Our experienced herpetologists can provide you with knowledge of reptile ecology and practical experience of searching for common and widespread UK reptiles. Classroom theory sessions will cover reptile ecology, habitat preferences, legislation, and identifying reptile species (adder, common lizard, grass snake, and slow worm). Fieldwork sessions will introduce you to survey methodology, identifying reptiles in the field, and assessing habitat suitability. The course will be led by Duncan Sweeting, a very experienced herpetologist who has worked on reptile and amphibian projects in Europe, East Africa, and Central America. The course is suitable for professional ecologists and members of conservation bodies looking to identify or quantify reptile populations on nature reserves or in conservation areas.
• Understanding the ecology and habitat requirements of widespread and common UK reptile species.
• Understanding the legislation protecting widespread and common reptiles in the UK.
• Identifying habitat suitable for reptiles and planning surveys.
• Identifying common and widespread species, sex, and life stage, during surveys.
• The Mitigation process and an introduction to translocations.
Venue: Abrehart Ecology Ltd, Bridge Farm, Friday Street, Brandeston, Suffolk, IP13 7BP.