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Great Crested Newts, Licensing and Mitigation

  • RESIDENT(SOLE OCCUPANCY): £480
  • RESIDENT(SHARED ROOM): £425
  • NON-RESIDENT: £380

This course has been designed for those ecologists with knowledge and experience of great crested newt survey techniques and limited experience of licensing and mitigation projects. It will include case-study, syndicate exercises, site visits and demonstration techniques to help participants understand license application and mitigation projects.

Jim Fairclough is Principal Ecologist with BSG Ecology, specialising in applied ecology with a particular interest in freshwater habitats. Over the past fifteen years, Jim has been directly involved in great crested newt mitigation projects at a diverse range of sites across England and Wales. His main responsibility has been for licence applications and subsequent management of great crested newt mitigation projects in the field.  Jim has provided training on great crested newt survey and mitigation for over 15 years. 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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RESIDENT(SOLE OCCUPANCY) : £480


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