These carefully designed courses, particularly aimed at budding ecologists, are suitable for beginners and are taught by practicing ecologists. Our courses offer a mixture of classroom and practical field work to  help reinforce new knowledge and skills.

Great Crested Newt Ecology and Surveying (Dorset): 18th/19th May 2020

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Great crested newts are widespread across lowland England and occupy a range of habitats, in rural, suburban and urban areas. Although they breed in ponds, they spend much of their life on land. This means that there is potential for great crested newts to be present on many development sites. Therefore it is important that ecologists know how to survey for them and have a good understanding of their ecology.

Both days will be taught by Lindsay Carrington BSc DPhil MCIEEM who is an ecological consultant with many years of experience of working with great crested newts on development projects.Please note that these courses will be held in Dorset.

Course content:

This is an introductory level course suitable for those working in consultancy or conservation. The course will be part classroom and part field based and will cover the following topics:

  • Ecology and habitat requirements
  • Newt identification
  • Over-view of survey legislation
  • Over-view of health, safety, welfare considerations (surveyor & newts)
  • Survey techniques
  • Practical field visit – Habitat Suitability Index
  • Evening and early morning field visits to undertake basic survey techniques including bottle trapping, egg-searching and torching.

Location:

The courses will be held at Leeson House Field Studies Centre, Langton Matravers, Swanage, BH19 3EU. A location map and a list of local accommodation will be provided when you book.

What to bring:

You will need to bring a packed lunch/tea. Further details about appropriate equipment and clothing will be provided in a 'what to bring' list when you book.

Timings:

The Great Crested Newt Ecology and Surveying Introductory course begins at 5 pm and runs until around 10 pm in the evening, with a break for a meal (not included in the price). The course resumes again at 6.30am the next morning to check the bottle traps, and will draw to a close around 8 am.

Questions?

Email ecologytraininguk@gmail.com or call Sue on 07818073660.

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General Course Information

The following general information is applicable to most of our Introductory Courses, however some courses have specific information so please read your course description carefully. If you have further questions, please visit our FAQs section.

Pricing: 

Are you a full-time student, full-time volunteer or are you unemployed? Please enter the code ETUK20 at checkout to get 20% off the price for our one or two day introductory courses. This code IS NOT VALID for advanced courses. Please note you will be asked to provide evidence of your student / volunteer / unemployed status on the day you attend the course.

Our one-day introductory courses cost £120 per person

Our two-day introductory courses cost £220 per person

We are happy to raise an invoice for you, however this service will incur a £10 charge. Please click here to complete an easy online booking form, and our finance manager shall be in touch with you shortly.

What to bring: 

You will need to bring a packed lunch for each course day, bring a drink bottle for the field visit. Drinks are available during the classroom sessions. Please also check your specific course details as you may be required to bring additional equipment.

Timings: 

Our introductory courses usually commence at 10am and finish at around 4-4.30pm, however please check your specific course details as differences in timings are stated in the course description. For example two-day courses tend to finish later on the first day.

Location:

Most of our courses are held at our Training Centre at The Granary, Westpoint, Sidmouth Road, Clyst St Mary, Exeter, Devon, EX5 1DJ. However please check your course details as differences in locations are stated in the course description.

In case you need to stay overnight nearby the course location, we will provide you with a list of local accommodation once you have gone through checkout.

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“I’m positive that this experience has helped me gain employment in the ecology sector.”

“Sue has a great knack to empower the field botanist in you.”

“I very much enjoyed the course and was surprised by how much we were able to fit in. I would definitely come on another course! Thanks very much!”

I would whole heartedly recommend this course to anyone looking to brush up on their field skills.”