Saving England's most threatened species from extinction

An Introduction to Amphibian Survey Techniques with John Baker

Location:

Castor Hanglands NNR & Marholm Village Hall

Date: Saturday 18th April 2020

Time: 4pm - 9pm

Meeting at Castor Hanglands 4-6pm (meeting place to be confirmed upon booking).

On to Marholm Village Hall 6-8pm.

Then back to Castor Hanglands 8-9pm

As part of our Root of Rockingham project, join John Baker of Amphibian and Reptile Conservation to learn about amphibian survey techniques on the stunning Castor Hanglands National Nature Reserve a Flagship Ponds site supporting 5 species of native UK amphibian: Great Crested Newt, Palmate Newt, Smooth Newt, Common Frog and Common Toad.

The session begins meeting on the reserve introducing bio security protocols and survey techniques including terrestrial searches, spawn counts, netting, torchlight surveys and bottle trapping under supervision of licensed Great Crested Newt surveyors. We move to Marholm Village Hall to discuss amphibian ecology in the context of surveying and population monitoring, then we return to the reserve after sunset to undertake torchlight surveys and retrieve bottle traps.

It is essential that wellingtons or waders are clean and free of clumps of mud to allow adequate disinfection before entering the site. This protects an extremely ecologically sensitive site from pathogens and invasive aquatic plant species.

Free event but booking required.
Contact Liz Morrison at rootsofrockingham@butterfly-conservation.org or on 01780 444067 to book your place or for more information.