A Focus On Nature

Winter Birds Surveys Workshop


This workshop will give participants the chance to experience training on windfarm surveys, training on high tide roosts (waders and wildfowl) and winter bird surveys, with the view to exploring ecological consultancy and one aspect of professional ornithology as a career. This workshop will go ahead whatever the weather, so wrap up warm!

Bird Brain UK Limited:

Bird Brain UK Limited is a one stop shop for all your ornithological requirements: they provide site surveys, whether it is an assessment for planning permission or a bench mark survey for site. David Darrell-Lambert has kindly offered his services to lead two surveys this year for AFON members – one on Breeding Birds this spring and one for wintering birds later in the year. Attendees will find that he is able to give a unique and invaluable insight into a career in ornithological surveying, as well as valuable skills in birding and identification.


Date: Sunday 1st November

Venue: Isle of Sheppey – meet Sittingbourne Station, Kent

Time: 08:30am – early evening

Food & Refreshments: Not included in cost of ticket

Ages: You must be aged between 16 and 30 to attend, and express permission is needed in writing for under-18s from a parent or guardian.


  • 8:40am pick up from Sittingbourne Station, Kent

  • 9:30am training on windfarm surveys (Vantage Point)

  • 12:30pm training on high tide roosts (waders and wildfowl)

  • 3:00pm winter bird surveys (possibly include a harrier roost)


The cost of the Workshop is free, but you will be responsible for your own food, accommodation and transport to and from Sittingbourne Railway Station. David will be collecting from the station in his own vehicle(s).


• To learn about the professional ecological surveying as a potential career path

• To learn about different ways of interacting with birds

• To learn about the importance of scientific integrity in wider nature conservation

• To meet and network with other young birders and conservationists

• To get hands-on experience of different Wintering Birds Surveys


Accommodation is not provided with the event.


To register your place, please contact Lucy McRobert on lucy.mcrobert@hotmail.co.uk. We are limited in the amount of space we have, so please book early!