This beginner Natterjack toad course covers the identification and ecology of this protected species, as well as survey techniques. This course is aimed at environmental consultants, land agents, and planners, but anyone with an interest in Natterjack toads is welcome to attend!

This beginner course will cover all aspects of Natterjack toad ecology, surveying, and licensing. The course will combine classroom and field learning techniques, allowing you to gain confidence in Natterjack identification and an understanding of licensing issues and ecology. You will visit one of the most successful Natterjack toad sites in South West Scotland to look for Natterjack toads at different life stages. If the weather conditions are favourable, we would hope to see and hear adult males calling around the breeding pools! You will be visiting ponds at night to count amphibians, so a good torch is an essential piece of equipment.

Tutor: Mandy Cartwright

Mandy Cartwright is a conservation ecologist who has been working with amphibians and reptiles for over 15 years. She is the north Wales officer for Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Trust, where she manages a suite of reserves and projects dedicated to conserving amphibians and reptiles and their disappearing habitats.