All About Crayfish: Ecology, Monitoring and Conservation

3 -4 July 2018


This 2 day course, set in the beautiful Mendip Hills in Somerset, is designed to give trainees a solid grounding in crayfish ecology and survey methods together with an insight into the latest conservation techniques. It will cover all commonly used monitoring techniques with the opportunity to handle both native white-clawed and invasive signal crayfish.  There will also be visits to captive breeding facilities and ark sites plus discussions on options for controlling invasive crayfish based on latest research.


Nicky is running the course with Jen Nightingale, who has more than 20 years’ experience as an ecologist and is the UK Conservation Manager, at Bristol Zoological Society.  Jen has been involved with crayfish conservation since 2008, when she began the South West Crayfish Partnership (SWCP), which delivers crayfish conservation strategy throughout the south west..  Jen designed and developed a crayfish hatchery within Bristol Zoo Gardens that produces white-clawed crayfish for wild release and as brood stock for hatcheries.  Jen lives in Somerset where nine white-clawed crayfish ark sites (safe refuges) have been established; within her role she regularly surveys the sites, whilst establishing new ark sites around the south-west.  Jen is currently studying for her Ph.D. optimising aquaculture and tracking techniques for the white-clawed crayfish.


Course cost £250 includes two lunches, refreshments and training materials including a comprehensive reference list and ongoing free advice. Trainees are invited to dine with the trainers on the evening of July 3rd for informal discussions on all things crayfish. 



The course is supported by the South West Crayfish Partnership and profits go towards crayfish research