Pine Marten and Wildcat Ecology and Survey

Summary

This two day training course aims to raise awareness about two Scottish predators, pine martens and wildcats. Pitched at Beginner - Intermediate level, this course is 75% outdoors-based; an initial half day classroom based session is followed by field visits covering the main survey and ecology.

Description

This two day training course aims to raise awareness about two Scottish predators, pine martens and wildcats. The content will: outline and refresh field techniques for their identification, ecology, behaviour and habitat preferences; improve understanding of the legal status of protected species with regard to their conservation; highlight key issues relating to pine martens/wildcats and habitat management.

The course commences with an introduction to wildcats and pine martens with presentations of previous surveys. Survey methodologies are elaborated and feedback of sightings and footage (camera and video images) given to enhance students' knowledge. Images of cats will be analysed and compared.

This course is 75% outdoors-based; an initial half day classroom based session is followed by field visits to develop the main survey and ecology skills and knowledge.

Who Should Attend?

This course is aimed at anyone interested in pine martens and wildcats, particularly those who work in areas where they may be present.

Ecologists and consultants, licensing authorities, SNCO's, NGO's, students and environmental managers.

Knowledge Level

Beginner - Intermediate

Prior Knowledge

No background experience is required though some previous knowledge of the species is preferred and useful.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand pine marten and wildcat ecology.
  • Understand surveying and monitoring methodology.
  • Knowledge of legal implications for development.
  • Knowledge of mitigation measures for development and disturbance.

Refreshments

Course fee includes refreshments throughout each day. Please bring your own packed lunch.

Tickets

Tickets Person(s) Price
Member Ticket 1 £220.00
Non Member Ticket 1 £360.00