The classes will be delivered in a relaxed manner and very much tailored to the interest and level of the attendees. We will try to include some outings. The following is the expected syllabus, this may be varied in accordance with interest and level of attendees.
Introduction to birds: what are they and why are they important.
Identification of garden birds. Garden feeders, nesting boxes etc.
Bird behaviour: what do birds do and why do they do it?
Identification of waders and shore birds.
All about birds of prey.
Identification of birds of prey and owls.
Territory, sexual behaviour and breeding.
Identification of countryside birds
Bird migration: where do they go and why? Finding rare birds.
Identification of seabirds.
Bird ecology: how birds interact with the environment.
Identification of wildfowl (ducks, geese and swans)
Bird conservation: how are birds protected in Ireland.
Breeding birds in Ireland and the Irish bird atlas.
Bird evolution: how did birds evolve?
Overwintering birds in Ireland - focus on Dundalk Bay and Carlingford Lough.
Bird anatomy and health. How to deal with an injured or starving bird.
Rare and scarce birds in Ireland.
Review of course
Bird identification quiz