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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

Bat EcologyMA . O . 18 May-20 May . Fri-Sun . £230 . £157A course open to all who wish to developtheir knowledge and skills of bats, of whichmany species are found within MargamPark. Time will be spent working with batdetectors on dusk and dawn roost watchesand catching bats using a variety ofmethods. Theory sessions will coveraspects of ecology, identification,conservation and the law. This will be abusy course including lots of night timework! Richard Cromptonhas over 15years' experience working with bats in theUK and Europe as a bat worker, trainer andtrustee of the Bat Conservation Trust.Identification of BatsPM . I . 18 May-21 May . Fri-Mon . £334 . £235This course provides an introduction to thefascinating world of bats and the methodsused to detect and identify the Britishspecies. Through laboratory and outdoorsessions students will learn about batbehaviour, ecology and conservation.Rebecca Collinsis an experienced batworker and ecologist who enjoys sharingknowledge with others. *BIIdentification, Ecology andConservation of BatsFM . I . 13 Jul-15 Jul . Fri-Sun . £294 . £214This comprehensive introduction to batidentification, natural history andconservation combines daytime talks andworkshop sessions with evening activitiesto watch for bats. It is suitable for anyonewith a general or professional interest inbats, including those working towards aNatural England batworkers' licence. Brianand Patty Briggshave extensive experiencein bat conservation, training of bat workersand the use of bat detectors. Slapton Ley and its Wildlife: anExtraordinary Journey through Time and SpaceSL. O. 27 Jul-29 Jul. Fri-Sun. £225. £160This course is for anyone with an interest inBritish wildlife and how its composition hasbeen influenced by geological and humanfactors. Slapton's rich diversity of habitats,coupled with some remarkable landscapefeatures, makes it an ideal place toexperience and discuss a wide range ofwildlife topics. David Dixon is an easygoing and inspirational course leaderwhose background is in marine science andanimal behaviour. British Mammals: Ecology and ConservationSL . O . 27 Jul-29 Jul . Fri-Sun . £225 . £160This course will show you how to look formammals. We will have close encounterswith small mammals, bats, and probablybadgers, and will study the tracks and signsof other species. The programme willinvolve a combination of talks, walks andsite visits, with evenings spent watchingbadgers and bats. Fiona Mathewsis SeniorLecturer in Mammalian Biology at TheUniversity of Exeter and has workedextensively on small mammals, badgers andbats. Discovering BatsEF. B. 12 Aug. Sun. Non-residential. £41.75See course description 06 May. RogerHarvard.Scottish Mammals KD. O. 24 Aug-27 Aug. Fri-Mon. £189. £142The latest in a series of in-depth coursescovering a variety of mammal species in theScottish Highlands. This weekend willintroduce the biology, ecology andconservation status of otters and watervoles with an emphasis on the importanceof fieldwork techniques, tracks and signs.Suitable for environmental consultants.John Haddowis a mammal ecologist andan experienced tutor.Otters, Water Voles and OtherRiverside MammalsFM. I. 31 Aug-02 Sep. Fri-Sun. £288. £220See course description 13 Apr-15 Apr.Darren Tansley.Land Mammal IdentificationPM. I. 31 Aug-03 Sep. Fri-Mon. £334. £235An exciting opportunity to encounter andidentify many British mammals throughfield signs, live-trapping and sightings. Thecourse is practically-based with field visitsand laboratory sessions designed tointroduce a range of detection andidentification skills. Jackie Underhillis anexperienced and enthusiastic trainer whohas spent several years carrying outresearch into UK mammals. She now worksas an independent ecological consultant. *BIEcology, Surveying and Conservation of DormiceFM. O. 14 Sep-16 Sep. Fri-Sun. £288. £210A course focusing on the hazel dormousefor anyone with a professional or a strongamateur interest in this elusive smallmammal of woodlands and hedgerows. Itis suitable for ecologists, countrysideprofessionals and managers interested inBiodiversity Action Plan species andanyone wishing to work towards a NaturalEngland licence to handle dormice. SimoneBullion is Consultancy Manager withSuffolk Wildlife Trust and Alison Looserisa contract staff member. Both are closelyinvolved with dormouse reintroductionschemes in Suffolk and Essex.Discovering BadgersEF . B . 23 Sep . Sun . Non-residential . £38.50This one-day course is designed for thosewho want to learn more about badgers. ItOtter at BoshertonClive HurfordRed squirrelTim Foster18*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 NEWNEWNEW