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.

Gull Workshop

Saturday 7 December – 12:30-16:30

We are pleased to announce another in the “Birding Basics” series of sessions with a Gull Workshop at Blashford Lakes. This will be run by Bob Chapman with David Taylor. There will be a talk on Gull identification, followed by a visit to hides to watch gulls coming into roost (3 groups of 10 people hopefully). Numbers will be limited to 30 to ensure that the learning experience is not too cramped.

The usual charges will apply – £10 for members, £26 for non-members (the extra £16 will give them 2020 HOS membership). The workshop charges will be shared 50/50 with Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust.

If you’d like to attend please send an email, and your phone number to Bob Lee (readerbob@btinternet.com) stating whether you are a HOS member on not. *** 6 places remaining ***

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 course is limited to 30 people.

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 – *** 8 places left ***

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) *** 3 places available ***
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.