Bird language Workshop (for adults)

Price Options

£50 – £75 (sliding scale)

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Learning to identify and interpret bird sounds 

About the day

This workshop will guide participants into the language of birds at this time when birdsong approaches its peak in the year. Through stories, songs, games, focussed listening and practical guidance on species identification, participants will be enabled to begin interpreting the soundscape of both songs and calls and their significance.

The beautiful setting of Spring Rise Community Gardens in Forest Row, will be the hub for the day, and a guided walk is integrated to take in different local habitats for birds.

This is great opportunity for outdoor education practitioners seeking to grow their own knowledge or looking for tips to engage children and young people in natural history. 

Who is the course suitable for

  • This course is suitable for adults, no experience necessary.
  • This is great opportunity for outdoor education practitioners seeking to grow their own knowledge or looking for tips to engage children and young people in natural history. 

The day will cover

  • Learn to begin interpreting the soundscape of both bird songs and calls and their significance.
  • Listen to bird call mimicry from wildlife guide Tom Ford.
  • A guided walk to explore different local habitats for birds.
  • Learn songs, stories, and games,
  • Learn skills in focussed listening and practical guidance on species identification.
  • Create an opportunity to engage in simple nature connection.
  • Connecting with like-minded community.

Course Fees

  • Standard fee: £50
  • Supporters fee: £75
  • Supported fee: We have a number of concessionary spaces reserved for those in financial need, plus one fully funded space. Please enquire at [email protected]

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About the tutors


Tom Forward
: Ecologist and wildlife guide Tom Forward, brings with him 20 years experience in the field. He specialises in birds, and bird call mimicry is his party trick.

Jack Durtnall Jack is a musician, nature connection facilitator and forest school leader who came to nature connection work through an innate love for nature and folk song, inspired by the life-work of Jon Young and the 8 Shields. Jack’s background is in music. As well as his role leading workshops and facilitating on plantings, Jack co-leads the Children’s Forest Tree Choir and is part of the team bringing through the Song Forest project. Jack is part of the Folkadelix band, hosts a monthly jam session at the Hop Yard in Forest Row and performs solo shows.

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