Our free training courses continue – check our events page to sign up to upcoming courses! We have been running courses teaching participants about Amphibian and Reptile Ecology and Survey Methods and Habitat Management. The project has now run 19 training courses with 258 attendees.
Come Forth for Wildlife held a 2 day training course at Drumbowie Community Park in Falkirk and a similar 2 day training course at Kildean Wetlands to teach attendees all about amphibian and reptile ecology and survey skills. The groups learnt lots and found a variety of newts, frog and toad at Drumbowie’s recently restored pond. Whilst the group at Kildean Wetlands saw frog and toad larvae and adult toads! Check the events page for future training courses!
We ran well attended training courses on habitat management for amphibians and reptiles at Kinneil Estate in Bo’ness in November 2019, Valley Park in Maddiston in January 2020 and at Kinneil Estate Local Nature Reserve in February 2020. After our online series, we returned with distancing in place to Muiravonside Country Park in September 2020 and Callander Meadows in June 2021. In February 2022 the Come Forth for Wildlife Project ran a Habitat management course at Menstrie Community Woodlands. Attendees learned about pond creation, restoration and management among many other topics on the day at Menstrie Community Woodland.
These training courses offer a great chance for those interested in amphibians and reptiles to discover how to identify and discover these species in the wild. Or you may be more interested in how to create, restore and manage habitat for amphibians and reptiles. They also offer excellent skills for future employment in ecology and land management.
Our reptile and amphibians survey skills and ecology course takes place over 2 days – a theory session on the afternoon of the first day covers identification, ecology, survey methods and how to submit sightings for our Scottish species. This is followed by an evening survey teaching four methods of survey skills for amphibians. We return the following morning to finish the amphibian survey and complete a reptile survey of the area.
Our reptile and amphibian habitat management course takes place over 1 day – a theory session in the morning covers pond creation and restoration, managing terrestrial habitats and the importance of inter connecting habitats. In the afternoon we visit and discuss several nearby habitats, share ideas and create a terrestrial feature on site.