SOS Logo CMYK (small)NT LogoBirds of Shropshire by Habitat & Season: a Birdwatching Course


The course WILL be offered again during 2018-19. If you are interested, please contact Dave Pearce (07791 180 488) as soon as possible to book a place.

The Course

The course will be led by Allan Heath and Dave Pearce and will comprise eight indoor meetings (held at the Chalet Pavilion in the Cardingmill Valley, Church Stretton) and eight field trips (at various locations in the county), meeting between September 2018 and June 2019.

The course will meet roughly twice a month during this period (with a gap including December and most of January), on Tuesday evenings and a following Sunday. Dates for course meetings are shown in the table below.  In each month, a classroom session will introduce the birds expected in different environments and/or seasons. This is followed by an outdoor trip on a following Sunday morning, during which you will put into practice the identification tips learned previously. You will accumulate expertise each month by building on the principles covered in previous sessions.

This course is co-sponsored by the Shropshire Ornithological Society (Church Stretton branch) and the National Trust (Cardingmill Valley and the Shropshire Hills).

Course Leaders

The course leaders are as follows.

Select a name in the list above to send an email to that instructor.

Locations & Times

Indoor sessions will meet in the National Trust’s Chalet Pavilion in the Cardingmill Valley, Church Stretton, at 7:30 p.m. on designated dates (see below). A map of the indoor meeting location, which can be panned, scrolled and zoomed, is available HERE: the meeting location is shown by an open orange arrow. (Maps of this type are provided in the appropriate website sections for all fieldtrip locations also.) Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided during the break half-way through the class. For field trips, we will meet at 9:30 a.m. on designated Sunday mornings (see below) at the excursion destination.  For environmental reasons, and because many of the parking spaces are small, car sharing is encouraged.

Course Outline & Dates

You can select the binocular icon in the “Topic” column below for further information about a field trip, including instructions on getting to the venue and a list of target birds.

Indoor Meeting               Field Trip
September 25 September 30 Migration (Arrivals & Departures), Along with Wetland and Farmland Birds
October 23 October 28 Autumn and Early Winter Flocks in a Shropshire Waterway and Raised Bog Landscape
November 20 November 25 Wildfowl, Gulls and Waders of Open Waters and their Margins
January 22 January 27 Birds of the Meres, Wetlands and Adjacent Woodlands, Including Winter Finches, Tits and
February 28 March 3
Early Breeders, Displaying Raptors and Coniferous Forest Specialties.
April 9 April 14 Early Arriving Migrants in Southern Shropshire Upland and Riverine Woodland Habitats.
 April 30 May 5 Summer Visitors and Breeding Birds of Mixed Woodlands.
June 4 June 9 Birds of Moor and Heath.

Supplementary Information

Page updated 22 Aug 2018 by AJA