great crested newt survey forest of dean

Great Crested Newt Survey Licence Course 2019 course date not confirmed

Great Crested Newts Course 2019 course date not confirmed

This course has been designed for ecologists, students and people working in countryside management who are looking to undertake professional great crested newt surveys. The course will introduce the legislation relating to great crested newt, species identification and ecology, survey techniques.

The aim of the course is to assist those that attend to make an application for a licence to survey for Great Crested Newts. As part of the course, the following techniques will be demonstrated: eDNA survey, netting, bottle trapping, Dewsbury traps and egg searching and undertaking Habitat Suitability Index assessments for great crested newt.

It is envisaged that those participants attending the course with some previous great crested newt survey experience (including carrying out bottle-trapping, torching and egg-searching and have strong newt identification skills) will, on completion of the course, have gained sufficient knowledge and skills to be eligible for a Level 1 Class Licence (or Welsh equivalent).  However, please note that provision of a (one) licence reference is at the discretion of the course tutor and a reference will only be provided if the
tutor is fully satisfied that the participant has met the required standard (can safely and effectively operate under the Level 1 licence) and has passed our written assessment. Those participants with no prior knowledge or experience with great crested newts will require additional experience before applying for their Level 1 licence.

Course Outline

  • Introduction to great crested newts, their ecology and current status.
  • Identifying amphibians.
  • Survey Methodology.
  • Wetland habitat assessments.
  • Bottle trap making.
  • Torchlight survey of the wetland site.
  • Setting and emptying of bottle traps for amphibians.
  • Egg searching.

Course Tutor

The course will be taught by Rachel Hepburn, an experienced ecologist with over 11 years’ experience of surveying for great crested newts. In addition, she has led numerous successful wetland conservation projects.

Course Booking

  • The course costs £100.00 per person
  • Please bring your own packed lunch.
  • The course will be partly field based and so please wear appropriate footwear and clothing.
  • All attendees will be issued with a certificate of attendance.
  • The course will run from 17.30 Saturday until approximately 22:00 and will begin again approximately 07:30 – 09:30 on Sunday morning.

We have run this course several times and have received some excellent feedback:

I really enjoyed the night, a lot of interesting information! Thank you for the link and certificate. Hopefully, I’ll see you soon at another course.
Buffy Beck, Student

Read an article about a great crested newt survey course which we ran in 2015.

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