Training Course: All About British Bats

Organisation: Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust
Location: Blashford Lakes near Ringwood
Date: 17th September & 1st October 2014
Cost: £52
Contact email: courses@hiwwt.org.uk



So much more than a bat walk!

Led by Phil Smith (bat ecologist, Natural England licensed bat roost visitor and volunteer with East Dorset Bat Rescue and Rehabilitation) this two evening course will include an outdoor session looking for bats on the nature reserve and a classroom based lecture on:

• bat ecology
• habitat
• behaviour
• bats and the law
• bat survey techniques
• How to choose and use a bat detector
• How to identify bats

In addition East Dorset Bat Rescue and Rehabilitation hope to bring some live bats to one of the evenings for a close bat encounter!

This course is designed for people who are interested in, or hope to work with bats and want to understand more about bats and surveying techniques.

For more information, visit: http://www.hiwwt.org.uk


Training Course: Animals – Mammals/Diversity and Conservation

Organisation: Edinburgh Zoo
Location: Edinburgh
Date: 23 September 2014 (8 week course)
Cost: tbc
Contact email: myedinburgh@edinburgh.gov.uk


This is an “introductory” level course to the diversity and variety of mammal species, especially those to be seen at Edinburgh Zoo and the Highland Wildlife Park associated with the work of the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland. The course will include some opportunities to meet staff that care for various animals and discover some of the stories about them, as well as gain understanding of the conservation of biodiversity and mammals in particular.  This course also aims to engage participants in activities associated with enrichment and behaviour and to examine the welfare needs of different animals.

By the end of the course, students will have learned:

– to acquire an understanding of how RZSS and other conservation organisations take proper account of diverse issues in undertaking conservation work;
– to be able to discuss and form opinions upon conservation and different techniques used to support species and habitats;
– information about and ability to discuss the diversity of mammals and their importance in ecosystems and life on earth.


Happy World Lion Day!

Today we celebrate World Lion Day; an international day to mark the majesty and plight of our incredible yet vanishing lions.

Lions are a truly global symbol – everyone instantly recognises and understands their unmistakeable features. On one hand a playful and misunderstood cat, on the other a renowned and revered killer. Say what you like about lions, they’re diminishing fast. Only somewhere between 16,500 and 47,000 African lions still live in the wild, while the Asiatic lion is now classed as officially endangered.


Today is our chance to commemorate and celebrate these majestic, magical big cats. Whether it’s pledging to march for their survival, or to donate time or money to help safeguard their existence on our fragile planet, why not play your part and take action for lions today? None of us want to see a day where the only lions in existence are those in zoos. Let’s all join together to do what we can, while we can.

Happy Lion Day, everyone.

For a full list of global animal events taking place throughout the year please visit our Calendar

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Happy World Cat Day!

Today, August 8th, it’s World Cat Day; a worldwide opportunity to celebrate all things feline.

The worldwide population of cats is estimated to be over 500 million. That’s 14 people to every cat, and one hell of a lot of hairballs.


The smallest species of cat is the rusty-spotted cat, found in India and Sri Lanka, while the largest is of course, the tiger –  which over the last 100 years has lost an incredible 93% of its historic range. Cats of all shapes and sizes are both revered and reviled across the world. Pampered by some, poached by others – almost everyone you meet has an opinion on kitty shaped critters.

But for today, let’s celebrate these amazing, hilarious, nutty little creatures – starting with taking a look at 15 Reasons Why Cats Are Better Than Dogs.

I’d also like this opportunity to shamelessly show off my own fluffy feline, Crumble. Constantly entertaining and consistently adorable, I literally can’t imagine my life without her biting my feet and covering me in hair. If you have pictures of your own kitties, please do share them – a day filled with cat photos is a good day all round. And if you do have a kitty, give them an extra big hug today. World Cat Day is but once a year.

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Training Course: Animal Tracks and Signs

Organisation: Wild things!
Location: Findhorn, Moray
Date: 20th – 21st September 2014
Cost: £150
Contact email: enquiries@wild-things.org.uk


Animal Tracks and Signs: NCFE certificate Unit 1 of a Level 2 Animal Tracks and Signs qualification*

How many toes does an otter have and how would you know a fox print from a dog or who ate the pine cone on the forest floor? Learn the basics of animal tracks and signs on this exciting new Wild things! accredited course and no walk in the woods will be the same again!

This stimulating two day course will lead to an accredited qualification for participants who pass the assessments. Like our other courses, there will be a strong emphasis on experiential learning and assessment will be based on both practical and classroom skills. This is an ideal course for anyone who would like to learn more about the wildlife in our local habitats.

This is a non residential course but we can recommend some nearby accommodation providers to suit all budgets.

*Please note. This is unit one of a three unit course. You will receive a certificate after completing unit 1. We will be running unit two and three in 2015 with dates TBC.


Training Course: Dormouse Ecology

Organisation: The Mammal Society
Location: Callow Rock, Cheddar
Date: 22nd August 2014
Cost: From £84
Contact email: training@themammalsociety.org


This one day course is recognised as the definitive course on dormouse ecology and monitoring. Ideal for those with a general interest and those working towards their Dormouse Handling Licence*. There’s a visit to check nest boxes, and often the opportunity to handle dormice under supervision with guidance on best practice.

*Dormouse Licences are issued by Natural England and NRW. Two licensed referees are required for any application. As references should be based on the observation of a person’s skills over an extended period of time, The Mammal Society does not provide references. We do however provide a certificate confirming completion of the training which will help in the assessment of your application.




Event: Annual International Primate Rescue Convention

Venue: Rain Bar, Manchester
Date: 13th September 2014
Cost: £10
Website: http://www.iprescue.org
Contact name: Lucy Younger
Contact telephone: 07814408251
Contact email: lucy.younger@iprescue.org.uk

This September, International Primate Rescue will be hosting a convention to thank all their supporters, funders and volunteers – while providing a fantastic opportunity for people to ask questions about their work, how they care for their wide array of primates and how you can get involved.


One of the main aspects of the evening will be to help raise vital funds for the development and expansion of the sanctuary, which currently houses over 100 rescued primates and is imminently awaiting the arrival of crab-eating macaques from Israel.

The sanctuary staff are working hard to maintain and build new enclosures to address the increasing demand for rescued primates, as they expect between 60 and 100 new arrivals this year.

The event will take place at the award winning Rain Bar in the heart of Manchester and promises to be a fascinating, entertaining evening, with a fantastic cause at its heart. To order tickets or for more information, visit www.iprescue.org