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Great Crested Newts and Licensing for Surveys


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This course has been designed for ecologists, rangers or land managers who are looking to undertake professional great crested newt surveys. It will cover species identification and ecology, survey techniques, the Habitat Suitability Index (HIS) and include opportunities to practice netting, bottle trapping, torch and egg searching. Please note this course is not based at an FSC Centre but will be held at Rixton Claypits Local Nature Reserve, Warrington, Cheshire WA3 6EB

David Orchard is the County Recorder for amphibians and reptiles in Lancashire and coordinates the Lancashire Amphibian and Reptile Atlas project. He has carried out great crested newt surveys across England on a consultancy basis and has been involved with great crested newt survey training since 2006. David has also played a leading role in the establishment of an online recording system for amphibians and reptiles in the UK.

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