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Birdwatching for Beginners

Travel into our woodlands armed with binoculars where our resident expert, Dot Blakely, will teach the basic skills of bird watching and share her knowledge of the local birds.

Later, get set up in our Brent Hide and witness the return of the brent geese, learn more about their journey to Castle Espie and see how many you can count. Find out how to use a telescope to enjoy the wonderful sights of all the different waders that join us for the Winter from Northern Canada.


Saturday 20th September


WWT Castle Espie Wetland Centre

Session Times

13:00 to 16:00

Event Mainly Suited For

Families with older children

Fitness Level


Key Info
  • Warden-led event
  • Woodland walk and Brent Hide birdwatching
  • Learn basic birdwatching skills
  • Learn how to use a telescope
Pre-bookings have now closed for this event however there maybe some spaces available on the day.

Please make bookings directly through the Get Outdoors Weekend website, but feel free to contact WWT Castle Espie Wetland Centre if you would like more specific information on the event:

Phone+44 28 9187 5975

What to Bring

Please bring warm clothes and sturdy footwear and binoculars. We will have a limited number of binoculars available on the day.


Suitable for families

Suitable for couples

Suitable for individuals

What's Included

Woodland Walk 1pm - 2pm

Guide in the Hide session 2pm - 4pm

Meeting Point

Please meet Dot Blakely at reception on arrival to centre.

Directions to Location

By car

The centre is located 2.5 miles from Comber on the Ballydrain Road, off the A22 Comber/Killyleagh Road.From Belfast follow the A22 towards Comber until you reach the roundabout. Turn right on to the A22 Comber/Killyleagh/Downpatrick road then turn first left at the Ballydrain Road.

Free car parking is available at the Centre