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Training Course - Intro to Upland Surveying

By Taylor Wildlife, Jun 21 2018 11:06AM


Taylor Wildlife staff had a very enjoyable (and we hope very informative) weekend providing training to a group from the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust.


Having made the long journey up and endured the dreaded 'campsite midge' the group were still in great form and keen to begin their weekend-long Introduction to Upland Surveying course. We kicked off with an indoor session on navigation taught by Joe, before moving outside to put theory into practice.



Navigation training kicked off with some pacing exercises
Navigation training kicked off with some pacing exercises


After an outdoor lunch, Oliver and Laura D discussed some common bird surveying techniques. We spent the afternoon practicing some survey methods and making the most of the species-rich site to work on some bird identification skills. The species list for the afternoon was high and included hen harrier, red kite, ring ouzel and redstart as well as waders such as oystercatcher, snipe, curlew and lapwing.



Flat ground with varied vegetation cover provides excellent wader habitat
Flat ground with varied vegetation cover provides excellent wader habitat

After some tea and coffee back indoors, we spent a little time looking at how we couls use GIS to store and interpret the data we had collected.


Attendees had the evening off and we headed out fresh the next morning to examine a range of upland habitats and to consider survey techniques.



Taylor Wildlife vehicles heading up into the hills
Taylor Wildlife vehicles heading up into the hills

Laura T and Oliver discussed common land management practices and methods of assessing habitat quality, including quantifying vegetative indicators of burning and over-grazing. Many interesting bog and heath species were examined along the way.





Dr. Oliver Moore using vegetative indicators to look at habitat heatlh
Dr. Oliver Moore using vegetative indicators to look at habitat heatlh



The course finished just in time, as the weather changed from being a bit damp to a torrential downpour, and goodbyes were hastily said to avoid a soaking. The group headed down the road with a better understanding of upland species, survey techniques, and land management.


If you'd like to enquire about course availabilty, please contact info@taylorwildlife.co.uk or download a brochure here.




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