Thursday, 05. March 2020, The Estuary Room, Darts Farm, Birdwatching for Beginners Course at Dart's Farm 2020

from 05. March 2020 - 18:15
till 28. May 2020 - 20:15

The Estuary Room, Darts Farm

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This popular course is delivered on behalf of the RSPB by our volunteer, Chris Lee, for anyone new to the world of birds - or those of you who just wants to find out more!
At the end of the course you’ll be able to tell your redshank from your greenshank and your swallow from your swift! You’ll learn about migration, equipment, conservation and you’ll be inspired to develop your identification skills further. This course is designed for you - and you’ll be able to find out more about what interests you most in the bird world.
“You’ve really got me hooked into our amazing feathered friends!” was the delightful response of a recent participant.
"The quality of the teaching was second to none. Chris was the perfect man for the job! Nothing was ever too much trouble. We had group learning sessions, fun quizzes, films to watch, talks, diagrams drawn for us, maps shown, etc." 
Venue: Darts Farm, Estuary room
Course Leader: Chris Lee
Start date: Thursday 5 March 2020
Finish date: Thursday 28 May 2020 
Sessions: each 2 hours in length 6:15pm - 8:15 pm
Number of sessions: 10 including a guided walk at RSPB Bowling Green Marsh nature reserve
Members: £68.00 per person
Non Members: £85.00 per person. Members get 20% of this and all other courses/events. Click here (opens in a new window) to join and start saving!

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2020 Weekly Course Programme 

Thursday 5 March  - Introduction.   Course outline. What kind of birder do you want to be? Bird identification: garden birds (1)

Thursday 12 March  - Books, magazines, websites, apps.. Recording results. Bird id: garden birds (2). The Hirundines

Thursday 19 March  - Speciation. Bird id: wildfowl

Thursday 2 April  - Bird ID: waders. Birdsong

Thursday 9 April  - Choosing equipment: Darts Farm walk

Thursday 16 April - The work of the RSPB. Bird id: seabirds. 

Thursday April 30th 5pm or Saturday 2 May 9.30am - Evening walk: Bowling Green Marsh or Daytime walk: Bowling Green Marsh

Thursday 14 May  - Bird behaviour.   Bird senses. Bird id: countryside/field.

Thursday 21 May  - Migration. Bird id: raptors

Thursday 28 May  - Favourites and why?   Recap session and summary. Where do you go from here?

When booking please provide a valid phone number and e-mail as your booking confirmation will be sent via e-mail. We need a valid phone number (landline and mobile) in case we need to get hold of you urgently to update you with changes/cancellation. Our Data Protection statement is detailed on the Eventbrite booking website.
How to get to Darts Farm:    The RSPB Shop is on the first floor (above Cotswold Outdoor) within the Darts Farm complex on the outskirts of Topsham (approx 4 miles south of Exeter).   
The room used for the course is called the Estuary Room and is accessed via a set of external metal stairs which you get to from the outside seating/fish and chip area. 
BY BUS: The number 57 Exeter to Exmouth route (which departs/arrives Exeter bus station) stops right outside Darts Farm.    BY TRAIN: Topsham Station is on the Exeter to Exmouth line and is just 1300m from Darts Farm. From Topsham station you can either     * complete the journey  by bus from the stop on Station Road (Darts Farm is only two stops away - Number 57 Exmouth bus)     * or walk - turn right into Station Road as you leave the station (where the road barrier arms are), then right again into Elm Grove Road, follow the main road and cross the River Clyst using the new cycle/footbridge. Continue on the footpath along the road to Darts Farm Shopping Village.                     BY BIKE: Exeter/Topsham Cycle Path continues to Darts Farm.    BY ROAD: The Darts Farm Shopping Village is on Bridge Hill, on the outskirts of Topsham - it is just off the A376 between Ebford and Clyst St George, 2 miles from M5 Junction 30. Turn off the A376 onto Bridge hill - or if driving from Topsham - from Exeter Road/Topsham High street turn left onto Station Road, right onto Elm Grove Road and then left over the bridge onto Bridge Hill and Darts Farm Shopping Village is easily seen on the right hand side. Ample parking on site. 

IMPORTANT: We respect your privacy and will not sell your personal data to any third party.             The RSPB and RSPB Sales Ltd will use your details to tell you about this course alone, your detials will be shared with the course lead to establish secure and quick communication in the event of last minute changes and for NOT OTHER REASON. At the end of the course the course lead will securely destroy any enidnce of your personal data.
For further information on the full range of our activities and your privacy choices please go to the Privacy Policy on our website or contact Supporter Services on 01767 693680.

Photo: By Karen Plum at Bowling Green Hide November 2019

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