Amphibian Ecology and Survey Techniques

Common Toad

David Sewell

Amphibian Ecology and Survey Techniques

Location: Tyland Barn, Sandling, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 3BD
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


2pm- 8pm
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 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 Park 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 March is 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.

Additional booking information

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.

Suitable for

Adults, Beginners

Know before you go


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 tea and drink.

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

Contact us

Jill Evington
Contact number: 01622662012