Identifying Coastal Wading Birds


This one day training course delivered by Mike Douglas will focus on coastal, non-breeding wading birds, although coastal wildfowl will also be identified in the field.

The course will be delivered by a combination of presentations, group problem solving, question and answer sessions and peer guiding will be used to help participants towards the course objectives, aided by regular feedback and the use of one of the UK’s premier coastal birding sites as the outdoor venue.

A short handout with comparative tables and key features of different wader species will improve retention of the subjects covered.

Coastal wading birds can be a difficult group to identify, but in the face of increases in recreational activity and new energy installations around the coast, ecologists may be expected to survey and report on coastal birds more frequently. Attendance on this course could form the first step towards familiarity with coastal birds and the ability to carry out independent surveys.

Who Should Attend?

Land managers, Ecological Consultants, Conservation officers, students, environmental managers, wardens and rangers.

Knowledge Level

Beginner - Intermediate

Prior Knowledge

Some familiarity with common birds would be useful and delegates should have experience of using binoculars.

Learning Outcomes

  • Categorise wading birds into different groups in order to narrow down potential options.
  • Describe the definitive and guiding features of different wader species and species groups.
  • Use a structured approach to successfully identify species you have previously struggled with.


Refreshments will be provided throughout the day. Please being your own packed lunch.


Tickets Person(s) Price
Member Ticket 1 £120.00
Non Member Ticket 1 £180.00