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Training Directory: Identification and Field Survey Skills - Herpetology, Fish and Invertebrates Short Courses.

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Identification and Field Survey Skills - Herpetology, Fish and Invertebrates

 

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

04/03/2024 Wildlife Live Webinar - Why bugs matter 0.5 Day

Online, Suffolk Wildlife Trust 01473 890089 wild.learning@suffolkwildlifetrust.org c-js.info/3UdOoMs

A change to the advertised presenter, Adrian Knowles spent nearly 30 years working for the consultancy company of the Essex Wildlife Trust before going freelance. He now specialises in invertebrate surveys, giving talks on the subject and writing for magazines such as 'British Wildlife'.

Cost £3/5/10

07/03/2024 Discovering Beetles (Online)

Online, Field Studies Council biodiversity@field-studies-council.org c-js.info/3ZhQ1t3

Find out about the lifestyle and varied forms of one of the UK's most numerous and varied groups of invertebrates. The course will arm beginners with the underpinning knowledge of beetle biology, ecology, behaviour and basic collection methods to embark on their beetle journey.

Cost £20

13/03/2024 Discovering Spiders (Online)

Online, Field Studies Council biodiversity@field-studies-council.org c-js.info/3RpVufx

This course introduces learners to the general body plan of a spider, their ecological roles within ecosystems and discusses the array of webs our UK species can produce. We also delve into how spiders have influenced human cultures and technology globally.

Cost £20

18/03/2024 Nature Overheard: Acoustic Monitoring for Insects Through Community Science (entoLIVE) 0.5 Day

Zoom, Biological Recording Company c-js.info/3TNzmNd

Nature Overheard is a national programme of community science activities run by the Natural History Museum which aims to investigate the impact of noise pollution on insects. Learn how participants have been getting involved over the first year and the initial results of the main survey in this free webinar.

Cost £Free

23/03/2024 Great Crested Newts: Ecology and Surveys 1 Day

Bishops Wood, Crossway Green, Stourport-on-Severn, DY13 9SE, Field Studies Council biodiversity@field-studies-council.org c-js.info/3Vq1SlL

This advanced course will cover great crested newt identification and ecology, survey techniques, the Habitat Suitability Index, and will include opportunities to practice netting, bottle trapping, torch, and egg searching. Natural England will accept an attendance certificate from this course as supporting material towards a great crested newt survey licence.

Cost £110

24/03/2024 How to conduct an earthworm survey 1 Day

Bore Place, Kent, Bore Place 01733 463255 volunteering@boreplace.org c-js.info/3HxZ6pK

A free training session to learn how to conduct an earthworm count. Your new skills will enable you to join our citizen science programme and undertake worm counts for Bore Place (and elsewhere!) No knowledge or experience necessary, pre-booking essential, 18+ only.

Free Course

25/03/2024 Discovering Bees (Online)

Online, Field Studies Council biodiversity@field-studies-council.org c-js.info/45R8tve

Discovering Bees is a very gentle introduction to our planets most important pollinators, introducing aspects of their biology and ecology and it aims to give learners the skills and confidence to learn more about the lives and ecological role of bees.

Cost £30

25/03/2024 The Plight of the Bumblebee: A 12-Year Reintroduction Case Study (entoLIVE) 0.5 Day

Zoom, Biological Recording Company c-js.info/3TQ0Gum

The Short-haired Bumblebee project was a 12-year-long landscape reintroduction and habitat restoration project in south Kent and south East Sussex. Dr Nikki Gammans presents the story of the Short-haired Bumblebee, its extinction in Britain and a long-term reintroduction programme in this free webinar.

Cost £Free

08/04/2024 Great Crested Newts: Ecology and Surveys 1 Day

Halkyn Parish Hall and Library, Halkyn, Holywell, Flintshire, Field Studies Council biodiversity@field-studies-council.org c-js.info/3Vq1SlL

This advanced course will cover great crested newt identification and ecology, survey techniques, the Habitat Suitability Index (HSI), and will include opportunities to practice netting, bottle trapping, torch, and egg searching. Participants will require their own transport to visit the field site during the course.

Cost £110

08/04/2024 Earthworm of the UK 0.5 Day

Zoom, Biological Recording Company c-js.info/3OHXe1J

Learn about the 31 species of earthworm occurring in natural habitats across the United Kingdom (including both native and introduced species) with Keiron Derek Brown (Earthworm Society of Britain) in this free entoLEARN training webinar.

Free Course

09/04/2024 Great Crested Newts: Ecology and Surveys 1 Day

Rixton Clay Pits, Moat Lane, Rixton, Warrington, Field Studies Council biodiversity@field-studies-council.org c-js.info/3Vq1SlL

This advanced course will cover great crested newt identification and ecology, survey techniques, the Habitat Suitability Index (HSI), and will include opportunities to practice netting, bottle trapping, torch, and egg searching.

Cost £110

10/04/2024 Working with Natterjack Toads 1 Day

Talacre Community Centre, Gamfa Wen, Talacre, Holywell, Field Studies Council biodiversity@field-studies-council.org c-js.info/3O9sztA

This beginner course will cover all aspects of Natterjack toad ecology, surveying, and licensing. The course will combine classroom and field learning techniques, allowing you to gain confidence in Natterjack identification and an understanding of licensing issues and ecology.

Cost £110

11/04/2024 Refurbishing the Bee Hotel: Different Bees, Different Needs (entoLIVE) 0.5 Day

Zoom, Biological Recording Company c-js.info/3TNzsEz

Putting up a bee hotel is a popular wildlife gardening activity, but typical designs are very focused on the needs of a small subset of solitary bees. The Buzz Club report their findings on what does and doesn't work when providing your very own Air Bee 'n' Bee.

Cost £Free

11/04/2024 Great Crested Newts: Ecology and Surveys 1 Day

Rixton Clay Pits, Moat Lane, Rixton, Warrington, Field Studies Council biodiversity@field-studies-council.org c-js.info/3Vq1SlL

This advanced course will cover great crested newt identification and ecology, survey techniques, the Habitat Suitability Index (HSI), and will include opportunities to practice netting, bottle trapping, torch, and egg searching.

Cost £110

17/04/2024 Spiders, Earthworms and Beetles: The Impacts of Cover Crop Frost Tolerance (entoLIVE) 0.5 Day

Zoom, Biological Recording Company c-js.info/48jRjaV

Cover crops are used in arable rotations to protect the soil between cash crops. Cover crops need to be removed before cash crops can be planted, and this is commonly done by spraying environmentally harmful herbicides. Dr Amelia Hood presents the invertebrate-associated ecosystem benefits of cover crops.

Cost £Free

17/04/2024 Great Crested Newts: Ecology and Surveys 1 Day

Haddon Hall, Bakewell, Derbyshire, Field Studies Council biodiversity@field-studies-council.org c-js.info/3Vq1SlL

This advanced course will cover great crested newt identification and ecology, survey techniques, the Habitat Suitability Index (HSI), and will include opportunities to practice netting, bottle trapping, torch, and egg searching.

Cost £110

19/04/2024 Reptile Ecology, Survey and Mitigation, including Adder Handling 1 Day

Richard Green Ecology Ltd, 9C Mill Park Industrial Estate, White Cross Road, Woodbury Salterton, Devon, EX5 1EL, Richard Green Ecology 01395 239234 office@richardgreenecology.co.uk c-js.info/2HbeKd0

This course is designed to enable you to identify UK reptile species, identify suitable reptile habitat, undertake reptile survey and develop reptile mitigation strategies. The course is part classroom and part field based to provide practical survey and handling experience

20/04/2024 Great Crested Newts: Ecology and Surveys 1 Day

Culzean Castle, Maybole, South Ayrshire, Field Studies Council biodiversity@field-studies-council.org c-js.info/3Vq1SlL

This advanced course will cover great crested newt identification and ecology, survey techniques, the Habitat Suitability Index (HSI), and will include opportunities to practice netting, bottle trapping, torch, and egg searching.

Cost £110

23/04/2024 Great Crested Newts - Ecology, Conservation and Survey ONLINE 0.5 Day

Online, Species Recovery Trust 01722 322539 bookings@speciesrecoverytrust.org.uk c-js.info/3SoX2oq

Half-day online course covering newt ecology, conservation, legal protection and survey techniques.

Cost £60

26/04/2024 Intro to Wildlife Identification and Tracking 3 Days

Denmark Farm Conservation Centre, Knight-Fox Wild About Learning 01570493358 info@denmarkfarm.org.uk c-js.info/48OTnHH

On this new Wildlife Identification and Tracking course we will learn to visually identify mammals, birds, reptiles & amphibians. We will explore tracks, feathers, skulls & bones, scat, homes & resting places, kill sites, feeding signs, owl pellets and more!

Cost £160

29/04/2024 Introduction to Spider Identification (Online)

Online, Field Studies Council biodiversity@field-studies-council.org c-js.info/3JVXfNF

Join our tutor to discuss the identification features of a variety of UK spider species that can be identified in the field. During this beginner course, you will be introduced to more advanced morphological features which will aid with accurate identification.

Cost £60

29/04/2024 Great Crested Newts (Surrey) - Ecology, Survey and Licensing 2 Days

Nower Wood, Species Recovery Trust 01722 322539 bookings@speciesrecoverytrust.org.uk c-js.info/3SoX2oq

Two-day hybrid course covering ID, ecology, survey and legal protection of GCNs.

Cost £187

30/04/2024 Butterflies Through Time: Climate Change, Conservation & Historic Specimens (entoLIVE) 0.5 Day

Zoom, Biological Recording Company c-js.info/47ibvIQ

Combining historical specimens and modern-day research allows wildlife of the past to inform conservation of the future. From old museum specimens of butterflies to new butterfly banks, join Matthew Hayes for a journey that starts in the past and ends in the future in this free webinar

Cost £Free

01/05/2024 Great Crested Newts (Surrey) - Ecology, Survey and Licensing 2 Days

Nower Wood, Species Recovery Trust 01722 322539 bookings@speciesrecoverytrust.org.uk c-js.info/3SoX2oq

Two-day hybrid course covering ID, ecology, survey and legal protection of GCNs.

Cost £187

03/05/2024 Discovering Amphibians: Identification and Ecology (Online)

Online, Field Studies Council biodiversity@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/courses-and-experiences/static-courses/discovering-amphibians/

This course is a great introduction for anyone with an interest in herpetofauna and for those looking at taking their first steps into an ecology career. All content has been created by the Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Trust.

Cost £45

05/05/2024 Responsible Beekeeping for Beginners 1 Day

Tyland Barn, Kent Wildlife Trust 01622 662012 studydays@kentwildlife.org.uk www.kentwildlifetrust.org.uk/whats-on/wildlife-study-days

An introductory course for anyone interested in learning more about bees and the craft of beekeeping.

Cost £37.50 Standard fee

07/05/2024 Great Crested Newts (New Forest) - Ecology, Survey and Licensing 2 Days

Brockenhurst, Species Recovery Trust 01722 322539 bookings@speciesrecoverytrust.org.uk c-js.info/3SoX2oq

Two-day hybrid course covering ID, ecology, survey and legal protection of GCNs.

Cost £187

08/05/2024 Great Crested Newts (New Forest) - Ecology, Survey and Licensing 2 Days

Brockenhurst, Species Recovery Trust 01722 322539 bookings@speciesrecoverytrust.org.uk c-js.info/3SoX2oq

Two-day hybrid course covering ID, ecology, survey and legal protection of GCNs.

Cost £187

08/05/2024 Great Crested Newt Ecology and Survey Techniques 2.5 Days

Richard Green Ecology Ltd, 9C Mill Park Industrial Estate, White Cross Road, Woodbury Salterton, Devon, EX5 1EL, Richard Green Ecology 01395 239234 office@richardgreenecology.co.uk c-js.info/2HbeKd0

This is introductory course will provide you with the skills and knowledge to undertake GCN surveys and is aimed at those working in consultancy or conservation. This course is part classroom and part field based.

11/05/2024 Introduction to Solitary Bees 1 Day

Tyland Barn, Kent Wildlife Trust 01622 662012 studydays@kentwildlife.org.uk www.kentwildlifetrust.org.uk/whats-on/wildlife-study-days

Introduction to the ecology and identification of solitary bees, with a mixture of classroom and field sessions

Cost £37.50 Standard fee

11/05/2024 Introduction to Marine Biology 2 Days

Millport, Field Studies Council biodiversity@field-studies-council.org c-js.info/3DYaBVU

Learn introductory marine scientific survey techniques and discover a host of amazing organisms over this weekend course. Opportunities to get up close and hands-on with a range of fascinating marine species found around Scotland.

Cost £290

11/05/2024 How to conduct a reptile survey 1 Day

Bore Place, Kent, Bore Place 01732 463255 volunteering@boreplace.org c-js.info/3HxEDBu

A free training session to learn how to conduct a reptile survey. Your new skills will enable you to join our citizen science programme and undertake reptile surveys for Bore Place (and elsewhere!) No knowledge or experience necessary, pre-booking essential, 18+ only.

Free Course

11/05/2024 Introduction to beekeeping 1 Day

Bore Place, Kent, Bore Place 01732 463255 volunteering@boreplace.org c-js.info/3OhoHqu

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.

16/05/2024 Field Identification of Bumblebees (Online)

Online, Field Studies Council biodiversity@field-studies-council.org c-js.info/3Myu9ok

This course introduces participants to the skills and understanding required to begin the reliably identify the species of bumblebee found across the UK. We also discuss collection equipment and techniques and the importance of generating biological records

Cost £60

18/05/2024 Reptile Ecology and Survey Techniques 1 Day

Tyland Barn and Vinters Valley Nature Reserve , Kent Wildlife Trust 01622 662012 studydays@kentwildlife.org.uk www.kentwildlifetrust.org.uk/whats-on/wildlife-study-days

Discover how to identify reptiles and learn about their habitat requirements. Then search for them in a nearby nature reserve.

Cost £37.50 Standard fee

18/05/2024 Introduction to Moth Trapping 2 Days

Epping Forest Field Centre, Field Studies Council biodiversity@field-studies-council.org c-js.info/3YC14Mv

This beginner-intermediate course will - quite literally - shine a light on this insect order and provide you with the confidence to take up moth-trapping yourself. The course will involve a mixture of classroom learning, practical work involving setting up moth traps, and the identification of moths attracted to the traps.

Cost £130

23/05/2024 Bee Conservation - Online

Online, Field Studies Council biodiversity@field-studies-council.org c-js.info/3AHirSo

This beginner course will introduce you to the threats bees are facing, and how conservationists and citizen scientists are taking action to reduce their decline. You can work through this course content and assignments at your own pace at a time that suits you.

Cost £10

29/05/2024 Longhorn Beetles of the UK Part 1 0.5 Day

Zoom, Biological Recording Company c-js.info/49wEWs4

Learn about some of the larger and more distinctive species of longhorn beetle occurring across the UK with Wil Heeney (National Longhorn Recording Scheme), with tips on their ID features, ecology and distribution - as well as where and how you might find them.

Cost £10

31/05/2024 Identification of Solitary Bees (MMU) 4 Days

Preston Montford, Shrewsbury, Field Studies Council biodiversity@field-studies-council.org c-js.info/406qkMK

This course will introduce you 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.

Cost £366 - 570

05/06/2024 Bees and Heatwaves: Preparing For A Warming World (entoLIVE) 0.5 Day

Zoom, Biological Recording Company c-js.info/48kFzVz

As heatwaves become more frequent and intense, it is essential to understand how pollinators respond to such extreme conditions. The Buzz Club's Bees and Heatwaves project is investigating whether bees (honeybees, bumblebees and solitary bees) alter their activity patterns in response to heat events. Free webinar.

Cost £Free

05/06/2024 Longhorn Beetles of the UK Part 2 0.5 Day

Zoom, Biological Recording Company c-js.info/49bkayD

Learn about some of the smaller and less distinctive species of longhorn beetle occurring across the UK with Wil Heeney (National Longhorn Recording Scheme), with tips on their ID features, ecology and distribution - as well as where and how you might find them.

Cost £10.00

08/06/2024 Ecology of Bumblebees and their Identification for Beginners 1 Day

Tyland Barn, Kent Wildlife Trust 01622 662012 studydays@kentwildlife.org.uk www.kentwildlifetrust.org.uk/whats-on/wildlife-study-days

Learn about the biology and ecology of these charismatic insects, how to identify our most common species and practise skills in the field; to include an update on the Bombus subterraneus reintroduction project.

Cost £37.50 Standard fee

28/06/2024 An Introduction to Butterflies and Moths 3 Days

Juniper Hall, Field Studies Council biodiversity@field-studies-council.org c-js.info/3YSqcyh

This beginner course will provide you with the skills to identify British butterflies and moths correctly. Develop an understanding of their ecology and monitoring techniques.

Cost £245

07/07/2024 How to conduct a dragonfly/damselfly survey 1 Day

Bore Place, Kent, Bore Place 01732 463255 volunteering@boreplace.org c-js.info/3Uet3CF

A free training session to learn how to conduct a dragonfly/damselfly point count. Your new skills will enable you to join our citizen science programme and undertake dragonfly surveys for Bore Place (and elsewhere!) No knowledge or experience necessary, pre-booking essential, 18+ only.

Free Course

10/07/2024 Discovering Marine Invertebrates (Online)

Online, Field Studies Council biodiversity@field-studies-council.org c-js.info/3tgcJTg

This beginner marine invertebrate course will explore marine invertebrate biology, ecology, and key identification features. By the end of the course, you will be able to classify the ten major phyla of marine invertebrates and describe common species.

Cost £35

12/07/2024 Identifying Insects Using Specimens and Microscopes (MMU) 4 Days

Preston Montford, Shrewsbury, Field Studies Council biodiversity@field-studies-council.org c-js.info/3Q6h5aN

This course focuses on how to find and sample insects, how to prepare and curate specimens for identification purposes, and how to approach identification of your chosen species group. The course will be delivered through a combination of seminars, laboratory identification sessions and practical field work.

Cost £366 - 570

04/08/2024 How to conduct a butterfly survey 2 Days

Bore Place, Kent, Bore Place 01732 463255 volunteering@boreplace.org c-js.info/3OiLimF

A free training session to learn how to conduct a butterfly survey. Your new skills will enable you to join our citizen science programme and undertake butterfly surveys for Bore Place (and elsewhere!) No knowledge or experience necessary, pre-booking essential, 18+ only.

Free Course

10/08/2024 Ecology of Bumblebees and their Identification for Intermediates 1 Day

Tyland Barn, Kent Wildlife Trust 01622 662012 studydays@kentwildlife.org.uk www.kentwildlifetrust.org.uk/whats-on/wildlife-study-days

An identification day - covers all bumblebee species of Britain and includes in depth ecology, lifecycle and an update on Bombus subterraneus reintroduction project.

Cost £37.50 Standard fee

31/08/2024 An Introduction to Fossils 1 Day

Sevenoaks, Kent Wildlife Trust 01622 662012 studydays@kentwildlife.org.uk www.kentwildlifetrust.org.uk/whats-on/wildlife-study-days

Discover more about fossils, especially those that can be found locally

Cost £37.50 Standard fee

19/09/2024 Bee Conservation - Online

Online, Field Studies Council biodiversity@field-studies-council.org c-js.info/3AHirSo

This beginner course will introduce you to the threats bees are facing, and how conservationists and citizen scientists are taking action to reduce their decline. You can work through this course content and assignments at your own pace at a time that suits you.

Cost £10

08/10/2024 Great Crested Newts - Ecology, Conservation and Survey ONLINE 0.5 Day

Online, Species Recovery Trust 01722 322539 bookings@speciesrecoverytrust.org.uk c-js.info/3SoX2oq

Half-day online course covering newt ecology, conservation, legal protection and survey techniques.

Cost £60

Various ARC's Bitesize Herpetology Courses

Online, Amphibian and Reptile Conservation www.arc-trust.org/training

ARC’s expert staff have created a new series of free, introductory training modules for anyone with an interest in amphibians and reptiles. It’s a great way to increase your knowledge of herpetology, at a pace and time that suits you. The five courses currently available cover identification skills for the 13 native species widespread non-natives. Good luck and have fun!

Free Course

Various Surveying for Protected Species

Online, Ecology Training UK 07818073660 admin@ecologytraining.co.uk www.ecologytraining.co.uk

This self-study course consists of videos with information on the ecology and survey techniques for badgers, dormice, great crested newts, otters, reptiles, and water voles delivered by a Principal Ecologist. It includes legislation and a video of tracks and signs. There are plenty of references for further study and some book suggestions and a couple of quzzes.

Various Reptile and Amphibian ID and Surveying

Online, Ecology Training UK 07818073660 admin@ecologytraining.co.uk www.ecologytraining.co.uk

A 3 module course to help you identify all the UK reptile and amphibian species of snake, lizard, frogs, toads and newts. Includes a section on surveying for these species. Self study in your own time.

Contact For Details Seahorse Biology, Ecology and Conservation Course

Online, The Seahorse Trust seahorsesurveycourse@aol.co.uk

A new self-guided online course covering a range of topics including seahorse biology and ecology based on the Trust's research, and considers threats to these and other marine species, and the approach used to conserve species and habitats. Proceeds directly support the work of The Seahorse Trust.

Cost £65

TBC An introduction to dragonflies and damselflies 1 Day

Sevenoaks , Kent Wildlife Trust 01622 662012 studydays@kentwildlife.org.uk www.kentwildlifetrust.org.uk/whats-on/wildlife-study-days

Learn about the life cycles and habitats of dragonflies and aids to identification, then participate in a field study of adult dragonflies.

Cost £37.50 Standard fee

Various Reptile Ecology, ID and Surveying 0.5 Day

Online, Ecology Training UK 07818073660 admin@ecologytraining.co.uk www.ecologytraining.co.uk

Course covers ecology, ID and surveying of all UK reptile species via videos.

Cost £80

Various Unlocking your wildlife career

Online, Dr Kayleigh Fawcett Williams c-js.info/3izM2lQ

Are you a wildlife student or early career wildlife professional? Are you struggling to get a paid or long term wildlife role? Do you want to stop feeling stuck & learn what you can do to move forward in your wildlife career? YES? This free webinar is for you!

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