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.

The Wader (Dec 2017), Raptor (Mar 2018) and Bird Song (Apr to Jun 2018) workshops have proved popular, so we have planned 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.

Gull Workshop

We are pleased to announce another in the “Birding Basics” series of sessions with a Gull Workshop at Blashford Lakes on Sunday 11th November in the afternoon.

This will be run by Bob Chapman, with help from Marcus Ward and Simon Woolley. There will be a talk on Gull identification, followed by visit to hides to watch gulls coming into roost (3 groups of 10 people). Numbers will be limited to 30 to ensure that the learning experience is not too cramped.

The usual charges will apply – £10 for members, £22 for non-members (which will give them 2019 membership). The money will be shared 50/50 with Hampshire Wildlife Trust.

If you would like to attend please send an email, and your phone number to Keith Betton at keithbetton@hotmail.com. Now fully booked.

Understanding more about birds and birding

This Workshop will be run on Saturday, February 16th from 1000-1300 at the Memorial Hall, Littleton and is designed for those who want to learn more about birds and how they live. While the information is primarily designed for those who still feel a bit in the dark about some aspects of birding, even those who have been birding for some time should learn new things. Illustrated talks will be broken up with coffee breaks. Subjects to be covered include:

The world’s birds – how many, smallest, largest, most unusual, rarest, most common; How birds are made up – beaks, eyes, ears, feathers, wings … and how they use them; How birds survive – migration, nesting, feeding, causes of population change; How we study them and what we’ve discovered – survey, ringing etc; Hampshire’s birds – what are the best sites, and when are they at their best; Q&A sessions – everything else you’ve wanted to ask for ages but felt unable to!

Price £15 for HOS members, £27 to non-members (but includes membership for 2019). All proceeds go directly to the HOS Conservation and Research Fund. To book send an email with your name, and a contact phone number to keithbetton@hotmail.comNow fully booked.

Raptor Workshop

Following last year’s successful workshops Andy Page has agreed to run this again. It will be a half day event on Saturday 16th March. The indoor session will be a talk in Lyndhurst followed by a trip up to Acres Down to see raptors – and hopefully displaying Goshawks once again.

The cost is £10 for HOS members which will go to our Conservation and Research Fund.

To book send an email with your name, and a contact phone number to keithbetton@hotmail.com. We will limit it to the first 30 people. Nine places available.