Birds of the Brecks (Autumn) - Identifying birds by sight [FREE EVENT]
Birds of the Brecks (Autumn) - Identifying birds by sight [FREE EVENT]

Birds of the Brecks (Autumn) - Identifying birds by sight [FREE EVENT]

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British Trust For Ornithology

Thetford, United Kingdom

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A FREE full day workshop packed with advice on how to record autumn birds in the Brecks by sight.

The day will be mainly led by Steve Piotrowski (Wildlife Consultant and author of Birds of Suffolk) and Su Gough [British Trust for Orinthology (BTO)] and will focus on autumn birds in the Brecks. The day will start with an introductory talk by RSPB on the important birds of the brecks, why the brecks are so important for birds and the work they are doing in the area. Steve will then follow this with an introduction to Bird ID followed by details of how to ID birds in the field by sight.  There will be a field session within the Nunnery Lakes reserve that will last over 2 hours and provide a very decent chance for birding with two experts on hand and there will be excellent tutoring on field craft throughout. Although the focus is on birds we will also have a small mammals of the Brecks introduction session with the opening of our pre-set mammal traps, run by David Fieldhouse [Norfolk Wildlife Trust].  Refreshments provided.

MEET:  Meet for a 10am start at BTO headquarters at the Nunnery in Thetford (see map).  Park in the car park in front of the main building and please use ONLY the entrance signposted and NOT the main public entrance, as this will be closed.

BRING: Other than in health and safety below it would be useful to your learning to bring a field guide and a notebook and pen for notes on ID and for recording the species you see.  Binoculars are important for the field session and a camera is always useful.  Please bring your own lunch, although refreshments will be provided during the day.

HEALTH AND SAFETY: Remember to wear sensible clothing, including shoes and long trousers to avoid bites, stings and ticks.  Bring plenty of water and food if you require.


Draft programme for the day:

10.00 – Who’s who and housekeeping (SG)

10.15 – Birds of the Brecks an overview of what to look out for in the Brecks (RSPB, TBC)

11.00 -  Bird Identification overview (SP)

11:45 – Tea & Coffee break

12:00 – Identifying birds by sight, plus BTO videos (SP)

12:45 – LUNCH

13:30 – Fieldwork session, identifying birds seen on the Nunnery Lakes and learning field craft (SP & SG)

15:45 - Tea & Coffee break

16:00 – Next steps – Importance of recording and taking part in surveys, including using BirdTrack (SG)

17.00 - Finish

NWT small mammal trap opening and short talk about small mammals (Either after who’s who or after final session) - TBC.


Our “Wildlife Recorders of Tomorrow” project is part of the “Breaking New Ground” Landscape Partnership Scheme. We need new volunteers to help with wildlife monitoring in this unique landscape on a regular basis.
 Opportunities for groups and individuals;
 All skill levels from expert to novice welcome—training will be provided;
 All you need is enthusiasm for wildlife, conservation and Breckland’s outdoors.
Part of “Breaking New Ground Landscape Partnership Scheme” supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund @TheBrecksBNG


Photo credit: Taken by LittleHow at RSPB Strumpshaw Fen showing the view from the Brick Hide licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.
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