Beginners Birdwatching Course

Thursday 7 March to Thursday 30 May

6.15 pm-8.15 pm

Price: Adult RSPB Member £68, Non RSPB Member Adult £85

Booking essential

At the end of this popular course you’ll be able to tell your redshank from your greenshank and your swallow from your swift! You’ll learn about migration, equipment, conservation and you’ll be inspired to develop your identification skills further.

This popular course is delivered on behalf of the RSPB by our volunteer, Chris Lee, for anyone new to the world of birds - or those of you who just wants to find out more!

“You’ve really got me hooked into our amazing feathered friends!” was the delightful response of a recent participant.

"The quality of the teaching was second to none. Chris was the perfect man for the job! Nothing was ever too much trouble. We had group learning sessions, fun quizzes, films to watch, talks, diagrams drawn for us, maps shown, etc."


Venue: Darts Farm, Estuary room

Course Leader: Chris Lee

Start date: Thursday 7 March 2019

Finish date: Thursday 30 May 2019

Sessions: each 2 hours in length 6:15pm - 8:15 pm

Number of sessions: 10 including a guided walk at RSPB Bowling Green Marsh nature reserve


Booking essential via Eventbrite here.


2019 Weekly Course Programme

  1. Thursday Marth 7 - Introduction. Course outline. What kind of birder do you want to be? Bird identification: garden birds (1)
  2. Thursday March 14 - Books, magazines, websites, apps.. Recording results. Bird id: garden birds (2). The Hirundines
  3. Thursday March 28 - Speciation. Bird id: wildfowl
  4. Thursday April 4 - Bird ID: waders. Birdsong
  5. Thursday April 11 - Choosing equipment: Darts Farm walk
  6. April 25 at 5:00pm or Saturday April 27 at 9:30am - Evening walk: Bowling Green Marsh or Daytime walk: Bowling Green Marsh
  7. Thursday May 2 - The work of the RSPB. Bird id: seabirds.
  8. Thursday May 16 - Bird behaviour. Bird senses. Bird id: countryside/field.
  9. Thursday May 23 - Migration. Bird id: raptors
  10. Thursday May 30 - Favourites and why? Recap session and summary. Where do you go from here?





How to get to Darts Farm: The RSPB Shop is on the first floor (above Cotswold Outdoor) within the Darts Farm complex on the outskirts of Topsham (approx 4 miles south of Exeter).

BY BUS: The number 57 Exeter to Exmouth route (which departs/arrives Exeter bus station) stops right outside Darts Farm.

BY TRAIN: Topsham Station is on the Exeter to Exmouth line and is just 1300m from Darts Farm. From Topsham station you can either * complete the journey by bus from the stop on Station Road (Darts Farm is only two stops away - Number 57 Exmouth bus) * or walk - turn right into Station Road as you leave the station (where the road barrier arms are), then right again into Elm Grove Road, follow the main road and cross the River Clyst using the new cycle/footbridge. Continue on the footpath along the road to Darts Farm Shopping Village.

BY BIKE: Exeter/Topsham Cycle Path continues to Darts Farm. BY ROAD: The Darts Farm Shopping Village is on Bridge Hill, on the outskirts of Topsham - it is just off the A376 between Ebford and Clyst St George, 2 miles from M5 Junction 30. Turn off the A376 onto Bridge hill - or if driving from Topsham - from Exeter Road/Topsham High street turn left onto Station Road, right onto Elm Grove Road and then left over the bridge onto Bridge Hill and Darts Farm Shopping Village is easily seen on the right hand side. Ample parking on site.




The Estuary Room, Darts Farm, is on the first floor adjacent to The RSPB Shop and above Cotswold Outdoor. Use the Sat Nav co-ordinates at the top right of this page or the links above.

Full list of dates

  • Thursday 7 March 2019
  • Thursday 14 March 2019
  • Thursday 28 March 2019
  • Thursday 4 April 2019
  • Thursday 11 April 2019
  • Thursday 25 April 2019
  • Saturday 27 April 2019
  • Thursday 2 May 2019
  • Thursday 16 May 2019
  • Thursday 23 May 2019
  • Thursday 30 May 2019

Where is it?

  • Lat/lng: 50.685686, -3.449146 (Google Maps)
  • Postcode: EX3 0QH
  • County: Devon

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