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Birdwatching For Beginners - Course

  • 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.

Here at YCN we have been celebrating our local birdlife on Birding Discovery Days for many years. Encouraged by our guests we have now added birdwatching classes to our existing programme.  So here it is, our new Birdwatching for Beginners course, designed specifically for anyone wishing to learn how to start birdwatching. 

Based in York the course will be 8 sessions over 8 weeks - in the classroom and out in the field. We have all realised the value and joy of being in nature, particularly over the past 2 years.  If this has sparked an interest in the natural world around you, and you want to learn more, come and join us. There’s so much to explore.

All you need is curiosity, enthusiasm and a good pair of shoes!

What you can expect on the Birdwatching for Beginners 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! 

We will be running two concurrent courses starting in April 2022, with our next two courses starting in July. The two courses are exactly the same content but at different times of the day.  We have a daytime only course and, for those of you with work or other commitments, we are running an evening classroom session with field visits on alternate weekends.  

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. 

For the weekday only course please book the 10am time. For the evenings and weekend course please book the 7pm time.  


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 26th Sep - 10.00am 8 days York Group £275 8 Places remaining
Mon 26th Sep - 7.00pm 8 days York Group £275 8 Places remaining