Winter Wader Workshop: This workshop is currently fully booked. If you would like to place your name on the waiting list please contact the IFLI team.
Join Ben Darvill of BTO Scotland for a day of identifying waders on the Forth.
Have you ever opened a bird book on the 'waders' page and gulped? Compared to garden bird watching, where brightly coloured plumages makes things easy, wader identification is more of a challenge. The good news is that it's not as hard as you might think! Join us for an informative and fun day and learn how you can use size, 'structure' and other features to identify these lovely birds without worrying too much about plumage. If you've previously struggled with waders then prepare to have your birdwatching transformed! The day will combine interactive indoor learning with time outdoors to practice (weather permitting). Hopefully the rising tide will gradually bring the birds closer to us so that we get some nice close views. We'll also discuss how you can use your newly-honed wader ID skills to contribute information to BTO schemes and surveys.
Please dress for the weather forecasted and bear in mind it can be cool and windy on the shoreline. We advise warm layers, waterproof clothing, sturdy shoes, hat and gloves. Please bring a packed lunch. Tea and coffee will be provided. You might like to bring a notepad and pen to make notes. If you have a pair of binoculars please bring these along, or we will have some available to borrow on the day.
The morning session will be indoors at Bo'ness Library (use the external stairs to access the first floor meeting room), then after an early lunch and subject to weather we will visit the Kinneil Lagoons area to watch the waders come in on the tide.
This workshop has been arranged by BTO and IFLI. The session is free of charge thanks to IFLI's funding from the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund.