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will cover their anatomy, lifestyle andcharacteristics. Participants will visit anactive sett in the afternoon and learn howto watch and track these elusivemammals. Don Hunford, a foundermember of the Essex Wildlife Trust, hasbeen watching badgers since the 1950sand was recently on BBC Springwatchshowing his expertise.Small MammalsKD . O . 05 Oct-09 Oct . Fri-Tue . £205 . £154This short course offers an introduction tomonitoring small mammal populations. Itwill cover: safe handling techniques; thewhere and how of setting 'live traps';identifying likely spots for catching targetspecies; reading tracks and signs; dissectingkestrel and owl pellets and identifying theirprey remains. In addition we willundertake evening bat detecting sessions,watch rutting deer and attempt a lateevening stake-out for pine martin andwildcat. Jeff Clarke is a freelance ecologistand environmental educator with a lifelongpassion for the natural world. Invertebratesbutterflies & mothsButterfly Conservation ispleased to be associatedwith the courses run bythe FSC and fullysupports the aim ofpromoting active conservation throughlearning. For more details about the workof Butterfly Conservation or formembership information, contact: Butterfly Conservation, Manor Yard, East Lulworth, Wareham, Dorset, BH20 5QP Telephone 0870 7744309 www.butterfly-conservation.orgSpecial Spring MothsKD. O. 02 Apr-07 Apr. Mon-Sat. £340. £255Nationally scarce spring specialities, suchas the Rannoch brindled beauty, the sword-grass and the Rannoch sprawler will bestudied as will their habitats. Illustratedtalks, along with help and advice onidentification and recording will helpdevelop your skills. David Brownhas lednumerous FSC courses and is the author ofThe Larger Moths of Warwickshire.Butterflies and Moth IdentificationBL. O. 01 Jun-07 Jun. Fri-Thu. £390. £290Countryside walks will be used to study thespecial species of butterflies and moths ofthis beautiful area. Help on identificationand information on the species and theirhabitat requirements will be provided.Light traps will be used and inspected eachmorning, followed by visits to specialhabitats. David Brown, the WarwickshireCounty Recorder for Lepidoptera andauthor of The Larger Moths of Warwickshire,has lectured widely and led numerous FSCcourses.Identifying Moths and ButterfliesFM. I. 13 Jul-15 Jul . Fri-Sun. £236. £168A weekend introducing the identificationand natural history of one of the mostattractive insect groups, using only livetrapping techniques. Working through themoth catches in the mornings will befollowed by butterfly identification in theafternoons. Local species include pine andprivet hawk moths and white admiral andpurple hairstreak butterflies. Sheila Wrightis a County Wildlife Recorder forNottinghamshire and regularly leads thiscourse at Flatford Mill. *BIButterflies and Moths on FilmFM. O. 20 Jul-22 Jul. Fri-Sun. £240. £172This absorbing weekend course will showyou how to get the best from your owndigital stills camera and/or camcorderwhen photographing or filming butterfliesand moths. Bring any equipment that youare familiar with, plus there will bespecialist macro equipment available foryou to try out. The identification andnatural history of these fascinating groupsof insects will also be covered to give a fullyrounded experience. Piers WarrenandMike Linleyare professional wildlife film-makers and photographers with manyyears of teaching experience.The Mammal SocietyThe following courses are run by TheMammal Society. For further informationand to book these or any other coursesthey run, please contact The MammalSociety directly (details below).?The prices shown are for an individual booking stayingin a single room. Cheaper options are available and thereis an additional 10% discount on this price if theindividual is a member of The Mammal Society. If anemployer or other organisation is paying for the trainingthen an additional £25 is charged for the booking.Mammal Identification WeekendFMO17 Feb-19 FebFri-Sun £230*DGO11 May-13 MayFri-Sun£230*KDO22 Jun-24 JunFri-Sun £230*PMO19 Oct-21 OctFri-Sun £230*Ideal for all levels of experience frombeginners through to those looking tofurther develop their skills, this two and ahalf day residential course in beautifulsurroundings is an excellent, in depthintroduction to the techniques used to spotmammals in their habitat includingsightings, calls and field signs. In theclassroom you will cover identificationtechniques for each terrestrial species andlearn how to put your skills into practice byrecording mammals in the field. Thecourse also includes practical sessions inthe field and lab, including small mammaltrapping and owl pellet analysis. You will have the chance to sit an optionalassessment, which, if passed, will earn youa Certificate in Basic MammalIdentification jointly accredited by TheMammal Society and the Field StudiesCouncil.Small Mammal Ecology and Survey TechniquesPMO03 MarSatNon-residential £95*KDO19 MaySatNon-residential £95*Designed for those looking to furtherdevelop their skills and experience, thisone-day course begins with an earlymorning practical trapping session andincludes examination of the most suitablesurvey techniques for various scenarios,any legal requirements and best practice inall aspects of trapping.The basics of species identification arecovered but the course will be of mostbenefit to those who already have someexperience in this area and wish to improvetheir skills. It is the ideal course for thoseconsidering or currently undertaking asmall mammal survey.For more information on theseand other mammal coursesplease contact The MammalSociety directly:The Mammal Society (Training)3 The CarronadesNew Road Southampton SO14 0AATel: 0238 0237 874Email: enquiries@mammal.org.ukwww.mammal.org.uk Discounts 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 . £135www.field-studies-council.org/animals19Birds & other AnimalsHumming bird hawk mothGwyn Jordan

20Butterflies and MothsSL. O. 20 Jul-23 Jul . Fri-Mon . £325. £215This course provides an introduction tomoths and butterflies including tips foridentification, field trips to good butterflyhabitats, field techniques, moth trapping atnight and plenty of chances forphotography. Ideal for the beginner or theexpert. Adrian Spaldingis a professionalecologist and has studied Lepidoptera hereand abroad for many years. Identifying Butterflies, Moths and DragonfliesFM. O. 23 Jul-26 Jul. Mon-Thu. £342. £244This popular course will be concentratingon the identification and natural history ofbutterflies, moths, dragonflies anddamselflies. Checking the light traps formoths each morning will be followed byvisits to local nature reserves, looking forday-flying species from all the groups.Richard Lewingtonis one of the UK's bestknown natural history illustrators andauthor of many field guides to British andEuropean species.Butterflies and MothsMT. O. 23 Jul-27 Jul. Mon-Fri. £480. £330The diversity of habitats around MalhamTarn: moorland, limestone grassland,deciduous woodland, fens, mosses andwetlands contribute to an interesting list ofbutterfly and moth species. The course willinclude identification and classificationskills, as well as advice on observation andrecording of Lepidoptera. David Brown,the Warwickshire County Recorder forLepidoptera and author of The Larger Mothsof Warwickshire, has lectured widely and hasled numerous FSC courses.Identifying Moths: More Difficult Macros and Micro FamiliesFM. I. 27 Jul-29 Jul . Fri-Sun. £224. £158A course for anyone who is familiar withthe commoner moth species. We will setmoth traps for live specimens and also referto a comprehensive collection of voucherspecimens. This will help you workthrough the defining features of some of themacro lookalikes, such as pugs andnoctuids (for example rustic/uncertain) andthe larger micro families, including thepyralids and tortricids. Jon Cliftonis anexperienced entomologist and proprietor ofAnglian Lepidopterist Supplies.Late Summer Butterflies and MothsPM. O. 06 Aug-10 Aug. Mon-Fri. £374. £265Develop skills in identification, trappingand methods to encourage butterflies andmoths into our gardens. Butterfly walksand light trap catches will be used as fieldobservation tools interspersed with slidetalks and identification workshops. DavidBrown, the Warwickshire County Recorderfor Lepidoptera and author of The LargerMoths of Warwickshire, has lectured widelyand has led numerous FSC courses.Highland Butterflies and MothsKD. O. 18 Aug-25 Aug. Sat-Sat. £475. £356Enjoy the butterflies and moths of thehighlands in summer. Electric observationlights will be operated to attract a widerange of moths. There will be daytime fieldvisits to a variety of habitats to observebutterflies such as the scotch argus.Illustrated talks with slides will show theScottish Red Data Book and NationallyNotable Species and their habitats. Helpwill be given on recording methods,identification and classification. DavidBrown, the Warwickshire County Recorderfor Lepidoptera and author of The LargerMoths of Warwickshire, has lectured widelyand has led numerous FSC courses.other invertebratesIdentifying Centipedes, Millipedes and WoodliceFM . I . 24 Feb-27 Feb . Fri-Mon . £337 . £240A course for anyone who would like tolearn more about these interesting groups ofinvertebrates. Field excursions to localhabitats will introduce you to a range ofcollecting techniques, followed up byidentification sessions back at the Centre.Paul Leeis a freelance ecological consultantand national organiser of the MillipedeRecording Scheme. *BIIntroduction to Diptera -a Dipterist Forum Beginners CoursePM. B. 02 Mar-04 Mar. Fri-Sun. £248. £170This course is aimed at the absolutebeginner who would like to learn moreabout how to identify flies. It is designed tohelp students with the basic principles ofidentification and recording usingpreserved material. Roger MorrisandAllan Stubbsare both well-knowndipterists and leading members ofDipterists Forum.Dolichopodidae -the Long-legged FliesPM . A . 02 Mar-04 Mar . Fri-Sun . £248 . £170Many of these flies are found in wetlandsand are excellent indicators of habitatconditions. Identification of the c.300British species does not have to bedaunting, and new keys will be presented tocomplement the standard guides. Thecourse is aimed at those with somegrounding in smaller Diptera. Thisworkshop will be led by Martin Drake,who runs the national recording scheme forthe family.Identifying Freshwater Invertebratesfor Biological Surveying and RecordingFM. O. 10 Apr-13 Apr. Tue-Fri. £362. £260This course is designed to help professionalsurveyors and amateur naturalists increasetheir understanding of the diversity ofinvertebrates that inhabit our rivers andponds. Illustrated talks and field excursionswill lead to practical collecting, preservingand identification. Assistance will be givento family or species level as appropriate.Biological indices and monitoring schemeswill also be reviewed. Adrian Chalkleyisan experienced teacher and has been theSuffolk County Recorder for freshwaterinvertebrates for over 20 years.Surveying Terrestrial Invertebrates for Biological RecordingFM. I. 20 Apr-23 Apr. Fri-Mon. £337. £240A course designed for countrysideprofessionals or amateur naturalistsinterested in surveying and recording theinvertebrates of terrestrial habitats. Fieldexcursions will introduce a range ofcollecting and survey techniques andworkshop sessions will help improve youridentification skills. Paul Leeis a freelanceecological consultant specialising ininvertebrate conservation. *BIIdentifying Freshwater InvertebratesKD. O. 30 Apr-04 May. Mon-Fri. £205. £154This course introduces you to the manydifferent kinds of insects and other smallanimals in our fresh waters and is designedto help you identify what you find. Onvisits to streams and still waters you willsee these animals in their habitats, learnsomething of their life histories and collectsamples for identification. Craig Macadamis Conservation Officer for Scotland withBuglife -The Invertebrate ConservationTrust. He has been studying invertebratesfor nearly 20 years and is a recognisedBritish authority on Ephemeroptera(mayflies). NEW*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 Common bluePete BoardmanNEW