Aimed at professionals looking to expand their identification abilities when on survey or keen amateurs who would like to know more about an often-cryptic group of animals. You will be taken to a range of habitats and introduced to ‘hot spots’ for finding molluscs. A selection of living and dead specimens will also be used to inform participants about protected and non-native species which may be encountered on surveys. The course will be led by Toby Abrehart, a leading conchologist who has worked on projects for Natural England identifying populations of rare terrestrial and aquatic molluscs (including Desmoulin’s whorl snail and narrow-mouthed whorl snail). He also has a licence to survey for Roman snails and has designed and completed translocations of Roman snails as part of quarry restoration works.
• Identifying common and widespread molluscs found in gardens, hedgerows, and park habitats.
• Identifying non-native species.
• Understanding the legislation protecting rare snail species in the UK.
• Using keys to identify less common species found in more specialist habitats.
Venue: Abrehart Ecology Ltd, Bridge Farm, Friday Street, Brandeston, Suffolk, IP13 7BP.