Hesketh Ecology were commissioned to run a series of amphibian and reptile survey training days for volunteers involved with the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty ‘WildWatch’ project. These were run throughout spring 2012 and were designed to give volunteers the skills necessary to confidently identify all species of reptile and amphibian in the North Pennines area and the ability to assess the quality of habitats and conduct robust surveys for these species.
The courses were equally split between classroom led lectures and field trips visiting sites with known populations of reptiles and amphibians. The courses were well attended by a wide range of people, from enthusiastic amateurs to professional ecologists. For details of the training events in 2012 see http://www.northpennines.org.uk/Lists/DocumentLibrary/Attachments/220//WildWatch_update_April_16th_2012.pdf
Hesketh Ecology has been commissioned to run further training events during the 2013 season. For details of upcoming training events see; http://www.northpennines.org.uk/Pages/WildWatchtrainingandevents.aspx
“Hesketh Ecology produced great reptile and amphibian survey training events for our volunteers. Sam has a wonderful relaxed and open approach to dealing with people that encourages learning and has left our volunteers enthused and informed.” – Fiona Knox – Education Officer – North Pennines AONB Partnership