Want to learn more about the elusive water vole? Then come along to our informative training day at NWT Hickling Broad Nature Reserve and learn about their ecology, habitats and what signs to look out for on the river banks that show water voles are living there.
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The course will provide an introduction to water voles looking at their ecology, current population and distribution trends and the most recent legislation, with a practical outdoor session looking for water voles “in the wild”. The morning session will include an introduction to water voles and their ecology; covering water vole lifecycles, habitats, food, predators, the problems they face, reasons for population decline and current legislation. In the afternoon we will venture outside looking at survey techniques and recording forms, equipment, safe surveying, how and where to look for signs, identifying potential water vole habitat and field signs.
Housekeeping: It is envisaged that much of the afternoon will be spent out in the field; we will also have use of the Visitor Centre facilities.
Please bring wellington boots, suitable outdoor clothes and waterproofs. We recommend bringing a pair of practical gloves for ground searching and a walking stick or similar (for support and for parting vegetation). It is also advisable to bring insect repellant.
Hot drinks and biscuits will be provided, but please bring your own packed lunch.
Workshop Leaders: Sue Traer
Date and Time: Wednesday 21st June 2017, 10:00am – 4:00pm
Location: NWT Hickling Broad, Norfolk (NR12 0BW)
Cost: £75.00 plus V.A.T (£45.00 plus V.A.T for concessions)
Booking: To book a place, contact Carolyn Smith at Norfolk Wildlife Services by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or by telephoning 01603 625 540.