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Brush up on your bird ID skills

Monday 6th February 2017

Dunlin by Tom Marshall - look out for them at our Coastal Bird ID Workshop.Dunlin by Tom Marshall - look out for them at our Coastal Bird ID Workshop

Don’t miss this day of expert tuition on how to identify Cumbria’s coastal birds.

Mike Douglas of South Lakes Ecology, who combines years of experience with a highly enjoyable teaching style, is running a one-day Coastal Bird Identification Workshop on Sunday 12 February at South Walney Nature Reserve.

Mike, pictured below, says: “South Walney Nature Reserve is the ideal place to watch a vast array of coastal waders and wildfowl, including curlew, knot, grey plover and dunlin. We will use a range of techniques to identify the different birds. Out in the field, identification of distant birds will be made easier by focusing on the most relevant ID features and we’ll be looking at bird ‘jizz’ (described as ‘the indefinable quality of a particular species, or the vibe it gives off!’), as well as using comparison species as yardsticks.”

Mike Douglas, South Lakes EcologyThe event includes two miles of walking on mostly easy terrain and Mike says the course is aimed at those with some prior experience of birding, who are looking to improve their skills. The workshop costs £49.00 and pre-booking is essential. 

To book your place ring Cumbria Wildlife Trust on 01539 816300 or email us

Download our new guide Great Places to See Winter Waders and Wildfowl.

More about South Walney Nature Reserve

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