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Index:

  • Building Bird Boxes & Feeders - Natural World Experience 
  • Mammal Identification – The Mammal Society
  • Dormouse Ecology & Conservation – The Mammal Society
  • Radio Tracking Mammals – The Mammal Society
  • Wildlife First Aid Courses –  Secret World
  • Mammal Ecology and Conservation - The Mammal Society
  • Small Mammal Ecology and Survey Techniques - The Mammal Society

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Saturday 11th February,

2.00pm until 4.00pm, Moat House Farm, Shustoke 

 

February 14th is National Nest Box Week.  Why not build your own nest box and a bird feeder for your garden at Moat House Farm.

All materials will be provided.  
 

The cost will be £10.00 per person. 


 Bookings can be made by phoning 07811 403713

For more infomation  http://www.naturalworldexperience.com/birdbox.html






The mammal Identification course is a well established course giving you a broad base of mammal knowledge. It covers the identification of all British land mammals and how to recognise their tracks and signs. You will have the chance to try trapping small animals, including experience of handling and sexing them. There is also a lab session in which you will learn owl pellet analysis – a fascinating technique for assessing small mammal populations. Those interested can take an end of course assessment to gain a certificate in Basic Mammal identification accredited by The Mammal Society and the Field Studies Council.

Dates

Year 2006

17-19 March    FSC Flatford Mill, Suffolk
7-9 April         FSC Rhyd y Creuau, Conwy
28-30 April      FSC Derrygonnelly, Co. Fermanagh
12-14 May       FSC Nettlecombe, Somerset
20-21 May       Wildwood, Kent * this course is run non-residentially
23-25 June       FSC Malham Tarn, Yorkshire
1-2 July            Conkers, Leicestershire * this course is run non-residentially
7-9 July            FSC Kindrogan, Perthshire
21-23 July        Gibraltar Point Nature Reserve, Lincolnshire
4-6 August       FSC Juniper Hall, Surrey
25-27 August   FSC Blencathra, Cumbria
1-3 September Fairburn Activity Centre, Ross-shire
September (TBC)         Trinity College, Dublin
6-8 October     FSC Preston Montford, Shropshire
14-15 October Hallsannery, North Devon * this course is run non-residentially
21-22 October FSC Epping Forest, Essex * this course is run non-residentially
17-19 March 06 - Suffolk

Cost
Individuals – Residential £185  Non-Residential £130

To book your place or for more information:

Tel: 020 7350 2200





Anyone wanting to train for a conservation licence for dormouse work will benefit from attending this one day course. It is a fascinating insight into the ecology and conservation of this protected species for anyone with a general interest in the subject. This course involves talks in the classroom and a field trip to check dormouse nest boxes. Everyone will get a chance to try checking nestboxes. Handling and sexing of dormouse will also be taught.

Dates - Year 2006 

19 May Cheddar, Somerset
16 June Cheddar, Somerset
26 June Wildwood, Kent
3 July   Bramley Frith Environmental Education Centre, Hampshire
8 July   Hallsannery, North Devon
22 July Cheddar, Somerset
30 July High Elms, Kent
13 August Wildwood, Kent
7 September 6  Foxglove Covert Nature Reserve, Yorkshire
15 September   High Elms, Kent
30 September   Cheddar, Somerset
14 October FSC Preston Montford, Shropshire

Cost

Individuals – £80

To book your place or for more information:

Tel: 020 7350 2200





Radio Tracking is a generic term used to describe the remote monitoring of animals in the wild. It is widely used technique which can provide data on a range of mammals from bats to foxes to whales using a varity of equipment from hand help receivers to satellites. The one-day Radio tracking mammals course is an introduction to the subject and will look at how the equipment works and the various adaptations for different species. You will learn how to use the equipment most effectively and safely. The course will tell you about the kind of data you can collect with this method and the limitations you will face. You will learn about the process of designing a radio tracking study from catching your target species and attaching a radio collar, to interpreting you results. Legal requirements and project design will also be covered. You will have a chance to try radio tracking in practise and to learn more about map reading which is vital for this technique.

Dates

16th February 06 – Bristol

Cost

Individuals – £120

To book your place or for more information:

Tel: 020 7350 2200





Wildlife First Aid Course 1


This course is for members of the public who wish to gain expertise in dealing with wildlife casualties, first aid, limited care and release. 

Lecturers: Pauline Kidner, Colin Seddon, Liz Mullineaux 


Timetable: 

10.00 Introduction
10.15 Initial Capture and Care
11.00 Coffee Break
11.15 Stabilising, Assessment of injuries and medication
12.15 Tour of facilities
13.00 hrs Lunch break
14 hrs Orphan Rearing
14.45 Handling, How to bandage and gavaging
15.15 Tea break
15.30 Reverting to Wild and Release
16 hrs Discussion
16.30 Close

 The course is based at the Secret World Wildlife Hospital in Somerset

Date: 25th Feb, 2nd April,17th Sept,14th Oct
Cost: £45

For more details:

Email: 
pauline@secretworld.org
Telephone (01278) 783250


 

 

Wildlife First Aid Course 2

This course is for people already with knowledge of care work who have or are hoping to have their own facilities.

Lecturers: Pauline Kidner, Colin Seddon, Liz Mullineaux MRCVS BVSc and
Ellie West, Head of animal care

Timetable:

10.00 Introduction
10.15 Fluids, Wounds and Suturing
11.00 Coffee Break
11.15 Case Histories
12.15 Discussion
12.45 Tour of Facilities and lunch
13.45 Care and Release procedures
14.45 Tea Break
15.00 Badger Rehabilitation
16.00 hrs Discussion
16.30 Close

The course is based at the Secret World Wildlife Hospital in Somerset

Date: 14th May & 26th Nov

Cost: £45

For more details:

Email: 
pauline@secretworld.org
Telephone (01278) 783250





Mammal Ecology and Conservation was created in response to the need for an introductory course on how to spot field signs when out and about – and mammal field craft generally. Each course focuses on a small number of species (3-5) selected for their importance in the local area. Trainers introduce each species with a detailed lecture on ecology, conservation and relevant research – with another session on each species ‘in the field’ – this could be looking for otter spraints on a riverside, or visiting a bat roost. Species sightings cannot be guaranteed, but your weekend walks will never be the same again! 
 

Dates

5-7 May 2006  FSC Kindrogan, Perthshire
12-14 May 2006          FSC Blencathra, Cumbria
2-4 June 2006  RSPCA Mallydams, Sussex
2-4 June 2006  FSC Preston Montford, Shropshire
16-18 June 2006          FSC Flatford Mill, Suffolk
1-2 July 2006   Bramley Frith Environmental Education Centre, Hampshire
21-23 July 2006           FSC Nettlecombe, Somerset
4-6 August 2006          FSC Dale Fort, Pembrokeshire
18-20 August 2006      FSC Derrygonnelly, Co. Fermanagh
8-10 September 2006  FSC Juniper Hall, Surrey

 

Cost

Individuals – Residential £215   Non-Residential £150


To book your place or for more information:
 

Tel: 020 7350 2200






While many people know the principle of live-trapping, or may even have experience of laying traps for small mammals, less are adept at the art form that is surveying. This course will teach you how to get the best results for your survey effort – from designing an appropriate survey method for your site/species to analysing your resulting data.

Please note, participants are expected to have some knowledge/experience of trapping, although there is a practical trapping session at the beginning to refresh your memory about best practice in handling.

Dates

10 June   Avon Wildlife Trust, Bristol
17 June   National Trust Wicken Fen, Cambridgeshire
7 July      FSC Preston Montford, Shropshire
9 July      FSC Derrygonnelly, Co. Fermanagh
15 July    Wildlife Trust of South & West Wales, Tondu
29 July    Mabie Forest, Dumfries & Galloway
19 August    FSC Epping Forest, Essex
29 August    Foxglove Covert Nature Reserve, Yorkshire
22 September     FSC Juniper Hall, Surrey

Cost

Individuals – £85
 
To book your place or for more information:

Tel: 020 7350 2200