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A range of NGOs and other non­com­mer­cial bod­ies of­fer cour­ses cov­er­ing iden­ti­fi­ca­tion and surveying tech­niques, of­ten to vol­un­teers but also to oth­ers in­clud­ing con­ser­va­tion pro­fes­sion­als and stu­dents. Lo­cal Wildlife Trusts run reg­u­lar hand­son cour­ses ( www.wildlifetr­, many of which are aimed at stu­dents. For ex­am­ple, Cheshire Wildlife Trust ( www. cheshirewi­l­ of­fers a ses­sion on small mam­mal trap­ping and surveying, and Not­ting­ham WT’s At­ten­bor­ough Na­ture Re­serve hosts species ID, pho­tog­ra­phy and habi­tat sur­vey train­ing. Cour­ses may be free to Trust vol­un­teers – an­other good rea­son to of­fer your time.

The Mam­mal So­ci­ety runs species-fo­cused cour­ses such as Dor­mouse Ecol­ogy and Con­ser­va­tion ( www.mam­­ing/cour­ses), and also of­fers mem­ber dis­counts on train­ing with al­lied or­gan­i­sa­tions, such as Sea Watch Foun­da­tion Ce­tacean Sur­vey Train­ing Course. The Field Stud­ies Coun­cil of­fers more than 300 cour­ses across a wide range of nat­u­ral his­tory and en­vi­ron­men­tal sub­jects ( www.field-stud­ies-coun­­door­class­room/uni­ver­si­ties/ ca­reers-train­ing.aspx), many of which help stu­dents de­velop skills in tax­on­omy and field­work. Grants are avail­able, and un­der­grad­u­ates canca also un­der­take work place­ments.

Sur­vey projects are a great way to get up close and per­sonal with wildlife.

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