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Wildlife Tracking and Bird Language

  • Sat 20th - Mon 22nd April 2019.
    Course starts at 10am and ends at 3:30pm on the last day.
    Course fee including full board accommodation £295.

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Course details

When we learn to interpret the natural world, a hidden world of drama and mystery is revealed to us. The complex vocal communication system of birds reveals moments of life, death, sex, and conflict happening in a landscape in real time. Intimate details of the lives of rarely seen wild animals are written in the landscape for those that can read them. Observing and interpreting nature in this way is one of the most powerful ways to connect with nature, fostering a deep empathy, respect and sense of belonging. And as disconnection from nature is identified by CAT’s Zero Carbon Britain: Making it Happen report as one of the major barriers to achieving a just and sustainable zero carbon society, reconnecting is part of the solution. Being able to observe and identify local ecology enables us to notice the changes that are happening to our environment with climate change, and participate in the growing number of ‘citizen science’ projects to record them.

This weekend course uniquely blends practical field ecology, biodiversity monitoring, scientific inquiry and deep nature connection. It will teach you to:

• Interpret field tracks and signs left by wildlife in their daily lives – who has been here and when, what they were doing and how fast they were moving, and how this relates to the wider landscape ecology
• Interpret the complex vocal communication system of birds and how this relates to the wider landscape ecology
• Understand how bird language can reveal what is happening in a landscape in real time – approaching predators, territorial disputes, the impact your presence is having
• Develop dynamic multi-sensory awareness techniques for heightened awareness and deep connection with nature
• Develop techniques for moving through natural landscapes in ways that create less disturbance
• Nature observation techniques to build into your daily life
• Species identification skills
• Contribute to science by submitting your observations to the Living Wales (and other) citizen science project(s)

Things you need to know



Due to the nature of this course some practical work will be done outside. We strongly advise you to bring waterproof clothing.

You must be over the age of 18 years when this course starts.

Booking, Fees and Cancellation policy

To book a place on a course, please choose one of the following options:

• Book Online- the “Book online” button is either below, or in the top right corner of the screen and follow the instructions.

• Call the Courses Department on 01654 704 966 with your bank card details. Please note: a £100 non-refundable deposit is required to secure your place.

The balance of the course fee is due 28 days before the start of the course.

Our course fees include full board accommodation, tuition and materials, unless otherwise stated.

Please also note our Cancellation & Refund Policy
a) The £100 deposit and 1 day course fees are non-refundable.
b) For courses of 2 days or more when you give us this notice of cancellation:
• 28 days or more – refund minus your £100 deposit.
• 8 to 27 days notice – refund minus your £100 deposit for sales of £200 or under. On sales over £200 - 50% refund.
• 7 days notice or under – no refund.

Course Fees.

Start Date

Bed & Breakfast the night before the course starts

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Email courses@cat.org.uk
or phone 01654 704 966

There are places available on this course.

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