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Water vole survey techniques

Learn about the ecology, the habitat and the techniques used in surveying water voles. You will learn water vole surveying, health and safety and how to complete the survey forms before spending the rest of the session outdoors on Winnall Moors. Here you will experience a real water vole survey and put your new skills into practice.

Event details

Meeting point

Trinity Winchester, Bradbury House, Durngate, Winchester SO23 8DX next to Winnall Moors


10am - 3pm
A static map of Water vole survey techniques

About the event

The Water vole surveying techniques course will cover:

  • An overview of water vole ecology.
  • An understanding of the threats to these species.
  • An understanding of and some practical experience in using the techniques involved in surveying for water voles.

In the afternoon you will take part in an actual water vole survey.

The water vole surveying techniques course will require you to be able to walk and spend a fair amount of time bending down along an uneven river bank looking for water vole signs in our practical afternoon session.

Is this course for me?
This course is designed for people who are interested in finding out more about water voles - their habitat, life history and ecology. It is also for people who may want to volunteer on water vole surveys to find out more about techniques and methods used, or to find out more about ecology as a career.

When and where?
Friday 15th May 2020 – 10am to 3pm
Please arrive 10 minutes before the course is due to start
Winnall Moors, Winchester

Meet at the Trinity Centre, Winchester SO23 8DX opposite the Willow Tree pub OS grid reference SU 486 297.
Parking is available in the Durngate car park, this is a pay and display car park.

What do I need to bring?

  • Appropriate clothing
  • Wellington boots
  • A GPS if you have one may be useful
  • Packed lunch, drink or snacks


Your Tutor

Susan Simmonds – Engagement Officer

Susan has a lifelong passion for wildlife and graduated in Environmental Science. She has worked and volunteered in the conservation sector for over 20 years. Susan is also a sessional lecturer at Sparsholt College on the Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Management degree.

Susan has a Certificate to teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (CTLLS) and enjoys teaching her skills through courses like plant species identification and mammal tracks and signs to others.

She has a desire to make a difference and to play a part in conserving our natural world and believes that she can do this through passing on knowledge and enthusiasm and therefore empowering others. She loves species identification and regularly teaches wildflower identification; water vole survey techniques and more recently river fly surveying.

Susan loves the outdoors and spends her free time hiking and cycling. She's currently also training to be a Duke of Edinburgh leader.




Additional booking information

Booking is Essential

Other information

Over the past few months there has been an increased drug use issue on the reserve and consequently drug paraphernalia has been found on a few occasions. The site is always checked before an event and although we follow the full risk assessment we need to make you aware of this issue.

Suitable for


Know before you go


No dogs permitted


People with limited mobility should contact the organiser in advance

Parking information

Parking is available in the Durngate car park, this is a pay and display car park

Contact us

Susan Simmonds
Contact number: 07825 201538