St Nicks

Centre for nature and green living

02 Apr

Amphibians Course

Sat 2 Apr 2016 at 10:00 am - 3:45 pm

St Nicks Environment Centre, Rawdon Avenue, York, YO10 3ST

Frog with frogspawn
Some of this year's frogspawn, which needs a temporary home

This practical course – see the outline below – will introduce you to the British amphibian species such as newts and frogs, the type of sites they need and how to survey for them safely. It is aimed at adults interesting in learning about these fascinating animals, as well as professional ecologists. The course was designed and will be delivered by Laurence Jarvis who has been a field tutor with the Field Studies Council in Epping Forest for over 8 years.

Entry: £15/ £12 concessions & St Nicks members (includes teas & biscuits; please bring a packed lunch and outdoor wear). Advance booking essential via the form below or on 01904 411821 – if there appear to be no spaces left here, please call us as there may be some cancellations. Gift vouchers available.

Course outline
10:00    Registration: tea/coffee
10:15    Introduction to the British amphibian species: includes descriptions of species, site preferences and breeding
11:00    Field work session: visual searches; dip netting at St Nicks pond; egg searching; terrestrial searches; identification
12:30    Lunch – please bring your own (drinks will be provided)
13:15    Survey methods for amphibians (indoor workshop)
14:00    Amphibians and the law: group activity
14:30    Field work session: bottle trapping
15:15    Evaluation of survey techniques
15:45    Course evaluations and close

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