Bird Identification Courses

Bird identication day courses are held at least once a month at Kent's best birdwatching sites. They provide an opportunity to improve your bird identification skills and learn about Kent's fascinating avifauna. Birders of all abilities are catered for and every effort is made to create a friendly and relaxed atmoshpere in which people can learn at their own pace. 

Advance booking is required.  

For details click here for 2017 Programme. Sessions typically last four or five hours.

Thanet Coast.  Shorter weekday sessions aimed specifically at beginners at various sites around the Thanet coast such as Pegwell Bay, North Foreland and Minnis Bay.

Click here Thanet Coast Birds for more details.


Trips to the New Forest, Northern France, Holland and other European destinations are also available.  Bespoke trips  can be organised upon request to meet individual or group requirements.

Enquiries:  email or phone 07531 753232


About the Course Leader

Tony Swandale has worked in Kent as a nature reserve warden for 25 years.  He was Kent Wildlife Trust's warden for the Swale Area, including the popular Oare Marshes Nature Reserve, between 1992 and 2006. More recently he was the site manager for Sandwich & Pegwell Bay National Nature Reserve and Ham Fen. In addition to leading Study Days and other wildlife events for KWT, Tony has also run bird identification courses for the University of Kent's Day School Programme and birdwatching events for Thanet District Council.