Sunday, 22 May 2011

Conservation Dogs staff member attends Great Crested Newt Course

Rhiannon Atkin and Tyler one of our detection dog team

 Rhiannon Atkin from Conservation dogs attended a Great Crested Newt Course in April and here's a bit about it:


Great crested newt and licensing for surveyors course

Date: - 20 April 2011
Location: - Rixton Claypits Local Nature Reserve, (SSSI, SAC) Warrington, Cheshire
Organised by: - The Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Trust
Tutor:-David Orchard

     Course overview

Species identification
An introduction to legislation
Great crested newt ecology
Natural England survey methods
Survey planning
Habitat Suitability Index for great crested newts

Rhi really enjoyed the course and thought it was very informative and definitely helped in allowing us to understand where and how detection dogs could be used viably in helping with Great Crested Newt surveys.

Rhi successfully completed the course and gained her certificate, we will be applying for a GCN License and increasing our involvement in GCN surveys with ecologist and conservationist over the coming months.

If your interested in a Great Crested Newt detection dog, or are able to donate GCN Gauze samples for scent training we would love to hear from you.



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