Non-residential courses in South Wales.

Evening Learning Sessions & Weekend Day Trips

All our courses are friendly and accessible for all levels of knowledge and expertly tutored by Dr Roo Perkins. Courses and Field Trips run ideally with 4 to 12 people only.
After the success of running our Wading Birds course online we'd like to offer you a new virtual learning opportunity:

Virtual Spring Wildlife: Starts ONLINE on Thursday 30th April 2020.

6 hour course with 4 x 1.5 hour pre-recorded sessions.


New sessions released every Thursday at 7pm. 

30th April, 7th, 14th, 21st May

Course cost: £36


Optional Field Trip to be arranged (at additional cost)

The beautiful Marsh Fritillary Butterfly, one of the stunning butterflies on our doorstep here in South Wales.

If you are a Bird Watcher who would like to learn a little bit more about other types of wildlife, or maybe you are new to butterflies? Or are you someone who knows about some of the common species, but would like to learn about some of the scarcer, more unusual species? From Beginners to Improvers, why not join us for our new course?

In this course covering Spring Wildlife in South Wales, we will be learning about some of the commoner species that you may be familiar with like the Orange-Tip, Common Blue, Peacock, Comma, or Small Skipper.  We will be covering these as well as some of the other less common species such as the stunning White Admiral, Dark Green Fritillary, and Pearl Bordered Fritillary.

We will also learn about the beautiful orchids that we have here in South Wales and some of the wonderful Dragonflies as well.

The course will consist of 4 x 1.5hr pre-recorded indoor sessions, these will be available as virtual sessions online, enabling you to learn at your own speed. 

Sessions will be pre-recorded and hosted on YouTube, so you will require a laptop, PC, tablet or smart TV with speakers/ headphones to enable you to play the sessions. We suggest that a phone may be too small to see the detail in the slides.   

We will also give you the option to join a WhatsApp group to be able to interact with others on the course and ask any questions that you may have.

Finally we will be offering an opportunity for you to put your new skills into use during a full one-day field trip (which would be available at an additional cost of £36) for only those people who have signed up for the indoor sessions.   This is likely to take place in June and we will notify you of the date as soon as this becomes available but is optional.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Roo or Nicky on or phone/ WhatsApp us on 01495 756 929 /07837 249 151.

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Watch our short 2 minute video to explain the course and give you an example of the session format.

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 19th June 7pm to 9pm, Saturday 20th June (all day with evening briefing), Sunday 21st June  (day trip till late afternoon).

£92 (only £5.75 per hour!)

Meeting at the Three Salmons in Usk, NP15 1RY

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 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.


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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