Learning Bird Sounds

Location: Bossenden Wood, London Road
Faversham, Kent, ME13 9LR
Fully booked
Why do birds sing? A fascinating insight into the world of bird sounds at Bossenden Woods and then Oare Marshes. Discover how to identify birds by their songs and calls.

Event details

Meeting point

Bossenden Wood, part of Blean Woods near Canterbury. Postcode ME13 9LR. Grid ref: TR083589


8am -1pm
A static map of Learning Bird Sounds

About the event

All species of bird produce unique vocalisations. This study day will provide a fascinating insight into the reasons why birds make the sounds they do.  Participants will be given tips on how to identify the various species by the distinctive sounds they make (songs, contact, alarm and flight calls).

A fairly early start will increase our chances of hearing a variety of species in song.  The first part of the morning will be spent at Bossenden Woods, mature oak woodland with an excellent range of resident birds including all three species of woodpecker, marsh tit, treecreeper and nuthatch.

Later in the morning by contrast we will experience the sight and sounds of wetland birds at Oare Marshes Local Nature Reserve

Suitable for birders of all abilities who wish to improve their identification skills and knowledge of birds. 

Led by Tony Swandale, Ornithologist

Please note that there are no toilets at either site. There will be an opportunity for a comfort stop on the way to Oare Marshes.

This course is now fully booked but you can add your name to the waiting list by clicking on the orange 'Join Waitlist' button further down this page. 


Phone number

01622 662012


Standard fee: £35 per person per day.
Concessionary fee: Kent Wildlife Trust volunteers, senior citizens, unemployed and students £5 off.

Additional booking information

Please make every effort to turn up on time. Arrive at 7:45 am for a prompt 8 am start.

The study day will go ahead unless informed otherwise and will normally only be cancelled in exceptional circumstances. In the unlikely event of a cancellation or change in the arrangements the course leader will inform participants, usually by phone, a minimum of one hour before the scheduled start time.

Suitable for


Know before you go


No dogs permitted


The paths are generally level with gradual slopes and a firm surface.  They will be muddy in places after wet weather.  The total distance covered will be about one mile at each site at a gentle pace with frequent stops to observe birds.

Wheelchair access

Not wheelchair accessible

What to bring

Binoculars and telescope if you have one.  Please wrap up warmly, bring extra layers and clothing suitable for all kinds of weather including walking boots and waterproofs.  The paths may be wet and muddy.

Please provide your own refreshments. 

Contact us

Jill Evington
Contact number: 01622 662012