Passerines Masterclass Yorkshire

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By the end of the course the participants should feel more confident in the identification of passerines, the songbirds/perching birds, in particular those regularly breeding in the reserves, parks and gardens of inland Northern England. As well as specific help with identification, we shall cover the ‘how to do it’ of general identification. In this way, participants can start to improve their skills going forward, make a start on learning birdsong and have useful hints and tips on telling difficult species apart.


  • The course will be based in West Yorkshire at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park and run over two days.
  • It will include a day in the classroom and a day in the field.
  • It will cover those species of passerine that can be difficult to identify.
  • The ‘classroom’ day will cover aspects of passerine recognition, including different families, plumage, structure, flight, habitat, songs and calls.
  • The field day will be in suitable habitat for a variety of species, to put into practice what was learned the day before.
  • The course is run by Speyside Wildlife using one of our local guides, Julian Sykes.

Course Schedule

  • The course will take place in May 2021, with the classroom day on 12th and field day on 13th.
  • Lunch is provided on the classroom day, but please bring a packed lunch on the field day.
  • On the classroom day please bring paper, pencil and your favourite bird book. We tend to use the Collins Bird Guide.
  • For the field day please bring your binoculars, telescope if you have one, your bird book, paper and pencil to make notes, also suitable clothing for a day in the local area, as weather is unpredictable.
  • We may use a couple of locations for the field day, please have your own vehicle with you to travel the short distance between them.
  • The course is £195 per person including VAT.

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