13 April- 18 May
Ive joined a bird watching course- Enjoying birding with others in Nottingham, led by Christopher Hall from New Horizons.
The emphasis of this course will be on the enjoyment of birds and nature by encouraging course members of all levels to discover the local area, and to identify the birds, which use the different habitats. Outdoor coaching on the identification of birds by sight and song will be taught and the group will have the opportunity to practise there skills with the aid of a telescope under supervision. At the end of each meeting the group will compile a list of birds identified.
So far the group have met at the following places: Wollaton Park, Trent Meadows and Nottingham Canal Local Nature Reserve, Cossall. The course has made me more aware of my surroundings and at every opportunity Im trying to identify birds and birdsong.
I’m also a member of the RSPB, to help protect reserves for nature and to support the research into problems facing birds and our environment. I attend talks by local bird watching groups, including the RSPB Loughborough group and the Leicestershire and Rutland Ornithology Society (LROS). I was inspired by a recent talk by Nigel Slater, an enthusiastic local amateur who gave a fascinating presentation on bird identification to help the RSPB Lboro group develop their knowledge of the wide range of bird calls and song.