Dormouse Ecology, Conservation and Woodland Management course (inc. handling)- SEPT
We will look at the ecology of dormice, their conservation and relevant legislation. In addition, we will consider how to survey for dormice and how to set up a regular monitoring site and the requirements both to obtain a disturbance license and a mitigation license.
This is an intensive course with a maximum of nine delegates and three trainers. Day 1 will focus on dormouse ecology, conservation, survey techniques and dormouse familiarisation. On Day 2, we will look at woodland management and visit at least two sites to look at site variation. On Day 3, we will stay on the Briddlesford wood estate checking boxes there and looking at a variety of management techniques. The course will finish with a brief quiz on what we have covered. The aim will be to see, and provide the opportunity for delegates to handle as many dormice as possible. We are unable to guarantee the provision of a reference for a dormouse licence from this course, as we do not know either people’s ability, or the number of dormice we will find. What we have achieved in the past is at least the offer to provide a secondary reference, if delegates continue to work with another licence holder who can provide a primary reference. In some circumstance, where delegates already have some dormouse experience, we have been able to provide a primary reference.
Tutors: PTES Dormouse and Training Officer Ian White, and Fiona Ecclestone. Please email email@example.com for further details
Ian White, the course leader, has been working with dormice for over 15 years and has worked solely on the species since being with PTES for the last twelve years. He has developed most of the training resources to help people work towards their licence, he manages the dormouse reintroduction programme, is part of the team that manages the NDMP and has extensive experience in dormouse mitigation procedures. He also manages the dormouse monitoring programme on the Briddlesford estate on the IoW.
Fiona Ecclestone, a course trainer, has been licenced to work with dormice since 2014. Fiona lives on the Island and has helped with dormouse monitoring at Briddlesford for a number of years. She has also helped set up, and manages, dormouse monitoring at a variety of other sites on the IoW.
Itinerary: This is a three day course, running from 10am to 5pm on Monday, 9am to 5pm Tuesday and 9am to 4pm on Wednesday, with tea and meal breaks as appropriate.
Costs: This three days course costs £485 (travel, food and accommodation are not included in the course fees)