Water Vole Training Course

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Date:

Wednesday 19 April 2017 10:00am until 3:30 pm

Price:
free

Get tickets from:
email - joanna.birkin@southlanarkshire.gov.uk


Event's Address:

Platform, The bridge, 1000 Westerhouse Road, Glagow G34 9JW

This free one day course will provide practical training on the identification of grassland (also known as fossorial) and wetland water voles through field signs and survey guidelines.  Water voles are frequently recorded in grassland habitat in Europe, however, in the UK it has long been thought they exist exclusively in wetlands.  In 2008, urban populations of water voles living in grassland patches came to light and further studies have revealed high density populations living along the M8 corridor, and in parks and derelict sites in Glasgow.  It is considered likely that grassland-dwelling behaviour is far more common in the UK than we previously thought.  The course will include a field trip to wetland and grassland sites to the east of Glasgow, with known populations of water voles. 

This project is funded by CAVLP (Clyde & Avon Valley Landscape Partnership) and South Lanarkshire’s Countryside & Greenspace Team.  The training is part of a wider campaign to determine the presence of the native water vole in South Lanarkshire, as the current records of this mammal are sparse in this large region, by working with neighbouring local authorities who have knowledge and experience of this rare species.

 

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