On this page you will find links to extra reading material, fact sheets, modules, assignment details and the marking structure. If you think anything is missing please let us know and we can add it!
Everything that has links can be freely downloaded. Many of these resources will be / have been discussed during core week.
PTES videos for dormouse surveys (and other training info)
Reptiles and amphibians
GOV.UK archived info about GCNs including mitigation guidelines (note – quite old now so just for interest – 2001)
The BCT website (www.bats.org.uk) is a great resource for info. There are documents there about roosts and factsheets about each species. Go explore!
Bat Workers’ Manual (nb – hasn’t been updated for a while but still useful). This can be downloaded in a number of parts. Useful glossary at the end for building terms etc when describing roosts.
A great source of ecological information. The Technical Guidance Series is very useful. There’s something for just about every species you will encounter (Competence for Species Surveys). There are also guidelines for report writing and Phase 1 surveys. You can sift through them from this link: http://www.cieem.net/technical-guidance-series-tgs-
To join CIEEM you will need to work out which is the right sort of membership for you. There is loads of information about this. You will need to decide which skills from their competency list are the best ones for you to submit, and then follow the instructions on how to apply. It’s quite a mammoth process, but worth it, professionally. http://www.cieem.net/members
The gov.co.uk website is a bit of a maze for sorting out licencing. However, this is a good point to start! https://www.gov.uk/guidance/wildlife-licences
2018: We mentioned the latest Policies for EPS licencing. You can watch a (rather long) CIEEM webinar about the here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=26e90S0_foE&ytbChannel=CIEEM
There is also a bit of info about them on the Natural England website: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/national-roll-out-of-new-approach-to-great-crested-newt-licensing
There are a plethora of books out there! Different books will suit different people. For an introductory level of reading (but still packed with information) we recommend the Whittet book series. They are easy to read and contain all the basic biology and ecology for the species you need to know about.
Plant books. Again, different keys/guides suit different people. It’s often useful to have more than one guide, as they often describe plants quite differently e.g. Rose – Wild Flower key and Fitter – Wild Flower Guide (Collins).
Your local library will probably have a good stash of natural history books so you can try them out and see what suits you best.
If you find a useful resource, why not share it with the rest of the group via the Facebook page. Alternatively, send it to us (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we can email it around to the class and add it here.