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Spurn Wader ID & Phonescoping Workshop

  • Kilnsea, Spurn and the Humber Estuary

Want to take your wader identification to the next level and learn how to capture your birding experiences on film?

Join us for a five day workshop which combines wader identification with hands on wildlife filming on your mobile phone. We'll spend 5 days at the amazing Spurn Bird Observatory, Kilnsea and Humber estuary, one of the best places for birding in the country. We'll be focusing on, and combining two key disciplines:

  • Identification of waders in a variety of plumages
  • How to use your smart phone with a spotting scope to film and view our target species.

The workshop is timed with the start of autumn wader migration, perfect for summer plumage waders. Our experienced guides will supply the latest digital technology to get you the best sightings of the birds and provide comparative views between different species - so essential in learning the finer points of wader identification.

At this time of year there is always a great chance of land migrants too, with favourable conditions songbirds such as Icterine Warbler, Barred Warbler and Wryneck are not unusual at this time of year.

What's included:

  • Two expert guides over a five day period (half day Monday, Tues, Wed, Thur, and half day Friday)
  • Half board accommodation in Kilnsea (bed, breakfast and lunch at Westmere Farm)
  • YCN transport in the Spurn and Humber Estuary area
  • Two Birdings trips down the Spurn peninsula on the YWT Unimog
  • One evening lecture.

The fee for this workshop includes a generous donation to support the amazing work of Spurn Bird Observatory so you can be sure your time with us contributes to community bird conservation work


Spurn Wader ID & Phonescoping Workshop

Richard Baines Richard is an experienced ornithologist/ecologist who has been studying and working as a Wildlife Guide and in Nature Conservation for over 30 years. From recording UK migrant birds as a volunteer for Flamborough Bird Observatory to monitoring Siberian migrants in China; he has become highly… Read More »


Spurn Wader ID & Phonescoping Workshop

Paul Wheatley Paul is a keen birder with a passion for observing Yorkshire's amazing wildlife. He is a specialist in the rapidly evolving photographic discipline of phonescoping: combining a spotting scope with a common or garden smartphone to photograph or film birds and other wildlife. His footage has featured… Read More »

Date & Time Duration Location Type Price Availability
Mon 19th Aug - 1.00pm 5 days Spurn and the Humber Estuary £575 6 Places remaining