Great crested newt ecology and survey techniques – April
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. Visit our sister site for more information on Newt surveys
This is an introductory level course suitable for those working in consultancy or conservation. The course will be part classroom and part field based and will cover the following topics:
- Ecology and habitat requirements
- Newt identification
- Overview of survey legislation
- Overview of health, safety, welfare considerations (surveyor & newts)
- Survey techniques
- Practical field visit – Habitat Suitability Index
- eDNA testing
- Evening and early morning field visits to undertake basic survey techniques including bottle trapping, egg-searching and torching.
Lindsay will be happy to provide a reference for a Natural England class licence, stating that you have attended the course, however, you will need a primary reference for your licence application with whom you have gained more detailed experience
The course will be held near Corfe Castle
- The classroom based component of the course will be held at Rempstone Barns, Rempstone, Wareham, Dorset BH20 5JH
- 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