HOS "Birding Basics" Workshops


Redshank by Gareth ReesWe want to help our members and others to learn birding skills and build on those that they have already, so we have decided to launch a series of occasional workshops under the brand of "Birding Basics". These will be available for a limited number of people each time to ensure that the tutor(s) can work closely with a manageable number of people. Workshops will be repeated from time to time to make sure that everybody who wants to attend can do so. There will be a small charge to cover basic costs. 


We are keen to help you to improve your birding skills and knowledge, so please let us know if there is any particular training that you would like to see provided.


The Wader (Dec 2017) and Raptor (Mar 2018) workshops proved to be very popular. There has been quite a strong demand for Bird Song tuition, so we want to let you know about five Bird Song Workshops that we have arranged. 


These are as follows:


A) Sun 29 April - Yateley Common - with John Clark - 4 places left


B) Sat 12 May - New Forest - with Keith Betton - *** FULLY BOOKED ***


C) Sat 19 May - New Forest - with Keith Betton - 2 place left


D) Sat 2 June - Keyhaven - with Nigel Matthews - *** FULLY BOOKED ***


E) Sun 24 June - Fishlake Meadows - with Andy Lester - *** FULLY BOOKED ***


The Workshops will be entirely field-based, and will run from 0700 to 1000 hrs. The first is on heathland, the second and third are identical and are in woodland and the last two are in reedbed and marshy habitats - so there will be a range of different songs and calls to hear. The charge for each will be £10 for HOS members and £22 for non-members (includes £12 for HOS membership for 2018). These charges are payable on the day. Each workshop will be limited to 15 people to ensure that everyone gets the chance to learn. 


As none of the tutors are charging a fee all of your fee will go into HOS' Conservation Fund which is used to support bird conservation and research projects.


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Further courses


If you are interested in developing your photography skills then make a note of Saturday 28th July.


HOS is planning a Photography Workshop with three professional wildlife photographers who will give talks and run smaller focus groups on how to improve your skills. 


Details on how to book will be posted in May.


We are also planning further workshops on waders and a new one on gulls for later in the year.