Events with The Mammal Society are always a great opportunity to network and share knowledge with like minded people working for mammals, catch up with and make new friends, and hear the latest mammal research and conservation news.
Water Vole Ecology, Mitigation and Live-Capture Techniques for Practitioners
September 20, 2017 –
This 1 & 1/2 day course lead by Merryl Gelling and is aimed at professionals and assumes some prior experience of water vole ecology, but will cover field-signs of water voles and other easily-confused species, and will reference scientific research on the impacts of different habitat availability and health and welfare considerations.
We will cover legislation, different types of mitigation and when each is suitable by working through a series of case studies and discussing potential solutions to each. This will include the implications of live-capture, transportation and maintaining water voles in captivity as well as considerations for effective re-establishment of water voles.
Finally we will undertake a field visit to identify field signs and learn how to set traps. The following day we will check and collect traps, processing any captured voles as we go. Assuming we capture water voles, participants will gain an understanding of practical animal welfare considerations and how to handle water voles safely.
This is a 2 day course with registration at 9:15 for a 9:30 start finishing around 5pm. The second day will start at 8am and finish late morning, depending on capture rate and questions.
A CPD certificate will be sent after the course.
Accommodation and food is NOT provided.