HOS “Birding Basics” Workshops

Birding basics

HOS Workshop by Sue Lambert

We 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.

Over the last few years, Birding Basics have proved very popular, so we have planned some further workshops (see below). 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.

Understanding Birds and Birding Workshop

Saturday 8 February – 10:00-13:00

This half-day course called “Understanding Birds and Birding” has been designed to help members understand how birds live – including breeding, migrating, moulting, seeing, hearing, sleeping etc. We will also discuss how to be a better birder – equipment, apps, skills you can learn and places you should visit. Keith Betton is the course tutor, and it will be held at the Memorial Hall in Littleton, near Winchester.

The cost is below and is paid on the day

HOS Members £15
Non-Members £31 (includes HOS membership for 2020)

If you’d like to attend please email Bob Lee – readerbob@btinternet.com remembering to say if you are a HOS member – ***  Places still available  ***

Seawatching Workshop

Saturday 8 February – 1400-1630

The Millennium Memorial Hall, The Hall Way, Littleton, nr Winchester, SO22 6QL
Marc Moody will talk about each of the birds that you might see on a seawatch in Hampshire, discussing ID features, and what month they occur in using graphs based on HOS data. He will explain how to plan a seawatch and how to maximise your chances of success. This will only be a classroom session with two talks and Q&A.

Cost to HOS members £10
Cost to non-members £26 (but includes 2020 membership)

Numbers are strictly limited to 36.

Bookings to Bob Lee – readerbob@btinternet.com – ***  8 places available ***

Bird Song Workshops

HOS will be running workshops again to help people learn more about bird song. Numbers at each will be limited to 15 people, and there will be a £10 charge made for HOS members (£26 to non-members but including membership for 2020). All proceeds will be used to fund conservation and research activities in Hampshire.

The workshops, all running from 07:00 to 10:00 are:

Saturday 25 April – Fishlake Meadows (Tutor: Andy Lester) – *** Fully booked – waiting list open***
Saturday 2 May – Keyhaven Marshes (Tutor: Nigel Matthews) *** Fully booked – waiting list open***
Sunday 10 May – New Forest woodlands (Tutor: Simon Curson) *** Fully booked – waiting list open***

If you’d like to book a place write to Bob Lee – readerbob@btinternet.com and tell him whether you are a HOS member.