Water vole Ecology and Surveying Techniques training course – 27 August, Sculthorpe

On the 27 August 2014, Norfolk Wildlife Services will be running a training course on Water Vole Ecology and Surveying Techniques, at the Hawk and Owl Trust site at Sculthorpe Moor. This course provides 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 out in the wild.

The course will be led by Paul Gambling and has proved highly popular in the past, so book early to avoid disappointment.

“Paul is a very good trainer, very knowledgeable and enthusiastic!”

“Information provided was exactly what was needed to go out and do surveys on own – the crib sheet in particular is very handy.”

Course details : Water Vole Ecology and Surveys
A session covering water vole ecology, field signs and survey techniques and relevant legislation
Course Tutor: Paul Gambling
Date and Time: Wednesday 27th August 2014, 10:00am – 4:00pm
Location: Sculthorpe Moor Community Nature Reserve, Fakenham
Cost: £75 plus V.A.T., or £45 plus V.A.T. for concessions.
Course Content:: The course will be held at an introductory level and is suitable for ecologists, planners, land managers/owners, or anyone with an interest in water voles

Morning Session: An introduction to water voles and their ecology: lifecycle, habitats, food, predators, the problems they face, reasons for population decline, interaction with their latest predator the American Mink, and current legislation.
Afternoon Session: Practical field training including: introduction to surveying techniques and recording forms, equipment, safe surveying, identifying water vole field signs, how and where to look for signs, avoiding identification mistakes, and identifying potential water vole habitat.

Equipment: For the practical bring stout footwear or wellies, gloves (to protect against nettles and brambles), a walking stick or similar (for support and for parting vegetation), a hand-lens (or watchmakers’ or other magnifying glass) if you have one, and outdoor clothing appropriate for the weather that day.
Hot drinks and biscuits will be provided, but please bring a packed lunch.

Booking:  To book a place, contact Abi Gray at Norfolk Wildlife Services by emailing abig [at] norfolkwildlifetrust.org.uk, or by telephoning 01603 625 540.



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