Introduction to Amphibians and Reptiles (2 day course)

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Sat, 22/04/2017 - 9:30am - Sun, 23/04/2017 - 4:30pm

A two day course delivered via a combination of classroom sessions and practical fieldwork.

Your Tutor will be Pete Hill. Pete has spent a lifetime observing all UK amphibian & reptile species at a diverse range of habitats & is well known among herpetologists for his ethical approach to surveying. Pete is currently also employed by the leading conservation NGO specializing in herpetofauna species; Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (ARC Trust). Pete’s role includes creating & restoring habitat to increase connectivity & colony robustness for UK herpetofauna species.

Course Content 

• Anuran (tailless amphibians) species identification.
• Urodele (tailed amphibians) species identification.
• Anuran ecology.
• Urodele ecology.
• Amphibian survey techniques.
• Reptile species identification.
• Reptile ecology.
• Reptile survey techniques.
• Biosecurity & Health & Safety.


Smooth newt (c) Mike George 

Avon Wildlife Trust's Field Ecology Programme

This course is being delivered as part of Avon Wildlife Trust’s Field Ecology Programme for 2017. The courses are aimed at students, practicing ecologists, conservation volunteers and anyone who wishes to further their knowledge in natural history and biological recording.

Each course will provide hands on experience which will aid in developing identification skills that are essential to field studies. Our tutors are all passionate about their subjects, and have a great range of knowledge and experience to share.

The courses will provide a thorough introduction to each group’s biology, ecology and diversity within the Bristol area. References and help with understanding relevant literature, and practical activities teaching basic field survey techniques will also be covered. Some of our courses will include field trips to local sites of interest. These courses will aid participants in forming a strong foundation of understanding to take on to further study.

The courses will be delivered at our Feed Bristol project, which is a 6 acre community food growing hub and native wildflower nursery in Stapleton. This is an education and community enterprise centre which champions conservation and ecology in a food growing setting. 

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Fees for this two day course are as follows:

Participants claiming benefits - £60 per person

Participants on low income (less than £15,000) - £80 per person

Participants earning above living wage (more than £15,000) - £100 per person 

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Venue location

Feed Bristol,
BS16 1HB

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Saturday 22nd April 2017
This 2 day course starts at 9.30 am and finishes at 4.30pm each day
Price / Donation
Starting at £60 for two days
Feed Bristol
Avon Wildlife Trust
Venue location
Feed Bristol,
BS16 1HB
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