Common Toad

David Sewell

Amphibian Ecology and Survey Techniques

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.

Event details


9am - 1pm (theory session) and 5.30 - 8pm (practical session, venue TBC)
A static map of Amphibian Ecology and Survey Techniques

About the event

The day will start 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 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. 

The practical evening session will visit a pond in the daylight 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.  Once it is dark we will undertake a survey of a pond, practicing our amphibian identification and survey techniques.  Most importantly, we will have fun observing amphibians!

Please be aware that the practical evening session will take place on either Saturday 27th February or Saturday 6th March 2021 between 5.30 and 8pm.  The date and venue for these evening sessions will be confirmed nearer the time.

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

Suitable for beginners and improvers.

Led by Mandy Billett, Chartered Ecologist and KRAG Member

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).



Standard fee: £35 per person per day.
Concessionary fee: Kent Wildlife Trust volunteers, senior citizens, unemployed and students £5 off.

Suitable for


Know before you go


No dogs permitted


The classroom sessions are suitable for all.

What to bring

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).

Packed lunch and drink.

Clothing suitable for the season and sturdy shoes or wellies (walking on rough and wet ground and pond margins on nature reserves).


Picnic area
Accessible toilet

Contact us

Jill Evington