Water Vole Survey Techniques

Learn about the ecology, the habitat and the techniques used in surveying water voles.

You will learn water vole surveying, health and safety and how to complete the survey forms before spending the rest of the session outdoors on Winnall Moors where you will experience a real water vole survey and put your new skills into practice.

The Water vole surveying techniques course will cover:

  • An overview of water vole ecology.
  • An understanding of the threats to these species.
  • An understanding of and some practical experience in using the techniques involved in surveying for water voles.

In the afternoon you will take part in an actual water vole survey.

The Water vole surveying techniques course will require you to be able to walk and spend a fair amount of time bending down along an uneven river bank looking for water vole signs in our practical afternoon session.

Is this course for me?
This course is designed for people who are interested in finding out more about water voles, their habitat, life history and ecology and for people who may want to volunteer on water vole surveys to find out more about techniques and methods used or find out more about ecology as a career.

When and where?
Friday 12th May 2017 – 10am to 3pm

Please arrive 10 minutes before the course is due to start

Winnall Moors, Winchester
Meet at the Trinity Centre, Winchester SO23 8DX opposite the Willow Tree pub OS grid reference SU 486 297. Parking is available in the Durngate car park, this is a pay and display car park.

What do I need to bring?

  • Appropriate clothing
  • Wellington boots
  • A GPS if you have one may be useful
  • Packed lunch, drink or snacks

Tea, coffee & biscuits will be provided on the morning of the course.

Susan Simmonds – Assistant Education Officer

Susan has a lifelong passion for wildlife and graduated in Environmental Science, she has worked and volunteered in the conservation sector for over 15 years. Susan has previously worked as a sessional lecturer on the BTEC National Diploma course in Countryside Management and currently covers a number of degree sessions at Sparsholt College. Susan has a Certificate to teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (CTLLS) and enjoys teaching her skills through courses like plant species identification and mammal tracks and signs to others. She has a desire to make a difference and to play a part in conserving our natural world and believes that she can do that through further study and ultimately through lecturing and research. She loves species identification and regularly teaches wildflower identification; water vole survey techniques and more recently river fly surveying. Susan has worked closely with a local primary school to assist them in using their outdoor environment. As the chairperson for the school’s Woodland Committee she has written a management plan for the site and oversees its management. You can hear Susan several times a month in a slot on BBC Radio Wiltshire on Sunday lunchtimes, where she speaks about seasonal aspects of the countryside.

Key Information

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Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust




Biology, Ecology


Winnall Moors, Winchester. Hampshire

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