Birds for Beginners


£105.00 Excluding VAT

4 modules

Birds are found in all habitat types from buildings to woodland, farmland and the coast. This self-study course is suitable for beginners with a general interest in birds as well as anyone working in conservation or ecological consultancy. The aim of the course is to give you tips and information to help you learn to identify British birds.

If you are conducting ecological surveys or undertaking conservation work you will always encounter birds and you will need to be able to identify them.

Course Description:

This introductory course is designed for anyone, especially ecologists and conservation workers who want to learn the basics about bird identification in order to enjoy bird watching or start carrying out surveys. It is aimed at beginners with little or no knowledge of the birds of the UK. The course will cover:

  • Evolution of birds
  • Introduction to bird identification (characteristic behaviours, anatomy and key features e.g. beaks, feet, legs, wing shape, feathers and markings).
  • Bird families
  • Birds and habitats
  • Bird identification in the field
  • Introduction to bird song in the field
  • Birdwatching tips
  • Encouraging birds to your garden


The course is video based with 3 videos:

Video 1 – In this video we cover bird evolution, bird anatomy, key identification features like beaks, legs, feet, behaviour, markings and feather colours. Playing time 49 mins.

Video 2 – In this video we look specifically at a range of common species and their identification including tits, finches, corvids, owls and birds of prey. Playing time 29 mins.

Video 3  – In this video you will learn tips on bird watching, encouraging birds into your garden, key resources and equipment you need to enjoy birds and have an introduction to bird song. Playing time 36 mins.

There is a quiz at the end and if you get over 70% you will receive a Certificate.

“Enjoyed the course and quiz!”

How to book: You can book on-line here. Once you have booked you will then be able to start the course straight away. If you’d like book a group or on behalf of another person please email us at and we’d be delighted to help you.

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