Introduction to Biological Recording at Knepp Castle

This course represents a unique opportunity to learn about biological recording from three experienced FSC tutors on a residential course within the Knepp Castle Estate, Sussex – home to one of the most innovative and talked-about rewilding projects in the UK!

This course is aimed at the naturalist who wants to become more involved in biological recording. During the course you will be introduced to topics like:

  • making biological records;
  • understanding recording organisations and the recording community;
  • choosing and using identification resources; and
  • submitting your biological records (including instruction on using iRecord);

We will use this knowledge during practical sessions, for example moth trapping, bat detecting and wild flower recording, taking you through the process of biological recording from sampling and identification to submitting records. We will explore the grounds of the Knepp Castle Estate and learn about the amazing habitats created by the rewilding project from the estate ecologist.

Through a mixture of formal and informal teaching and field sessions this course will leave you with an understanding of UK biological recording, and the ability to contribute valuable records yourself.

No prior knowledge or experience of biological recording is needed – just bring your passion for wildlife and a desire to contribute as a biological recorder!

There are two options for your accommodation: stay in a Shepherd’s Hut, Yurt or Bell Tent (£170 – select ‘luxury glamping’ option) or you can bring your own tent and camp on the estate’s camping ground (£90 – select ‘bring your own tent’ option). Full catering is provided with both options.

Included: course tuition; lunch & dinner on Monday 31st July; breakfast, lunch and dinner on Tues 1st Aug; breakfast and lunch on Weds 2nd Aug; accommodation on Mon and Tues night.

Places are strictly limited to 12, so book now!

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Field Studies Council




Biology, Environment & Sustainability


Knepp Castle Estate, Sussex

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