Small Mammal Surveying Techniques

An introduction to small mammal surveying and trapping techniques course, learn about ecology, handling and surveying of small mammals in the UK. This is a rare chance to see our native small mammals up close.

This is a two part course with an indoor evening presentation on small mammal ID, ecology and surveying techniques, followed by a morning field session checking the live small mammal traps. You will learn about

  • Small mammal identification techniques
  • Small mammal ecology
  • Survey techniques
  • Safe handling techniques for small mammals
  • Setting live traps

By the end of the course you will be able to put your small mammal ID skills into practice and handle any small mammals found in the live traps.

Is this course for me?

If you are a beginner, improver, working or volunteering in ecology and conservation or simply interested in our native small mammals this is a great introduction to small mammal ecology and surveying techniques.

When and where?

Wednesday 25 October – 7pm to 9pm and Saturday 28 October 2017 – 9am to 12noon

Please arrive 10 minutes before the course is due to start

Testwood Lakes, Totton near Southampton

Meet at the Testwood Lakes Education Centre, free parking is available on site.

What do I need to bring?

Wednesday – Indoor Session

  • Paper & pen
  • Please bring your own refreshments

Saturday – Field Session

  • Warm and dry outdoor clothing for the weather on the day
  • Strong, comfortable footwear for walking
  • Thin gloves for handling mammals
  • Please bring your own refreshments


Sarah Jackson

Sarah is Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust’s Ecologist, she has worked at the Trust for over 5 years having previously worked for an ecological consultancy.  Sarah has a degree in Zoology and a Masters in Biodiversity Surveying with her dissertation on ‘pond creation as a mitigation technique for great crested newts’.  Her role at the Trust includes co-ordinating and delivering the survey and monitoring programme for the Trust estate, providing surveys and advice to external parties, and being the Trust representative for the species groups.  Her particular interests are amphibians, reptiles and bats.

How to Apply

Please visit our website or contact Deborah by e-mail at or by telephone on 01489774400.

Please mention when enrolling in this Course!

Key Information

Start date:

25th October 2017 at 7:00pm




Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust




Ecology, Workshop & Practical Skills


Testwood Lakes, Totton Southampton. Hampshire, United Kingdom

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