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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!


January 2019

13/01/2019    Introduction To Bee Keeping     1 Day

Derbyshire Eco Centre, Derbyshire Eco Centre. Contact: 01629 533038 ecocentre@derbyshire.gov.uk www.derbyshire.gov.uk/ecocentre

An introduction to the practice of bee-keeping for beginners

Cost £40.00


19/01/2019    Dissecting Moths    1 Day

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

This course will teach techniques for dissecting moths for beginners and will talk about everything you need to get started dissecting moths at home. Over 95% of moths can be safely identified in the field without the need for dissection.

Cost £220.00


February 2019

09/02/2019    Dissecting Moths    1 Day

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

This course will teach techniques for dissecting moths for beginners and will talk about everything you need to get started dissecting moths at home. Over 95% of moths can be safely identified in the field without the need for dissection.

Cost £220.00


15/02/2019    Dipterists Forum Workshop    2 Days

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

Empid flies (dance flies) form a large group of nearly 400 species in four families. Previous experience of Diptera identification would be an advantage for this workshop. Handouts will be provided.

Cost £295.00


March 2019

23/03/2019    Introduction to British Amphibians    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 the basics of British Amphibian identification and ecology, this course will combine classroom-based discussion covering theory and practical sessions to apply skills in searching and identification. Fee includes FSC foldout chart Guide to the Reptiles and Amphibians of Britain.

Cost £35.00


26/03/2019    Beekeeping 'Next Steps' 1 Day Workshop    1 Day

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

This workshop is for beginner beekeepers - ideally you will have your own bees, may have attended ourBeekeepingfor Beginners workshop or be helping to look after bees withsomeone else.

Cost £149.00


28/03/2019    Survey and site assessment for great crested newts - Part 1    2 Days

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

This course is for people wanting to learn how to conduct a habitat suitability assessment and survey for great crested newts and includes topics on biology and ecology, habitat requirements, identification, biosecurity measures, and different survey techniques including eDNA via an evening survey.

Cost £108.00


29/03/2019    Survey and site assessment for great crested newts    2 Days

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

This course is for people wanting to learn how to conduct a habitat suitability assessments and surveys for great crested newts. The course covers GCN biology and ecology habitat requirements, Habitat Suitability Index (HIS) assessment, identification, biosecurity measures survey techniques including E-DNA, and practical sessions in the evening and morning.

Cost £108.00


30/03/2019    Beekeeping for Beginners 1 Day Workshop    1 Day

Langtoft, near Peterborough, Bees for Business. Contact: 01778 487924 pa@beesforbusiness.com https://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


April 2019

03/04/2019    Great Crested Newts and Licensing for Surveys    1 Day

Head Office, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01743 852100 reception@field-studies-council.org c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

This course has been designed for ecologists, rangers or land managers who are looking to undertake professional great crested newt surveys. Please note this course is not based at an FSC Centre but will be held at Rixton Claypits Local Nature Reserve, Warrington, Cheshire WA3 6EB.

Cost £90.00


05/04/2019    Reptile ecology, survey, mitigation and handling (including adder)    1 Day

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

This introductory course will enable you to identify UK reptile species, suitable reptile habitat and undertake reptile survey and reporting. The course is part classroom and part field based to provide practical survey and handling experience.

Cost £130.00


05/04/2019    Identifying and Recording Water Bugs    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 bugs. Participants will be shown how to collect, and handle, water bugs, 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


08/04/2019    Highland Special Spring Moths    5 Days

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

The Scottish Highlands provide an exciting start to the moth season where nationally scarce species Rannoch Sprawler, Rannoch Brindled Beauty and Sword-grass are to be found during March and April.

Cost £355.00


09/04/2019    Beekeeping for Beginners 1 Day Workshop    1 Day

Langtoft, near Peterborough, Bees for Business. Contact: 01778 487924 pa@beesforbusiness.com https://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


10/04/2019    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


12/04/2019    An Introduction to Beekeeping    3 Days

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

Learn the rudiments of this all-absorbing craft and how to nurture an insect that is crucial to us and our planet.

Cost £221.00


13/04/2019    Beekeeping 'Next Steps' 1 Day Workshop    1 Day

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

This workshop is for beginner beekeepers - ideally you will have your own bees, may have attended ourBeekeepingfor Beginners workshop or be helping to look after bees withsomeone else.

Cost £149.00


18/04/2019    ARC Working with Natterjacks    1 Day

Head Office, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01743 852100 reception@field-studies-council.org c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

This course is specifically aimed at Environmental Consultants, Planners and FEP agents but everyone with an interest in natterjack toads is welcome to attend. Please note this course is not based at an FSC Centre but will be held at Millom Network Centre, Salthouse Road, Millom, Cumbria LA18 5AB.

Cost £90.00


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 https://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


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 £80.00


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


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


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


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


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 https://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


11/05/2019    Introduction to Beekeeping    1 Day

Bore Place, TN8 7AR, Bore Place. Contact: 01732 463255 hello@boreplace.org https://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


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


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


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


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 https://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


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


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


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


10/06/2019    Beekeeping for Beginners 1 Day Workshop    1 Day

Langtoft, near Peterborough, Bees for Business. Contact: 01778 487924 pa@beesforbusiness.com https://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


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

Martin Down, Hampshire, Species Recovery Trust. Contact: 01722 322539 bookings@speciesrecoverytrust.org.uk https://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


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


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


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


July 2019

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


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 https://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


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


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


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 https://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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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 https://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


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 https://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

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


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


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

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


March 2108

03/03/2108    An Introduction to Flies    1 Day

Woods Mill, Henfield, West Sussex, Sussex Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01273 497544 michaelblencowe@sussexwt.org.uk https://sussexwildlifetrust.org.uk/whats-on/2018-03-03-an-introduction-to-flies-03032018

Using photos, specimens, keys and microscopes we will explore the incredible world of the Diptera. This course will provide an introduction to fly families and how to identify them. Discount for members.

Cost £45.00


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 https://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 https://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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