Our Cornish heathlands can make the perfect habitat for a variety of invertebrate species with their mosaics of bare ground, fine-leaved grasses, heather and scrub. For this workshop, we will begin with an indoor session introducing the importance of this habitat and the range of invertebrate groups found there, before exploring the local heathland habitats to see what we can find living there.
The aim of this workshop is to differentiate the species of grasses, sedges and rushes found in Cornwall. We will look at how to separate the three groups, recognise the structures and diagnostic features and identify the species you are most likely to come across. After a morning indoor session introducing the three groups, we will proceed to the Gwithian Green Local Nature Reserve to put our new skills into practice.
Join us on a fun and informative day at the Cornwall Wildlife Trust's Penlee Battery Nature Reserve. We will be learning and testing our butterfly id skills in the variety of woodland, scrub and grassland habitats at Cornwall's most easterly reserve. These habitats support a wide range of butterfly species, including the Marbled White.
Thanks to funding from the Big Lottery via the Your Shore Beach Rangers Project, Seaquest Southwest brings you training on photo identification of individual Bottlenose Dolphins in south west waters. Leading Bottlenose Dolphin researcher, Simon Ingram from the University of Plymouth, will lead workshop on gathering data for the Southwest Bottlenose Project. Suitable for photographic enthusiasts and those with high zoom lenses.
*FULLY BOOKED* - We are no longer taking bookings for this Workshop
Join us at our Cabilla & Redrice Woods nature reserve to observe and gain an understanding of key breeding bird species of woodland. We will be coached in identification skills of the variety of species to be found in ancient woodland in spring. Beginning with an early start (but not quite the crack of dawn!) we will listen for dawn chorus birdsong and learn how to pick out certain phrases and use them to recognise the singer. All participants will receive a free birdsong CD to help them continue their development of identification skills.
The Cornwall Reptile and Amphibian Group (CRAG) are leading a one-day workshop on the survey techniques and identification of the reptiles and amphibians found in our county. The workshop will include a field trip to a nearby site known for its herpetofauna. For complete beginners through to more experienced practitioners who need a brush up and structured continued professional development.
We will cover general bat ecology, how bats echolocate and what they use echolocation for. An indoor session will look at different types of detectors/recorders and the software required to interpret recordings. As dusk approaches, we will take a walk around the reserve recording bats for approximately an hour. We will return to the classroom to analyse the recordings, discuss what was found and how bats and their calls vary with differing habitats.
After the success of the earthworms workshop last year, Natural England's Matthew Shepherd returns to introduce us to some more of our under-recorded soil invertebrates. As participants from last year will know, Matthew is great at taking a topic which might otherwise be daunting and making it approachable. The springtails and mites that inhabit our soils are an important part of our ecology but remain a large gap in our knowledge.
We will be taking a look at the rookpool-inhabiting molluscs of our seashores, from pretty periwinklesand whelks to colourful sea slugs. After an introduction to to the range of species that can be found in Cornwall, we will take a trip to the nearby shore to see how many we can find and identify.