Course: River Mammal Ecology

Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust

Bourton on the Water, Gloucestershire
13th September 2019

www.gloucestershirewildlifetrust.co.uk info@gloucestershirewildlifetrust.co.uk 01452 383333 Ellen Winter

Cost: £125

Sectors: ecology, conservation & wildlife


A comprehensive introduction to the ecology and conservation of the water vole, water shrew and otter, and their relationship with American mink.

Mammal specialist John Field covers the theory and practice of surveying, field evidence assessment and habitat management best practice.

Includes plenty of practical survey experience on our beautiful Cotswold nature reserve with resident water voles, as well as classroom session.

Course expectations

At the end of the course participants can expect to feel confident in riparian mammal ecology, conservation status, and a range of survey and monitoring techniques and mitigation strategies.

Over the day the course will cover:

  • Current understanding of water vole (Arvicola terrestris) ecology
  • Key approaches to river mammal conservation management and relevant legislation.
  • Developing practical field survey skills and provide an insight into designing and undertaking surveys and monitoring programmes in different habitats, using a range of techniques
  • Common misidentification errors.
  • Design and practicalities of reliable surveying in different habitats
  • Assessing and managing a site for water vole conservation potential

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