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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!

03/06/2020 Making a Buzz for the Coast – Conserving the Bumblebees of Kent 1 Day

Virtual, Field Studies Council biolinks@field-studies-council.org c-js.info/2Y0kn5L

Virtual Meet Ups are an opportunity to keep in touch and keep learning about invertebrates during lockdown. Lauren Kennedy will talk to us about the why Kent is such an important county for bumblebees, how to get started with bumblebee identification and how to help through gardening and bumblebee recording!

04/06/2020 Origins of Colouration in Invertebrates 1 Day

Virtual, Field Studies Council biolinks@field-studies-council.org c-js.info/2Y0kn5L

Virtual Meet Ups are an opportunity to keep in touch and keep learning about invertebrates during lockdown. Damien Leech will discuss some of the origins of colouration in invertebrates, the common structures and materials that compose them and why these colours are so striking and often iridescent.

05/06/2020 Identifying Dragonflies and Damselflies 3 Days

FSC Flatford Mill, Field Studies Council 01206 297110 enquiries.fm@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/identifying-dragonflies-and-damselflies/

This course is designed for countryside professionals, amateur naturalists and university students. It introduces the identification, life history, behaviour and conservation of these beautiful and fascinating insects, covering all the British breeding species and vagrants too. Adults and nymphs may be netted for examination then released unharmed. *MMU

Cost £270.00

05/06/2020 Diversity of Invertebrates 3 Days

Denmark Farm, Betws Bledrws, Lampeter, Life Long Learning, Aberystwyth University 01970 623111 learning@aber.ac.uk www.aber.ac.uk/en/lifelong-learning/courses/

Discover the diversity of invertebrates that can be found in west Wales.

Cost £120.00

05/06/2020 Spectacular Spiders 1 Day

Nower Wood Educational Nature Reserve, Surrey Wildlife Trust 01372379523 adult.learning@surreywt.org.uk c-js.info/2vpZQvp

There are a huge number of spider species living in this county. Discover why they choose their habitat, how they survive and what we can do to ensure they continue to thrive.

Cost £45 members/£57 non-members

06/06/2020 Moths and Moth Trapping 2 Days

Wanstead Park, Field Studies Council 01306 734501 enquiries.ldn@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/moths-and-moth-trapping/

Learn about moth life-cycles and lifestyles. Around dusk, help set up a light-trap and watch it in action, before returning the following morning to examine the catch and participate in the identification session. Course fee includes FSC fold out chart: Day Flying Moths.

Cost £40.00

06/06/2020 Introduction to Solitary Bees NEW 1 Day

Tyland Barn, Kent Wildlife Trust 01622 662012 studydays@kentwildlife.org.uk c-js.info/2REQaG0

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

Cost £35

12/06/2020 Identification of Solitary Bees 4 Days

FSC Preston Montford, Field Studies Council 01743 852040 enquiries.pm@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/identification-of-solitary-bees/

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. Field visits will enable you to put into practice what knowledge you have gained over the weekend and enable more appreciation of these fabulous insects and their needs. *MMU

Cost £400.00

13/06/2020 Learn to Love Beetles 1 Day

Beckenham Place Park, London, Field Studies Council 01306 734501 enquiries.ldn@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/learn-to-love-beetles/

If you're interested in beetles, then this day is for you! It's a day for people who are fascinated by beetles but don't know where to start with them. It's a very gentle introduction to the world of beetles and the art of telling one type of beetle from another. Based in Beckenham Place Park.

Cost £40.00

13/06/2020 An Introduction to Identifying Wildlife at Kingcombe 2 Days

The Kingcombe Centre, Dorset Wildlife Trust 01300320684 hradice@dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk www.kingcombe.org

Whether you're new or have some previous experience, join DWT’s Hamish Murray on an exploration around Powerstock Common and Kingcombe Meadows nature reserves and learn how to identify a wide selection of plant and animal species.

Cost £191.00

13/06/2020 Sustainable Beekeeping for Beginners 2 Days

Tyland Barn, Kent Wildlife Trust 01622 662012 studydays@kentwildlife.org.uk c-js.info/36CWS3p

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

Cost £70

19/06/2020 Daytime Moths 3 Days

FSC Preston Montford, Field Studies Council 01743 852040 enquiries.pm@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/daytime-moths/

This course is aimed at anyone who would like to learn more about how to study moths without the use of a moth light trap. Different techniques for finding moths will be discussed and practiced in field conditions by all participants. It is aimed at total beginners wishing to study these moths, as well as people with more advanced knowledge, but whatever your skill level it will be designed to stretch you.

Cost £350.00

19/06/2020 Entomology: The Larger Insects of Wales 3 Days

Machynlleth, Wales, Centre for Alternative Technology 01654 704966 courses@cat.org.uk www.cat.org.uk/events/entomology-the-larger-insects-of-wales/

The larger insects of Wales: what are they? What are their key features? Which species do they belong to? This course aims to answer these questions and more through a range of workshops, field-work and practical hands on experience.

Cost £120

20/06/2020 Field ID of Spiders 1 Day

FSC Amersham, Field Studies Council 01494 721054 enquiries.am@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/field-id-of-spiders/

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 £45.00

20/06/2020 Ecology of Bumblebees and their Identification for Beginners 1 Day

Tyland Barn, Kent Wildlife Trust 01622 662012 studydays@kentwildlife.org.uk c-js.info/2RFgXlx

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

22/06/2020 Reptile Ecology and Survey Techniques 1 Day

Peterborough, Froglife 01733 602102 marie.homewood@fles.org.uk fles.org.uk/services/training/

Covers identification, ecology, distribution and surveying for reptiles native to the UK. Includes a field visit to a local site.

Cost £80.00

22/06/2020 Dragonflies 1 Day

Sevenoaks, Kent Wildlife Trust 01622 662012 studydays@kentwildlife.org.uk c-js.info/2UeZzG1

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

Cost £35

22/06/2020 Discover Polinators 1 Day

Three Hagges Woodmeadow,Escrick, York, YO19 6EE, Woodmeaow Trust & St Nicks Enviroment Centre Emma@woodmeadowtrust.org.uk

Learn all about pollinators, how to identify different species and get tips for progressing your ID skills further. The day includes an introduction to pollinator conservation, decline, lifecycle and their ecology and covers the basics of pollinator identification.

For further information please our website.

Cost £40.00 plus booking fee

23/06/2020 Green Infastructure for Pollinators Workshop 1 Day

Three Hagges Woodmeadow,Escrick, York, YO19 6EE, Woodmeadow Trust & St Nicks Enviroment Centre emma@woodmeadowtrust.org.uk c-js.info/39OKS0Q

Steven Falk, explains the needs of pollinators, the policy framework that supports their conservation,with indoor presentations, discussions and an outdoor session showing good examples of green infrastructure.

This workshop is aimed at professional naturalists and volunteers within conservation organisations.

Cost £80 plus booking fee

25/06/2020 Bumblebees; ecology and identification 1 Day

Martin Down, Hampshire, Species Recovery Trust 01722 322539 bookings@speciesrecoverytrust.org.uk www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/bumblebees-ecology-and-identification-2020-tickets-71268553161

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

Cost £71

27/06/2020 Identifying Solitary Bees 1 Day

FSC Bishops Wood, Field Studies Council 01299 250513 enquiries.bw@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/identifying-solitary-bees/

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. There will also be an opportunity to study and identify prepared specimens to species using a variety of entomological keys.

Cost £50.00

27/06/2020 Learn to Love Pollinators 1 Day

Bushy Park, London, Field Studies Council 01306 734501 enquiries.ldn@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/learn-to-love-pollinators/

If you're interested in pollinators, then this day is for you! It's a day for people who are fascinated by pollinators but don't know where to start with them. It's a very gentle introduction to the world of pollinators and the art (and science!) of telling one kind from another. Course fee includes FSC fold out chart: Guide to Insects of the British Isles. Based in Bushy Park.

Cost £40.00

01/07/2020 Butterflies & Moths - ID & Conservation 1 Day

Nower Wood Educational Nature Reserve, Surrey Wildlife Trust 01372379523 adult.learning@surreywt.org.uk c-js.info/37ip0sY

Discover why so many people are fascinated with butterflies and moths. It is not only their beauty that intrigues us, but their importance in the survival of our local ecosystem.

Cost £45 members/£57 non-members

02/07/2020 Evening Pond Dipping 1 Day

Nower Wood Educational Nature Reserve, Surrey Wildlife Trust 01372379523 adult.learning@surreywt.org.uk c-js.info/2Smhn0g

Spend a warm summers evening pond dipping within an ancient woodland setting.

Cost £15 members/£27 non-members

03/07/2020 Practical Microscopy: Go it Alone Weekend: Slide Making 4 Days

FSC Flatford Mill, Field Studies Council 01206 297110 enquiries.fm@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/practical-microscopy-go-it-alone-weekend-slide-making/

Microscopy weekend at Flatford. This will be an opportunity to practice or improve your skills in making prepared microscope slides, both dry and medium based. The weekend will be supported by Dennis Fullwood, a skilled microscopist with extensive experience of slide renovation at the Natural History Museum. Materials and specimens will be provided.

Cost £170.00

04/07/2020 Introduction to Hoverflies 1 Day

FSC Flatford Mill, Field Studies Council 01206 297110 enquiries.fm@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/introduction-to-hoverflies/

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. The day will be varied with lots of opportunity to learn about these fascinating and incredibly diverse insects.

Cost £50.00

04/07/2020 Moths of Wildflower Meadows 2 Days

FSC Bishops Wood, Field Studies Council 01299 250513 enquiries.bw@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/moths-of-wildflower-meadows/

This new course is aimed at anyone who would like to learn more about identifying moths from wildflower meadows. Their ecology and habitat needs will also be discussed, particularly looking at what makes this habitat important to a specialist group of moth species. It is aimed at total beginners wishing to study these moths, as well as people with more advanced knowledge, but whatever your skill level it will be designed to stretch you.

Cost £105.00

08/07/2020 All About Crayfish 2 Days

Mendip Hills, Nicky Green & Jen Nightingale 01626835890 ngreencrayfish@gmail.com www.crayfishuk.org/wp

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 £275.00

10/07/2020 Identification of Dragonflies and Damselflies 3 Days

FSC Preston Montford, Field Studies Council 01743 852040 enquiries.pm@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/identification-of-dragonflies-and-damselflies/

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 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, and to observe and understand the visual spectacle of these fascinating insects on the wing.

Cost £300.00

10/07/2020 Wildlife Tracking 3 Days

FSC Malham Tarn, Field Studies Council 01729 830331 enquiries.mt@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/wildlife-tracking-2/

A detailed look at tracks and signs left by a range of birds, mammals, reptiles and invertebrates, including instruction on using camera traps. Tracking develops our ability to observe subtle details and connect them to landscape-scale patterns. You will build confidence in sign recognition and interpretation while learning practical applications of tracking for conservation and education as well as simple enjoyment of the natural world.

Cost £454.00

11/07/2020 Grasshoppers and Bushcrickets 1 Day

FSC Flatford Mill, Field Studies Council 01206 297110 enquiries.fm@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/grasshoppers-and-bushcrickets/

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. There are only a few species, many of which are quite common and can be found in most habitats. You will learn how to distinguish between bushcrickets and grasshoppers and find out about their lifecycles and ecology.

Cost £50.00

12/07/2020 Introduction to Beekeeping 1 Day

Derbyshire Eco Centre, Middleton-by-Wirksworth, Derbyshire Adult Community Education Service 1640 533038 ecocentre@derbyshire.gov.uk c-js.info/33eXrAd

An introduction to the practice of beekeeping for beginners

Cost £40 (discounts for those on certain benefits/allowances - please ask for details)

12/07/2020 Discovering the Butterflies of Fineshade Wood - Guided Walk with Doug Goddard 0.5 Day

Top Lodge, Fineshade, Grid Ref. SP981983 (Postcode NN17 3BB) , Butterfly Conservation 01604 408670 goddarddouglas@hotmail.com c-js.info/3bs9Xzh

Come along to see a range of arboreal species with Butterfly Conservation Back from the Brink and see if we can beat the 23 including species from last year! Silver-washed and Dark Green Fritillaries, White-letter Hairstreak, Purple Hairstreaks, White Admiral and Purple Emperor to name a few. Free, parking ?5.50 for the day.

Free Course

13/07/2020 Dorset's Butterflies and Moths 5 Days

The Kingcombe Centre, Dorset Wildlife Trust 01300320684 hradice@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.

Cost £354.00

16/07/2020 Butterflies and day flying moths 0.5 Day

High Elms, Bromley, idverde 01689860571 beeche@idverde.co.uk

A short indoor tutorial followed by a walk to carefully managed grassland, a site of special interest for observing butterflies and day-flying moths. The course will be led by Steven Lofting, biodiversity advisor to idverde.

Cost £12

17/07/2020 Identifying and Studying Bees with John Walters 4 Days

FSC Slapton Ley, Field Studies Council 01548 580466 enquiries.sl@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/identifying-and-studying-bees-with-john-walters/

An opportunity to learn how to identify and study the ecology of bees with ecologist and artist John Walters. The course will provide an introduction to bees, then a chance to identify them under the microscope using the currently available keys and images in the recently published Field Guide to the Bees of Great Britain and Ireland by Steven Falk and The Bees of the British Isles by George Else and Mike Edwards.

Cost £325.00

17/07/2020 Identifying Leafhoppers 3 Days

FSC Preston Montford, Field Studies Council 01743 852040 enquiries.pm@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/identifying-leafhoppers/

Leafhoppers, planthoppers and froghoppers are abundant insects in a wide range of habitats and are increasingly used in site quality assessment and monitoring. Over 400 species have been recorded in Britain. This weekend course will be aimed mainly at newcomers to this group of insects, although anyone with more experience is also welcome. Field visits will be made to local sites to collect specimens for species-level identification back in the laboratory.

Cost £300.00

17/07/2020 Identifying Difficult Invertebrates 4 Days

FSC Preston Montford, Field Studies Council 01743 852040 enquiries.pm@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/identifying-difficult-invertebrates/

This course is designed to help students develop higher-level skills in sampling and identifying terrestrial insects for surveys. There will be a blend of field and laboratory sessions with an emphasis on obtaining accurate species identifications. *MMU

Cost £510.00

17/07/2020 Discovering Beetles 3 Days

FSC Nettlecombe, Field Studies Council 01984 640320 enquiries.nc@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/discovering-beetles/

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. We will do this by looking at specimens of the different families with microscopes.

Cost £280.00

17/07/2020 Moths of Sand Dunes and Ancient Parkland 3 Days

FSC Margam, Field Studies Council 01639 895636 enquiries.mp@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/moths-of-sand-dunes-and-ancient-parkland/

This course is aimed at anyone from total beginner to quite experienced in looking at moths, who would like to improve their abilities in identification. The course will concentrate on looking at moths, both micros and macros, found in the excellent habitats of Margam Park including excellent ancient woodland and parkland trees adjacent to the field centre and the nationally famous nearby Kenfig Dunes National Nature Reserve and will also discuss their ecology.

Cost £289.00

17/07/2020 Identifying Moths and Butterflies 3 Days

FSC Flatford Mill, Field Studies Council 01206 297110 enquiries.fm@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/identifying-moths-and-butterflies/

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. We will discuss the benefits of the different trapping methods and the different types of light trap. Working through the moth catch in the morning is complemented by afternoon excursions to look for and identify butterflies on the wing.

Cost £270.00

20/07/2020 Solitary Bees: Identification and Ecology 7 Days

FSC Flatford Mill, Field Studies Council 01206 297110 enquiries.fm@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/solitary-bees-identification-and-ecology/

This course will introduce participants to the identification and ecology of solitary bees. Introduction to the identification of genera and species will be through a combination of presentations, field visits and microscopy using keys and prepared specimens. Suitable for those who have some previous experience of bee ID or who have attended an introductory workshop.

Cost £675.00

24/07/2020 Identifying and Recording Beetles 3 Days

FSC Juniper Hall, Field Studies Council 01306 734501 enquiries.jh@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/identifying-and-recording-beetles/

This exciting course at Juniper Hall 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, and on the literature, internet and other resources helpful in identification.

Cost £250.00

24/07/2020 Chalk Grassland Moths of the Surrey Downs 3 Days

FSC Juniper Hall, Field Studies Council 01306 734501 enquiries.jh@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/chalk-grassland-moths-of-the-surrey-downs/

This course will be based at Juniper Hall, which nestles in a valley of the North Downs close to Box Hill, with a backdrop of woodland and rolling chalk grassland habitats. The centre is ideally situated for trapping moths of this habitat.

Cost £250.00

24/07/2020 Identifying Marine Species and Habitats: The Biotope Approach 4 Days

FSC Millport, Field Studies Council 01475 531420 enquiries.mil@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/identifying-marine-species-and-habitats-the-biotope-approach/

The Marine Habitat Classification for Britain and Ireland (v04.05) was developed through the analysis of biodiversity datasets and is an important tool for marine management and conservation. This course will cover the theory and practice of recording marine 'biotopes', with a particular focus on identifying the flora and fauna of rocky shores and subtidal reefs. Fieldwork will include sampling species communities at a range of intertidal sites. *MMU

Cost £328.00

25/07/2020 Identifying Dragonflies 1 Day

FSC Bishops Wood, Field Studies Council 01299 250513 enquiries.bw@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/identifying-dragonflies/

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

Cost £50.00

25/07/2020 Field ID of Dragonflies and Damselflies 1 Day

FSC Amersham, Field Studies Council 01494 721054 enquiries.am@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/field-id-of-dragonflies-and-damselflies/

Dragonflies (Odonata) are large, spectacular insects with fascinating life styles. Over 50 species are known from Britain and Ireland. On this course we will focus on how to identify the species you are most likely to come across when you visit wetland habitats across Britain.

Cost £45.00

27/07/2020 Butterflies and Moths 5 Days

FSC Malham Tarn, Field Studies Council 01729 830331 enquiries.mt@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/butterflies-and-moths/

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. Help will be given on identification and information on the ecology of nationally significant species.

Cost £495.00

31/07/2020 Moths of the Devon Coast 4 Days

FSC Slapton Ley, Field Studies Council 01548 580466 enquiries.sl@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/moths-of-the-devon-coast/

This course is aimed at anyone from total beginner to those with more advanced knowledge in looking at moths, who would like to improve their abilities in identification. The course will concentrate on looking at moths (both micros and macros) found in the excellent habitats of the South Devon Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and will also discuss their ecology.

Cost £325.00

Various Identifying and recording the butterflies of Central Scotland

Online, Butterfly Conservation amccluskey@butterfly-conservation.org c-js.info/2X8UpNf

Join this free online course to find out how to identify and record the butterflies of Central Scotland.

Free Course

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

01/08/2020 Looking at Freshwater Invertebrates with Microscopes 1 Day

Bushy Park, London, Field Studies Council 01306 734501 enquiries.ldn@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/looking-at-freshwater-invertebrates-with-microscopes/

An absolute beginner's overview of identifying which group an invertebrate belongs to using microscopes and a simple identification key. Based in Bushy Park.

Cost £40.00

03/08/2020 Butterflies and Moths 5 Days

FSC Preston Montford, Field Studies Council 01743 852040 enquiries.pm@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/butterflies-and-moths-2/

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 £430.00

04/08/2020 Summer Series (2) Ponds - a wet place for wild plants and animals to thrive 1 Day

Godstone, Surrey Wildlife Trust 01372379523 adult.learning@surreywt.org.uk c-js.info/2wegVJ4

Every garden needs a wet place for plants and animals to thrive. Book one or all five in this summer series of courses.

Cost £25 Members/£37 non-members

07/08/2020 Identifying Spiders to Species Level 3 Days

FSC Slapton Ley, Field Studies Council 01548 580466 enquiries.sl@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/identifying-spiders-to-species-level/

Learn how to find, accurately identify and record spiders with arachnologist Matt Prince, Devon's spider recorder. The course will provide an introduction to spiders, a field trip to cover basic collecting and field identification, and then guide you through the process of identifying them to species level using a microscope and the diverse resources available both in literature and on the web.

Cost £325.00

07/08/2020 Finding and Identifying Beetles and Other Invertebrates 3 Days

FSC Margam, Field Studies Council 01639 895636 enquiries.mp@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/finding-and-identifying-beetles-and-other-invertebrates/

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. Guidance on field and laboratory equipment and the treatment of specimens will be given, along with literature, websites and other resources helpful in identification.

Cost £289.00

07/08/2020 Micro-moths of East Anglian Woodlands and Wetlands 4 Days

FSC Flatford Mill, Field Studies Council 01206 297110 enquiries.fm@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/micro-moths-of-east-anglian-woodlands-and-wetlands/

Following the publication of the excellent new field guide by Sterling, Parsons and Lewington, interest in micro moths is on the increase. This long weekend is 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 - whatever your skill level we hope to stretch you.

Cost £395.00

16/08/2020 Highland Butterflies and Moths 6 Days

Glenmore Lodge, Field Studies Council 01743 852100 enquiries@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/highland-butterflies-and-moths/

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. Illustrated talks with slides will show the Scottish Red Data Book and nationally notable species and their habitats. Help will be given on recording methods, identification and classification.

Cost £685.00

19/08/2020 Summer Series (4) Pollinators - bed and breakfast for insects 1 Day

Godstone, Surrey Wildlife Trust 01372379523 adult.learning@surreywt.org.uk c-js.info/2uKwNlY

Ensure you are providing the best bed and breakfast for the insects in your garden. Book one or all five in this summer series.

Cost £25 Members/£37 non-members

21/08/2020 Intro to Invertebrates 1 Day

Stirling, TCV Scotland 01786 479697 Scotland-training@tcv.org.uk c-js.info/2yqbXdb

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.

28/08/2020 Wildlife Tracking 4 Days

FSC Slapton Ley, Field Studies Council 01548 580466 enquiries.sl@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/wildlife-tracking-3/

A detailed look at tracks and signs left by a range of birds, mammals, reptiles and invertebrates. Tracking develops our ability to observe subtle details and connect them to landscape-scale patterns. You will build confidence in sign recognition and interpretation while learning practical applications of tracking for conservation and education as well as simple enjoyment of the natural world.

Cost £350.00

28/08/2020 Site Assessment Using Invertebrates 4 Days

FSC Preston Montford, Field Studies Council 01743 852040 enquiries.pm@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/site-assessment-using-invertebrates/

Through a mixture of fieldwork, classroom and laboratory sessions this course will provide experience of planning and carrying out an invertebrate survey, combining this with existing data and interpreting the results, and how this can be applied to assess sites from different perspectives. *MMU

Cost £510.00

29/08/2020 Leaf Mining Moths of Worcestershire 1 Day

FSC Bishops Wood, Field Studies Council 01299 250513 enquiries.bw@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/leaf-mining-moths-of-worcestershire/

The course is aimed at total beginners wishing to study leaf-mining moths, as well as people with more advanced knowledge of the group, but whatever your skill level it will be designed to stretch you. There is a huge increase in people interested in micro-moths. And there are large numbers of them that never fly into moth traps, so field craft is needed to find them and looking for leaf mines is the first stage in moth field craft.

Cost £95.00

19/09/2020 Slug Identification 1 Day

FSC Bishops Wood, Field Studies Council 01299 250513 enquiries.bw@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/slug-identification/

Love them or hate them, pestilential or benign, slugs undoubtedly are very interesting. This course introduces you to the 45 British species - their ecology and identification - encourages you to contribute to national recording schemes. Eye and hand lens, with no dissection involved, will enable most individuals to be identified.

Cost £50.00

19/09/2020 Sustainable Beekeeping 2 Days

Ragmans Farm, Forest of Dean, GL17 9PA, Bees for Development 01602 714848 bfdoffice@beesfordevelopment.org www.beesfordevelopment.org

This is a practical course with a particular focus on natural methods. We cover the management of bees, and natural ways to take care of them. This course is suitable for those with or without previous knowledge of beekeeping.

Cost £195.00

21/09/2020 Habitat Creation, Restoration and Enhancement for Amphibians 1 Day

Peterborough, Froglife 01733 602102 marie.homewood@fles.org.uk fles.org.uk/services/training/

Covers habitat restoration and pond creation for amphibians in the UK. Includes a field visit at a local site.

Cost £80.00

28/11/2020 Discovering Diptera: Flies Under the Microscope 1 Day

FSC Epping Forest, Field Studies Council 020 8502 8500 enquiries.ef@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/discovering-diptera-flies-under-the-microscope/

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

01/12/2020 ARC Great Crested Newts, Licensing and Mitigation 3 Days

FSC Preston Montford, Field Studies Council and ARC 01743 852040 enquiries.pm@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/arc-great-crested-newts-licensing-and-mitigation/

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. There are many different approaches to mitigation licensing, and the course will explore all the options available, including application of reasonable avoidance measures, licensing policies, low impact class licensing and district licensing.

Cost £485.00

03/12/2020 Garden Ponds for Wildlife 0.5 Day

High Elms, Bromley, idverde 01689860571 beeche@idverde.co.uk www.bromleyparks.co.uk/bookings

This course aims to show how wildlife can be supported and encouraged in to garden ponds, a key feature for biodiversity in our gardens. Led by wildlife gardener and Community and Education Development Manager for idverde Bromley, John Pemberton.

Cost £12

Various Online Ecology Self-Study Courses

Online Ecology Self-Study Courses

Online, Ecology Training UK www.ecologytraining.co.uk/book-a-course/online

Ecology Training UK, one of the UK's top ecology training providers, offers a range of self-study courses you can do at home.

Various 1-2-1 Beekeeper for a Day Exclusive Gift Experience 1 Day

Langtoft, near Peterborough, Bees for Business 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

Various Beekeeper for a Day Gift Experience 1 Day

Langtoft, near Peterborough, Bees for Business 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 Identifying and recording the butterflies of Central Scotland

Online, Butterfly Conservation amccluskey@butterfly-conservation.org c-js.info/2X8UpNf

Join this free online course to find out how to identify and record the butterflies of Central Scotland.

Free Course

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 Online Ecology Self-Study Courses

Online Ecology Self-Study Courses

Online, Ecology Training UK www.ecologytraining.co.uk/book-a-course/online

Ecology Training UK, one of the UK's top ecology training providers, offers a range of self-study courses you can do at home.

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