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CONSERVATION COURSES
2016/2017


Saturday 8th October
Kent Mammal Identification
9.45am - 4.15pm                      30 per person *
* Book together with Small Mammal Survey Skills course for 50.

Tutor: Suzanne Kynaston
Learn how to identify our larger mammals from their tracks, signs and sightings. Includes a tour of the park to see some of the animals in the flesh and a close up examination of skins, skulls and antlers. Please note that this course does not include mice, voles or shrews which are covered in the Small Mammal Survey Skills course.
 
Saturday 1st October at Capstone Country Park
Sunday 9th October at Oare Gunpowder Works, Faversham
Saturday 22nd October at Wildwood
Saturday 12th November at Wildwood
Harvest Mouse Ecology and Surveying 
10.00am – 4.00pm           Free for survey volunteers
Tutor: Steve Kirk
This course is for anyone wishing to participate in the Kent Harvest Mouse Survey project. It will inform you about the key factors affecting the status and distribution of harvest mice in the UK. You will examine a variety of harvest mouse nests whilst learning about their behaviour and ecology, the methods for conducting and reporting on your own surveys. You will gain the practical skills for surveying harvest mice in the field.

Saturday 15th October
Water Vole Ecology and Conservation
9.30am - 4.30pm
Please book with the Mammal Society on 023 8023 7874 or www.mammal.org.uk.
In partnership with The Mammal Society.
Student Members/Concessions & Members/Non-members 94/109/159

Tutor: Hazel Ryan
Suitable for all levels of experience, this informative one day course focuses on one of our most iconic river dwelling mammals, the water vole. The course includes information on identifying field signs, habitat requirements, their ecology, legal protection and their predators and threats. The course will also include an opportunity to see captive water voles in situ at Wildwood and handle/sex a water vole under supervision.
 
Friday 28th October
Methods of studying British Mammals
7.30pm - 9.30pm                             3 per person *
* Contact Pam Worrall to book a place at pamela.w@virgin.net. In partnership with Kent Mammal Group (KMG)

An evening talk by Pat Morris
Pat Morris has authored over 80 scientific papers and many books on bats, dormice, hedgehogs and taxidermy and is key scientific advisor to the Peoples Trust for Endangered Species. Places are limited so booking is essential.
 
Sunday 30th October  
Fungi Ecology and Identification (part 1)
11.00am – 4.00pm                       30 per person
(50 for fungi part 1 and 2)

Tutor: Steve Kirk
Aimed at beginners, this course will begin with a presentation ‘The Kingdom of Fungi’ to introduce these amazing life forms. We will look at and discuss some specimens in the classroom before venturing on a foray in the park and the woods of two hours or more, depending on conditions. We will observe fungi in situ and also make a collection. Course participants will have the opportunity to take digital photographs and notes as they are given insights into how to identify fungi as well as background information on their ecology, history, folklore and uses, including as food and as medicine.

Saturday 5th November
Fungi Ecology and Identification (part 2)
10.00am - 4.00pm                        30 per person
(50 for fungi part 1 and 2)

Tutor: Steve Kirk
Aimed at intermediate level - those who completed part 1 or who wish to expand their knowledge.
Scientific terms will be applied as will an extensive foray in the park and woods, including drawing fungi. Participants will be introduced to simple chemical tests to assist in the identification of species. They will also be taught how to make spore prints and will examine spores under the microscope to understand their use in the identification process.
Sunday 20th November
Natural Skin Products and Remedies
10.00am - 3.00pm                   40 per person
Tutors: Donna Murphy and Helen Lynn
Make your own lip balm, body scrub, herbal ointment and more, using certified organic, Fairtrade and local ingredients. Discover  the importance of avoiding harmful ingredients found in some shop-bought products for your health, for wildlife and the environment. Take home what you make as gifts or to pamper yourself and some recipes to make at home. Learn about current campaigns to limit or prevent the use of harmful ingredients and how you can minimise your own exposure by sourcing safer alternatives or making your own! Also some tips on how to use plants from your garden or local area in your products.

Saturday 10th December
Festive Willow Wreaths
10.30am-1.00pm                     25 per person
Tutor: Hazel Ryan
Use locally grown colourful willow and dogwood stems to make a re-usable wreath base then decorate it with natural materials, all sourced locally. Take it home to hang on your front door or as a table decoration.  Materials provided.

Saturday 14th January
Small Mammal Survey Skills
9.30am – 4.30pm                   30 per person *
* Book together with Kent Mammal ID Course held on 08.10.16 or 11.02.17 for 50.

Tutor: Hazel Ryan
Learn how to survey for our smallest mammals using live, humane traps. Includes handling, sexing and identification, trap designs and mechanisms,  principles of baiting and setting traps, surveying methods and legislation.

Saturday 28th January
Blame the Ice Age
10.30am – 4.00pm                   30 per person
Tutor: Anne Riddell
How did the Ice Age influence the mammal fauna of Britain? How was it woolly mammoths walked here, followed by the mammals we find today, but the humble house mouse was caught out by rising seas. This course also explores modern science’s plans to bring back those Ice Age giants.

Saturday 11th February
Kent Mammal Identification
9.45am - 4.15pm                            30 per person *
* Book together with Small Mammal Survey Skills course for 50.

Tutor: Suzanne Kynaston
Learn how to identify our larger mammals from their tracks, signs and sightings. Includes a tour of the park to see some of the animals in the flesh and a close up examination of skins, skulls and antlers. Please note that this course does not include mice, voles or shrews which are covered in the Small Mammal Survey Skills course.

Date and venue to be confirmed *
Living Willow Structures
9.45am-4.15pm                               45 per person
* Keep an eye on our website for more details.

Tutor: Hazel Ryan
Learn how to create living garden features such as an arbour, tunnel or ‘fedge’ (living fence). Locally grown willow of different colour varieties will be used.  Techniques learnt on this course can be adapted for other types of structure.  Take a few cuttings home. Includes information on site preparation and aftercare.


IMPORTANT INFORMATION

a paying adult. specified. Please check listing. details. Wildwood. purchase lunch in the Wildwood Cafe. ID courses only)
HOW TO BOOK:
• Please email courses@wildwoodtrust.org  or telephone 01227 711 471.
• Booking is essential for all courses.