Blackbird with crab apple  - Photo by Nicholas Watts, Vine House Farm

Get More from Your Birdwatching

Want to take up birdwatching or improve your birdwatching skills?

Event details


10.30am -4pm
A static map of Get More from Your Birdwatching

About the event

This course covers aspects of good field craft, bird finding and identification, and there will also be a detailed look at birdwatching in Kent.

There will be a discussion on binoculars and telescopes - why some are much better suited to birdwatching than others and there will be an opportunity to try them out.

Field guides and other identification aids (digital, audio and video) will also be discussed as well as other topics such as bird photography, digi-scoping, record keeping and birdwatching etiquette.

The morning session will be spent indoors covering a variety of topics, including those listed above, with a morning break.  Drinks can be purchased in the Visitor Centre café.

After lunch there will be a walk around the reserve with its excellent viewing hides, putting into practice some of the topics covered in the morning session whilst generally assisting participants with bird identification.

Led by Tony Swandale, formerly East Kent Area Warden for Kent Wildlife Trusts.

Suitable for beginners and improvers


Phone number

01622 662012


Normal fee: £33 per person per day.
Concessionary fee: Kent Wildlife Trust volunteers, senior citizens, unemployed and students £5 off.

Suitable for


Know before you go


Guide dogs only
Only guide dogs are allowed on the reserve. Dogs are allowed in the car park and picnic area on a lead.

Wheelchair access

Wheelchair accessible

What to bring

Notebook, pencil, packed lunch and drink (café at visitor centre), suitable clothing/footwear for the weather/conditions, binoculars (if you don't have any, some are available to borrow if reserved in advance).

Parking information

Free parking

Bicycle parking



Picnic area

Contact us

Jill Evington
Contact number: 01622 662012