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Class Code
AF203E
Module Title
Amphibians In The Environment - A Holisitic View Of Their Place In Nature
Venue
Llysdinam Field Centre
Town
Llandrindod Wells
Day
Sat-Sun
Start Time
10.00AM
End Time
VARIES
Start Date
17-03-2018
End Date
18-03-2018
Tutor(s)
Slater, Fred(Dr)
Fees
£60.00 (concessions: £50.00)
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Brief description

Amphibians tend to be undervalued as part of the wildlife resources of our towns and countryside. This short introductory course attempts to remedy this omission by highlighting examples where these animals are key drivers in the food webs of our natural environment.

Note

This module is at CQFW Level 3

Content

The course will consist of interactive discussions on the following topics each taking 30 minutes to 1 hour (6 hours) plus 2 x 2 hour outdoor practical sessions including a visit to a toad migration site.
• Introduction, context and Blackboard.
• Pre-course task will be reviewed using Blackboard.
• Amphibian identification skills as a practical “vocabulary” as a base for the rest of the course. (includes practical work)
• Amphibian life cycles.(includes practical work)
• Amphibian biomass compared to small mammal biomass in the same area.
• Amphibians in the food chain at each stage in their metamorphic cycle. (includes practical work)
• Amphibians for pest control – successes and failures.
• People’s ponds and why they construct them – aesthetics and connecting with nature.
• Nutrient cycling between aquatic and terrestrial systems.
• Amphibian mitigation measures leading to pond creation, maintaining water quality, creation of underpasses etc.
• Human uses of amphibians, cultural, medicinal and exploitative.
• How then do amphibians provide ecosystem services?
• Assessment and poster guidelines.


Note

This module is at CQFW Level 3

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