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    Posted: 02 Mar 2007 at 2:25am

From the NARRS Project.....

This page gives you details of the training days that have been set up around the UK for NARRS volunteers. Attending a training day is not mandatory, and these events are aimed at people who need training or would like to brush up on their skills. The training days will provide the necessary training for surveyors to take part in the National Amphibian Survey and/or National Reptile Survey. This includes amphibian and reptile identification, habitat assessment, survey methods, NARRS instructions and protocols, health and safety, licensing, and landowner permissions. Attendees will receive their National Amphibian Survey and/or National Reptile Survey packs at the training events. (Those not attending training events will be able to obtain packs from us directly or from this website). 

Most of the events cover amphibian and reptile survey in the same day. Whilst this makes for a long day, there will be generous breaks in the programme for lunch (bring a packed lunch) and dinner (e.g. pub meal). Some courses only cover amphibian survey (typically late afternoon till dark) or reptile survey (typically morning/afternoon). Attendance is free, but you may be asked for a donation to cover costs and help generate funds for local shared equipment etc.

 

The list below shows the events that have been confirmed so far. Setting these up has involved the efforts of a lot of people, and the trainers are running the events in a voluntary capacity. We realise that events havent been set up everywhere in the UK, and hope you will find one within reach. We are still in the process of organising more training events, and will endeavour to get as many gaps filled as possible. Please check back to this page weekly for additions.

 

If you want to attend a training course, please contact the organiser directly to book a place. Places are limited, and will be allocated on a first-come-first served basis. If you book a place on an event and find you cannot attend, please inform the organiser as soon as possible. You will need stout boots, waterproofs, and ideally wellies for amphibian events.

 

Aberdeenshire - Amphibians and Reptiles - Bennachie Centre, Chapel of Garioch, Inverurie (NJ 698 216). Sat 14 April, 10.00am-9.30pm with breaks for lunch and dinner. Contact Helen Young access.ranger@aberdeenshire.gov.uk.

Angus Amphibians - Montrose Basin Wildlife Centre (SWT), Rossie Braes, Montrose. Sun 15 April, 4.00-10.00pm with break for pub meal. Contact Trevor Rose baankulab@yahoo.co.uk.

Angus Reptiles - Montrose Basin Wildlife Centre (SWT), Rossie Braes, Montrose. Sun 29 April, 10.00am-4.00pm with break for lunch. Contact Trevor Rose, baankulab@yahoo.co.uk.

Avon - Amphibians & Reptiles - The Fear Institute, 30 High Street, Keynsham, nr Bristol, BS31 1DQ. Sun 1 April, 10.00am-8.30pm with breaks for lunch & dinner. Contact Jo Illsley (ARAG), brercwebmail@googlemail.com.

Berkshire Amphibians - Dinton Pastures Country Park, Davis Street, Hurst, Berkshire, RG10 0TH. Early April date/time tbc. Contact Matt Smith, matsmith1@compuserve.com.

Buckinghamshire - Amphibians and Reptiles - Burnham Beeches National Nature Reserve, nr Slough. Sat 17 March, 10.00am-9.00pm with breaks for lunch & dinner. Contact Martin Hartup (BARG) Martin.Hartup@cityoflondon.gov.uk.

Cornwall Amphibians - Cornwall Wildlife Trust, Five Acres, Allet, Truro. Sat 24 March, 4.00pm-9.00pm with break for dinner. Contact Mark Nicholson (CRAG), mark@jkc.co.uk.

Cornwall Reptiles - Cornwall Wildlife Trust, Five Acres, Allet, Truro. Sat 31 March, 10.00am-4.00pm with break for lunch. Contact Mark Nicholson (CRAG) mark@jkc.co.uk.

Derbyshire/South Yorkshire Reptiles - Calver Village Hall, nr Sheffield (A625) & Chesterfield (A623). Sat 10 March, 10.00am-4.00pm with break for lunch. Contact John Newton (SYARG) jrn_home@btopenworld.com.

Devon Reptiles - St Catherine's School (hall), Musket Road, Heathfield, Newton Abbot. Sun 11 March, 11.00am-5.00pm with break for lunch. Contact Stephen Block stargs@block52.wanadoo.co.uk.

Dorset - Amphibians and Reptiles - Dorset Wildlife Trust, Brooklands Farm, Forston, Dorchester, DT2 7AA. Sat 7 April, 10.00am-9.00pm with breaks for lunch & dinner. Contact Chris Gleed-Owen (HCT/DARN) 07810 770560, chris.go@herpconstrust.org.uk.

Dumfries & Galloway - Amphibians and Reptiles Dumfries, venue tbc. Sun 29 April, 10.00am-10.00pm with breaks for lunch & dinner. Mark Pollitt (DGERC) mpollitt@dgerc.org.uk.

East Sussex - Amphibians and Reptiles - Wealden District Council (Committee Room 1), Pine Grove, Crowborough. Sat 24 March, 9.00am-3.30pm and 7.00-9.00pm. Contact Barry Kemp (SARG) barry@viper.demon.co.uk.

Essex - Amphibians and Reptiles - Writtle College, Lordship Road, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 3RR. Wed 28 March, 2.00-10.00pm with break for dinner. Contact Ray Cranfield (EARG) essex_arg@hotmail.com.

Glamorgan - Amphibians and Reptiles - Glamorgan Wildlife Trust, Fountain Road, Tondu, nr Bridgend. Sun 18 March, 10.00am-8.30pm with breaks for lunch & dinner. Contact Liz Chadwick chadwickea@Cardiff.ac.uk.

Gloucestershire - Amphibians and Reptiles - Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust Conservation Centre, Robinswood Hill Country Park, Reservoir Road, Gloucester, GL4 6SX. Sat 21 April, times tbc. Contact Esther Collis esther@esthercollis.me.uk.

Gwent - Amphibians and Reptiles - The Babington Centre, off B4293, Trellech, Monmouthshire. Sun 15 April, 10.00am-9.30pm with breaks for lunch & dinner. Contact Matt Harris (GARG) MBHarris@cardiff.gov.uk.

Highland Region Amphibians - Ord Arms Hotel, Great North Road, Muir of Ord, by Dingwall, Easter Ross, IV6 7XR. Thur 12 April, 5.00-10.00pm with break for dinner. Martin Hind Martin.Hind@highland.gov.uk.

Highland Region Amphibians - Dornoch, Easter Ross - venue tbc. Mon 16 April, times tbc. Contact Martin Hind Martin.Hind@highland.gov.uk.

Highland Region Reptiles - Strathpeffer, Easter Ross - venue tbc. Late April, date/times tbc. Contact Martin Hind Martin.Hind@highland.gov.uk.

Lancashire Amphibians - The Farmers Arms, 357, Radcliffe Road, Darcy Lever, Bolton, BL3 1RU. Sat 17 March, 2.00-9.40pm with break for dinner. Contact David Orchard (ARGSL) argsl@btinternet.com.

Leicestershire Amphibians - The Marlene Reid Centre, 85 Belvoir Road, Coalville, LE67 3PH. Sat 17 March, 2.00-9.00pm with break for dinner. Contact Andrew Heaton (LARG) aheaton@ntlworld.com.

Lincolnshire Amphibians - Kirkby Moor Nature Reserve, Kirkby-on-Bain/ Woodhall Spa (TF 225629). Mon 16 April, late pm till 10.00pm time tbc. Contact Ashley Butterfield (LARG) Ashley.Butterfield@lincoln.gov.uk.

Lothians Amphibians - Hermitage of Braid Visitor Centre, 69A Braid Road, Edinburgh. Sun 1 April, 2.00-9.00pm with break for dinner. Contact Peter Leach pl.tss@btinternet.com.

Norfolk Amphibians - Manningtree Hall, SE of Holt (TG 143 322). Sat 31 March, 10.00am-4.00pm with break for lunch. Contact Louise Oliver 01603 598413, louise.oliver@naturalengland.org.uk.

Norfolk Reptiles - Cawston Village Hall, B1145 SW of Aylsham (TG 135 238). Sat 14 April, 10.00am-3.00pm with break for lunch. Contact Karl Charters 07748 654901, karlc@norfolkwildlifetrust.org.uk.

Norfolk - Amphibians and Reptiles - Grimston Village Hall, (TF 702 219). Sat 21 April, 10.00am-5.00pm with break for lunch, and 9.00-10.00pm. Contact Phil Parker     01553 630842.

Northern Ireland - Amphibians and Reptiles - Divis and Black Mountain National Trust Reserve & Slievenacloy Nature Reserve (UWT), nr Lisburn/Belfast. Wed 21 March, 12.30pm-9.00pm with breaks for lunch & dinner. Contact Catherine Bertrand catherine.bertrand@ulsterwildlifetrust.org.

South Yorkshire - Amphibians - Shirebrook Valley Visitor Centre, Stone Lane, Coisley Hill, Sheffield (SK 412 843). Sat 21 April, 10.00am-3.00pm and 9.00-10.00pm. Contact John Newton (SYARG) jrn_home@btopenworld.com.

Stirlingshire Reptiles - West Moss-side Farm, Flanders Moss, nr Thornhill, Stirling. (NS 648 995). Sat 16 April, 9.00am-2.00pm. Contact Dave Garner (CARG) David.Garner@ls.glasgow.gov.uk.

Warwickshire Amphibians - Brandon Marsh Nature Centre, Brandon Lane, Coventry, CV3 3GW. Sat 24 March, 2.00-9.00pm with break for dinner. Contact Ian Jelley (WWT) 02476 302912.

Warwickshire Reptiles - Brandon Marsh Nature Centre, Brandon Lane, Coventry, CV3 3GW. Sat 14 April, 10.00am-4.00pm with break for lunch. Ian Jelley (WWT) 02476 302912.

West Sussex - Amphibians and Reptiles - Pulborough Brooks RSPB Reserve, A283 southeast of Pulborough. Sun 8 April, 10.00am-9.30pm with breaks for lunch & dinner. Contact Chris Gleed-Owen (HCT) 07810 770560, chris.go@herpconstrust.org.uk.

 

I hope that RAUK members will be helping out with these events and I hope that this provides a good focus for peoples surveying across the UK

Also if you havent already send in your Make the Adder Count Counts for 2005 & 2006 and get ready for this years count!

Report your sightings to the Record Pool http://arguk.org/recording
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Yup, looks like I'll be doing the Surrey reptile training (or a part of it at least) we're working out best dates atm.
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