08 April 2019, 10:00 - 15:00 ( Add to calendar )
Discover the best ways to protect and conserve nature in Surrey on this one day practical course.
We will start with a classroom session learning about Surrey Wildlife Trust’s three selected Biodiversity Opportunity Areas (BOAS) and the five year plan to increase the impact of conservation within them. The objective of this is to increase the connectivity between these key areas allowing wildlife to move more freely and to further develop their natural habitat.
Following on from this, our tutors will lead you in a series of ‘hands on’ activities.
First of all, you will learn how to set small mammal traps which gives an indication of the types of small mammals currently living within our local habitat.
Next we will have a pond dipping session. You will learn to identify a variety of aquatic invertebrates and discover techniques to encourage them into local ponds and wetland areas - thus enabling greater biodiversity.
Finally, we will go on a plant identification walk showing how the flora ties all of these ecosystems together.
We are confident that you will leave this course with new inspiration to further develop your own green spaces for wildlife.
Ben is a passionate freshwater ecologist who specialises in aquatic plants and invertebrates.
He began as an SWT Education Volunteer in 2014, but has been employed by the Trust since 2016 as an Education Officer and has recently taken on a further role as an Assistant GIS Analyst contributing to various projects within the Trust. Ben has recently acquired an MSc in Aquatic Science from University College London, extending his 1st Class Honours BSc in Environmental Geography. During his time at UCL, Ben specialised in freshwater conservation as well as studying Environmental GIS and the role of paleoecology in conservation.
In his spare time, Ben puts on his waders and assists with the Trust’s RiverSearch and wetland projects, conducting habitat and botanical surveys.
Emma has a BSc(hons) in Sports Science and is a qualified Primary school teacher who has worked both in the UK and internationally; teaching in Milan, Moscow and Istanbul. Since returning to the UK she has completed an FdSc in Animal Behaviour and Welfare, leading her to work as an Education Officer at Kew Gardens. Now full time with Surrey Wildlife Trust, she works both as an Education Officer and an Adult Learning Officer at Nower Wood.