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This course will help you understand the importance of habitats to the different amphibians. You will learn how to recognize the key species and be part of a torchlight survey at Vinters Valley Nature Reserve.

  • 24 Feb 2024
  • 2pm-8pm
  • £35
  • Maidstone

This course will help you understand the importance of habitats to the different amphibians. You will learn how to recognize the key species and be part of a torchlight survey at Vinters Valley Nature Reserve.

About the event

The day starts at Tyland Barn by touching on general amphibian ecology.  We will then look at our native amphibian species, including how to identify them and their ecology.  This will include learning about which habitats each of the British species favours as well as things which restrict the presence of amphibians.  This will be linked to discussion about habitat management.  We will visit some ponds in the daytime to practice recognising features which indicate a pond is suitable such that amphibians might be present and to plan an after-dark survey.  We might well see some amphibians too.

We will then spend time learning how to conduct a survey.  We will learn why it is useful to undertake a survey and how the purpose of the survey will change which method we select.  We will also look at the legislation which protects amphibians, and what that means for us.  We will learn how to prepare for and plan to undertake a survey ourselves.

Once it is dark there will be a site visit to Vinters Valley Nature Reserve to undertake a survey of one of the ponds on site, practicing our amphibian identification and survey techniques.  Most importantly, we will have fun observing amphibians!

Please note the presence of amphibians does vary according to weather conditions although late February is ideal for most species.

Suitable for beginners and improvers. Please note that only adults aged 18 and over can now attend our Study Days. This is for safeguarding and insurance reasons

Led by Mandy Billett , Chartered Ecologist and KRAG Member

 

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