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Small Mammal Trapping & Identification

31/05/2024, 6:00 pm - 8:00pm
Shapwick Moor
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Small Mammal Trapping & Identification

Please note this is a two day event: Friday 31st May 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm & Saturday 1st June 7:00 am – 9:30 am

Learn how to capture and identify small mammals with Hawk and Owl Trust and Somerset Mammal Group

Shapwick Moor Nature Reserve is a haven for small mammals. The meadows here are managed in a way to promote populations of small mammals, especially field voles as these are the main prey source for many birds of prey such as Kestrels and Barn owls.

This Small Mammal Trapping and Identification workshop will take place over two days – the evening session will be used to set small mammal traps and the morning session the next day is to see what’s been caught overnight (the welfare of any trapped animal is of paramount importance which is why we have an early start). We will learn how to safely set small mammal traps, how to open them and identify any species we are lucky enough to catch. All animals will be released unharmed.

This workshop is open for all to attend, including families, although it is most suited to children aged 7 years and over. Parental discretion advised and under 18’s must be accompanied by an adult guardian.

Please wear suitable clothing and footwear – temperatures can drop in the evening and early morning.

Key information

COST

Hawk and Owl Trust Members – £20

Somerset Mammal Group Members – £20

Non-members – £25

DATE AND TIME

Friday 31st May 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm & Saturday 1st June 7:00 am – 9:30 am

WHERE

Meet in the Hawk and Owl Trust visitor car park.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Please click on the book your place link for further information and to book a place.

ACCESSIBILTY

We will be walking on a mixture of hardstanding track and grassy fields, most of which is level ground.

WHAT TO BRING

Please wear suitable clothing and footwear – temperatures can drop in the evening and early morning.

ORGANISED BY

The Hawk and Owl Trust

PHOTO CREDIT

Barry Edwards