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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!


June 2019

24/06/2019    Bordered Brown Lacewing Survey    1 Day

Blackford Hill LNR, Edinburgh, Buglife. Contact: 01786 447504 suzanne.burgess@buglife.org.uk c-js.co.uk/2J4ajRE

Join us to survey Blackford Hill LNR for the rare Bordered brown lacewing and have fun looking at other bugs to. This lacewing is known from only two sites in Scotland and has historic records from here! Booking is essential.

Cost £unknown


25/06/2019    Introduction to Lacewings and their relatives workshop    1 Day

Holyrood Park, Edinburgh, Buglife. Contact: 01786 447504 suzanne.burgess@buglife.org.uk c-js.co.uk/2J4ajRE

Lacewings are fascinating insects that are very under recorded. This introductory workshop will introduce lacewings and their relatives (snakeflies, scorpionflies and alderflies). Lunch is not provided. This event will include both indoor and outdoor activities. Booking is essential.

Cost £unknown


26/06/2019    Butterfly Identification & Recording    1 Day

Abbotts Hall Farm, near Colchester, Essex Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01621 862960 admin@essexwt.org.uk https://c-js.info/31toDKp

The course will cover butterfly ecology, identification of common Essex species and butterfly surveying using the UK Butterfly Monitoring Scheme methodology. The course will also include an opportunity to search for and identify butterflies around Abbotts Hall Farm, weather permitting. Suggested donation £30.

Cost £unknown


27/06/2019    Grasslands Species Identification Day    1 Day

Ivythorn Youth Hostel, Street, Somerset, Countryside Management Association. Contact: https://c-js.info/2WfxLzR

Take a day out to scratch up on your grassland species identification with National Trust Assistant Wildlife & Countryside Advisor, Stephen Beale. We will look at the vast array of species at Ivythorn Meadows then hop across the road to hunt for the enigmatic Large Blue Butterfly with the Somerset National Trust team.

Cost £unknown


29/06/2019    Bees, Hoverflies and Flowers: Pollinators and Pollination    1 Day

Bushy Park, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01306 734501 enquiries.ldn@field-studies-council.org c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

This course introduces the insects that play a role in pollination, helping you to recognise them, understand how they interact with flowering plants, and find out how to play your part in conserving them. Based in Bushy Park. Fee includes FSC foldout chart Guide to Bees of Britain.

Cost £35.00


29/06/2019    Discovering Freshwater Invertebrates and Ecology    1 Day

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

Bushy Park is home to a network of ponds and streams supporting a wide range of species from insect larvae to amphibians. This course will provide an introduction to freshwater pond habitats with a focus on sampling and identifying freshwater invertebrates in the field.

Cost £35.00


29/06/2019    Dragonflies and Damselflies    1 Day

Preston Montford Field Centre, Growing Confidence Project. Contact: 01743852040 gc@field-studies-council.org https://c-js.info/2wtacum

FREE event for ages 15-25.

Cost £unknown


29/06/2019    Willow Skep Weaving    1 Day

Yew Tree Inn, Peterstow, HR9, Bees for Development. Contact: 01602 714848 bfdoffice@beesfordevelopment.org www.beesfordevelopment.org

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


July 2019

02/07/2019    All About Crayfish: Ecology, monitoring & conservation    2 Days

Mendip Hills, Nicky Green Associates. Contact: 01626 853890 ngreencrayfish@gmail.com www.crayfishuk.org

This course provides a solid grounding in crayfish ecology and survey methods plus an insight into current conservation techniques. Trainees will monitor and handle native white-clawed and invasive signal crayfish. We will visit captive breeding facilities and ark sites and discuss options for controlling invasive crayfish based on latest research.

Cost £250.00


02/07/2019    Butterflies & Moths - ID and Conservation    1 Day

Nower Wood, Leatherhead, Surrey Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01372 379523 adult.learning@surreywt.org.uk www.surreywildlifetrust.org/events/2019-07-02-butterflies-moths-identification-and-conservation

Learn about the many spiecies of butterflies and moths native to Surrey and how to accuratley identify them.

Cost £45.00


06/07/2019    Survey and site assessment for great crested newts - Part 2    2 Days

Overton, CA Ecology. Contact: 07933941470 claire@caecology.co.uk www.caecology.co.uk

Part 2 of this package covers planning and implementing surveys and interpreting data, and will take the form of exercises to be completed by individuals or groups. The field work session is then used to assess the skills and competency of participants.

Cost £192.00


06/07/2019    Smaller Micro-Moths of Worcestershire    1 Day

Bishops Wood, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01299 250513 enquiries.bw@field-studies-council.org c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

An introductory course on smaller micro-moths in a secluded countryside setting, aimed at anyone familiar with macro-moth species who would now like expert help with the identification of micros. It is aimed at total beginners as well as people with more advanced knowledge of micro-moths.

Cost £100.00


06/07/2019    Identifying Hoverflies    1 Day

Flatford Mill, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01206 297110 enquiries.fm@field-studies-council.org c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

This course is aimed at the novice hoverfly recorder and will take participants through all aspects of hoverfly identification using a mixture of set material, field collection and powerpoint presentations.*MMU

Cost £395.00


06/07/2019    An Introduction to Moths and Moth Trapping    1 Day

Woods Mill, Henfield, West Sussex, Sussex Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01273 497544 michaelblencowe@sussexwt.org.uk sussexwildlifetrust.org.uk/whats-on/2019-07-06-an-introduction-to-moths-moth-trapping-06072019

The evening starts with a presentation that introduces you to the diversity of moth species that can be found in Sussex. Then we will open the previous night's moth trap and study and identify what we have caught. Throughout the evening you will be provided with information about the moths of Sussex, how to identify them and what books and equipment are required to start moth surveying at home.

Cost £45.00


06/07/2019    Summer Butterflies of Sussex    1 Day

Woods Mill, Henfield, West Sussex, Sussex Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01273 497544 michaelblencowe@sussexwt.org.uk sussexwildlifetrust.org.uk/whats-on/2019-07-06-summer-butterflies-of-sussex-06072019

There will be an indoor session to introduce you to the butterflies of Sussex and then we'll head off around the reserve looking for admirals, fritillaries, hairstreaks and other species. We may even find the elusive purple emperor.

Cost £23.00


07/07/2019    Grasshoppers and Bushcrickets    1 Day

Flatford Mill, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01206 297110 enquiries.fm@field-studies-council.org c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

As a group the grasshoppers and bushcrickets are manageable for someone with an interest in natural history to get to know in a day. There will be a mix of presentations, fieldwork and identification using various guides.

Cost £80.00


07/07/2019    Gower's Butterflies & Day-flying Moths    1 Day

Oxwich, Gower, Swansea, Wild Gower. Contact: 07703343597 ecoleg.sazer@gmail.com www.facebook.com/wildgower/

Booking esssential - only a few places left. Learn about the rich variety of butterflies & moths on an exceptional species-rich dune system at Oxwich National Nature Reserve. Indoor morning presentation, afternoon butterfly ID walk with Dr Deborah Sazer. £25 (or £40 for two Wild Gower courses).

Cost £25.00


08/07/2019    Dorset's Butterflies and Moths    5 Days

The Kingcombe Centre, Dorset Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01300 320684 kingcombe@dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk www.kingcombe.org

Discover the diversity of summer butterflies and moths across Dorset’s famed landscape of chalk downlands, pastures, woodlands and coast, with David Brown.

Cost £352.00


09/07/2019    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


10/07/2019    Bordered Brown Lacewing Survey    1 Day

Holyrood Park, Edinburgh, Buglife. Contact: 01786 447504 suzanne.burgess@buglife.org.uk c-js.co.uk/2J4ajRE

Join us to survey Holyrood Park for the rare Bordered brown lacewing. This lacewing is known from only two sites in Scotland! We aim to determine its distribution at Holyrood Park, one of its known sites. Booking is essential.

Cost £unknown


10/07/2019    Dragonflies & Damselflies - A Beginners Guide    1 Day

Abbotts Hall Farm, near Colchester, Essex Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01621 862960 admin@essexwt.org.uk https://c-js.info/31u9fxy

The morning will be looking at the lifecycle, threats and species that occur in Essex. The afternoon will concentrate on practical identification. Suggested donation £30.

Cost £unknown


12/07/2019    Identifying Leafhoppers    2 Days

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

Field visits will be made to local sites to collect specimens for species-level identification back in the laboratory. The course will also cover the natural history of this diverse and fascinating group of insects, as well as field collection techniques, the preservation of specimens and general recording methods. *MMU

Cost £295.00


12/07/2019    Blowfly 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/blowfly-id-with-microscopes-(bp-12th-july).aspx

The larvae of blowflies are usually carrion/dung scavengers, so they have a bad reputation. However, look a little closer and these flies are often wonderful metallic colours and a great group to learn to ID. This course will provide an introduction to identifying blowflies using microscopes and identification keys.

Cost £5.00


13/07/2019    Butterflies and Day-Flying Moths of the Chilterns    1 Day

Amersham, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01494 721054 enquiries.am@field-studies-council.org c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

A wide variety of butterfly species can be found in the attractive grasslands and woodlands of the Chilterns, and they are joined by some distinctive day-flying moths. We will help you recognise the different species, learn how they depend on their habitats, and find out how to help conserve them.

Cost £42.00


15/07/2019    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


16/07/2019    All About Crayfish: Ecology, monitoring & conservation    2 Days

Mendip Hills, Nicky Green Associates. Contact: 01626 853890 ngreencrayfish@gmail.com www.crayfishuk.org

This course provides a solid grounding in crayfish ecology and survey methods plus an insight into current conservation techniques. Trainees will monitor and handle native white-clawed and invasive signal crayfish. We will visit captive breeding facilities and ark sites and discuss options for controlling invasive crayfish based on latest research.

Cost £250.00


16/07/2019    Field ID of Dragonflies    1 Day

Sandwell Valley RSPB, Birmingham, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01743 852125 biolinks@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/individuals-and-families/courses/2019/ho/field-id-of-dragonflies-rspb.aspx

Learn about dragonfly ecology, commonly spotted species and how to observe and identify dragonflies in the field.

Cost £5.00


17/07/2019    Solitary Bees: Identification and Ecology    5 Days

Flatford Mill, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01206 297110 enquiries.fm@field-studies-council.org c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

This course will introduce participants to the identification and ecology of solitary bees. The identification of genera and species will be through a combination of presentations, field visits and microscopy using keys and prepared specimens.

Cost £675.00


17/07/2019    Dragonflies & Damselflies - Ecology & ID    1 Day

Mercers Country Park, Redhill, Surrey Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01372 379523 adult.learning@surreywt.org.uk www.surreywildlifetrust.org/events/2019-07-17-dragonflies-damselflies-ecology-and-id

Enjoy a morning of learning to identify these beautiful creatures before spending the afternoon in search of them.

Cost £35.00


18/07/2019    Field ID of Riverflies    1 Day

Preston Montford, Shrewsbury, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01743 852125 biolinks@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/individuals-and-families/courses/2019/ho/field-id-of-riverflies-pm.aspx

The 'Riverflies' comprise of Mayflies, Stoneflies and Caddisflies. This course will introduce you to the fascinating ecology of riverflies, as well as an introduction to their field identification.

Cost £5.00


18/07/2019    The Dragonflies and Damselflies of Crymlyn Bog     1 Day

Crymlyn Bog, Swansea, Wild Gower. Contact: 07703343597 ecoleg.sazer@gmail.com www.facebook.com/wildgower/

Booking essential. Learn how to identify and understand dragonflies & damselflies on this outstanding, rich and rare lowland fen hidden on the edge of Swansea. Indoor morning presentation, afternoon dragonfly ID on Crymlyn Bog SSSI / SAC with Dr Deborah Sazer. £25 (or £40 for two Wild Gower courses).

Cost £25.00


19/07/2019    Identifying Moths and Butterflies    2 Days

Flatford Mill, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01206 297110 enquiries.fm@field-studies-council.org c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

A weekend introducing the identification and natural history of perhaps the most visually appealing of all insect groups. Only live viewing techniques are used: light traps and sugaring for moths and sweep nets for butterflies. *MMU

Cost £290.00


19/07/2019    Moths of the South Wales Coast and Countryside    2 Days

Margam, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01639 895636 enquiries.mp@field-studies-council.org c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

On this brand new course we will visit sites in beautiful Swansea Bay such as Kenfig Sand Dunes National Nature Reserve and ancient woodland habitats of Margam Park to set traps for moths. A series of moth traps will be set up on both nights of the course in a variety of habitats.

Cost £289.00


19/07/2019    Discovering Beetles    2 Days

Nettlecombe, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01984 640320 enquiries.nc@field-studies-council.org c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

This course will cover practical aspects of finding, identifying and recording beetles. The weekend will include an introduction to this group of insects, focusing on their ecologies and life histories and will begin to look at the various families common to the UK.

Cost £280.00


19/07/2019    Identifying Difficult Invertebrates    3 Days

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

This course is designed to help students develop higher-level skills in the identification of insects and other invertebrates. There will be a blend of field and laboratory sessions (including specimen curation) to build skills in accurate species identification for biological recording. *MMU(M)

Cost £505.00


19/07/2019    Slugs and Snails    3 Days

Orielton, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01646 623920 enquiries.or@field-studies-council.org c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

Britain has more than 40 species of slugs and 100 species of land-snails and this is an opportunity to learn more about this often overlooked group of invertebrates. They have fascinating lifestyles and varied roles in nature as composters, predators and indicators of environmental history; a few are protected by law.

Cost £360.00


19/07/2019    Identifying Freshwater Invertebrates    3 Days

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

A course for both beginners and those who wish to improve their freshwater macroinvertebrate identification skills. It includes field collection techniques, preservation and curation of specimens, use of identification keys and information on life histories.

Cost £375.00


19/07/2019    Identification of Dragonflies and Damselflies    2 Days

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

We aim to introduce you close-up to many of the Shropshire species of dragonfly and damselfly so that you will leave confident in your own abilities to identify them and make species records. A mixture of classroom sessions and field visits will allow you to put your skills into practice. *MMU

Cost £295.00


20/07/2019    Identifying Butterflies, Day-flying Moths, Dragonflies and Damselflies    2 Days

Denmark Farm Conservation Centre, Betws Bledwrs, Lampeter, SA48 8PD, Denmark Farm Conservation Centre. Contact: 01570493358 info@denmarkfarm.org.uk www.denmarkfarm.org.uk

This course will teach you the key features and skills for identifying these spectacular native insects. Butterflies and moths are important pollinators of native, agricultural and garden plants. Dragonflies and damselflies are key wetland species, from garden ponds to rivers, lakes and marshes.

Cost £100.00


20/07/2019    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


20/07/2019    Discovering Freshwater Invertebrates and Ecology    1 Day

Bushy Park, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01306 734501 enquiries.ldn@field-studies-council.org c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

Epping Forest is home to over 100 temporary and permanent ponds supporting a wide range of species from insect larvae to amphibians. This course will provide an introduction to freshwater pond habitats with a focus on sampling and identifying freshwater invertebrates in the field.

Cost £35.00


20/07/2019    Butterfly and Moth ID    1 Day

Wotton-under-Edge, Glos, Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01452 383333 info@gloucestershirewildlifetrust.co.uk www.gloucestershirewildlifetrust.co.uk/events/2019-07-20-course-butterfly-and-moth-identification

Explore the beautiful butterflies and moths of Lower Woods with Sue Smith and Peter Hugo of Butterfly Conservation. This magnificent reserve is a treasure trove of butterflies and moths, including rarities, where you can learn to identify and record finds from the moth trap and surrounding glades. 09:30 - 16.00.

Cost £49.00


22/07/2019    Butterflies and Moths    4 Days

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

The unique diversity of habitat within close proximity of Malham Tarn contributes to an interesting selection of Lepidoptera. Many nationally-scarce moths associated with fens, mosses and moorland are to be found, as well as a small selection of special butterflies.

Cost £495.00


22/07/2019    Moths of the Pembrokeshire Coast    4 Days

Orielton, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01646 623920 enquiries.or@field-studies-council.org c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

Weather permitting, we will trap moths at the National Trust's beautiful Freshwater West sand dunes and stunning Stackpole Head cliff-top habitat, in addition to trapping in the excellent wooded grounds of the Centre at Orielton.

Cost £475.00


24/07/2019    Solitary Wasps    4 Days

Orielton, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01646 623920 enquiries.or@field-studies-council.org c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

This course introduces participants to the identification and ecology of solitary wasps including nesting and prey requirements, hosts and associated aculeate nest parasites. The identification of genera and species will be through a combination of presentations, field visits and microscope workshops using keys and prepared specimens.

Cost £475.00


25/07/2019    An Introduction to Terrestrial & Aquatic Beetles    1 Day

Nower Wood, Leatherhead, Surrey Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01372 379523 adult.learning@surreywt.org.uk www.surreywildlifetrust.org/events/2019-07-23-introduction-terrestrial-and-aquatic-beetles

Discover the world of beetles native to the Surrey countryside and waterways.

Cost £45.00


26/07/2019    Finding and Identifying Beetles    2 Days

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

This course will cover practical aspects of finding, identifying and recording beetles. The main focus of the course is on the diversity of beetles and their adaptations to their environment. Guidance on field and laboratory equipment and the treatment of specimens will be given.

Cost £240.00


26/07/2019    Wildlife Watching Weekend    3 Days

Preston Montford Field Centre, Growing Confidence Project. Contact: 01743852040 gc@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/gc

Discover the wildlife that lives around the Preston Montford estate and learn top tips for wildlife watching. During the weekend we’ll be looking for bats, small mammals, badgers, moths, butterflies and other fascinating invertebrates, and we’ll find out about the flowers, trees and other plants that grow here too. Age 16 - 25

Cost £45.00


27/07/2019    Identifying Dragonflies    1 Day

Bishops Wood, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01299 250513 enquiries.bw@field-studies-council.org c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

Dragonfly enthusiasts of all levels of ability are welcome to come and learn more about these insects. The day will start with a workshop introducing this group of insects and focusing on their identification. We will then head to the pools and introduce you to a good number of the local species.

Cost £45.00


28/07/2019    Skep Hackles and Floors    1 Day

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

This course will provide you with the history and expert instruction in making classic Hackle and Floors for your skeps. During the day all aspects of beekeeping in skeps, ancient and modern will be discussed.

Cost £95.00


29/07/2019    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


30/07/2019    Working with Crayfish: Survey Methods, Ecology, Mitigation, Licensing and Invasive Species    3 Days

Yorks and Humber, CIEEM. Contact: 01962 868626 enquiries@cieem.net events.cieem.net/Events/EventPages/03072019000000WorkingwithCrayfishSurveyMethodsEcologyMitigationLicensingandInvasiveSpecies.aspx

This popular course, now in its 19th year, provides a field-based introduction to a range of fieldwork with crayfish, in the marvellous setting of the Yorkshire Dales.

Cost £unknown


August 2019

02/08/2019    Micro-Moths of the Shropshire Borders    3 Days

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

Following publication of the excellent field guide by Sterling, Parsons and Lewington in 2012 interest in micro moths has increased dramatically. This long weekend is aimed at anyone familiar with macro moth species, who would now like expert help with the identification of micros.

Cost £410.00


02/08/2019    Field ID of Shieldbugs    1 Day

Box Moor Trust, Hemel Hempstead, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01743 852125 biolinks@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/individuals-and-families/courses/2019/ho/field-id-of-shieldbugs.aspx

There are around 45 species of shieldbugs. They are characteristic, colourful, and immediately identifiable bugs, found in most habitat types. Learn about their ecology and how to identify them in the field.

Cost £5.00


05/08/2019    Butterflies and Moths    4 Days

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

Develop skills in identification, trapping and methods to encourage butterflies and moths into our gardens. Butterfly walks and light trap catches will be used as field observation tools interspersed with slide talks and identification workshops.

Cost £425.00


09/08/2019    Beginners Moths of the Devon Coast    3 Days

Slapton Ley, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01548 580466 enquiries.sl@field-studies-council.org c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

On this brand new course we will run moth traps along the stunning Devon Coast at sites such as Prawle Point and Slapton Ley National Nature Reserve. This course is aimed at total beginners with moths as well as those who want to go back to the basics of learning about moth families.

Cost £315.00


09/08/2019    Practical Microscopy: Go It Alone Weekend    3 Days

Flatford Mill, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01206 297110 enquiries.fm@field-studies-council.org c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

This long weekend is a chance for microscopists to get together and pursue their hobby in a laboratory, unhindered by distractions. There will be no tutor, but help will be forthcoming for those with less experience from participants with expertise and skills in a wide range of subjects.

Cost £170.00


09/08/2019    Finding and Identifying Beetles and Other Invertebrates    2 Days

Margam, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01639 895636 enquiries.mp@field-studies-council.org c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

This course will cover practical aspects of finding, identifying and recording beetles and other invertebrates. The main focus will be on beetles, but a number of other invertebrate groups will also be dealt with, though in less detail.

Cost £289.00


10/08/2019    Introduction to identifying and recording freshwater invertebrates and adult riverflies    

Berrycroft Hub, Berrycroft Hub. Contact: 07919820654 berrycrofthub@gmail.com www.berrycrofthub.com

A sampling,identification and recording workshop aiming to introduce the participants to both the adult and juvenile stages of aquatic insects. Lifecycles, ecology and conservation explored with training given. Workshop limited to 10 places.

Cost £75.00


11/08/2019    An Introduction to Skep Beekeeping - Keeping Bees in Baskets    1 Day

Westmill Farm, Watchfield, SN6 6JZ, Bees for Development. Contact: 01602 714848 bfdoffice@beesfordevelopment.org www.beesfordevelopment.org

A concise, one day course on the art of skep beekeeping. Participants will learn about the history of skeps, referencing some of the old master skeppists, their varying styles of skeps and systems of management. The course will include hands on sessions with artefacts and tools and techniques.

Cost £95.00


12/08/2019    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


14/08/2019    Slug Identification    1 Day

Bishops Wood, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01299 250513 enquiries.bw@field-studies-council.org c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

This course includes an introduction to slugs and a review of the 45 or so species now present in the UK. Participants are asked to bring some slugs from their gardens, proven to be an excellent way of helping to map the distributions of this much under-recorded group of species.

Cost £45.00


14/08/2019    Learn To Love Bees    1 Day

Lesnes Abbey Wood, SE London, 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-bees.aspx

There are?over 220?species of solitary?bee, nearly 20 species of bumblebee and 1 species of honeybee?in Britain.? This course is a very gentle introduction for those interested in learning more about bees and how to tell some common species apart.

Cost £5.00


15/08/2019    Wetlands of Surrey    1 Day

Bay Pond, Godstone, Surrey Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01372 379523 adult.learning@surreywt.org.uk www.surreywildlifetrust.org/events/2019-08-15-wetlands-surrey

Wetlands and ponds provide the perfect habitat for a variety of species. Learn what they are before finding them by pond dipping.

Cost £25.00


16/08/2019    Introduction to the Insect Orders    2 Days

Margam, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01639 895636 enquiries.mp@field-studies-council.org c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

This course introduces this charismatic group of invertebrates with a range of classroom-based and practical sessions. The course will introduce the group and cover key identification characteristics as well as field survey techniques of both adults and nymphs.

Cost £289.00


17/08/2019    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


17/08/2019    Spider ID    1 Day

Wotton-under-Edge, Glos, Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01452 383333 info@gloucestershirewildlifetrust.co.uk www.gloucestershirewildlifetrust.co.uk/events/2019-08-17-course-spider-identification

Discover the intricate world of spiders with spider specialist Glenn Norris. Following an introduction on spider life histories, make your own mini spi-pot and head into vast and varied Lower Woods to learn to use spi-pots and keys to identify and record your live finds, before releasing them. 9.30am-4pm

Cost £49.00


19/08/2019    Highland Butterflies and Moths    5 Days

Kindrogan, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01250 870 150 enquiries.kd@field-studies-council.org c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

Enjoy the butterflies and moths of the Scottish Highlands in summer. Electric observation lights will be operated to attract a wide range of moths. There will be daytime field visits to a variety of habitats to observe butterflies such as the Scotch Argus.

Cost £355.00


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


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 Ltd. 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


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

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


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


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


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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