Training Programme

We run a wide range of courses each year around the country in a variety of venues and habitats. Most courses are run in the early spring when many birds are at their most obvious and when survey work is most commonly started. 

Below are the confirmed dates for 2018 and we will be adding more as details are confirmed for other courses. If you cannot see a course date, venue or topic to suit you, please come back later, or contact us at BTO to discuss your training needs. We will be offering a range of bird survey techniques and bird identification courses, training for professionals as well as bird ringing and other survey-specific courses such as Nest Recording and WeBS. We are also able to offer bespoke training (please contact our Training Manager – training [at] bto.org to discuss this further).

Multi-day Courses

Breeding Bird Survey, Bird Identification
Willow Warbler by Allan Drewitt Wimbleball Lake Activities Centre DulvertonFully Booked
Tue 30th Apr 2019 to Wed 01st May 2019
Improve your bird identification skills and learn how they can be applied in the Breeding Bird Survey
Led by Matt Collis.
Breeding Bird Survey, BirdTrack, Wetland Bird Survey
Sandwich Bay Bird Observatory by Steffan Walton Sandwich Bay Bird Observatory Sandwich
Fri 10th May 2019 to Sun 12th May 2019
Discover the range of BTO surveys, and just how easy and enjoyable they are to do!
Led by Nick Moran.
Bird Identification, BirdTrack
Ruff. Photograph by Ed Drewitt Castle Head Field Centre Grange over Sands
Sat 10th Aug 2019 to Mon 12th Aug 2019
Gain confidence identifying birds by sight and sound, with plenty of opportunities to put what you have learned into practice.
Led by Steve Piotrowski.
Coal Tit by Sarah Kelman Rhyd Y Creuau Betws-y-Coed
Fri 30th Aug 2019 to Sun 01st Sep 2019
Gain confidence identifying birds by sight and sound, with plenty of opportunities to put what you have learned into practice.
Led by Steve Piotrowski.
Sandwich Bay Bird Observatory by Steffan Walton Sandwich Bay Bird Observatory Sandwich
Sun 29th Sep 2019 to Thu 03rd Oct 2019
Develop your bird identification skills, with plenty of opportunities to put what you have learned into practice.
Led by Steve Piotrowski.

1-day Workshops

Breeding Bird Survey, Bird Identification
The Lodge Forest Visitor Centre AberfoyleFully Booked Sat 27th Apr 2019 Hone your woodland bird identification skills and practice survey techniques for the Breeding Bird Survey (BBS).
Led by David Jarrett.
meadow pipit photograph by steve gantlett Muirshiel Visitor Centre and Country Park near LochwinnochFully Booked Sun 28th Apr 2019 Hone your upland bird identification skills and practice survey techniques for the Breeding Bird Survey (BBS)
Led by Ben Darvill.
Willow Warbler by Allan Drewitt Ruardean Hill Baptist Church Ruardean Hill Tue 07th May 2019 Improve your woodland bird identification skills in the Forest of Dean and learn how you can put them to good use
Led by Ed Drewitt.
Bird Identification
Chaffinch by Jill Pakenham Ruardean Hill Baptist Church Ruardean HillFully Booked Tue 30th Apr 2019 Improve your woodland bird identification by sight and sound in the Forest of Dean
Led by Ed Drewitt.
Green Woodpecker by Liz Cutting RSPB Minsmere Discovery Centre SaxmundhamFully Booked Thu 02nd May 2019 Learn the basics of bird identification by sight and sound at this flagship RSPB reserve
Led by Steve Piotrowski.
Common Tern by Jill Pakenham RSPB Minsmere Discovery Centre SaxmundhamFully Booked Fri 03rd May 2019 Improve your bird identification by sight and sound at this flagship RSPB reserve
Led by Steve Piotrowski.
Bird Identification, Wetland Bird Survey
Shoveler by M & S Johnson GWT Magor Marsh Caldicot Thu 09th May 2019 Improve your wetland bird identification skills and discover the Wetland Bird Survey
Led by Ed Drewitt.
Golden Plover WWT Slimbridge Gloucester Wed 07th Aug 2019 Improve your wetland bird identification skills and discover the Wetland Bird Survey
Led by Ed Drewitt.
Ruff by Matt Latham Welney Wetland Centre Wisbech Mon 07th Oct 2019 Improve your wetland bird identification skills and discover the Wetland Bird Survey
Led by David Hodkinson.
Bird Identification, BirdTrack, Wetland Bird Survey
Bullfinch by Jill Pakenham Hams Hall Environmental Studies Centre ColeshillA few places left Thu 16th May 2019 Improve your bird identification by sight and sound and learn how you can put your skills to good use
Led by Ed Drewitt.
Butterfly Monitoring
Small Tortoiseshell on Sedum by Martin Warren The Nunnery Thetford Sat 15th Jun 2019 Develop your butterfly identification skills and learn how to use them in the Wider Countryside Butterfly Survey (WCBS)
Led by Zoë Randle.
Wetland Bird Survey
Wigeon - image by John Harding WWT Castle Espie Newtownards Sat 21st Sep 2019 Learn and practise the survey methods for the Wetland Bird Survey (WeBS)
Led by Shane Wolsey.