Great crested newts – 2 day course – April
Day 1: Great crested newt ecology and survey techniques
Great crested newts inhabit a wide range of habitats throughout lowland England. The presence of ponds is essential for breeding populations, however much of the newt’s life is spent on land. It is therefore essential for ecologists to understand the principles behind effective survey strategies, the different survey techniques employed as well as highlighting the importance of bio security measures.
The course will be taught by our director Dr Lindsay Carrington MCIEEM. Lindsay has held a Natural England licence to survey great crested newt since 2000, during which time she has conducted numerous amphibian surveys and translocations throughout England for a wide range of developments and on a wide variety of waterbodies.
Day 2: Great crested newt mitigation
Once great crested newt breeding or terrestrial habitat has been confirmed to be present on a development site it is necessary to implement appropriate mitigation. This often requires a development (EPS) licence from Natural England.
This course aims to provide information on mitigation techniques and the EPS licensing process, and will be of benefit to both those working in the ecological consultancy sector and land managers.
The course will be taught by our director Dr Lindsay Carrington MCIEEM. Lindsay has been involved in great crested newt mitigation since 2000, and has designed and implemented numerous mitigation schemes on a variety of developments, and has also worked alongside land managers to establish working practices that avoid adverse impacts on this species where it occurs on their land.
- The classroom based component of the course will be held at Leeson House Field Studies Centre, Langton Matravers, Swanage, BH19 3EU.
- The field component of the course will be held in the local area at ponds confirmed to support populations of Great Crested Newts
Directions and a list of accommodation will be provided when you book. We recommend that you find accommodation close to Corfe Castle as the evening and early morning visits will be at this location.
You will need to bring a packed lunch. Further details about appropriate equipment and clothing will be provided in a 'what to bring' list when you book