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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!

04/02/2023 Bumblebees and Other Wild Pollinators: How We Can Help 1 Day

Rewley House, Oxford, University of Oxford 01865 270368 ppdayweek@conted.ox.ac.uk c-js.info/3zgqMe2

Bumblebees and other pollinators are essential for many ecosystems. However, they are seriously affected by human activities. You can help wild pollinators with fun and simple measures. Join us in Oxford to learn how.

Cost £85.00+

07/02/2023 Amphibian and Reptile Habitat Management 1 Day

Callendar Park, Falkirk, Froglife 07972 593603 james.stead@froglife.org c-js.info/3GYyM8C

Join the Come Forth for Wildlife project to learn how to create, manage / restore ponds for amphibians alongside constructing habitats for reptiles. Course theory online (0915-1230), practical site visit delivered in the afternoon (1400-1530). The course will appeal to those interested in wildlife gardening / nature conservation.

Free Course

04/03/2023 Amphibian 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/explore/education/wildlife-study-days

Understand the importance of habitats to the different amphibians. You will learn how to recognize the key species and be part of a torchlight survey.

Cost £35 per person per day. Concessionary discount for KWT volunteers, senior citizens, unemployed and students

14/03/2023 Discovering Reptiles: Identification and Ecology (Online)

Online, Field Studies Council ecoskills@field-studies-council.org c-js.info/3AI710C

This introductory online course will introduce you to the key characteristics of reptiles, and will then look more in-depth into the identification and ecology of UK species. All content has been created by the Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Trust.

Cost £45

17/03/2023 Perfect Ponds 1 Day

Nower Wood / Leatherhead, Surrey Wildlife Trust 01372379523 adult.learning@surreywt.org.uk c-js.info/3i9hWds

If you already have a pond and want to learn how to maximise its importance to wildlife - then this is the course for you.

Cost £60

18/03/2023 Earthworm ID With Microscopes 1 Day

Hereford, Hidden Herefordshire 07980863577 tim@clan-cic.org c-js.info/3Zyygpm

Keiron Brown from the Earthworm Society will train you how to identify worms using microscopes.

Free Course

19/03/2023 Earthworm Volunteer ID Day 1 Day

Hereford, Hidden Herefordshire 07980863577 tim@clan-cic.org c-js.info/3uB92tn

Some experience of earthworm ID is recommended as there will be limited opportunity for formal training during the volunteer ID day. This volunteer day is endorsed by the Earthworm Society of Britain. Tutor Keiron Brown

Free Course

29/03/2023 All About Eels: European eel ecology, conservation and monitoring 1 Day

Faversham, Kent Wildlife Trust 01622 662012 studydays@kentwildlife.org.uk www.kentwildlifetrust.org.uk/explore/education/wildlife-study-days

The European Eel is the most heavily trafficked species in the world. A day-long introduction to European eel ecology, overview of eel conservation actions on the north Kent marshes, and training in glass eel monitoring.

Cost £35 per person per day. Concessionary discount for KWT volunteers, senior citizens, unemployed and students

03/04/2023 Bee Conservation

Online, Field Studies Council ecoskills@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 £20

07/04/2023 Discovering Rocky Shores 2 Days

Dale Fort Field Centre, Field Studies Council ecoskills@field-studies-council.org c-js.info/3gAsEcq

Rocky Shores are one of the most dynamic, stressful, and interesting habitats on the planet, they exhibit a strong environmental gradient, and the distribution of the organisms reflects this. This course will introduce you to this unique habitat and the varied organisms that call this home!

Cost £150

08/04/2023 Reptiles and their Ecology 1 Day

Slapton Ley Field Centre, Field Studies Council ecoskills@field-studies-council.org c-js.info/3EC1WrI

This course is a great introduction for anyone with an interest in reptiles and for those looking at taking their first steps into an ecology career. You will learn how to identify our native reptiles, and become familiar with their?ecology.

Cost £60

08/04/2023 Woodlice for kids 1 Day

Aconbury Woods, Hidden Herefordshire 07980863577 tim@clan-cic.org c-js.info/3uB92tn

Come and discover the wonder of woodlice for a morning of crustacean fun. Designed with children in mind this session will arm the young naturalist with the skills to find and identify a few of the 40 species found in the UK. We will learn all about their survival methods in a hands on way and get outside to find them under logs and stones.

Free Course

09/04/2023 Building Skills in Reptile Survey Techniques 1 Day

Slapton Ley Field Centre, Field Studies Council ecoskills@field-studies-council.org c-js.info/3XHWw7B

This beginner course will cover theory and practice of designing and carrying out reptile surveys using standard methods, and how to record the results. The course is suitable for anyone with a personal or professional interest in surveying for reptiles.

Cost £60

11/04/2023 Great Crested Newts: Licensing for Surveys 1 Day

Rixton Claypits, Moat Lane, Rixton, Warrington WA3 6EE, Field Studies Council ecoskills@field-studies-council.org c-js.info/3i4ONQp

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 £100

13/04/2023 Discovering Marine Invertebrates (Online)

Online, Field Studies Council ecoskills@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

13/04/2023 Great Crested Newts: Licensing for Surveys 1 Day

Rixton Claypits, Moat Lane, Rixton, Warrington WA3 6EE, Field Studies Council ecoskills@field-studies-council.org c-js.info/3i4ONQp

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 £100

15/04/2023 An introduction to Pondlife 1 Day

Davies Meadow, Hidden Herefordshire 07980863577 tim@clan-cic.org c-js.info/3uB92tn

Join Herefordshire's very own pond expert Will Watson as we explore the life of the pond. What makes a good pond, how do organisms live in this environment and what can we do to protect them will all be answered. As well as looking at the varied animals found such as crustaceans, insects, springtails and hydras we will also be taking a closer look at newts and their life cycle (hopefully seeing a few as well!)

Free Course

22/04/2023 Great Crested Newts: Ecology and Surveys 1 Day

Bishops Wood Field Centre, Field Studies Council ecoskills@field-studies-council.org c-js.info/3Vq1SlL

This intermediate 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 £100

22/04/2023 Introduction to Solitary Bees 1 Day

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

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

Cost £35 per person per day. Concessionary discount for KWT volunteers, senior citizens, unemployed and students

22/04/2023 Beginners Guide to Reptiles 1 Day

Bircher Common, Hidden Herefordshire 07980863577 tim@clan-cic.org c-js.info/3uB92tn

We will be visiting Bircher Common courtesy of the National Trust to spot some of the herpetofauna of Herefordshire. Nigel will give and overview at the Village Hall and then proceed to exploring the numerous areas of Bircher Common for its amazing wildlife. Suitable for beginners of anyone interested in reptiles.

Free Course

28/04/2023 Amphibians 2 Days

Nower Wood / Leatherhead, Surrey Wildlife Trust 01372379523 adult.learning@surreywt.org.uk c-js.info/3EDLgQE

Learn about the ecology and habitat of amphibians before setting safe traps in the evening and releasing them the next day.

Cost £60.00

03/05/2023 All About Bees 1 Day

Compton, Surrey Wildlife Trust 01372379523 adult.learning@surreywt.org.uk c-js.info/3Vjva5m

Learn about the evolution of bees, their habitat and their current decline before discovering what we can do to change their future.

Cost £60.00

05/05/2023 Willow Obelisk 1 Day

Nower Wood / Leatherhead, Surrey Wildlife Trust 01372379523 adult.learning@surreywt.org.uk c-js.info/3hZVbZa

Create a beautiful willow sculpture for your outdoor or indoor plants to climb on.

Cost £65.00

07/05/2023 Responsible Beekeeping for Beginners 1 Day

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

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

Cost £35 per person per day. Concessionary discount for KWT volunteers, senior citizens, unemployed and students

20/05/2023 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/explore/education/wildlife-study-days

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

Cost £35 per person per day. Concessionary discount for KWT volunteers, senior citizens, unemployed and students

20/05/2023 Butterfly Walk 1 Day

Haugh Woods, Hidden Herefordshire 07980863577 tim@clan-cic.org c-js.info/3uB92tn

Join us for a stroll around one of the best sites in Herefordshire for butterflies and moths. With expert guidance we will hope to see some of the spring species out on the wing at this time of year.

Free Course

27/05/2023 Butterflies of Kent 1 Day

Tyland Barn, Bluebell Hill and Burham Down , Kent Wildlife Trust 01622 662012 studydays@kentwildlife.org.uk www.kentwildlifetrust.org.uk/explore/education/wildlife-study-days

Learn more about the butterflies of Kent and their habitats

Cost £35 per person per day. Concessionary discount for KWT volunteers, senior citizens, unemployed and students

03/06/2023 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/explore/education/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 £35 per person per day. Concessionary discount for KWT volunteers, senior citizens, unemployed and students

03/06/2023 An Introduction to Ladybirds 1 Day

HARC, Hidden Herefordshire 07980863577 tim@clan-cic.org c-js.info/3uB92tn

Ladybirds are a charismatic group of beetles and we have a nationally renowned expert leading us into their world. We will discover their ecology and behavior, get to grips with the common species and hunt for some of them in the vicinity. Tutor: Richard Comont

Free Course

21/06/2023 An introduction to dragonflies and damselflies 1 Day

Sevenoaks , Kent Wildlife Trust 01622 662012 studydays@kentwildlife.org.uk www.kentwildlifetrust.org.uk/explore/education/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 £35 per person per day. Concessionary discount for KWT volunteers, senior citizens, unemployed and students

24/06/2023 Fly Walk 1 Day

Lords Wood, Hidden Herefordshire 07980863577 tim@clan-cic.org c-js.info/3uB92tn

lies are an incredible and diverse group, and the summer months offer many surprises including hopefully Villa cingulata, the Downland Villa fly amongst others. Led by local expert Ian we will be sweeping and examining the many woods and rocky outcrops to see what we find. Tutor: Ian Draycott

Free Course

15/07/2023 Community Mothing 1 Day

Wellington, Hidden Herefordshire 07980863577 tim@clan-cic.org c-js.info/3uB92tn

Join us for a Moth Breakfast as we discover the world of moths in Wellington Parish. We will have set up numerous traps around the village and left a couple to reveal at 8.30. There will be lots of moths to ponder and bacon/egg butties to eat as well! You can also join us the night before if you wish - just email tim@clan-cic.org for details.

Free Course

15/07/2023 A Beginners Guide to Solitary Waps 1 Day

HARC, Hidden Herefordshire 07980863577 tim@clan-cic.org c-js.info/3uB92tn

When people think about wasps, they only remember the yellow and black Common Wasp which is a social beast and frequenter of picnics. However, this fascinating group includes the Giant Woodwasp, 1717 species of Chalcid wasp, the beautiful Ruby-tailed wasps, Spider hunting wasps and Potter wasps to name just a few! Led by a national expert in the field we will find a few and get a little understanding of these amazing animals. Tutor: Ian Cheesebrough

Free Course

22/07/2023 Bug Walk 1 Day

HARC, Hidden Herefordshire 07980863577 tim@clan-cic.org c-js.info/3uB92tn

Whether you know nothing about the 'true' bugs or just a little then please join us as we take a stroll down to the River Wye and back. Our expert Joe will be on hand to tell us what we find and you will get an insight into the myriad forms of the Hemiptera which include Shieldbugs, Mirid Bugs, Aphids, Froghoppers, Assassin Bugs and Cicadas. Tutor: Joe Botting

05/08/2023 Dragonfly Walk 1 Day

Bodenham, Hidden Herefordshire 07980863577 tim@clan-cic.org c-js.info/3uB92tn

Join us for a relaxing stroll round one of Herefordshire's hotspots for Odonata. That's Dragonflies and damselflies, of which the adults will be in flight around the reserve. Chris, the county recorder will be on hand to give tips on identifying some of this lovely group.

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

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!

If you are interested in any of the courses detailed please contact ONLY the person, centre, telephone number or email address and remember to mention that you saw the listing in CJS Training Directory. For all courses assume that booking is required and a fee may be applicable.

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