Learn birdsong with an afternoon of gentle walking and listening in the green lanes around Pickhams. Local guide Charlie Peverett will share practical tips and help you pick out thrushes, warblers, and perhaps a nightingale from the spring chorus.
Led by Charlie Peverett, a local birder for many years, the idea is to immerse you in a visual, audio and mind experience of birds in their natural habitat. Identifying birds isn't all about huge telephoto lenses, standing for hours and poring through massive colour guidebooks. Charlie will guide you gently to understanding bird calls, what the calls can mean, and recognising the visuals of a dozen or so birds local to the area.
Charlie has been hooked on birds since he was 9 years old. Growing up in Kent, and living in Sussex for the last twenty years, he's helped many people find, identify and enjoy wildlife, in particular the birds of the South Downs. He's surveyed birds for the British Trust for Ornithology, the RSPB and local landowners, and he's volunteered on RSPB reserves all around the UK, as well as with school and community groups.Charlie's speciality is birdsong and those 'contact calls' that we hear all the time, without knowing what's made them.
No previous birding experience is necessary. Interested children who can remain silent when asked (don't scare away the birds) are welcome to accompany a paying adult. We ask for a small donation for children on the day.
All you will need are warm clothes, decent boots or wellies and ideally a pair of binoculars (most of us have friends you can borrow from).
£8 per person