ARC Snakes in the Heather (SitH) Reptile Survey Online Training Event

This online will be an introduction to reptile ecology and survey skills useful for observing reptiles in the UK. It will cover species identification and selected field-craft skills. This event will be especially useful if you intend to volunteer as a reptile surveyor for Snakes in the Heather or other ARC reptile survey projects.

Date: Friday 30th July 2021

Time: 09:30 to 12:30

Hosts: Owain Masters (SitH Public Engagement & Education Officer) and George Mee (Monitoring Dragons Project Officer).

Cost: No charge

Online event link: On registering, you will receive a link to join the event video call in your confirmation email (please check your spam folder if not in you inbox)

What will be provided: Reptile ID training, reptile survey training, sign-posts to further opportunities to take part in reptile surveys or ARC projects.

What to bring: Yourself, pen & paper, and refreshments of your choosing :)

Training agenda:

  • 09:30 - 09:45 Introductions: why reptile survey?
  • 09:45 - 10:15 Reptile identification
  • 10:15 - 10:45 Reptile ecology
  • 10:45 - 11:15 Quiz & comfort break
  • 11:15 - 12:00 Survey methodologies
  • 12:00 - 12:15 Next steps
  • 12:15 - 12:30 Q & A, close.

This session is an essential first step for anybody wishing to become a Snakes in the Heather volunteer surveyor. Due to the strict legal protection of some species you may see on this project, all Snakes in the Heather project survey volunteers must be appropriately licenced to survey. ARC is able to accredit surveyors who have an appropriate level of knowledge and field skills to its organisational protected species survey licence. Beyond this introductory training we are able to offer Snakes in the Heather project volunteers additional field based training and survey mentoring (arranged on a 1-2-1 basis or in small groups).

If interested in joining a group survey to further develop the skills covered in the training please email [email protected] using the subject 'group survey' and please remember to make sure you have registered your interest in becoming an ARC volunteer here: ARC Volunteer Registration Form

You are welcome to attend this virtual training session for general interest, even if you are not yet sure if you would like to become a project volunteer. If we receive more requests to join the session than we have spaces, we may give priority to people who have already registered to become a volunteer. Watch out for further updates on additional training dates.

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