Our free training courses have now begun – check our events page to sign up to upcoming courses! We have been running online training courses with social distancing in place – with courses run since April teaching participants about Amphibian and Reptile Ecology and Survey Methods and Habitat Management. Training courses for the year have finished but will return in 2020.
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. After our online series, we returned with distancing in place to Muiravonside Country Park in September 2020. Attendees learned about pond creation, restoration and management among many other topics on the day. The project has now run 15 training courses with 230 attendees.
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.