Otter Ecology Course

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21 September 2017 - 9:30am - 4:00pm

A comprehensive practical introduction to the ecology, conservation and surveying of the Eurasian otter.

Lead by Dr Gareth Parry, the UK lead for the IUCN Otter Specialist Group, the course covers riverside survey techniques, how to assess field evidence, threats to species survival and habitat management best practice.

Much of the course will be out on the beautiful and accessible River Eye running through Greystones Farm reserve, where otters are regularly caught on camera. You will also get the chance to explore other habitats, including fishing lakes and urban watercourses, along with the latest evidence and mitigation strategies.

Suitable for anyone with a professional or voluntary interest in riparian mammal conservation, and for those who wish to get a reference for an otter survey disturbance license.

• For professionals and enthusiasts.
• Certificate and otter license reference.
• Includes course pack and light refreshments.
• Directions sent on booking.

Discount - Book on both Riparian Mammal Ecology, Wednesday 20th September and Otter Ecology, Thursday 21st September for a 10% discount off each course. To book onto both and receive your discount please call 01452 383333 Monday-Fridays 9am - 5pm.

Course Tutor

Choosing a university because of the good surfing might not seem the most direct route to becoming an international otter expert, but for Gareth Parry it seems to have worked. After getting hooked on otters while surfing on the Gower, he did a vast amount of otter surveying and spraint analysis for his degree and subsequent animal ecology PhD. A key component of this was designing a more effective standard otter survey technique. He now sits on the International Union for the Conservation of Nature Species Survival Commission and Otter Specialist Group. When not leading on Community Programmes for GWT, he is actively undertaking and publishing research on British native mammals, particularly otters. 

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Venue location

Greystones Farm SSSI & GWT Reserve,
Bourton on the Water,

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Thursday 21st September 2017
9:30am - 4:00pm
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Suitable for 18+ years
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Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust
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Greystones Farm SSSI & GWT Reserve,
Bourton on the Water,
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