Amphibian Ecology and Survey Techniques
Ide Hill, Sevenoaks, TN14 6LD
About the event
The day will start by touching on amphibian ecology generally. We will then look at native British 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 a 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.
Once we know how to recognise the species and where we might find them we will 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 we will undertake a survey of one of the ponds on site, practising 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 March is ideal for most species. Also please bring a torch if you have one for walking around in the dark. To see in the ponds a very strong torch is required (1M watt/candle).
Participants will be able to join the Great Crested Newt Monitoring Project and those that contribute records of amphibians to the Kent Reptile and Amphibian Group (KRAG) will be eligible for a course refund (from KRAG).
The study day will go ahead unless informed otherwise and will normally only be cancelled in exceptional circumstances. In the unlikely event of a cancellation or change in the arrangements the course leader will inform participants, usually by phone, a minimum of one hour before the scheduled start time.
Led by Mandy Apps, Ecologist and KRAG member
Suitable for beginners and improvers