Wild Classes – Maidstone

Set in the splendour of Mote Park, spend Monday evenings in the Grade II listed Mote House and discover the hidden lives, fascinating behaviour and ID tips and tricks of our British birds…

BIRD IDENTIFICATION WORSHOP: Simon’s Easy Guide To Confusion Species


WHERE: Mote House, Mote Park, Maidstone
WHEN: Monday evening classes and Saturday day trips
COST: £135.00

This course will consist of 14 indoor sessions, 2 hours each Monday evening from 7.15pm- 9.15pm, and 2 outdoor day trips from approximately 10am-4pm held on a Saturday.

Every birdwatcher, whether experienced or beginner, is faced with an unfamiliar bird. This course will focus on ‘confusion species’, each session looking at birds showing strong similarities: Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler, Marsh Tit and Willow Tit, and so on. We will discuss the latest identification techniques, age variations, gender, season and race, as well as flight identification, calls, distribution, habitat, aberrant plumages, including hybrids.

Relaxed and informal sessions using photos, illustrations, videos and sounds, with handouts given throughout the course. Field outings will enable us to identify species and give us some first-hand experience of bird habits and identification. (I recommend having at hand the Collins Bird Guide by Mullarney et al by Collins). Refreshments are provided.

Dates: Mondays – 23rd, 30th October, 6th, 27th, November, 11th, 18th December 2017
– 8th, 15th, 29th January, 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th February, 5th March 2018

Saturdays – 25th November 2017 and 24th February 2018