the scene and review the day’s experiences.

We’ll also use a variety of techniques and technology to help consolidate your learning. In the field we’ll use smartphone apps to instantly play recordings of the birds we are hearing, so that you can really grasp the sound patterns (though not loud enough to make the real birds too anxious!). We’ll also use identification DVDs and sonograms (visual representations of bird sounds) to summarise our learning during the indoor sessions.

All of this (together with a few quizzes!) will mean that you’ll leave with your memory banks nicely full and with lots of experience of how to identify and remember all those sounds for the next time.

Note: there will be a fair amount of walking over rough terrain most days. Please be prepared for this and for some standing in the woods as you listen to discussion points.

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Edward Jackson retired a couple of years ago from a rewarding career in Environmental Education. He now runs his own wildlife consultancy specialising in bird survey work and short training courses. He currently works for, among others, Suffolk Wildlife Trust and British Trust for Ornithology. He holds a BTO ‘A’ Ringing Permit with a Trainer endorsement and is a Council member of Suffolk Ornithologists Group.



£280 pp includes 2 nights sole occupancy accommodation, full board including a homecooked breakfast, tea/cake, lunch and 3 course dinner, all tuition / activities.
Non- Residential:
£199 pp includes all of the above except accommodation and breakfast.
The course will start at 6pm on Friday with dinner and an introductory talk.
Residents are welcome to arrive from 2pm.
The course will finish at approximately 4pm on Sunday with afternoon tea.
What to bring: You will be outside so will need: walking boots, outdoor clothing, binoculars, notepad and pen, rucksack to carry lunch and drinks.
Why not make the best of the Bank Holiday Weekend by extending your stay with a B&B package to practise your new skills

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