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Identification and Field Survey Skills

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Short Training Courses

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Identification and Field Survey Skills - Herpetology, Fish and Invertebrates

Practical training in how to identify, classify and survey reptiles, amphibians, fish and invertebrates.  This is sort of an 'everything else'  section!


August 2019

23/08/2019    Leaf-Mining Moths of the Surrey Downs    2 Days

Juniper Hall, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01306 734501 enquiries.jh@field-studies-council.org c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

On this course you will enter the exciting world of leaf-mining moth caterpillars in the beautiful downland setting of Juniper Hall. You will learn to identify the signs left behind by these moth caterpillars as they eat away at leaves of different tree species.

Cost £240.00


26/08/2019    Beekeeping for Beginners 1 Day Workshop    1 Day

Langtoft, near Peterborough, Bees for Business. Contact: 01778 487924 pa@beesforbusiness.com c-js.co.uk/2DEnYfS

Our 5-star rated workshop teaches anyone interested in keeping bees how to do so confidently and safely - you'll learn everything you need to know including how to spot for disease, handle the bees and harvest honey!

Cost £149.00


September 2019

04/09/2019    Earthworm ID with Microscopes    1 Day

FSC London: Bushy Park, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01743 852125 biolinks@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/individuals-and-families/courses/2019/ho/earthworm-id-with-microscopes.aspx

There are 29 species of earthworm living in our soils. They are vital to the economic health of our country, as they are crucial for soil health, food production, waste decomposition and even flood mitigation. This course will provide an introduction to identifying earthworms using microscopes.

Cost £5.00


05/09/2019    Learn To Love Spiders    1 Day

Wildside Centre, Wolverhampton, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01743 852125 biolinks@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/individuals-and-families/courses/2019/ho/learn-to-love-spiders-0509-wildside.aspx

Spiders have a bad reputation but they provide many useful ecosystem services, like free pest control, so we should take more interest in them. Learn about different types of British spider, their ecology, some common species, some species which can be easily identified and how to improve your ID skills.

Cost £5.00


06/09/2019    Spectacular Spiders    1 Day

Nower Wood, Mill Way, leatherhead KT22 8QA, Surrey Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01372379523 adult.learning@surreywt.org.uk https://c-js.info/2FKwsCj

Love them or loathe them, spiders are fascinating. Discover more about the arachnids living in Surrey on this one day course.

Cost £45.00


07/09/2019    ARC British Reptiles    1 Day

Preston Montford, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01743 852040 enquiries.pm@field-studies-council.org c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

We will spend some time in the classroom learning reptile ID features then, subject to the weather, search for reptiles on campus and at a nearby site to practice surveying and identification.

Cost £50.00


08/09/2019    New Ferry Butterfly Park: an industrial legacy to bee and butterfly haven    1 Day

New Ferry Butterfly Park, New Ferry, Cheshire Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01948 820728 info@cheshirewt.org.uk www.cheshirewildlifetrust.org.uk/events/2019-09-08-new-ferry-butterfly-park-industrial-legacy-bee-and-butterfly-haven

Enjoy a tour of New Ferry Butterfly Park exploring how its industrial history has helped shaped the wildlife diversity today.

Cost £unknown


13/09/2019    Identifying and Recording Adult Caddisflies, Stoneflies and Mayflies    3 Days

Malham Tarn, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01729 830331 enquiries.mt@field-studies-council.org c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

This is an introductory course for anyone wanting to know how to identify adult Caddisflies, Stoneflies and Mayflies. Moth trappers often see these insects and anyone who uses a pond net will be familiar with their larvae. Participants will be introduced to using the National Recording Schemes.

Cost £375.00


18/09/2019    Reptile Surveying and Handling    1 Day

Nr Exeter, Ecology Training UK. Contact: 07818073660 ecologytraininguk@gmail.com www.ecologytraining.co.uk/book-a-course/introductory/

Introductory level course is especially relevant to consultancy as much summer consultancy work involves reptile surveying and translocation. The course includes identification of UK reptiles, survey techniques, reptile handling (native reptiles and non-native snakes) and a field visit to carry out a survey.

Cost £unknown


18/09/2019    Learn to Love Earthworms    1 Day

Perivale Wood, London, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01743 852100 biolinks@field-studies-council.org https://c-js.info/2Zdf1SC

Come and learn about the differentecologicaltypes of Britishearthwormsand their natural history. Learnwhy earthworms are so important to both humans and nature, observe earthworms in their natural environmentand find out what to do if you want to take your interest further.

Cost £5.00


21/09/2019    Zoo Academy (15-17 year olds)    8 Days

ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, ZSL. Contact: https://c-js.info/2CyS1nH

ZSL Zoo Academy is an eight-day course which includes study sessions on different exotic species and more than 20 hours practical experience in the zoo. Our exciting animal-based course is designed for 15-17 year olds who wish to become vets, vet nurses, zoo keepers or pursue other animal related careers/studies.

Cost £575.00


21/09/2019    Straw Skep Making    1 Day

Yew Tree Inn, Peterstow, HR10, Bees for Development. Contact: 01602 714848 bfdoffice@beesfordevelopment.org www.beesfordevelopment.org

This one day course will provide you with expert instruction in making a classic straw skep. During the day all aspects of beekeeping in skeps, ancient and modern will be discussed

Cost £95.00


24/09/2019    Reptiles: Ecology, Surveys & Mitigation    1 Day

South East, CIEEM. Contact: 01962 868626 enquiries@cieem.net events.cieem.net/Events/EventPages/24092019000000ReptilesEcologySurveysMitigation.aspx

The training will include classroom based activities and learning as well as a field element where delegates will undertake their own reptile survey as the site supports good populations of three native reptile species, grass snake, slow worm and common lizard.

Cost £unknown


October 2019

02/10/2019    Field ID of Slugs    1 Day

FSC Presonton Montford, Shropshire, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01743 852100 biolinks@field-studies-council.org https://c-js.info/2ZaG159

Learn about slug ecology and identification. There are around 40 different species of slugs in the UK. They can consume over 500 varieties of plants and vegetation and can consume around forty times their weight in the space of a day. Despite destroying plants, most slug species are not pests, learn how to tell which slugs are garden friendly.

Cost £5.00


05/10/2019    Treatment Free Beekeeping with Leo Sharashkin    1 Day

Shire Hall, Monmouth, NP25 3DY, Bees for Development. Contact: 01602 714848 bfdoffice@beesfordevelopment.org www.beesfordevelopment.org

A unique weekend 5 and 6 October 2019 on natural, treatment free beekeeping in horizontal hives with Dr Leo Sharashkin of Missouri, USA. You can attend either or both days. On day 1 we discuss how honey bees live in the wild and how we can mimic their ways in our managed hives. From £65 - £276

Cost £unknown


06/10/2019    Treatment Free Beekeeping with Leo Sharashkin    1 Day

Shire Hall, Monmouth, NP25 3DY, Bees for Development. Contact: 01602 714848 bfdoffice@beesfordevelopment.org www.beesfordevelopment.org

A unique weekend 5 and 6 October 2019 on natural, treatment free beekeeping in horizontal hives with Dr Leo Sharashkin of Missouri, USA. You can attend either or both days. On day 2 we go over the entire yearly cycle of caring for your bees, in much detail. From £65 - £276

Cost £unknown


06/10/2019    Willow Skep Weaving    1 Day

Monmouth, Bees for Development. Contact: 01600 714848 bfdoffice@beesfordevelopment.org https://c-js.info/2w4hcuw

This is a unique course, in which expert Chris Park will teach you how to weave a willow skep and how to cover it with cloom. During the day all aspects of beekeeping in skeps, ancient and modern will be discussed. The course cost includes all materials needed for your skep. Covering your skep with cloom is optional!

Cost £95.00


10/10/2019    Learn to Love Earthworms    1 Day

Nower Wood, Mill Way, leatherhead KT22 8QA, Surrey Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01372379523 adult.learning@surreywt.org.uk https://c-js.info/2LyNXt1

This beginners course is perfect for those who are curious about earthworms and what they do for the environment.

Cost £35.00


10/10/2019    Mayfly Larvae ID with Microscopes    1 Day

FSC London: Bushy Park, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01743 852100 biolinks@field-studies-council.org https://c-js.info/2Zahkpu

Mayfliesare excellent indicators of pollution– the aquatic larval stages are widely used to monitor the health of freshwater. They are also a vital food resource for many other aquatic species.This course will provide an introduction to mayflies, their natural history, how to identify the larvaeto species level using microscopes and keys.

Cost £5.00


12/10/2019    Sustainable Beekeeping    2 Days

Ragmans Farm, Forest of Dean, GL17 9PA, Bees for Development. Contact: 01602 714848 bfdoffice@beesfordevelopment.org www.beesfordevelopment.org

This is a practical course with a particular focus on natural methods. We cover the management of bees, and natural ways to take care of them. This course is suitable for those with or without previous knowledge of beekeeping.

Cost £195.00


16/10/2019    Dolichopodid Fly ID with Microscopes    1 Day

FSC Bishops Wood, Worcestershire, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01743 852100 biolinks@field-studies-council.org https://c-js.info/2GsyaJ0

There are over 200 species of dolichopodid flies, or long-legged flies, in the UK. This course will provide an introduction to their ecology and to identifying these flies to species level using microscopes and identification keys.

Cost £5.00


19/10/2019    Spider ID with Microscopes (to family level)    1 Day

FSC Presonton Montford, Shropshire, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01743 852100 biolinks@field-studies-council.org https://c-js.info/2GsF80s

There are over 670 species of spider in the UK. Learn about the different families of spider in Britain, gain experience looking at spider ID features using a microscope, use an ID key to determine spider specimens accurately to family level.

Cost £5.00


20/10/2019    Rocky Shore Invertebrates    3 Days

Dale Fort, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01646 636205 enquiries.df@field-studies-council.org c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

This course gives practical experience in the identification of common rocky shore invertebrates, based on field characteristics. Sheltered and exposed shores will be visited; species identification will be a priority but the fieldwork will be structured to provide an ecological framework in which to view the organisms. *MMU

Cost £370.00


November 2019

08/11/2019    Natterjacks and Red Rocks talk    1 Day

Heswall Hall, Wirral, Cheshire Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01948 820728 info@cheshirewt.org.uk www.cheshirewildlifetrust.org.uk/events/2019-11-08-natterjacks-and-red-rocks-talk

Join Wirral Wildlife local group to hear about natterjack toads and Red Rocks Nature Reserve by reserve manager, Sarah Bennett.

Cost £3.00


08/11/2019    A year in the life of a county moth recorder    1 Day

Holly Bank House, Thornton-Le-Moors, Cheshire Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01948 820728 info@cheshirewt.org.uk www.cheshirewildlifetrust.org.uk/events/2019-11-08-year-life-county-moth-recorder

Learn what a county moth recorder gets up to throughout the year and the importance of submitting your records

Cost £5.00


20/11/2019    Searching for rare mossland spiders    1 Day

Nantwich Methodist Church, Nantwich, Cheshire Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01948 820728 info@cheshirewt.org.uk www.cheshirewildlifetrust.org.uk/events/2019-11-20-searching-rare-mossland-spiders-richard-gallon

Join South Group local group for their monthly winter talk.

Cost £3.00


30/11/2019    Discovering Diptera: Flies Under the Microscope    1 Day

Epping Forest, Field Studies Council. Contact: 020 8502 8500 enquiries.ef@field-studies-council.org c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

This day course will provide an introduction to the Diptera, getting familiar with some of the major families and with a focus on some of the larger and more colourful species in the hoverfly, soldierfly, robberfly and related families.

Cost £50.00


December 2019

03/12/2019    ARC Great Crested Newts, Licensing and Mitigation    2 Days

Preston Montford, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01743 852040 enquiries.pm@field-studies-council.org c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

This course has been designed for those ecologists with knowledge and experience of great crested newt survey techniques and limited experience of licensing and mitigation projects. It will include case-study, syndicate exercises, site visits and demonstration techniques to help participants understand license application and mitigation projects.

Cost £480.00


06/12/2019    The birds and insects of Gowy Meadows    1 Day

Holly Bank House, Thornton-Le-Moors, Cheshire Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01948 820728 info@cheshirewt.org.uk www.cheshirewildlifetrust.org.uk/events/2019-12-06-birds-and-insects-gowy-meadows

Hear how wildlife changes across the seasons at Gowy Meadows, with site recorder Steve Holmes

Cost £5.00


April 2020

25/04/2020    Sustainable Beekeeping    2 Days

Ragmans Farm, Forest of Dean, GL17 9PA, Bees for Development. Contact: 01602 714848 bfdoffice@beesfordevelopment.org www.beesfordevelopment.org

This is a practical course with a particular focus on natural methods. We cover the management of bees, and natural ways to take care of them. This course is suitable for those with or without previous knowledge of beekeeping.

Cost £195.00


September 2020

19/09/2020    Sustainable Beekeeping    2 Days

Ragmans Farm, Forest of Dean, GL17 9PA, Bees for Development. Contact: 01602 714848 bfdoffice@beesfordevelopment.org www.beesfordevelopment.org

This is a practical course with a particular focus on natural methods. We cover the management of bees, and natural ways to take care of them. This course is suitable for those with or without previous knowledge of beekeeping.

Cost £195.00


Various

Various Beekeeper for a Day Gift Experience    1 Day

Langtoft, near Peterborough, Bees for Business. Contact: 01778 487924 pa@beesforbusiness.com c-js.co.uk/2DEnYfS

You'll receive an experience day gift voucher, which explains how the recipient can select the experience day dates available, beautifully presented in our artisan gift box tied with Bees for Business ribbon.

Cost £125.00


Various 1-2-1 Beekeeper for a Day Exclusive Gift Experience    1 Day

Langtoft, near Peterborough, Bees for Business. Contact: 01778 487924 pa@beesforbusiness.com c-js.co.uk/2DEnYfS

For the ultimate experience day, our exclusive one-to-one beekeeping gift experience is a full day working alongside a beekeeper, helping to inspect bees and work through the day's jobs. With plenty of opportunity to ask questions, these exclusive experience days are limited to just one individual and we make just six days available each year.

Cost £250.00


 


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