bird identification COURSES NEAR YOU?
Join Us At Gartmore House For Our Bird Identification Course
available dates :
April - September 2022
June - September 2023
I was looking for something different to do on holiday and I found out that Gartmore House offer bird identification courses near me. Just what I wanted!
About The Course
Bird identification courses are always popular but when they’re only running for a day or a few hours at most, you can run the risk of not having enough time to see everything you want. That’s why we decided to run a full 5-night residental bird identification course where you can explore the beautiful grounds and surrounds of Gartmore House.
Located in the stunning Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park and set against the backdrop of our quirky, 18th century property, Gartmore House’s bird identification course is the one for you.
During this bird identification course, we aim to provide an informal and enjoyable introduction to birds and birdwatching. Aimed primarily at beginners and improvers, the course is ideal for learning about a wide variety of birds in the estate grounds and further afield with plenty of opportunities to see and hear birds in the field and put what you have learnt into practice. By the end of the course participants will be able confidently identify common birds by sight and sound and most of all enjoyed themselves!
Course Inclusions And Coverage
This course is an all-in-one package which includes the following:
Booking for this course includes 4 days of specialist tuition from Scott Paterson.
All specialist equipment will be supplied but there will be a few essential items that you will need to bring. Please see our terms and detailed information section below.
Food & Accommodation
Full board catering and 5-nights accommodation are included when you book.
Complimentary transfers are included when you book - subject to certain conditions.*
* Transfers from Stirling train station are available on the arrival and departure days (pick-up from the station at 15:30, departs Gartmore House at 10:00). Transfers from Glasgow or Edinburgh Airports are available at an additional cost.
Here's what a previous participant has to say about this course:
“I was very pleased with the training provided. Not only was the training itself very useful and informative, but the lectures added to the training and education provided. The hands-on training with instruction provided by experts fostered a wonderful environment of learning.” – Field School Student
All of our craft or activity holidays run for 5-nights from Sunday to Friday and start from £979 per person.
The above is based on single occupancy. A £100 per person discount is applied for art, craft and activity guests on a shared occupancy basis.
tERMS & DETAILED INFORMATION
If you’re coming on one of our holidays and would like to bring a friend, partner, or member of your family, then we have you (and them!) covered. Accompanying guests will enjoy full board catering and shared accommodation with you. We also have a full programme of day trips and activities on offer for them. Please add them and day trips at the checkout stage.
How to book
To book online, please click on your preferred date above.
For any questions or to book direct please call 01877 382 991 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have any questions, you may like to take a look at our FAQs but if you have any further queries, please contact our team directly.
TERMS & CONDITIONS OF BOOKING
To confirm your holiday:
A non-refundable 25% deposit is required to secure your booking.
Payment of your holiday:
The balance of your payment must be received no later than 3 months (90 days) prior to the commencement of your holiday. In the case of non-payment, we reserve the right to cancel your booking and any cancellation fees will apply.
If you cancel your booking:
All deposits are non-refundable. Should you need to cancel your booking up to 3 months (90 days) prior to the commencement date, we will refund any monies paid, less your deposit. If you cancel less than 3 months (90 days) prior to the commencement date, no refund will be given.
We do advise you to take out holiday insurance for this reason.
Each holiday will be loosely themed as follows:
Introduction to historical records and maps, using free online resources to investigate the sites within your study area. After lunch you will learn how to use free GIS software to take your results form the historical research to create a map of sites within the study area.
Heading out into the field you will use your maps to investigate the sites identified and produce accurate, archaeological records of the monuments. After lunch you will head back out into the field to learn how to read a landscape and identify and record any other archaeological sites in the study area.
You will learn more about Gartmore House and its architectural makeup, learning how to read a building and identify different architectural styles and periods. After lunch, you will learn how to record the features that you have identified using both manual and digital techniques.
You will have the option as a group to either continue with more field survey or investigating and recording at Gartmore House. After lunch you will head back to base to bring everything together and present your findings.
Check in is from 4pm where you will receive a warm welcome from our team.
Once you are unpacked and settled, we invite you to enjoy some tea or coffee and home baking in the lounge where you can relax after your journey.
If you have never been on a holiday like this before, we understand how anxious you may be. That’s why, come 6pm, everyone will gather in the lounge for the Welcome Talk and Meet & Greet, giving you the chance to meet both your fellow guests and your tutor before the start of the course on Monday. Your tutor will talk you through what to expect from the week, discuss what you would like to achieve during your stay, and answer any questions you may have.
From there, dinner is served at 6:30pm in the downstairs dining room.
Monday to Thursday
Throughout the week, tuition runs from 10am to 4pm with regular breaks for tea and coffee so you can relax and have a natter with your fellow guests about everything you’ve been up to so far.
All your meals are served in the dining room.
Evening tea and coffee is available in the lounge at 9pm.
Check out by 10am
All specialist equipment will be supplied, however there will be a few essential items that you will need to bring (particularly for working outdoors):
We will be using open source software during the course, and if you would like to bring your own laptop we can provide you with details of what software we will be using beforehand.
Highly structured field school with professionals and other passionate archaeologists allowed for lots of learning of a multitude of skills. I learned more than I thought I would.
Field School Student
The field school offered a fantastic balance of in field work and seminar style teaching. The care and attention from instructors was incredible, from meals to personal instruction they really cared about the quality of the time here spent by the participants
Field School Student
The course was exceptional both in scope and value. The level of detail was extraordinary.
Field School Student
Please note: The above reviews come from past workshops and courses run by the tutor out with Gartmore House.
Your Course Tutor: Scott Paterson
Scott is a passionate and enthusiastic birder who enjoys anything involving birds and birdwatching. He has been fortunate to work on some fantastic nature reserves throughout the UK including the Farne Islands, Loch Garten, St Abbs Head, Vane Farm, Loch of Strathbeg and Minsmere where he worked on all manner of habitat management projects, species monitoring and people engagement.
Has also worked within the environmental consultancy sector in Scotland and is currently a self-employed ornithological surveyor, trainer and guide based in Kinross, Perth and Kinross. He leads training courses and walks for a variety of organisations including the Scottish Ornithologists Club, British Trust for Ornithology and Sustrans.
Where can I find out more about the course?
If you need any further information about your course that is not on our website, please get in contact with us and we can provide you with the tutor’s contact details who can assist with your query.
What do I need to bring on my art, craft and activity break?
Your required kit list for your specific break is shown on each course’s webpage. However, should you have any queries, then please feel free to contact us.
What is the art, craft and activity holiday booking terms and conditions?
To secure your booking, a non-refundable £100 per person deposit is required. Full payment is due 6 weeks prior to arrival. For holidays booked within 6 weeks of the arrival date, full payment is required at time of booking.
Holidays are subject to availability and subject to change. There is a minimum number of guests required to run each course. If a course is cancelled due to low numbers, you may transfer any monies paid to an alternative date or a full refund will be issued.
If you cancel a booking, your £100 deposit is non-refundable. The rest of your payment will be refunded if you cancel no later than 6 weeks prior to arrival.
What time do your transfer services for the art, craft & activity holidays operate?
We offer a complimentary transfer services to and from Stirling train station. Collection is at 3:30pm from the station on the day of arrival, and our drop-off service departs from Gartmore House at 9:15am (5 and 6-night holidays) or 4pm (2-night holidays) on the day of departure.
The closest airports to us are Glasgow and Edinburgh airports. If you require a transfer to and/or from either airport, please select this option at the time of booking. Transfers to/from Glasgow and Edinburgh airports are available at an additional cost. After booking your flights, please update your Customer Portal with the time you wish to be collected from the airport on the day of arrival and the time of collection at Gartmore House, returning to the airport, on the day of departure. Please allow 60 minutes for your transfer between Gartmore House and Glasgow Airport, or 90 minutes for your transfer between Gartmore House and Edinburgh Airport.
Can I bring a partner/friend to stay with me while I am on an art, craft or activity break?
If you’re coming on one of our art, craft or activity holidays and would like to bring a friend, partner, or member of your family, then we have you (and them!) covered. Accompanying guests will enjoy full board catering and shared accommodation with you. Please add them at the checkout stage.
Are the bedrooms en-suite?
We have 23 en-suite bedrooms, comprising a mix of single, twin, double and family rooms, located on the first and second floor of the house. There are also three further bedrooms which share a bathroom. All guests are allocated an en-suite room unless you request otherwise.
Do you have accessible bedrooms?
We have one dedicated accessible bedroom. This bedroom benefits from an en-suite bathroom with assistance rails, grab bars and a ‘roll-in’ shower. Additionally, we have a number of other bedrooms that have a shower cubicle which may fit your needs. All other bedrooms feature a bath with an overhead shower. All floors of the house are accessible by lift.
What facilities are there in the bedrooms?
All bedrooms have tea and coffee making facilities, a hairdryer, bath towels and complimentary travel toiletries. Whilst there are no TVs in the bedrooms there is a TV in the Oak Room.
Do all the bedrooms have a good view?
The more spacious, Hobby Haven bedrooms have panoramic views looking across Flander’s Moss towards Stirling Castle and the Wallace Monument. All other bedrooms have a side or rear view of our grounds.
What time is check in/check out?
Check-in is from 4pm, and check-out is 10am.
There will always be somebody on duty to check you in, whether it is the receptionist or the night porter. If you are going to be very late, we would appreciate you letting us know in advance where possible.
Is there WiFi?
Complimentary fibre internet is available for all guests and is accessible in our public areas on the ground floor and library on the lower ground floor. There is no WiFi access in the bedrooms.
How do I find Gartmore House?
Please see our location page for road, rail, and air travel directions.
Do you have car parking facilities?
Free on-site parking is available for all guests throughout the duration of your stay. All cars are parked at owners’ risk.
Can you cater for dietary requirements?
We are able to cater for a wide range of dietaries and allergens. Please notify us of any requirements at the time of booking.
Can I stay at Gartmore House on a bed and breakfast basis?
Whilst our calendar is filled with art, craft and activity holidays we do occassionally have gaps which we open to bed & breakfast guests.
We welcome solo travellers, couples and friends to stay at Gartmore House on a B&B basis. Full payment is required at the time of a B&B booking. Direct bookings have a 72-hour cancellation policy.
To make a booking, please contact us direct.
What should I do if I have lost or left something in my room?
Send us an email or call if you think you have left something in your room, and we will do our best to find it and return it to you. However, we ask you to please reimburse us for the postage fee.
Can I bring my dog?
We are a dog friendly house. Dogs are not permitted in the public or dining areas and must be kept in your bedroom. Whilst in the ground of Gartmore Estate, all dogs must be kept on a lead. We charge a fee of £30 per dog. This fee does not apply to guide dogs or assistance dogs.
Where is the nearest shop?
Gartmore village has a small community owned shop that is a 10-minute walk away. For a bigger supermarket, there is a Co-operative in the village of Aberfoyle, situated two miles from Gartmore House.
I am under 18 years old; can I stay at Gartmore House without a parent/guardian?
No, if you are under the age of 18 you will require a parent or guardian to accompany you.
Spots on this course are limited!
Book your spot now and join us at Gartmore House. We are confident it will deepen your understanding of bird identification.