This course is suitable for professional ecologists working towards a Natural England survey licence and will provide you with a knowledge of great crested newt biology, habitat requirements, and practical experience of HSI (Habitat Suitability Index) assessments and survey methodology. Daytime work will include classroom-based theory sessions on identifying different amphibian species, the lifecycle of the great crested newt, methods for identifying GCN presence, and habitat requirements at different times of the year. Fieldwork during daytime and in the evening will let you practice these skills under the supervision of experienced surveyors and introduce you to planning and carrying out surveys. Survey methods covered will include torchlight surveys, egg searching, netting, and aquatic traps.
• Understanding the ecology and habitat requirements of great crested newts.
• Understanding the legislation protecting great crested newts in the UK.
• Carrying out HSI assessments.
• Planning and conducting surveys.
• The Mitigation Licence process and an introduction to completing applications.
• Using different types of aquatic traps to identify presence/absence of GCN in ponds.
Venue: Abrehart Ecology Ltd, Bridge Farm, Friday Street, Brandeston, Suffolk, IP13 7BP.