Tag: Ecology

Phase 1 Habitat Survey Workshop

Rachel guides us through mapping techniques

Rachel guides us through classifications of woodland

37 CAN members gathered at Cottons Hotel, Knutsford for the final event of the 2014/2015 calendar – the Phase 1 Habitat Survey Workshop, led by ecology consultant and botanical enthusiast Rachel Hacking.

Rachel guided participants through the guiding principles of doing surveys, beginning with desktop preparations and using mapping techniques. We then began to look at the classification of habitats using the JNCC criteria. The subjective categories of habitats was explained, including the difficult interpretations between semi-natural and plantation woodland. The classifications of grasslands from unimproved to improved were detailed, including tips on the indicative species of vegetation as well as incoporating ecologist ‘gizz’ towards reaching the appropriate classification.

We finished by first looking at how to use the baseline map to draw the classifications for easy habitat identification for clients/users of the survey data, and secondly with a brief glance at GIS and report writing, including what should go in the target notes! Members were given help and advice from Rachels experiences of doing Phase 1 surveys, including what to include in the data and notes, and how to map the habitats in the field using shorthand methods.

The workshop draws this events calendar to a close, and CAN wishes to thank Rachel for delivering the workshop. Members are eager to participate on her planned ‘Phase 1, Part 2’ event, which will be on the next calendar, to be announced shortly. Part 2 will be a field-based survey walkthrough.

Ecologist Tim Body has written a blog about his experience of the event. It can be read here: https://fromheretoecology.wordpress.com/2015/02/16/phase-1-can/ 

Great Crested Newt License Event (2011)

The first two GCN events were held over the bank holiday weekend and went swimmingly. Twenty seven keen cannies turned up and braved the glorious sunshine and moonshine to learn about the various methodologies involved in surveying for the county’s second commonest newt. They then had their chance to put their skills into practise by bottle trapping, torching and egg searching. All three species of newt were available for close inspection before being released into the night.  After the four hour evening session the attendees returned in the morning to retieve their bottle traps and contents followed by a talk by Rachel on current legislation.  The next session in August will cover GCN larval identification and a look at what the GCN shares the pond with.

CAN Members enjoying the GCN event

Two newts in Anthony’s trap

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