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Pond and Stream Invertebrate Life

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    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.

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    Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th October 2014.
    Another course runs Fri 2nd - Sun 4th Oct 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 £120, call 01654 704952 to book.

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If you have fond childhood memories of dipping nets in to ponds and streams to catch newts and sticklebacks and of collecting frogspawn, then this is the course for you.

Build on this elementary knowledge and explore further the lives of the many invertebrate animals that make up a freshwater ecosystem.

Field visits will be made to ponds and streams here at CAT where different sampling techniques will be used to collect aquatic organisms.

With the specimens indoors, their amazing diversity, adaptations and life cycles will be revealed with the aid of microscopes, identification keys and of course, help from the tutor.

The monitoring and management of ponds and streams to both asses their general status and to improve their biodiversity will be covered briefly.

This module explores the invertebrates of freshwater pond and stream habitats.
During field work, a variety of techniques will be used to collect specimens. These will be observed, identified as far as is feasible and recorded in the laboratory with the aid of microscopes and reference literature. Selected examples will be studied in greater depth to cover life cycle and structural adaptations to habitat.
The course introduces students to the methods used to sample and monitor of ponds and streams and touch upon the management of these habitats in order to maintain or improve their biodiversity.

Content:
Seminars (2 x2 hours) covering:
- Overview of the physical and chemical environment of different pond and stream habitats that impact on aquatic invertebrates.
- How to keep a field/practical notebook of observed data.

Field work/ Practical workshops (16 hours over a minimum of three sessions) covering:
- Methodology used to collect/sample a wide range of freshwater invertebrate groups
- Identification (to an appropriate level) of the common invertebrates in ponds and streams.
- Using reference keys
- Observation of living material to observe structural and behavioural adaptations
- Investigation of life cycles and trophic levels of major groups ,br>- Keeping a field/practical notebook of observed data.

On completion of this module, students should be able to:
1.Use appropriate techniques to sample invertebrates in ponds and streams.
2.Identify the main groups of organisms and describe their main characteristics.
3.Describe their distributions, adaptations, life cycles, and trophic levels.
4.Accurately record observations and data in a field notebook.

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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Course fees are £100, please book onto the course through Aberystwyth University 01970 62 2682 before booking your optional full board accommodation at CAT.

Full board accommodation at CAT costs £120.

Please book accommodation by emailing courses@cat.org.uk or by phone on 01654 704 952.

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