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Birds of the Brecks (Spring) - Identifying birds by their song [FREE EVENT]

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Suffolk Wildlife Trust

Bury Saint Edmunds

IP28 6HX

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A FREE full day workshop packed with advice on how to record spring and summer birds in the Brecks by SONG.

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 spring/summer birds in the Brecks. The day will start with an introduction to Bird ID followed by details of how to ID birds in the field by SONG. There will be a field session within the Lackford Lakes Suffolk Wildlife Trust 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 Norfolk Wildlife Trust. Refreshments provided.

MEET: Meet for a 10am start at Lackford Lakes visitor centre.

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.

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Draft programme for the day:

Times are approximate.

10.00 – Who’s who and housekeeping (Su Gough, BTO)

10.15 - Opening of small mammal traps and small mammal talk (NWT)

10.45 - Bird Identification overview (Steve Piotrowski (Wildlife Consultant)

11:30 – Tea & Coffee break

11.45 - Identifying birds by SONG, plus BTO videos (Steve Piotrowski (Wildlife Consultant)

12:30 - LUNCH

13:15Fieldwork session, identifying birds heard on the Nunnery Lakes and learning field craft (Steve Piotrowski & Su Gough)

no later than 16:00 - Tea & Coffee & next steps – Importance of recording and taking part in surveys, including using BirdTrack (Su Gough, BTO)

16.30 - Finish

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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 www.breakingnewground.org.uk @TheBrecksBNG

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