As part of Wiltshire’s Mammal Atlas Project (WMAP) a number of training courses and other activities are being run. Details will be posted of all upcoming events, so keep an eye on this website – or to make it even easier you can follow us from the button on the homepage and you’ll get automatic updates when new posts are added. You can also sign up as a volunteer and receive email notifications about specific activities.
Tracks and Signs Training Course
This full day course consists of a morning session covering mammal field signs, how to undertake WMAP surveys and how to submit data. The afternoon session is a search around the reserve where the training is taking place, putting the theory into practice to see what signs can be discovered.
Owl Pellet Analysis Workshop
This is a half day training course in owl pellet analysis to enable identification of prey species using binocular microscopes. Date: Sunday 24th January 2016.
Long-term structured monitoring takes place around the county throughout the year, some of this is organised by the group and some by our partners. This includes:
National Dormouse Monitoring Project visits
See Dormouse Monitoring Sites for full information on this long-term monitoring scheme at various sites. Monthly
Nockatt’s Coppice and Heytesbury Wood Dormouse Tubes
A monitoring project which was set up in 2014. Each check takes 2-3 hours. Come prepared for muddy ground (wellies!) and bramble (you may wish to bring gloves). Bring lunch and refreshments. Dates TBC
Various talks are arranged through the year by members of the group. These will be publicised beforehand on the homepage of this site. If there is a topic or speaker that you’re interested in let us know or arrange it yourself and tell us when to make it!
The group meet on a six-monthly basis at Wiltshire Wildlife Trust’s head offices in Devizes. If you would like to come along and find out more about what we are up to then please contact us. Meeting dates will be announced in our regular newsletter and via posts on this website.