Start Birding runs a variety of indoor and outdoor birding events throughout the year for complete beginners and those wanting to improve their birdwatching skills. Choose from 2 hour, 4 hour and full day classes or alternatively, fast-track your learning by designing your own one-to-one session. Bespoke group sessions are also an option. Group classes are limited to 8 people. Vouchers for classes and one-to-one sessions are available in the Start Birding shop. Email linda@startbirding.co.uk for more information or to be added to my regular newsletter updates with details of seasonal special offers.

What’s Included

During your guided birdwatching class you’ll learn about the species you see and their story as well as important tips on identification. You’ll receive instruction on how to set up your binoculars and how to use them with speed and accuracy. Binoculars are available to loan if needed. In most cases, you’ll get the chance to see birds in detail through a high powered telescope. Refreshments are provided at the end of the class and you’ll receive a list of the wildlife seen and heard on your trip. Where appropriate, informative handouts are also provided. Transport is often available for group classes from the Moor Allerton Centre on the Leeds outer ring road. A pick-up service is offered for one-to-one classes where customers live in the Leeds postcode area.

Indoor Classes

At certain times of the year you can attend indoor classes. These cover the following subjects:

 • Bird identification;

 • How to use your binoculars;

 • All about fieldguides;

 • Where to find birds in different habitats;

 • Being ready for anything (being safe and what to wear);

 • Fieldcraft;

 • Attracting birds into your garden;

 • Bird topography;

 • Songs and calls;

 • Migration and weather

 • Adaptations to environmental conditions

 • Bird organisations and what they do

More advanced classes are also available. Indoor classes are often held during the autumn and winter evenings however some full day sessions combining indoor and outdoor tuition are available.

What To Wear And Take With You

To enjoy your birdwatching class it’s essential that you wear the right clothing. Please download my helpful handout to guide you about what you’ll need to wear each season and what to bring with you. Please note that jeans are not the appropriate attire on any trip!

Buying Binoculars

You don’t need to buy binoculars for any of the Start Birding classes. Buying binoculars, acting on someone’s recommendation or letting someone buy them for you, can be a very expensive mistake. You’ll be able to loan binoculars and receive all the information you need to make an informed choice when the time is right for you. Download my free handout which tells you all you need to know before your purchase. Start Birding runs special quarterly trips to the best binocular shop in Yorkshire so that you can browse a wide range of makes and models at different prices without the pressure to buy. Experts will be on hand to answer your questions and to provide advice.