This advanced course will cover great crested newt identification and ecology, survey techniques, the Habitat Suitability Index (HSI), and it will include opportunities to practice netting, bottle trapping, torch and egg searching.

This course provides a balance of classroom and field-based sessions for those interested in acquiring a great crested newt licence.

Over recent years the subject of great crested newt licensing has been rapidly evolving, and there is now a range of approaches that may be applicable, which will be explored and discussed in this advanced course, including the eDNA sampling procedure. There will be plenty of opportunities to explore and survey for great crested newts, allowing you to put your new knowledge into practice with the support and guidance of our expert tutor.

This level 4 course is next in the series of our Amphibian framework and is a perfect progression from our level 2 and 3 Amphibian courses.


Tutor: Chris Monk

Chris Monk has been surveying great crested newts since 1985 for many conservation purposes. He has run training courses for organisations such as the Wildlife Trust, Peak District National Park Authority and the Derbyshire Amphibian & Reptile Group. He is the County Recorder for amphibians & reptiles in Derbyshire.

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