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Sharpen your birding and surveying skills
Become a better birder with our guides on basic birding and surveying skills, and browse our range of training courses and bird identification videos.
Explore our range of training courses
We run a wide variety of training courses for birders of all skill levels, budding volunteer surveyors and conservation professionals: online and in-person.Find a course today
Improve your skills, knowledge and understanding
Stumped on what binoculars you need or which bird guide to choose? Take a look at our advice on birding basics.
Build confidence with our breakdown of the principles and techniques of identification, and tackle confusion species in our bird ID videos.
Articles about fieldcraft
Dive into our articles about developing your birding skills, each packed with ideas and information to help you progress.
Identifying Common & Herring Gull
Build up your gull ID skills by learning to recognise two ideal reference species: Common Gull and Herring Gull.
Identifying farmland buntings
Yellowhammer, Cirl and Corn Bunting all breed in farmland in the UK, and can all present identification challenges.