Great Crested Newt Training 2 day course

  • Where Course Venue: Lane End Nature Reserve, Buckley, Flintshire, North Wales
  • When
  • Book For more information or a booking form please email Mair Westwood at [email protected] or phone 01978 269568. PLEASE NOTE: Your booking will not be confirmed until payment has been received.
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Looking to build on your knowledge, or a professional looking to begin the journey to secure your GCN licence? Join our 2-day Advanced Great Crested Newt Course! Our courses are competitively priced with discounted availability for students, unemployed, Wild Ground volunteers and subscribers.

This course is run over two days, and is designed to give you the foundation to work towards obtaining your GCN survey licence. Prior knowledge of newt ID is recommended. Course content will cover topics including conservation, best practice, legislation, identification and survey techniques as well as the opportunity for practical application of learnt techniques at Lane End Nature Reserve, Buckley.  Lane End is a premier GCN SSSI/SAC in Wales, supporting the largest known population in north Wales, with a peak count of over 1,300 GCN in 2019.

Participants will need to bring small torches/head torches with them, and wellies (which will need to have been cleaned of all mud and debris for biosecurity reasons).  High powered torches will be provided for the survey (if you have your own 1 million candle-power torch e.g. CB2, please bring it along).

Refreshments will be provided; however please bring lunch/drinks and wear warm clothing. On Saturday evening, we will be having a meal at a local eatery for those who wish to attend. Please note participants will need to pay for this separately on the night, but we will need to know in advance how many will be having a meal so that we can place a booking. Menu choices will be sent out prior to the course.

Start: Saturday 18 April 2019, 11:00 to 23:15

End: Sunday 19  April 2019, 08:30 to 15:30

Course Venue: Lane End Nature Reserve, Buckley, Flintshire, North Wales

Cost: Full price: £180 + VAT. 

Concessions*: £90 + VAT

*Concessionary rates are provided for students, unemployed and Wild Ground volunteers (attended minimum of 4 sessions in 2019-20 prior to sign up).

About the trainers:

Julian Whitehurst CEnv MCIEEM - Consultant Ecologist, SDC Ecology Ltd.

Now entering his 25th year of professional GCN casework, Julian has carried out many hundreds of survey visits to ponds during that time.  A co-author of the English Nature publication ‘Great Crested Newt Mitigation Guidelines’, Julian also serves as a member of Natural England’s GCN Licensing Expert Panel. 

Having held over 50 GCN mitigation and conservation licences, Julian has over 23 years practical experience of the creation and management of GCN habitats, including the design/creation/restoration of over 200 ponds.  Julian has delivered GCN related training for a range of clients including Natural England and has served as a tutor on this annual training course since its inception 17 years ago.   

Paul Furnborough – Reserves Development Manager, Wild Ground

Paul has a decade of GCN experience, working for 5 years with Froglife as the Warden for the largest population in the world (estimated 30,000!), before joining the team at Wild Ground 5 years ago.  Over this time Paul has managed and monitored dozens of sites, recorded thousands of newts, and accrued over 1,000 hours of survey experience – covering all survey methodologies.

Paul received his Masters in 2016 for work on GCN, and has authored/edited two key publications, in addition to management plans and reports.

He currently leads a growing team of conservationists based in North East Wales.  Paul has designed and delivered GCN training for 7+ years to various audiences, in addition to presenting GCN research at professional and academic conferences.  He holds GCN survey licences with NE and NRW, as well as conservation and IROPI licences with NRW.

For more information or a booking form please email Mair Westwood at [email protected] or phone 01978 269568.  PLEASE NOTE: Your booking will not be confirmed until payment has been received.