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Understanding Amphibians

  • Amphibians at CATAmphibians at CAT

    Aberystwyth University Life Long Learning programme: Certificate of Field Ecology/Conservation Each course/module costs £100, please book onto the course through Aberystwyth University 01970 62 2682 before booking your optional full board accommodation at CAT.

  • Frogspawn in the lake at CATFrogspawn in the lake at CAT

    Friday 27th to Sunday 29th March 2015.
    Course starts at 10am.
    Course fees are £100, please book onto the course through Aberystwyth University 01970 62 2682
    Full board accommodation at CAT £130.

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The course begins with the question “What are amphibians?” How have they evolved and what characteristics do they have, particularly those which separate them from their reptile relatives?

We then consider the range of amphibian species worldwide and the groups to which they belong before focussing attention on native and introduced species in Britain.Practical sessions identifying all the amphibians native to Wales will consolidate this part of the course.

The course then considers species distribution both at a UK scale and at the level of habitat in relation to life cycle and general ecology.

A brief look at aspects of anatomy, physiology and parasitology will be included where these link in to ecology and behaviour e.g. skeletal features used to identify remains; highly vascularised skin for respiration.

Amphibian decline particularly in relation to disease is an important topic which will be dealt with at this point.

Having considered amphibians and the law, how to survey for individual species, what measures can be taken to conserve existing populations and mitigate against habitat loss, practical survey techniques will be practised including netting, bottle trapping, egg search and terrestrial refugia.

The course will end with a review of the groups and societies interested in amphibians if students wished to further an interest in this group.

More information on Aberystwyth School of Lifelong Learning

The University of Aberystwyth School of Education and Lifelong Learning aims to offer a range of accredited (intensive) courses at CAT to enable students to gain a Higher Education Certificate in Field Ecology.

The Certificates would take a minimum of two to three years to complete. Gaining the Certificate would enable you to become a competent field ecologist, able to plan and undertake field survey work and identify key species. These are useful skills that are in high demand for many environmental and conservation jobs.

The core courses of this Certificate cover general ecology, the diversity of plants and animals and plant identification.
There are also many key and optional courses to choose from involving the identification, habitat and general ecology of a range of groups: invertebrates, mammals, bats, mosses, lichens, grasses, flowering plants, birds, pond life and many more.

Individual courses can be built up in to the Certificate of Field Ecology.

If you are interested in working towards this Certificate, more information, help or advice is available from the School of Education and Lifelong Learning Aberystwyth University, telephone Paula Hughes 01970 62 2682 (mornings only) .

You do not need a scientific background to succeed.

For more information on taking this course as part of a field certificate through Aberystwyth School of Lifelong Learning Click here
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