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Introduction to Birdwatching on the Calf of Man: Residential Course

Tim Earl, a lifelong wildlife-watcher and author, will be leading a 4 night residential bird watching course on the Calf of Man giving an introduction to birdwatching, including the opportunity to see a wide range of resident and migratory birds.

  • Date 03/05/2024 — 07/05/2024
  • Location Calf of Man
  • Price £325. To request a booking, please use the booking contact below.

Tim Earl, a lifelong wildlife-watcher and author, will be leading a 4 night residential bird watching course on the Calf of Man giving an introduction to birdwatching, including the opportunity to see a wide range of resident and migratory birds. Aron Sapsford, the Calf Ornithological Warden, who has a long association with the Calf, will also be on hand to answer any questions and to demonstrate the bird ringing that takes place, subject to suitable weather conditions.  Birdwatching will mostly be focused around the Observatory, where there will also be the opportunity of watching the bird ringing and being able to experience seeing birds close up, allowing the finer details of their plumage to be admired. However, other areas of the Calf have more challenging terrain and excursions to these areas will require participants to be able to walk over rough ground.

A return boat journey from Port St Mary via the seabird colonies at Sugarloaf will be included in the package, along with the self-catering hostel standard accommodation in the 1878 Calf of Man farmhouse where the Bird Observatory is located.  Accommodation is limited and course participants will be required to share either a 2 or a 4 bed bunk room with others of the same gender.  Participants will be encouraged to cater communally for their main meal where possible and with the agreement of those applying for the course, contact details of attendees will be shared in advance to allow meals to be planned.

There will be ample opportunity for individuals to explore the Calf and see its historical features and natural beauty at their leisure during their stay. Attendees should bring their own walking boots, waterproofs and binoculars.  It is recommended that participants bring sunscreen and sunhats. As weather conditions can at times be inclement it is advisable to bring suitable warm clothing. See other Visitor Guidance for more detailed information about staying on the Calf. Food and accommodation are included, guests must bring stout footwear and clothing appropriate for the weather, no dogs. Tickets £325. To request a booking, please email: shaun.murphy@mnh.im.  Bookings will be confirmed via email.

Travel information:

Depart to the Calf of Man: 8.30am from Port St Mary Harbour.  Early arrival essential.

Return journey: depart from the Calf of Man at 10am

Maximum 5 participants.

Event location: Calf of Man

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