Course: Great Crested Newts (New Forest) - Ecology, Survey and Licensing

The Species Recovery Trust

Balmer Lawn, Brockenhurst, New Forest
7th/8th or 8th/9th May 2024

Cost: £200

Sectors: conservation & wildlife, ecology

A two day practical course (including evening meal) and assessment giving participants an introduction to:

  • ID and ecology of Great Crested Newts
  • Legislation protecting newts
  • Habitat Suitability Index
  • Survey standards and techniques, including Environmental DNA.
  • Interpretation of survey results
  • Mitigation measures

This course offers an introduction to the ID and ecology of GCN, protective legislation, survey techniques and standards, and result analysis. The course is designed to refine practical survey techniques, and provides an insight into how GCN are considered through the planning system.

The course includes an online presentation with a test element, and a site survey which includes an informal assessment. On satisfactorily passing these, attendees will be issued with a certificate, which can be used in lieu of one reference for a license application*.

It is essential that attendees remain overnight to accompany the tutor on an evening of torch surveys and to collect in bottle traps the next morning.

This course is intended for; Consultant Ecologists, Local Authority Ecologists, Reserve Rangers and Land Managers.

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