This course aims to develop practical skills in biology including biological line drawings, pertinent recording, setting up sample sites, designing recording sheets, keeping a field notebook, landscape assessment including a truncated Phase 1 survey.
This two-day course is aimed at recent graduates and environmental stake holders/workers who wish to progress a career in practical environmental biology and develop key skills in this area, plus people wishing to study habitats in a striation fashion.
The course aims to develop the following practical skills:
Day 1: Following an introduction at the 'woodland school' classroom, we will discuss the type of data to be collected and the best means to set up sites and record this data. We will then walk to a woodland site where we will set up surveys using a number of different methods, and use keys to identify samples. We shall also record environmental data and take relevant measurements of the samples sites. We will complete our recording sheets and make drawings and notes in our field notebooks. We will then return to the classroom and analyse our data.
Day 2: We will start in the classroom discussing methods for landscape assessments, we will then walk to a number of different sites and develop skills in Phase 1 recording surveys. Back at the centre we will collate and discuss all of our data and you will learn methods for disseminating this information.
Participants should have sturdy footwear, and suitable clothing for a full day out and about – wet weather gear is advisable – just in case! Bring a packed lunch and plenty to drink on the first day (we can provide materials for you to make a packed lunch for the 2nd day on request). A camera and binoculars are well worth bringing, though not required to complete you day with us. You will be provided with a booklet as well as writing materials and any other equipment required to complete the tasks that will be set.
This is a two day course is aimed partly at recent graduates who wish to develop a career in field biology but lack key skills in this area. But may also be of interest to current environmental workers aiming to enhance their skill base or to people who are simply interested in studying habitats in a more structured way.
Health & Safety:
Before the visit you will be provided with a brief medical checklist that you will need to send to us prior to the visit. A risk assessment has been prepared and will be discussed in the trip briefing. A copy will also be included in your course booklet.
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