Birding is among the most prefered outdoor activities worldwide, it heavily relays on professional guides who show tourists(birders) the birds. to be a professional bird guide one requires continuous training, assessment and licencing.
This training, therefore, has three levels as per the Directorate of Industrial Training (DIT). The levels lead to grading into Bronze, Silver and Gold according to the Uganda Safari Guides association
The three levels have been designed based on the DIT developed Assessment and Training Packages (ATPs).
Bird Guiding Level I
Also, known as Introduction to Bird Guiding, is a minimum of 3 weeks course based in the field.
Learners are introduced to practical skills that will prepare them to identify birds, habitats and related attractions.
At this level, the learner is expected to identify at least 70% of the bird species in the area of operation.
- 50% of the common plant species
- 20% of the reptile species recorded in the area
- Should speak a local language
- Able to communicate to the tourists
Learners are introduced to practical skills that will prepare them to identify birds, habitats and related
Bird Guiding Level II
At this level, bird guides are expected to describe birds and their behaviour in the ecosystem.
- Has been assessed at Level 1 by registered assessors
- Can identify and talk about the behaviour of 70% species of the national bird list
- Able to describe different calls of a bird, and for about 70% recorded species.
- Able to explain the interaction of Man and Nature
- Has a valid and recognized First Aid certificate
- Able to communicate in one or more international languages
Bird Guiding Level III
At this level, a bird guide is expected to describe birds and their behaviour in various ecosystem within the region.
The guide should also be able to:-
- develop and cost birding tour packages
- conduct research in avitourism.
- develop a tourism project