Wildlife Trusts Online Event: Great Crested Newts: Natural History and Surveying with David Willis

Date: Wednesday 9 February 2022

Wednesday 9th February 2022 from 7pm until 9pm.

Great crested newts (Triturus cristatus) are our largest newt species. A fascinating amphibian in their own right, they are of particular interest to ecologists and other wildlife workers due to their protected status. Over recent years, there have been significant changes to legislation and new threats have emerged, against a background of international amphibian loss.

This talk will cover;
-Great crested newt evolution, biology, distribution and natural history. It will place these animals within a regional herpetological context.
-Surveying techniques. How do we know where these amazing animals are and how can we find them? How are population sizes estimated?
-Local status of great crested newts, drawing on data obtained during the Herts MARA surveys.
-The law regarding great crested newts, How to obtain a licence and new changes to development legislation.

Attendance on this course will be necessary if you wish to attend on-site surveys at King’s Meads reserve, taking place later in the year.

This talk is likely to be of interest to early-career/graduate ecologists as well as those simply fascinated by these dragons on…or sometimes under.. our doorsteps!  For all the details and to book your place, please click here.

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