2018 dates coming soon ¦  Price: £50 ¦ only 9 places available
This 2 day workshop is subsidised to make it a very accessible learning experience.

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 a fledgling 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 huge 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 with good periods of time taken to observe avian activity in detail.  An early start on Sunday to catch the dawn chorus (06.00) will be followed by breakfast (provided) and, weather permitting, an opportunity to get up close and personal with birds caught as part of our regular bird ringing programme.

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


‘Unbelievable to see birds so close, and to release one from the hand was something I will never forget’

‘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 accomplish natural historian and licensed bird ringer.

Accommodation (To Be Booked Separately)

Our ‘cabin’ has 8 single bedrooms with 2 toilet/shower rooms and a kitchen with a large comfortable lounge and woodstove.  Our Yurt is fully insulated with carpets and a woodstove.  The accommodation is part of our working farm, managed for biodiversity and learning.  It is comfortable and sits amongst the trees, hedgerows and spectacular views of the River Dart and is surrounded by idyllic countryside.  This is a secure and tranquil place for relaxing between learning sessions.  All meals are provided from local produce (direct from our farm where possible) with special dietary requirements catered for on request.  Free Wi-Fi is available within the training spaces. To book your stay please email farm@ambios.net or use the message box below.

How To Join Us

If you would like to join us for this workshop, please register and pay using the form below. If you have any further questions, or would like to check accommodation availabllity, you can contact us on 01803 732747 or farm@ambios.net

Getting Here

Our address is Lower Sharpham Farm, Ahsprington, 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.