This was a bargain. Under £25 to spend all day with an experienced birder learning bird ID and the craft of birdwatching with a small group of fellow novices. Highly recommended.
For those interested in the day, we met at 8.30 am and mooched around until 3pm (with a couple of breaks) looking at birds, talking about bird ID tips, fiddling with binoculars, having earnest discussions about whether that blob miles away was a buzzard (it was) and generally having a nice day out which also happened to be educational.
Martin Mere run ID workshops most months of the year so there’s scope to see a very wide range of species whilst learning.