Non-residential courses in South Wales.

Evening Learning Sessions & Weekend Day Trips

One of our most popular formats are 6 x 2hr indoor evening sessions (7pm to 9pm) with 2 full day (8hr) field trips (on either a Saturday or a Sunday).  The courses are run over a number of weeks and cost £172 per person (only £6.15 per hour!).
All our courses are friendly and accessible for all levels of knowledge and expertly tutored by Dr Roo Perkins. Courses run with 4 to 12 people only, ideally 8.

​Woodland Birds: Starts at the Three Salmons, Usk (NP15 1RY) Monday 4th May 2020

Runs Mondays 7pm to 9pm - 4th, 11th, 18th May & 1st, 8th, 15th June


Day Trips, All Day starts 9am, Saturday 16th May & Saturday 13th June

£172 (that's only £6.15 per hour)

Woodland Birding: May in Wales boasts a range of woodland birds that beats most places in the Uk: Pied Flycatchers, wood warblers, redstarts are notable highlights. But how do you identify them and where should you go to look? This course consists of 6 introductory indoor sessions on bird identification and ecology, focussing on woodland birds, spread over 6 weeks. This is coupled with 2 full one day trips on weekends, to the Elan Valley and the Forest of Dean. We’ll keep our eyes out for other wildlife such as butterflies and orchids as well of course!

To book contact Roo and Nicky on or 07837 249 151. You can pay by paypal through the button on the right or we can send you an invoice. We will be looking to get a minimum number of 6 attendees for the course to run.  Please book your place before Tuesday 7th April. 

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Non-residential courses in South Wales.

Weekend Courses

These courses consist of 2 x 2hr briefing sessions and 2 x 6 hour day trips running from Friday evening until Sunday afternoon.  The second briefing is Saturday evening.  Cost £92 per person (only £5.75 per hour!)
All our courses are friendly and accessible for all levels of knowledge and expertly tutored by Dr Roo Perkins.

Late Spring Wonders in Wales:

Friday 22nd May 7pm to 9pm, Saturday 23rd May (all day with evening briefing), Sunday 24th May (day trip till late afternoon).

£92 (only £5.75 per hour!)

Want to see some of our Welsh flagship species like Marsh Fritillary and Pearl-bordered Fritillary butterflies, Red Kites, Club-tailed Dragonflies, Fen Orchids and other targets? This weekend course in May or June will introduce you to the range of species that are the cherry on the cake of wonderful wildlife in South Wales, aiming at raising your identification skills and enjoying as wide a range of species as possible. Destinations and target species are weather dependent but will likely include the ley sites for the species listed here in Glamorgan, Gwent and Monmouthshire.

We will be running this course again 19th to 21st June.


Rocky Shore Biology (September 2020): Is there much more fun than playing around in rock pools? Ive been pretending its work for over 20 years taking students to high biodiversity sites full of seaweeds, periwinkles, crabs, worms, anemones and so much more. This course will look at the range of species you can find on these wonderful habitats, explaining how their ecology enables them to survive such a harsh environment and why they live where they do. Who knows, we may see a few Chough or a Peregrine whilst we are playing! Two evening sessions will focus on identification and ecology, which will support two full day trips to local rocky shores in South Wales. This course can run throughout the year, weather permitting.

Coastal Wildlife (October 2020): With a bias to birds of coastal habitats, this weekend course will use indoor sessions on Friday and Saturday to brief you on the sites and the species you are likely to see, how to identify them and their ecology. That includes birds of estuaries, coastal lagoons, saltmarshes and sand dunes, as well as the other fauna and flora to be seen within estuaries and on rocky shore habitats on our doorstep in South Wales. Typical destinations include Newport wetlands RSPB reserve, Goldcliff nature reserve, The Ogmore estuary, Rocky shores of Gower and others dependent upon the timing and weather conditions. Courses are timed to coincide with winter, spring and summer migration peaks.

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