Land Mammal Identification

The Land Mammal Identification Course is an exciting opportunity to identify many British mammals through field signs, live-trapping and sightings.

The course is practically based with field and laboratory sessions designed to introduce a range of detection and identification skills. Please note this course does not look at bats. We will be identifying mammals by examination of museum specimens and small mammal trapping. The course will also include looking at species identification by droppings, footprints, owl pellet analysis and feeding signs. Students will gain an insight into recording exercises for mammals and will develop an understanding of aspects of mammal ecology and conservation and some of the licensing issues associated with British land mammals. The practical sessions we undertake are likely to mean long days with early mornings and late nights.


This is one of a series of courses (Units) run jointly with Manchester Metropolitan University contributing to the MSc Biological Recording and Ecological Monitoring and the Postgraduate Certificate in Biological Recording. To gain university credits you must be registered for the programme in advance of this course. For further details please contact:

Department of Natural Sciences, Manchester Metropolitan University, (Shrewsbury Office). E-mail:

The Unit will be assessed through, for example, identification tests, survey reports, field journals, production of keys, essays or other forms of assessment.

If you are aged 18-25, you are eligible for a £50 discount thanks to the Generation Green project, click here to find out more.

Please note, the fee is for tuition, packed lunch and refreshments only.
If you would like to book accommodation and an evening meal at FSC Preston Montford, please call 01743 852040.

How to Apply

Book online here.

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Key Information

Start date:

27th August 2021 at 6:00pm




Field Studies Council and MMU




Conservation, Ecology, Nature & Wildlife


FSC Preston Montford, Shropshire, United Kingdom