Course: Bugs and Scrub Course

Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust

Near Stroud, Gloucestershire
Wednesday 15th August 01452 383333 Ellen Winter

Cost: £75 per person

Sectors: conservation & wildlife, ecology

Sensitive scrub management is a core skill in conservation. Join specialist tutor Robert Homan and GWT Reserve Manager Alan Sumnall, for a close-up exploration of the dynamics of scrub and grassland mosaic, the invertebrates found there, and how differing management techniques and timescales can be used to promote diverse ecological niches.

The course starts with an illustrated introduction before moving to Daneway Banks SSSI nature reserve. You will look at the evidence, effects, and practicalities of creating and maintaining structural diversity to balance the year round need of invertebrates to feed, shelter, reproduce and overwinter.

Daneway Banks is famous for its thriving colony of large blue butterflies, but is also important for many other unusual plant and invertebrate species. You will look at the cutthroat world of species that use scrub, from Duke of Burgundy butterflies to leaf-miners. Getting the management mix right is an ongoing project in the face of climate change, but GWT is leading the way in evidence-based conservation.


  • Location: Frampton Mansell Village Hall and Daneway Banks nature reserve, Nr Stroud
  • Tutors: Robert Homan and Alan Sumnall
  • Date : Wednesday 15th August 2018
  • Times: 09:30 – 16.00
  • Level: Professionals and Enthusiasts

Course Expectations 

At the end of the course participants can expect to feel confident in the role scrub plays within a landscape, which species use the habitat and how, a range of evidence gathering techniques and conservation management best practice.

Over the day the course will cover:

  • What is Scrub?
  • Negatives and positives
  • Importance to species not associated with scrub
  • Applying the theory; what is important?
  • Habitat characteristics and surveying methods
  • Species identification and recording
  • Best practice and management techniques
  • Evidence collection to inform management
  • Spatial and landscape scale influences

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