Sessions one and two are 4 hours long, sessions three to ten are 2 hours long.
Gateshead boasts both a fascinating built environment and an impressive rural heritage. Both are superb habitats for bird watching and wildlife. This is a unique opportunity to explore Gateshead’s birdlife with Keith Bowey one of the regions finest ornithologists. He has compiled this exciting ten session course, as a rare opportunity to learn more about bird watching and how to better identify the birds you see; with an emphasis on Gateshead. It is designed to bring you greater enjoyment and understanding from watching birds in their local habitats. Keith has worked in nature conservation and the field of ecology for over 30 years. Today as well as watching birds, he runs his own ecological consultancy and has worked as a biodiversity consultant for The Open University. He has written extensively about birds and wildlife and contributed to a number of radio and television programmes. His ornithological work has taken him to locations across the British Isles and the world. Between 2004 and 2009 he managed the multi-award winning Northern Kites Project in Gateshead. He is one of the region’s best known ornithologists and was the lead author, and principal editor, of the authoritative The Birds of Durham, published in June 2012.
Half the sessions will be based in St Mary’s Heritage Centre and half exploring the bird habitats of Gateshead. Keith will provide pre-course Information once you have made your booking. Please note some of the field trips will require an element of physical challenge. This may involve walking over uneven surfaces, some steep ground profiles and distances of up to 2.5km.
£95 per person for the course