In the habitat surveys, you will learn how to conduct a basic forest survey which counts the number of big trees and record any special animal habitats such as tree hollows. Our survey leaders will be able to teach you about the importance of big trees, forest ecosystems and how these trees play an essential role for carbon storage.
Survey teams will focus on the forests of Weldborough and the Blue Tier glacial refugia documenting the flora of these forests. Team leader Botanist Nick Fitzgerald will show team members how to record and log survey data to INature App to contribute to the national database. Nick has participated in multiple Bioblitz events as a team leader and undertaken surveys of threatened forests from the Tarkine, Blue Tier, Styx, Weld and Florentine.
This survey will take you on a search for some of our forests most charismatic creatures… frogs! Our experienced survey leader Ian Bool will show you how scientists survey frogs. You will learn how to identify frog calls, identify their habitat and learn about all the species that live in the Blue Tier region.
Photography workshop for plant I.D.
Qualified photography tutor Steve Pearce will show you how to use your DLSR, standard digital camera or even smartphone camera to take pictures of plants, fungi and mosses that can be used to identify species. This means there is no need to take samples out of the forest and has less impact on the environment.
Fauna camera trap setting & retrieval
Fauna camera traps are one of the most useful and least invasive ways to find out what animals are moving through the landscape, especially when we are not around disturbing them. Learn how to set up a survey site, and retrieve information from these cameras throughout the weekend. Led by ecologists with experience using camera traps for conservation work these field trips will take place in the early morning, and later in the evening.
Led by ecologist and illustrator Dr. Jen Sanger, these sessions are suitable for absolute beginner drawers and more expert artists alike. Classes are about observing nature rather than artistic talent. Please bring pencils, drawing paper, and any other paints or pens that you may wish to use. Limited materials (pencil & paper) can be provided for those without who feel inspired on the spot to take part. If you are not comfortable with standing for long periods of sitting on the ground, please bring along a folding chair. All are welcome.
Using hand held bat sonar detectors small groups will scan the forests for the unique calls of bats in the dusk period, logging the calls and sending them back to Bat Expert Lisa Cawthen to log and examine. Bat sonar detector boxes will also be placed in tree canopies for longer periods to record bat calls over multiple nights.
Masked Owl Survey
Using call and response recording technology small groups will survey areas of high habitat potential to record Owl calls, and aim to get images of Owls recorded.
* Frequency of surveys may change dependent on weather conditions.