Bird Identification


Wednesday 22nd July – Thursday 23rd July 

2 day course ¦ Price: £150 

The course will provide you with a ‘toolkit’ of bird identification techniques to enable you to begin or continue your journey with bird recognition.  You will learn how to identify birds, making close observations to allow you to recognise different bird species. You will learn how to use binoculars, learn which bird characteristics to look for as well as how to conduct a simple bird survey.  All these tools will assist you with your own bird identification while also equipping you with techniques you can use to show other people how they too can identify birds.

By the end of the course we aim to get you familiar with a small number of common bird species, recognising their shape, song, call, and colour variations.  This basic skill will give you the basis for comparison whatever species you may encounter in the future,  If you are already familiar with birds, we aim to extend your knowledge while allowing time to focus your observations on the detail of particular species.

Who is this workshop for?

This workshop will be pitched at beginner to intermediate level and will therefore suit those with little experience and a desire to learn more.

  • Students, trainees and those with ambition for a career in the biodiversity and land management sector
  • Those with an interest in bird ID looking to deepen their knowledge
  • Recent graduates starting out in the nature conservation sector
  • Volunteers with NGO’s where a basic knowledge of birds will be of great value.

How it will work

The course will primarily be field based, supplemented by occasional classroom sessions delivered in our training yurt or wooden clad training room. The emphasis will be on watching birds and their behaviour and listening to bird song, with good periods of time taken to observe avian activity in detail.

We envisage these activities will both inspire you and equip you with the necessary tools to continue bird identification immediately post-training.


‘Really enjoyed the day – impressed and inspired. Thank you’

‘Overall vibe was very friendly and relaxed whilst also being informative’

Who is delivering the training?

Ambios team member Fraser Rush is an experienced trainer and our ‘bird guy’. Fraser is a former countryside ranger and nature reserves manager as well as an accomplished natural historian and licensed bird ringer.

How To Join Us

Getting Here

Our address is Lower Sharpham Farm, Ashprington, Totnes TQ9 7DX. Directions by foot/bike along the traffic-free cycle path from Totnes.

Our nearest train station is 2.5 miles away in Totnes.