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Hands-on Wildlife Conservation and Research Holiday

Monday 16 July 2018 15:00 - Friday 20 July 2018 12:00

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Wildlife survey, practical conservation, fine food and great company on this five-day holiday with partners, Wild Days Conservation.

This conservation holiday, based around the Kingcombe Meadows nature reserve and the surrounding countryside, blends valuable hands-on wildlife conservation research and practical work, with an opportunity to get to know this beautiful part of rural west Dorset better – from the wildlife and landscapes to its food and characters.

You’ll feel you have reached the heart of hidden, rural Dorset on this four-night short break. You’ll stay in the Kingcombe Centre’s comfortable accommodation amid 180 ha of ancient wildflower meadows and woodlands, and contribute to small mammal research and conservation in the area.

Participants will sample the best of Dorset food, from local restaurants to the Kingcombe Centre’s marvellous in-house chef. You will learn about small mammal behaviour and how to place devices that humanely catch the animals so that we can make notes about each one before releasing it back into the wild – contributing to the national picture of small mammal populations. You will learn how to handle animals carefully and safely before letting them go and you will be taught surveying methods. We’ll put up camera traps and check the rivers for signs of otters and water voles, as well as surveying bats in the evening and seeing what moths we have caught in our trap in the mornings.

Wild Days Conservation is a social enterprise supporting wildlife conservation and research in the UK. Its focus is on making high value conservation fun, interesting and thought provoking. Wild Days holidays are for everyone in the belief that work doesn’t mean discomfort: with single occupancy rooms, good food and great company.

This holiday will be led by conservation ecologist Andy Jefferies, one of Wild Days’ original founders, with input from Dorset Wildlife Trust’s own conservation staff.

Prices: Residential only: £690 pp includes 4 nights sole occupancy accommodation, full board including a home cooked breakfast, tea/cake, lunch and 3 course dinner, all tuition/activities.

Times: The course will start at 3pm on Monday with afternoon tea. The course will finish at approximately 12pm on Friday.

Meeting: Transport will be available from and to Dorchester South Railway Station*

Info and booking: Wild Days Conservation websitewww.wilddaysconservation.org

What to bring: A full kit list will be sent out after booking.

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