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Identification and Field Survey Skills

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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!


April 2019

23/04/2019    Ground Water Dependent Terrestrial Ecosystems    2 Days

Scotland, CIEEM. Contact: 01962 868626 enquiries@cieem.net events.cieem.net/Events/EventPages/23042019000000GroundWaterDependentTerrestrialEcosystems.aspx

GWDTE are a range of habitats influenced by ground water. GWDTE are wetlands which critically depend on groundwater flows and/or chemistries. As part of the assessment of groundwater status, we are required to assess if a GWDTE has been significantly damaged and if the pressure causing this damage has been transmitted via a groundwater body.

Cost £unknown


24/04/2019    Great Crested Newts with Froglife    1 Day

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

An introduction to identification, surveying and conservation of great crested newts. The day will consist of a combination of outside and indoor workshop sessions aimed at improving participants' knowledge and understanding of this species. The course will be a useful foundation for those wishing to carry out surveys.

Cost £53.00


25/04/2019    Great crested newt ecology & survey    2.5 Days

9C Mill Park Ind Est, White Cross Rd, Woodbury Salterton, Exeter EX5 1EL, Richard Green Ecology Ltd. Contact: 01395 239234 office@richardgreenecology.co.uk www.richardgreenecology.co.uk/training/

This introductory course will provide the skills and knowledge to undertake GCN survey, including habitat suitability assessment, identification of different life stages, torch, net, vegetation, pitfall trap, fingertip and bottle/other trap surveys . This course is spread over two days and is part classroom and part field based.

Cost £110.00


25/04/2019    Great Crested Newt Ecology and Survey Techniques    0.5 Day

Blue House Farm, near Chelmsford, Essex Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01621 862960 admin@essexwt.org.uk www.essexwt.org.uk/events/2019-04-25-nature-course-great-crested-newt-ecology-and-survey-techniques

This course is aimed at those increasing their amateur interest in great crested newts and those beginning a career in ecological consultancy.

Cost £unknown


26/04/2019    Amphibian Ecology & Survey    2 Days

Nower Wood, Mill Way, leatherhead KT22 8QA, Surrey Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01372379523 adult.learning@surreywt.org.uk https://c-js.info/2P3TTgC

Learn about amphibians and survey techniques before setting traps. Examine your finds the next morning.

Cost £57.00


26/04/2019    ARC British Reptiles and Amphibians: Identification and Survey Techniques    2 Days

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

An introduction to the ecology and identification of British reptiles and amphibians, as well as non-native species that occur. The course is run by professional ecological consultants and includes sessions on survey methodology and mitigation, with a number of case studies being discussed.

Cost £289.00


26/04/2019    Identifying Hoverflies    3 Days

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

The course will appeal to anyone with an interest in the natural world. You won't need any prior knowledge just a willingness to immerse yourself in the life of hoverflies for a day. There will be a mix of presentations, fieldwork and identification using various guides.

Cost £395.00


26/04/2019    Soil Mesofauna    3 Days

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

This course, unique in the UK, has developed a reputation for excellence over the last few years. It introduces the fascinating and complex world of soil biodiversity and identification of soil mesofauna, in particular the identification of springtails and soil mites.

Cost £455.00


26/04/2019    Great Crested Newt survey techniques    1 Day

Potteric Carr Nature reserve, Doncaster, Yorkshire Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01904 659570 info@ywt.org.uk www.ywt.org.uk/events

become familiar with survey techniques used to survey Great crested Newts - useful as a refresher or for beginners.

Cost £25.00


27/04/2019    Spring Moths for Beginners    1 Day

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

An introduction to moths; their identification, natural history and conservation. This course is aimed at anyone with an interest in moths whether you are a beginner or are already moth-watching and want a little more 'methodology' and knowledge of the main moth groups.

Cost £35.00


27/04/2019    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


28/04/2019    Reptile Ecology    1 Day

Forest of Dean, Glos, Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01452 383333 info@gloucestershirewildlifetrust.co.uk www.gloucestershirewildlifetrust.co.uk/events/2019-04-28-course-reptile-ecology

Adders, grass snakes, lizards and slow worms are under threat - but you can help. With an illustrated session by GWT reptile expert Alan Sumnall, covering identification, ecology and conservation, most of the day is outdoors and will focus on practical field survey skills for different species. 09:30 - 16.00.

Cost £49.00


29/04/2019    Reptile Surveying and Handling    1 Day

Nr Exeter, Acorn Ecology Ltd. Contact: 01392 366512 training@acornecology.co.uk c-js.co.uk/2xSEjfq

Introductory level course, especially relevant to consultancy as a huge proportion of consultancy work during summer involves reptile surveying and translocation projects. Course includes identification of UK reptiles, reptile handling (slow worms and non-native snakes), field visit to survey a 'development site', and a presentation about mitigation strategies.

Cost £unknown


30/04/2019    Working Towards a Great Crested Newt Licence    2 Days

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

The course provides a balance of classroom and field-based sessions for those interested in acquiring a great crested newt licence. Coursework covers: species identification, the legislative framework and the ecology of great crested newts. Practical sessions will give participants hands-on experience of the relevant survey methods and practice in habitat assessment.

Cost £345.00


30/04/2019    Great Crested Newt Ecology and Surveying    1 Day

Langton Matravers, Nr Swanage, Acorn Ecology Ltd. Contact: 01392 366512 training@acornecology.co.uk c-js.co.uk/2xSEjfq

Introductory level course suitable for those working in consultancy or conservation, covering the following topics: Ecology and habitat requirements of GCN's; Identification; and Survey techniques. There will also be a practical session making bottle traps, as well as evening and early morning field visits to undertake basic survey techniques.

Cost £unknown


May 2019

01/05/2019    Great Crested Newt Survey: Working Towards a Licence    2 Days

Falkirk, Scotland, Froglife. Contact: 01733 602102 laurence.jarvis@froglife.org www.fles.org.uk

The course is aimed at those just starting out with GCN surveys, or having completed a season, and working towards a GCN survey licence. Course includes – identification, distribution & ecology, legislation, disease control, survey techniques, submitting data and a practical session. Level – Beginner / Intermediate. Please contact for more details.

Cost £90.00


01/05/2019    Great Crested Newts and Development    1 Day

Langton Matravers, Nr Swanage, Acorn Ecology Ltd. Contact: 01392 366512 training@acornecology.co.uk c-js.co.uk/2RJgYG0

The course will be taught by Lindsay Carrington BSc DPhil MCIEEM who is an ecological consultant with many years of experience of working with great crested newts on development projects. It covers licensing and legislation, survey requirements, mitigation techniques and includes a case study workshop session.

Cost £unknown


01/05/2019    How to Help Bees and other Pollinators     1 Day

Warnham, West Sussex, Sussex Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01273 497544 michaelblencowe@sussexwt.org.uk sussexwildlifetrust.org.uk/whats-on/2019-05-04-how-to-help-bees-and-other-pollinators-04052019

Pollinating insects provide a vital service to farmers and gardeners but their numbers are in decline. This course will teach you all about our most important groups of pollinating insects and the benefits they provide. An outdoor session will give you advice on how to create habitats (in the countryside or in your back garden) to help your local wild pollinator communities.

Cost £45.00


01/05/2019    Learn To Love Spiders    1 Day

Bishops Wood, Worcestershire, 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-(bw-1st-may).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


03/05/2019    Identifying Bees with Steven Falk    2 Days

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

An opportunity to learn how to record and critically identify bees with Steven Falk, author of Field Guide to Bees of Britain and Ireland. The course will provide an introduction to bees, then a chance to identify them under the microscope using the dichotomous keys and images in Steven's field guide.

Cost £315.00


03/05/2019    Land Snail Identification    2 Days

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

Based in the classic snail country of the North Downs the weekend includes searching for land snails in their appropriate habitats with follow-up identification at the Centre. There is an excellent key to snails produced by FSC. Come and enjoy a weekend looking at snails.

Cost £240.00


07/05/2019    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


09/05/2019    Great Crested Newt Survey: Working Towards a Licence    2 Days

Falkirk, Scotland, Froglife. Contact: 01733 602102 laurence.jarvis@froglife.org www.fles.org.uk

The course is aimed at those just starting out with GCN surveys, or having completed a season, and working towards a GCN survey licence. Course includes – identification, distribution & ecology, legislation, disease control, survey techniques, submitting data and a practical session. Level – Beginner / Intermediate. Please contact for more details.

Cost £90.00


10/05/2019    Surveying Terrestrial 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 for countryside professionals or amateur naturalists interested in surveying and recording of the invertebrates of terrestrial habitats. Field excursions will include a range of collecting and surveying techniques and workshop sessions will help improve your identification skills. *MMU

Cost £395.00


10/05/2019    Great Crested Newt Trapping and Survey Methods Evening    1 Day

Nymans (National Trust), Handcross, Sussex, Countryside Management Association. Contact: https://c-js.info/2R8zGSR

Ideal for rangers to gather evidence working towards their individual class 1 GCN Licence.

Cost £unknown


11/05/2019    Introduction to Beekeeping    1 Day

Bore Place, TN8 7AR, Bore Place. Contact: 01732 463255 hello@boreplace.org www.boreplace.org/whats-on/3218/introduction-to-beekeeping

If you're considering starting up a hive or you're just curious about honey bees and what's involved with keeping them, this informal course provides an excellent introduction to the world of beekeeping. The course is designed for beginners, so no previous experience or knowledge is required.

Cost £59.00


11/05/2019    ARC Finding and Identifying Amphibians and Reptiles    1 Day

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

We will spend some time in the classroom learning amphibian and reptile ID features then, subject to the weather, search for amphibians and reptiles in the grounds of Bishops Wood to practise surveying and identification.

Cost £50.00


11/05/2019    Reptile Ecology and Survey Techniques    1 Day

Tyland Barn, Kent Wildlife Trust . Contact: 01622662012 studydays@kentwildlife.org.uk https://c-js.info/2BS0FNX

Discover how to identify reptiles and learn about their habitat requirements. Search for reptiles in a nearby nature reserve. Normal fee - £33 per person per day.Concessionary fee - KWT volunteers, senior citizens, unemployed and students £5 off.

Cost £33.00


13/05/2019    Amphibian survey training     1 Day

Jenny's Well Local Nature Reserve, Paisley, Froglife. Contact: 07972 593603 james.stead@froglife.org www.froglife.org

Learn more about amphibians and reptiles through a practical survey evening with Froglife! The evening features a species talk and 3 different methods of survey that all attendees can try. 8.45pm – 10.45pm. Booking essential.

Cost £FREE


16/05/2019    Reptiles - Ecology & Survey    1 Day

Witley Centre, GU8 5QA, Surrey Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01372379523 adult.learning@surreywt.org.uk

Learn about all of the native Surrey reptile species before searching for them on Witley Common.

Cost £57.00


16/05/2019    Amphibian survey training     1 Day

Barshaw Park, Paisley, Froglife. Contact: 07972 593603 james.stead@froglife.org www.froglife.org

Learn more about amphibians and reptiles through a practical survey evening with Froglife! The evening features a species talk and 3 different methods of survey that all attendees can try. 8.45pm – 10.45pm. Booking essential.

Cost £FREE


17/05/2019    Introduction to Water Beetles    2 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 water beetles. Participants will be shown how to collect and handle water beetles, both in the field and in the laboratory, and will be introduced to using identification keys. Participants will also be shown how to submit records.

Cost £260.00


17/05/2019    Wild Northumbrian Expedition    3 Days

Wild Northumbrian Tipis & Yurts, Tarset, Wild Intrigue. Contact: info@wildintrigue.co.uk wildintrigue.co.uk/expeditions/wild-northumbrian/

Join Wild Intrigue for a weekend of wildlife, stars and campfires, and enjoy your own boutique yurt or shepherds hut. Contribute to the conservation of wildlife of this Expedition base whilst gaining experience in camera trapping, bat surveys, moth trapping, and much more. Share accommodation and save £60 each! Prices from £290 - £350

Cost £350.00


17/05/2019    Amphibian survey training     1 Day

Gleniffer Braes Country Park, Paisley, Froglife. Contact: 07972 593603 james.stead@froglife.org www.froglife.org

Learn more about amphibians and reptiles through a practical survey evening with Froglife! The evening features a species talk and 3 different methods of survey that all attendees can try. 8.45pm – 11pm. Booking essential.

Cost £FREE


18/05/2019    Introduction to Butterflies and Day-Flying Moths    1 Day

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

Learn about the different stages of butterfly and moth life-cycles and lifestyles, focusing on the importance of larval food plants and flowers for nectaring. Search for a variety of species in the mixed habitats of Bushy Park and receive Tim's guidance on their identification.

Cost £35.00


18/05/2019    ARC Frogs, Toads and Newts    1 Day

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

Discover more about the habits and life-cycles of Britain's frogs, toads, and newts and what makes them unique! We will practise identification in the classroom and, subject to weather, with field sessions on campus and to nearby sites.

Cost £50.00


18/05/2019    Reptile Ecology and Surveying    1 Day

Canterbury, Wildwood Trust . Contact: 01227 711 471 courses@wildwoodtrust.org c-js.co.uk/2FkPHUO

A chance to get up close and personal with some of our most iconic and often misunderstood creatures. An introduction to native British reptiles covering identification, basic ecology and survey techniques. Find out how to identify the best places to look for reptiles and what habitat features they require.

Cost £30.00


22/05/2019    Great Crested Newt Survey: Working Towards a Licence    2 Days

Falkirk, Scotland, Froglife. Contact: 01733 602102 laurence.jarvis@froglife.org www.fles.org.uk

The course is aimed at those just starting out with GCN surveys, or having completed a season, and working towards a GCN survey licence. Course includes – identification, distribution & ecology, legislation, disease control, survey techniques, submitting data and a practical session. Level – Beginner / Intermediate. Please contact for more details.

Cost £90.00


24/05/2019    ARC Reptiles and Amphibians    3 Days

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

In this course you will learn how to identify all the UK's native amphibians and reptiles, as well as established alien species. The focus will be on diagnostic characters and practical experience of identification in the field. We will also discuss ecology, survey techniques and habitat requirements. *MMU

Cost £395.00


24/05/2019    Identifying Bees with Steven Falk    3 Days

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

Learn how to record and critically identify bees with Steven Falk, author of Field Guide to Bees of Britain and Ireland. The course will provide an introduction to bees, then a chance to identify them under the microscope.

Cost £260.00


24/05/2019    European honey Bees and Bee Keeping    1 Day

Reigate Bee Keepers Apiary, RH5 4PR, Surrey Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01372379523 adult.learning@surreywt.org.uk

Learn all about the European Honey Bee before visiting the apiary.

Cost £57.00


25/05/2019    Spider Identification    4 Days

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

Based at the stunning location of Dale Fort, this course will focus on field identification of spiders of woodland, grassland and coasts. There will be follow up sessions in the lab, allowing spiders to be identified more fully. It is suitable for beginners as well as improvers.

Cost £440.00


25/05/2019    Introduction to Beekeeping    1 Day

Acton Scott Historic Working Farm, Acton Scott Historic Working Farm - Shropshire Council. Contact: 01694 781307 acton.scott.museum@shropshire.gov.uk c-js.co.uk/2Sla3z6

An informal but comprehensive introduction to beekeeping, including a brief history of the honeybee and similar insects, and their use in the garden and agriculture. . The course is mainly theory based with a look at the farm's hives, weather permitting.

Cost £55.00


27/05/2019    Identifying Freshwater Invertebrates for Biological Surveying and Recording    4 Days

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

Climate change has underlined the importance of monitoring freshwater ecosystems. This course is designed to help professional surveyors and amateur naturalists increase their understanding of the large and diverse group of invertebrates that inhabit our rivers and ponds.

Cost £540.00


29/05/2019    Learn To Love Ants    1 Day

Wyre Forest, Worcestershire , 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-ants-(wfdc-29th-may).aspx

A day course for people who are fascinated by ants but don't know how to start identifying them. Learn about different types of British ants, their ecology, some common species, some species which can be easily identified and how to improve your ID skills.

Cost £5.00


June 2019

01/06/2019    Early Summer 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 early summer butterflies and moths across Dorset’s famed landscape of chalk downlands, pastures, woodlands and coast.

Cost £352.00


01/06/2019    Daytime Moths of Worcestershire    1 Day

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

This one-day course will be for people of all abilities from beginner to much more advanced. We will be searching for moths in the very varied habitats of Bishops Wood by day using techniques such as sweeping, pheromones, beating netting and searching plants for larvae, eggs and mines etc.

Cost £50.00


05/06/2019    Soldierfly ID with Microscopes    1 Day

BENHS Dinton Pastures, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01743 852125 biolinks@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/individuals-and-families/courses/2019/ho/soldierfly-id-with-microscopes-(dp-5th-june).aspx

This course will provide an introduction to identifying soldierflies and allied families to species level using microscopes and identification keys. Learn about the different families covered by the Soldierflies & Allies Recording Scheme, gain experience looking at soldierfly ID features and learn how to further develop your ID skills.

Cost £5.00


06/06/2019    Part 2 - Planning surveys and interpreting data for great crested newts    2 Days

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

This course is for people who have completed part 1 and wish to further their knowledge and experience and are working towards a licence.

Cost £192.00


06/06/2019    Learn To Love Flies    1 Day

Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre, 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-flies-(shdc-6th-june).aspx

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

Cost £5.00


07/06/2019    Identifying Bees with Steven Falk    2 Days

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

An opportunity to learn how to record and critically identify bees with Steven Falk, author Field Guide to Bees of Britain and Ireland. The course will provide an introduction to bees, then a chance to identify them under the microscope using the dichotomous keys and images in Steven's field guide.

Cost £289.00


08/06/2019    Introduction to Moths and Moth Trapping    1 Day

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

An introduction to moth life-cycles and lifestyles. Around dusk, you will help set up a light-trap and watch it in action, before returning the following morning to examine the catch and participate, with Tim, in the identification session. Based in Greenwich Park.

Cost £45.00


08/06/2019    Stoneflies and Mayflies    1 Day

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

Stoneflies (Plecoptera) and mayflies (Ephemeroptera) are two diverse orders of insects with fascinating life cycles and morphology and provide a vital source of food within aquatic ecosystems. This course will enable participants to identify key families from the aquatic nymph stage and have a good understanding of their ecology.

Cost £42.00


09/06/2019    Beginners Beekeeping NEW    1 Day

Tyland Barn, Kent Wildlife Trust . Contact: 01622662012 studydays@kentwildlife.org.uk https://c-js.info/2BRydvg

An introductory course for anyone interested in learning more about bees and the craft of beekeeping. Normal fee - £33 per person per day.Concessionary fee - KWT volunteers, senior citizens, unemployed and students £5 off.

Cost £33.00


10/06/2019    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


10/06/2019    Delamere Forest's dragonflies    1 Day

Delamere Forest, Cheshire Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01948 820728 kfeeney@cheshirewt.org.uk www.cheshirewildlifetrust.org.uk/events/2019-06-01-water-vole-surveying

This slow pace, two-hour walk will take you to some of the best dragonfly spotting locations in Delamere Forest and will give you some basic identification knowledge.

Cost £6.00


14/06/2019    Bumblebees; ecology and identification    1 Day

Martin Down, Hampshire, Species Recovery Trust. Contact: 01722 322539 bookings@speciesrecoverytrust.org.uk www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/bumblebees-ecology-and-identification-tickets-50523941469

A 1 day course giving participants an introduction to the recognition, identification and ecology of bumblebees.

Cost £70.00


14/06/2019    Solitary Bees    3 Days

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

This course will introduce participants to the identification and ecology of solitary bees including nesting and foraging requirements, hosts and associated aculeate nest parasites. Introduction to the genera and species will be through a combination of presentations, field visits and microscope workshops using keys and prepared specimens. *MMU

Cost £325.00


15/06/2019    Larger 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 larger 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 £50.00


15/06/2019    Identification and Natural History of Bumblebees & Other Bees    1 Day

Woods Mill, Henfield, West Sussex, Sussex Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01273 497544 michaelblencowe@sussexwt.org.uk sussexwildlifetrust.org.uk/whats-on/2019-06-15-identification-and-natural-history-of-bumblebees-and-other-bees-15062019

Bumblebees are the most frequently recognised bees; however there are, altogether, over 200 different species of bee in Britain and trying to tell the species apart can awkward. The course will introduce the main groups of bees and provide guidance for recognising these groups, as well as a few, very distinctive, individual species.

Cost £45.00


15/06/2019    An introduction to hoverflies and their identification    1 Day

Holly Bank House, Cheshire Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01948 820728 cmeredith@cheshirewt.org.uk https://c-js.info/2Cu3CnX

Steve Holmes will talk to you about the identification of Hoverflies before having a walk around Gowy Meadows to find some.

Cost £10.00


18/06/2019    Dragonflies    1 Day

Sevenoaks , Kent Wildlife Trust . Contact: 01622662012 studydays@kentwildlife.org.uk https://c-js.info/2SrcL5U

Life cycles, habitats and aids to identification. Presentations in the centre and field studies of adult dragonflies. Normal fee - £33 per person per day.Concessionary fee - KWT volunteers, senior citizens, unemployed and students £5 off.

Cost £33.00


21/06/2019    Identifying and Recording Juvenile and Adult Caddisflies    3 Days

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

This course is intended to encourage an interest in the life cycle of Caddisflies, their ecology and life histories, where and when to survey for them and their habitat requirements in all life stages. A variety of techniques will be used to survey and record caddis at adult and larval stages.

Cost £375.00


22/06/2019    Introduction to Bumblebees    1 Day

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

This bumblebee identification day course will be field-based. Bees will be caught and studied in the field to enable correct identification, where possible, and then released. To start the day a presentation will be given to introduce the genus and their ecology.

Cost £45.00


22/06/2019    An Introduction to Britain's Spiders    1 Day

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

This course provides an opportunity to learn about Britain's spiders with an emphasis on the field identification of families and genera. Following an introductory session indoors, the range of habitats at Amersham will be sampled for spiders and other arachnids and various collecting techniques will be demonstrated.

Cost £42.00


22/06/2019    Ecology of Bumblebees and their Identification for Beginners    1 Day

Tyland Barn, Kent Wildlife Trust . Contact: 01622662012 studydays@kentwildlife.org.uk https://c-js.info/2BRTdCd

Learn about the ecology of these attractive insects, how to identify our most common and rarest species and practise skills in the field including an update on Bombus subterraneus reintroduction. Normal fee - £33 per person per day.Concessionary fee - KWT volunteers, senior citizens, unemployed and students £5 off.

Cost £33.00


22/06/2019    An Introduction to Dragonflies and Damselflies    1 Day

Woods Mill, Henfield, West Sussex, Sussex Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01273 497544 michaelblencowe@sussexwt.org.uk sussexwildlifetrust.org.uk/whats-on/2019-06-22-an-introduction-to-dragonflies-and-damselflies-22062019

An Introduction to the adult stage of these wonderful insects where the following topics will be covered: Basic dragonfly biology, Habitats and management, Distribution in the UK and in Sussex, Techniques in Identification, Dragonfly field guides and identification aides.

Cost £45.00


23/06/2019    Dragonfly Identifcation    1 Day

Potteric Carr Nature Reserve, Doncaster, Yorkshire Wildife Trust. Contact: 01904 659570 info@ywt.org.uk www.ywt.org.uk/events

On this study day we hope to help you appreciate these insects at a deeper level and learn how to contribute to their conservation. We will examine the lifestyle of the ‘Odonata’ and learn to recognise the adults of local species. Booking essential.

Cost £65.00


23/06/2019    Identifying Solitary Bees    1 Day

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

This short course is for anyone who would like to learn about the identification and ecology of these solitary insects. Time will be spent in the field observing and discussing the requirements of a variety of genera found around the Centre grounds.

Cost £45.00


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


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


06/07/2019    Advanced Great Crested Newt Training     2 Days

Lane End, Buckley, North Wales , Wild Ground. Contact: 01978 269568 mair.westwood@wild-ground.org.uk c-js.co.uk/2u4TXj5

This course gives the foundation to work towards obtaining your GCN survey licence. Prior knowledge of newt ID is recommended.

Cost £unknown


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


October 2019

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 2108

09/04/2108    Intro to Invertebrates    1 Day

Stirling, The Conservation Volunteers Scotland. Contact: 01786 476170 Scotland-training@tcv.org.uk bit.ly/2fiOP2z

On this course you will be taught how to identify common invertebrate groups and species. We will also learn about their habitats and life histories.

Cost £unknown


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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