Birds in Spring

This series of sessions starts in January and continues through to early summer. Some people try to attend all the sessions, but you can also pick and choose to work around other commitments and it’s OK to do just one or two, even quite late in the season! 

Spring is the best time of year to learn the songs and calls of birds. However, by starting in winter we can concentrate on resident birds and listen to the calls of winter visitors too. We continue as summer migrants arrive to set up their territories, and finish as newly fledged birds join the chorus! We always visit a range of habitats to maximise our chances of a long species list. 

Except when sunrise is too late, most sessions start at 7am, after the dawn chorus so that we can more easily pick out individual birds – and get more sleep! We rarely walk further than three miles; it’s easier to hear birds if you stand and listen. There will be ample opportunity to test your knowledge, ask questions and talk about the ways of remembering what we have learned.

Each year we introduce new sites, though some, like the coast between Lymington and Keyhaven, are too good to miss! Indeed we usually visit this particular nature reserve in different seasons to see how the range of birds changes during the year.

Dates and venues for the 2019 Birds in Spring course are as follows:

  • Saturday 26 January, 8-11am, Ashlett Creek
  • Saturday 16 February, 7-10am, Denny Wood
  • Saturday 9 March, 7-10am, Lymington-Keyhaven: Pennington Marshes
  • Saturday 23 March, 7-10am, Pondhead Inclosure
  • Saturday 6 April , 7-10am, Hengistbury Head
  • Saturday 27 April , 7-10am, Blashford Lakes
  • Saturday 11 May, 7-10am, Bolderwood
  • Saturday 25 May, 7-10am, Lymington-Keyhaven: Keyhaven
  • Saturday 8 June, 7-10am, Martin Down
  • Saturday 29 June, 7-10am, Lymington-Keyhaven: Normandy Lagoon
  • Saturday 27 July, 7-10am, Roydon Woods
  • Saturday 10 August, 7-10am, Lymington-Keyhaven: Pennington Marshes

Further details, including starting points, are provided in this download: Birds in Spring 2019 – course details. Booking instructions are here.

For further information about the way the courses are run, see About the tutor and Testimonials.

Download the documents below to find out which species we have heard on previous courses.

Birds found – 2011 spring course
Birds found – 2011 summer-autumn course
Birds found – 2012 spring course
Birds found – 2013 spring course
Birds found – 2014 spring course
Birds found – 2015 spring course
Birds found – 2016 spring course
Birds found – 2017 spring course
Birds found – 2018 spring course