Protected species training: Dormice and more

On Friday 23rd Feb I went on the Countryside Management Association SE Region’s training day “Ecology & Conservation Workshop for Dormice” at Bluewater in Kent. The day covered a lot of information about Dormouse habitat requirements, legislation, handling techniques and more.

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A Bluewater dormouse, seen on a previous visit

The CMA’s East region are teaming up with the SE region to offer some of their protected species training days here in Essex: we have dates for Dormouse training to take place at Belhus Woods Country Park on 13th March and 27th March.

13 Mar 2018: CMA Training “Erecting dormice nest boxes and tubes; maintenance of existing boxes”
Belhus Woods Country Park, Essex.
10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Part of the Dormice training programme. This workshop focusses on the practical side of things. Ideal for Rangers working in or managing woodlands or would like to work towards their class 1 dormice licence. (more info & tickets)

27 Mar 2018: CMA Training “Ecology and Conservation of Dormice”
Belhus Woods Country Park, Essex.
10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Part of the Dormice training programme. This covers the theory side of things, including: Current legislation relevant to dormice; Survey techniques and field signs; dormice ecology; and Dormice habitat and Management. Ideal for Rangers working in or managing woodlands or would like to work towards their class 1 dormice licence. (more info & tickets)

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We are also hoping to hold further training days later in the year, looking at Great Crested Newts and Bats, and there may be additional training days at other sites in the future too. If you’re a CMA member, watch your inboxes for more information. If you’re not a member yet, you can keep an eye on the CMA website…. or why not join? Then you hear about all of the training days, and can attend most of them for free!

 

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