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Birdwatching Courses - Beginners And Intermediate Levels 2024

  • York

Birdwatching or birding is a wonderful way to connect with nature. There are so many birds around us and each one has a different story. Based in York the course will be 8 sessions over 8 weeks - in the classroom and out in the field. 


Are you interested in the birds around you but don't know where to start? Join our beginner’s course to find out the best equipment to get you started, the best places to see common birds and the top tips of how to identify birds in your local environment. Whether it's sorting out the thrushes from the blackbirds or making sure you know a chaffinch from a bullfinch we will take a steady approach to birdwatching and help you start your new found hobby"


Have you started birdwatching recently but still unsure of going out on your own? You've picked up the basics but want to know more about the different families of birds, their habitats and how key identification features? Join our intermediate group and we will support you to delve deeper into the lives of the birds around you, finding out more about their adaptations, their behaviours and their songs & calls

Choose from Beginners or Intermediate Level courses

What you can expect on the Birdwatching for Beginners/Intermediate Course:

  • A small group of 8 - this creates great opportunities to interact with your  teacher/guide
  • Professional, local, expert teacher with a lifetime of birding knowledge
  • A learning environment where everyone is involved and has fun
  • Course materials including a YCN birding notebook
  • If you need a pair of binoculars, we will have a pair for you to use on the course

YCN will make a 5% donation to a local bird conservation project from the income of this course. Your booking makes a real difference for wildlife! 

For detailed information on costs, dates, venue etc. Please download the course details from this page. If you would like to book, please use the booking options below.

See below for booking, choose between Beginners or Intermediate. We will email you an invoice after booking.  


Margaret birding in Scotland

Margaret Boyd BSc PGCE YCN role: Birding/Wildlife Guide Qualifications: BSc (Hons) in Agricultural Science , Post Graduate Certificate in Education Margaret has been a keen birder from an early age, growing up in the Ribble Valley, in Lancashire. At a younger age Margaret spent most of her time out in the… Read More »

Date & Time Duration Location Type Price Availability
Mon 8th Apr - 10.00am 8 days York - Beginners Course Group £295 5 Places remaining
Mon 8th Apr - 7.00pm 8 days York - Intermediate Course Group £295 5 Places remaining