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Working with Crayfish: Survey Methods, Ecology, Mitigation, Licensing and Invasive Species

Crayfish                                                   

Summary

This popular course, now in its 17th year, provides a field-based introduction to a range of fieldwork with crayfish, in the marvellous setting of the Yorkshire Dales. An authoritative and practical review of crayfish ecology and field methods is presented, including both standing and flowing water sites.

Description

White-clawed crayfish are rapidly disappearing throughout much of the country. This is partly due to the spread of American Signal Crayfish and the plague it carries; the wider ecological and economic impacts are also becoming increasingly apparent.

This popular course, now in its 17th year, provides a field-based introduction to a range of fieldwork with crayfish, in the marvellous setting of the Yorkshire Dales. An authoritative and practical review of crayfish ecology and field methods is presented, including both standing and flowing water sites.

The content of this training event will contribute towards the development of competencies for survey of white-clawed crayfish, as set out in CIEEM guidance*.

Please note: Survey licences for White Clawed Crayfish in the UK are issued by Natural England, NRW, and NIEA. Two licensed referees are required for any application. Potential conservation licence applicants will require additional experience and competence, and will require both of their licence referees to have held conservation licences for several years. As all protected species licence references should be based on the observation of a person's skills over an extended period of time, CIEEM does not provide references following our training courses. We do however provide a certificate confirming completion of the training which will help in the assessment of your application.

Who Should Attend?

Ecological consultants, local authority ecologists and planners, conservation officers and licensing staff within SNCOs or NGO’s, environmental managers, wardens, rangers

Knowledge Level

Beginner - Intermediate

Learning Outcomes

  • Identification and handling skills for both White-clawed and invasive non-natives
  • Practical application of a range of survey techniques, including biosecurity
  • An understanding of crayfish fieldwork in Britain
  • An understanding of the measures to be considered to conserve native crayfish or control invasive non-native species
  • An understanding of the approaches to mitigation at development works

Refreshments

Refreshments throughout each day, evening meals and evening training sessions on 5 and 6 July are also included in the fee. Lunches are not included.

Course fees

The course fee includes all training and course materials as well as transport to field sites in the Yorkshire Dales and refreshments throughout each day. 

Lunches and accommodation are not included. There are a range of accommodation options available locally, from onsite camping/caravan park, to a number of guest houses, pubs and hotels within 5-10mins drive.

Timings

Training will start at 6pm on Wednesday 5 July, with an evening training session and meal.

Thursday 6 July will start at 9.30 and run all day, with an evening meal and second evening training session.

Training on Friday 7 July will run 9.30am - 4pm.

Tickets

Tickets Person(s) Price
Member Ticket 1 £335.00
Non-Member 1 £475.00