"Beautiful location. Excellent instructors" - Alan (Burford, Oxfordshire)


Pond Flora and Fauna Identification **COURSE CANCELLED**

4th July 2020 | Manor Farm, Sopworth, Wiltshire
| £24
Course Provider: Cotswolds Conservation Board
A fantastic one day course focusing on basic identification of pond wildlife, particularly plants and invertebrates associated with aquatic habitats, involving a combination of field identification and class-room learning

Course description:  Curious about hawkers and darters? Interesting in learning how to identify aquatic plant and invertebrate species by sight?

On this course you will focus on identifying between a range of wildlife associated with pond and aquatic habitats, through their appearance and appropriate keys. These identification skills will be taught by a combination of field-work, involving two plant identification walks hosted by the instructor Neill Talbot of Avellana Ecology and class-room sessions directed at the species encountered on these walks, plus information about the species themselves.

What do you need to know: No prior knowledge or experience is required. This course is ideal for those who have no or very little knowledge of wildlife identification and want to learn more!

Instructor: Neill Talbot runs his own Ecological Consultancy, Avellana Ecology (https://www.avellanaecology.com), and also teaches a range of courses for the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM). This course will also include a brief introduction to provide context about the wider Rural Skills programme to which the course belongs and insights into the ecosystems supported by ponds and the various habitats they offer. All materials and equipment provided.

What do you need to bring: You will need to bring appropriate clothing, sturdy footwear, snacks, drinks and a packed lunch. A magnifying instrument and a Notebook is also recommended, with clip-boards, hand-outs and other learning materials also be provided as necessary.  

Times: Start: 10.00 am, Finish 16.00 pm (approximately)