• The ecology of dormice – including habitat requirements
• Survey techniques and standards (boxes, tubes, footprint tunnels, nuts)
• Handling and identification of age classes/sexes
• Interpretation and application of survey results
The course will involve both classroom and practical elements; it will cover tips on how to set out different types of survey kit, opportunities for checking survey kits and how to ID nests and chewed nuts as signs of dormouse presence. Age classes and sexing will also be covered.
Please note that actual dormice cannot be guaranteed when checking survey boxes on this course.
This course is intended for; Consultant Ecologists, Local Authority Staff, Park Wardens, Reserve Rangers, Land Managers, Trainees and Volunteers.
Field visit: Micheldever Woods
Tutor: Catherine Hadler
Catherine Hadler works as an Area Ranger for the National Trust and has over a decade of experience of habitat conservation and species management. She is a committee member of the Hampshire Dormouse group and has worked with the Peoples Trust for Endangered Species surveying dormice and carrying out winter habitat management on their Isle of Wight woodland reserve for the past 9 years. She is a Dormouse licence holder and assists in training others towards their licence on PTES led surveys.
At the end of course attendees will be issued with a certificate which can be submitted as additional evidence when applying for a licence. Please note NE's current guidance on this
'We now do not accept a certificate of completion of training in lieu of a reference, and a reference from a trainer who has only observed course attendees over a short duration would also not be accepted.'
‣ Waterproof outdoor clothing, sturdy footwear and thorn-proof gloves. Please make sure all are clean before you arrive (for biosecurity reasons).
‣ Pencil and paper
‣ Packed lunch and drinks (we will provide hot drinks)
Please inform us of any medical requirements/conditions we should be aware of prior to the course. Any problems on the day please call Cat Hadler (07884 464198).
No preparation for the course is necessary but to get the most out of the course consider reading:
Natural England (2006). Dormouse Conservation Handbook. 2nd edition.
Natural England (2011). Interim Advice Note - Dormouse surveys for mitigation licensing – best practice and common misconceptions.
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