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Birds by Character for ImproversKD . I . 04 Jun-08 Jun . Mon-Fri . £320 . n/aA bird identification course with adifference that teaches you to look at thewhole bird and not just the colours andpatterns. We use general impression, size,shape and sound. This course will suitmoderately experienced birdwatchersready to take the next step and will beparticularly useful to potential birdsurveyors both amateur and professional.Included in the course fee are the overnightstopovers in Speyside. Jeff Clarkeis afreelance ecologist and environmentaleducator with a lifelong passion for thenatural world. Mid Summer Birdwatching Weekend:Minsmere and FlatfordFM . O . 15 Jun-17 Jun . Fri-Sun . £230 . £164Mid June is an exciting time forbirdwatching: there are plenty of juvenilebirds to stretch your identification skills andlots of activity as parents help them findfood and escape predation. A visit to theRSPB Reserve at Minsmere will give usgood chances of seeing bittern, marshharrier, hobby and other scarcer species.Geoff Abbottregularly leads courses atFlatford Mill and is well-known for histhorough and patient approach to teachingidentification skills.Introducing Bird RingingFM . B . 06 Jul-08 Jul . Fri-Sun . £246 . £176Ringing is important for monitoring birdpopulations and movements and providesdata of great value to conservation. Thiscourse, run in partnership with the BritishTrust for Ornithology (BTO), covers theprinciples of the ringing scheme and thetechniques and skills of handling live birds.It is designed specifically for people whowant a 'feel' for ringing or are consideringapplying for a BTO 'Trainee' permit. BTOTrainersrun this weekend. Since itinvolves you in the handling of live birds,there will be a high trainer-to-learner ratio.An Introduction to Bird RingingSL. O. 10 Aug-12 Aug. Fri-Sun. £245. £170This course is designed to give people witha good knowledge of birds a flavour ofwhat ringing is about and identify the skillsand level of commitment required tobecome a licensed ringer. The course willbe run by experienced, licensed, BTOTrainers who will guide you through theprocess from handling a bird safely tofitting a ring and taking basicmeasurements. Ringing will take place atthe Centre and at local coastal reed beds,weather permitting. Roger Swinfenhasbeen a ringer for more than 30 years, in thiscountry and abroad. He has served on theBTO Ringing Committee and is a currentmember of the Trainers Panel. Nik Wardhas worked at Scottish Bird Observatoriesand has attended overseas ringingexpeditions in Europe and Africa. He iscurrently the Ringer-in-Charge at Slaptonand a member of the BTO Trainers Panelcarrying out several local projects.Bird Ringing for BTO Permit Holders: Developing Training SkillsFM. I. 07 Sep-09 Sep. Fri-Sun. £95. £60This course, formally recognised by BTO, isdesigned especially for those who haveheld a BTO Ringing Permit for at least twoyears (and as such is not on this occasionopen to novice ringers). The focus will beon developing your ringing knowledge,skills and competencies and particularlythose expected of a ringing trainer, eitherfor now or in the future. Participants can beassessed for permit upgrades if they wish:from 'T' to 'C', from 'C' to 'A' or from 'A' toa Trainer endorsement. Visit the ringers'pages of the BTO website for more detailsand an application form. BTO Trainerswillbe on hand throughout the weekend toshare their experiences of the Trainer role.Please note that the course fees for thisweekend are heavily subsidised due to thegenerosity of an individual sponsor with aspecial interest in encouraging ringers toshare their knowledge and expertise withothers.Autumn Birds and MigrationKD. O. 05 Oct-12 Oct. Fri-Fri. £475. £356During the week's activities we will bestrolling along a section of the local CateranTrail, from the Centre to Kirkmichael,looking for dippers, goosanders, jays andcrossbills; walking up part of Glas Maol inGlen Shee looking for ptarmigan andmountain hares; searching theRothiemurchus forest for crested tits;having a picnic lunch in 'raptor valley'looking for golden eagle and peregrine;visiting the local lochs looking for waterbirds, and hopefully otter, and wanderingup Glen Almond looking for raptors.Russell Nisbethas been a Nature ReserveWarden for over 20 years and is nowfreelancing as a wildlife tour operator.Autumn Birdwatching WeekendFM . O . 12 Oct-14 Oct . Fri-Sun . £230 . £164In October large numbers of winter visitorsmove from northern latitudes through EastAnglia. This birdwatching weekend visitsthe best local reserves to help improve youridentification of migrant and resident birds.Weather permitting, we will also see birdsin close-up at the Flatford bird ringing site.Geoff Abbottregularly leads courses atFlatford Mill and is well-known for histhorough and patient approach to teachingidentification skills.Birdwatching and Bird MigrationFM. O. 22 Oct-26 Oct. Mon-Fri. £439. £311This course is designed to help you to findout more about bird identification and birdmigration and the species likely to beencountered during migration periods. Wewill explore migration marking techniquesincluding ringing, colour marking andradio and satellite tracking. Weatherpermitting, we will organise bird ringingdemonstrations at the Flatford ringing site.Steve Piotrowskiis one of the mostexperienced birders in Suffolk and regularlyruns this course at Flatford Mill.Birdwatching for Near BeginnersFM. B. 26 Oct-28 Oct. Fri-Sun. £230. £164See course description 09 Mar-11 Mar butexperience the course while the autumnmigration season is well under way. TomForward.Coastal Birdwatching with Wader and Gull IdentificationMA. O. 02 Nov-04 Nov. Fri-Sun. £230. £157With a particular emphasis on theidentification of the 'difficult groups' ofwaders and gulls, we will be keeping an eyeopen for all the species that live in or visitthe expansive coastal region of SwanseaBay. We will also learn how habitat, tidalrhythms and other factors influence boththe birds found and their successfulviewing. Visits to muddy, rocky and sandyshores will definitely include the Europeangull hot spot at Blackpill. Ian Smithis anexperienced all-round naturalist and birderand has lectured on identification/ecologyfor 15 years. He co-ordinated the BTOWinter Atlas fieldwork in this region andadmits to a long-term gull watchingaddiction!16*Accredited courses which could count towards a qualification (see page 43).BLBlencathra .DFDale Fort . DGDerrygonnelly .EFEpping Forest .FMFlatford Mill . JHJuniper Hall .KDKindrogan .MTMalham Tarn .MAMargam .OROrielton .PMPreston Montford .RCRhyd-y-creuau .SLSlapton Ley NEWBramblingRobin SuttonNEW

MammalsAn Introduction to British MammalsEF . O . 17 Mar . Sat . Non-residential . £42.50This course is an introduction to the basicsof British mammal behaviour,identification and ecology. FSC tutorHannah Rose has gained a large amount ofexperience of mammal sampling throughher work in Epping Forest and atUniversity. Otters, Water Voles and OtherRiverside MammalsFM. I. 13 Apr-15 Apr. Fri-Sun. £288. £220This course is a comprehensiveintroduction to the natural history, ecologyand conservation of native riversidemammals (including Biodiversity ActionPlan species such as otter and water vole)and their interactions with naturalisedintroductions such as American mink. Italso covers riverside survey techniques,how to evaluate field evidence and therequirements for creating and maintaininghabitats to ensure effective conservation ofnative species. Darren Tansleyis Water forWildlife Officer with Essex Wildlife Trustand has extensive experience of workingwith riverside mammals, including re-introducing water voles into their formerrange.Discovering BatsEF. B. 06 May. Sun. Non-residential. £41.75This extensive course is designed forbeginners or those wanting to train to get aRoost Visitor's licence. It will coveridentification and echolocation with thechance to have a closer look at bats in thelab and field in depth. Participants willlearn about the biology and behaviour ofUK bat species. Roger Harvardholds aNatural England training licence andregularly cares for bats in the region.Introduction to Deer Behaviour and EcologyMA. O. 18 May-20 May. Fri-Sun. £230. £157An enjoyable, educational introduction todeer. The course provides a rareopportunity to study deer at close quartersand observe their behaviour. Habitat,fraying and other deer issues will bediscussed, as will the often controversial'cull'. Hills, tough tracks and ditches willbe traversed. Species of deer that can beseen on the park include the red, fallowand Pere David. Steve Georgehas beensharing his knowledge of and enthusiasmfor Margam Park and its extensive herd ofdeer with the public since 1979. Hisinterests include local history, wildlife,walking and & other AnimalsDiscounts for shared accommodationShared accommodation is usually available on our residential courses at a discounted price. The cost isnormally around £10 per night less than sole occupancy price. Please contact the Centre (see page 2)for an exact price.centreleveldatesdayssole occupancynon-residentialfee FM . O . 01 Feb-03 Feb . Fri-Sun . £174 . £135Bat Conservation TrustThe following courses are run by the BatConservation Trust. For furtherinformation and to book onto any of thesecourses, please contact the BatConservation Trust directly or visit theirwebsite (see below)?NB Discounts available to Bat Conservation Trustmembers. Discounts may also apply if you book multiplecourses.For consultants/ecologists The Bat Conservation Trust (BCT) hasdeveloped a new range of courses for 2012for those undertaking professional batwork. Consultants' courses are designedaround the latest developments andstandards, linking directly to the newProfessional Training Standards forConsultants/Ecologistsand updated BCT BatSurvey Guidelines.Bat Ecology and Conservation*JHB16 AprMonNon-residential£165This one-day course is designed for thosenew to bat work. You will be given acomprehensive foundation in bat biology,ecology and conservation. You will learnabout the different UK species, range anddistribution, bat conservation and threats,bat taxonomy, physiological adaptations,life histories, foraging ecology, life cycle,roosting requirements and batidentification. Interpreting Your Bat Surveys(Legislation, Impact and SiteAssessment)*JHB/I11 Jun-12 JunMon-TueNon-residential£320MTB/I25 Oct-26 OctThu-FriResidential£370 Non-residential£320This two day course is essential forconsultants to gain an understanding ofcurrent legislation, planning policy andlicensing, and how it impacts on theirwork. Participants will learn how best tointerpret survey results and how to assessthe value of a site and the impact ofproposed small-scale works. This coursewill also give you an overview of theprinciples of designing/implementing asuitable mitigation scheme, and theimportance of monitoring.*All those attending courses marked with anasterisk will receive a free log-book to track theirprogress. For arboristsArboriculture and Bats: A Guide for PractitionersJHB17 AprTueNon-residential£165This introductory one-day course forarborists, developed by the BatConservation Trust and the ArboriculturalAssociation, will help you to carry out treeworks with consideration of the potentialeffects on bats and their habitats. Thecourse counts towards ArboriculturalAssociation CPD requirements andparticipants will receive a Lantra Awardsattendance certificate. The course includesbasic bat biology and ecology, bats and thelaw, potential tree roost recognition, whereto go for help, emergency procedures andpractical exercises.Arboriculture and Bats: How to use a FiberscopeJHB18 AprWedNon-residential£165Aimed at arborists who already have abasic understanding of the issuessurrounding bats and trees, this one-daycourse goes beyond the visual surveytaught in the introductory course. You willexplore in more depth the practical skillsneeded in the field, the methods that can beused to look for evidence of bats, learn theappropriate use of fibrescopes and be givenguidance on what can and cannot be donewithout a bat licence. Prior knowledge andskills are required and can be gained byattending Arboriculture and Bats: A Guidefor Practitioners. BCT is the only UK charity solelydedicated to the conservation of bats andthe landscapes on which they rely. We areworking with volunteers, landowners,professionals and stakeholders to securethe future of bats in our ever changingworld by tackling the threats to bats,ranging from persecution to loss of roostsand changing land use. For a booking form and further details onthese and other BCT courses, pleasecontact the Bat Conservation Trust at:Bat Conservation TrustQuadrant House250 Kennington Lane London SE11 5RDTel: 0845 1300 228Email: eared batJulian Cremona