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Beginner's Bird Watching

We start at the beginning and voyage into the extraordinary world of birds!

DATES: 22 Apr - 29 Apr 2017

Although this holiday has now taken place we think the following holidays may be of interest to you:

Programme TitleThemeHoliday DatesAvailability
Adventure in a Highland Landscape:Aigas Wildlife26 Aug - 2 Sep 2017Fully Booked
Aigas Wildlife:Aigas Wildlife2 Sep - 9 Sep 20171 Place Available
Aigas Wildlife:Aigas Wildlife9 Sep - 16 Sep 2017Fully Booked
Aigas Wildlife:Aigas Wildlife23 Sep - 30 Sep 2017Please Ring Office
Autumn Birds & Strathbeg:Birds23 Sep - 30 Sep 2017Please Ring Office
Whisky & Wildlife:Aigas Wildlife30 Sep - 7 Oct 2017Please Ring Office
Highland Wildlife Highlights with Nick Baker:Birds7 Oct - 14 Oct 2017Please Ring Office
Hungary: Cranes, Plains & Przewalski Horses:Birds21 Oct - 28 Oct 20173 Places Available

Let us lead you into the remarkable world of birds. It is a journey that offers you the possibility of fun, discovery and reward for the rest of your days. However, at first the huge topic of birding can seem overwhelming. If the prospect of joining a bird watching group is a bit intimidating, this programme is designed for you!

Golden eaglesWe start from the basics and though a series of mini-workshops and presentations, as well as great days out in the field, we will introduce you to the building blocks of understanding the birder's world.

Topics covered will include:

  • Introduction to the anatomy, ecology, classification and behaviour of British birds.
  • Getting to grips with the lingo: know your ‘mippits’ from your other ‘LBJ’s!
  • Introduction to optics; a comprehensive induction to the use of Swarovski’s excellent telescopes and binoculars.
  • Bird song. What it is and how to start identifying birds by call.
  • ‘General Impression, Size & Shape’ - the art of understanding GISS.
  • Breaking birds down into groups - corvids, falcons, waders, thrushes etc.
  • A visit to a black grouse lekk.

Black grouse at their 'lekk'This will be a week where questions are encouraged as we travel through the spectacular scenery and habitats of the Highlands. Together we will uncover the lives of the stunning birds that live here.

You will be loaned - free of charge - a pair of Swarovski Optik binoculars for the week.

“Our week here produced everything we came to see and then went further. The rangers’ breadth of knowledge continues to amaze. The hospitality is superb. We cannot wait to come again”  David & Yvonne Stephenson

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