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.

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. Fully booked.

Bird Song Workshops

We will be running workshops again to help people learn about bird song. Numbers at each will be limited to 15 people, and there will be a £10 charge made for HOS members (£22 to non-members but including membership). All proceeds will be used to fund conservation and research activities in Hampshire. The workshops are:

Saturday 4 May – Fishlake Meadows (Tutor: Andy Lester)
Saturday 11 May – New Forest (Tutor: Simon Curson)
Sunday 19 May – New Forest (Tutor: Nigel Matthews)

If there is excess demand we will add additional tutors so that numbers remain at no more than 15:1.

If you’d like to book a place, please send an email to keithbetton@hotmail.com saying what you would like to book.