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Reptiles and Amphibians

  • NON-RESIDENT: £270

This course aims to give you the skills to identify all the UK's amphibians and reptiles, including rare and alien species, but focussing on those most commonly encountered. You should also gain insights into effective field surveying for amphibians and reptiles through an understanding of their ecology and life histories. We will discuss key diagnostic features to enable species identification, as well as look at trickier ID characteristics and practice these through field surveys. Local amphibian and reptile site visits will be used to gain an understanding of the key needs of the UK's herpetofauna in our landscape. This course is part of the University Certificate in Biological Recording run by Manchester Metropolitan University.

John Wilkinson is a conservation ecologist who has been working with amphibians and reptiles for over 20 years. He is currently Science Programme Manager for Amphibian and Reptile Conservation and coordinates the National Amphibian and Reptile Recording Scheme (NARRS). 


This course is part of the Biological Recording programmes run jointly with Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU). There is assessment of learning on the course through, for example, identification tests, producing survey reports or field journals, working through keys and other various pieces of work.

Credits from these assessments contribute towards the University Certificate in Biological Recording and Species Identification and the MSc Biological Recording. To gain University Credits you must register in advance.

To do this, please contact the Division of Biology and Conservation Ecology, Manchester Metropolitan University (Shrewsbury Office),The Gateway, Shrewsbury, Shropshire SY1 1NB Telephone: 01743 355137 E-mail: [email protected] For more information about the course please visit the MMU website: http://www.sste.mmu.ac.uk/recording/ The course is also suitable for non-credit students.

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