| Early birds and birdsong on the Downs
Do you like birds but don’t know what species they are? Are you having trouble telling a blackbird from a bullfinch, a pigeon from a peregrine or jackdaw from a jay?
If this sounds like you, the Avon Gorge & Downs Wildlife Project is running two events aimed at people who would like to learn about our feathered friends.
The first is a short course called ‘Birdsong on the Downs’, taking place on Friday April 24 and Saturday April 25, and the second is a walk called ‘Early birds and bacon butties’ happening on Sunday, April 26.
Mandy Leivers, the Avon Gorge & Downs biodiversity education officer, said: “Both of these events are great for those new to bird watching or for people wanting to improve their bird identification skills.”
The Birdsong on the Downs course will teach participants how to identify birds from their song. It begins with a multimedia talk on the Friday evening (7pm – 9pm) at Bristol Zoo Gardens. During the evening, bird expert, Ed Drewitt will introduce the birds you're likely to see and hear on the Downs. On Saturday morning (8am – 10am), Ed Drewitt will lead a walk on the Downs to identify birds 'in the field'. The course costs £15 and booking is essential.
Alternatively, an early morning walk is being held on Sunday April 26, from 6am – 8.30am. The walk, called ‘Early birds and bacon butties’, will be led by local bird expert Richard Bland. After learning how to identify birds on the Downs, it’s back to the Zoo for a spot of breakfast. The walk costs £10 and includes a bacon bap or egg butty plus a hot drink (a vegetarian option is available).
To book on either event simply call Mandy Leivers on 0117 9030609 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org