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Below Zero Bird ID

Posted: Tuesday 7th February 2017 by AdultLearning

© Dave Foker

A few weeks before Christmas the Adult Ed team had a call from a woman who was curious to know about all of the bird courses we were offering in 2017.

She wanted to buy a special gift for her boss, Kate, who was a keen ornithologist. She chose the Garden Bird Identification course that was scheduled for the Thursday before the national Big Garden Birdwatch hosted by the RSPB. It was the perfect time to hone any rusty ID skills.

On that freezing day in January, Kate arrived full of enthusiasm to learn more about her passion for our feathered friends. Rob and Timothy from the local RSPB – Epsom & Ewell group shared their extensive knowledge with the delegates through a broad selection of photographs. Then Lucy from the Godstone SWT Education team guided the group around the nature reserve in search of some native fowl. While the cold weather kept many of the birds sheltered out view, they did see a few species that braved the frigid temperatures, making it all worthwhile.

Kate was thrilled with this present from her colleague and thoroughly enjoyed the day (although her frozen feet were not too happy). She said she is now deciding on which course to take next.

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