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Wildlife Tracks Signs and Owl Pellets

£35.00

7 Oct 2017 9.30am – 12.30pm

Who left that there? Hone your nature detective skills.

Learn how to identify animal tracks and signs and discover what owls have for dinner.

You will spend part of the morning indoors looking at various feathers and dissecting owl pellets to identify the small mammal bones within.

Later you will go outside with the group to look for the tracks and signs that wildlife leave and make plaster casts of the tracks. You will discover how to identify the animal that left them and ask those burning questions like, just what is otter spraint and did a water vole make that latrine?

 

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Description

Is this course for me?
This course is designed for people who are interested in wildlife and want to learn how to identify wildlife through the signs they leave behind.

When and where?

Saturday 7 October 2017 – 9.30am to 12.30pm

Please arrive 10 minutes before the course is due to start

Winnall Moors, Winchester

Meet at the Durngate entrance to Winnall Moors, SO23 8DX opposite the Willow Tree pub OS grid reference SU 486 297.

Parking is available in the Durngate car park, this is a pay and display car park.

 

What do I need to bring?

Essential

  • Bring comfortable, sturdy footwear
  • Warm, weatherproof clothing.

Tutor

Susan Simmonds

Susan has a lifelong passion for wildlife and graduated in Environmental Science, she has worked and volunteered in the conservation sector for over 15 years. Susan has previously worked as a sessional lecturer on the BTEC National Diploma course in Countryside Management and currently covers a number of degree sessions at Sparsholt College.  Susan has a Certificate to teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (CTLLS) and enjoys teaching her skills through courses like plant species identification and mammal tracks and signs to others. She has a desire to make a difference and to play a part in conserving our natural world and believes that she can do that through further study and ultimately through lecturing and research. She loves species identification and regularly teaches wildflower identification; water vole survey techniques and more recently river fly surveying.

Susan has worked closely with a local primary school to assist them in using their outdoor environment. As the chairperson for the school’s Woodland Committee she has written a management plan for the site and oversees its management. You can hear Susan several times a month in a slot on BBC Radio Wiltshire on Sunday lunchtimes, where she speaks about seasonal aspects of the countryside.

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