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Wader Identification 2-Day Masterclass

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Aims of the course
Waders can be one of the most difficult groups to identify in the UK with so many species possible and looking so similar. We shall look at all the UK’s wader species, particularly those seen in and around the Cairngorms National Park and coastal areas nearby, including scarcer species. We shall compare and contrast similar species and look at ways you can improve your wader identification skills with plenty of useful hints and tips using plumage, size and shape, behaviour, calls and other features. ​

What to Expect
The course is based near Aviemore in the Cairngorms National Park and runs over two days, with a day in the ‘classroom’ and a day in the ‘field’.

The ‘classroom’ day will cover all aspects of wader recognition – plumage, structure, habitat, behaviour, times of year they are here and calls, how to tell the difficult species apart and other useful hints and tips.

The ‘field’ day will be out in suitable habitat for a selection of species, to put into practice what was learned the day before. Given the species covered, the field day will take place on the coast.

Prior to the course date you will receive joining instructions detailing the structure of the weekend and what to bring with you. You will need binoculars and if you have a telescope, you may find it useful. We recommend the Collins Bird Guide for identification purposes but if you have another field guide, please bring it with you.

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