Small Mammal Identification Workshop
Sat 7 May 2016
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Discover how to identify and survey for mice, voles, shrews and dormice and learn about their ecology.
This spring weekend one day workshop has been specially designed for anyone who would like to know more about small mammals and how to record them from sightings and field signs.
We will start the course by checking some Longworth live traps - which will have been set the previous evening - and hopefully see some of the animals at close quarters. We will be demonstrating how to handle the animals carefully and safely before releasing them back into the wild. The rest of the day will be spent as a mixture of indoor and field-based activities. These will include looking for field signs and taking apart owl pellets to look for small mammal remains, along with illustrated presentations to help you learn the specifics of the different species and find out about their ecology and useful survey techniques.
Hazel dormice are particularly rare and elusive small mammals and whilst we won’t actually see them during the course, we will be finding out how to search for field signs and also about their unusual ecology.
This workshop is equally suitable for those with either an amateur or professional interest.
Note: There will be some walking over rough terrain and we will need to bend close to the ground to search for signs.
About the Leader:
Simone Bullion is an experienced mammal ecologist and has led courses for many years with the Field Studies Council and The Mammal Society. She is Senior Conservation Adviser with Suffolk Wildlife Trust and the author of the book ‘The Mammals of Suffolk’, as well as a number of other field guides and publications on mammals. She holds a Natural England licence for her work with Hazel Dormice and has been studying this species in Suffolk woodlands for the past 15 years.
£63 pp - includes activities, morning tea/coffee, lunch and afternoon tea.
Please arrive from 8.45 am for a prompt start at 9am. Finishing at 4pm.
What to bring:
You will be outside so will need: walking boots, outdoor clothing, binoculars, notepad and pen, rucksack to carry lunch and drinks.
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New course for 2016.