A Focus On Nature

British Mammals Workshop


 This two-day course will be a fantastic opportunity for up to 30 young naturalists to discover the elusive and oft-neglected world of British mammals through both talks, workshops and direct contact with both captive and wild animals. Lead by renowned conservationist Derek Gow at his Devon-based farm and wildlife photography centre (as seen in BBC documentary ‘The Burrowers’), the aim is for attendees to attain a lasting understanding of how to identify and survey mammals both directly and through methods such as field signs and pellet analysis, understand the methodology behind small mammal trapping ,and learn about the conservation issues surrounding British mammals today and what the future holds – in particular the case for reintroducing the beaver, which live in semi-wild groups around Derek’s farm that we will spend time observing.


Date: 1pm, Saturday 27th September – 4pm, Sunday 28th September 2014

Venue: Upcott Grange Farm, Broadwoodwidger, Lifton, Devon PL16 0JS.

Meals and drinks will be provided.

Aged 16 and over; under 18s must provide a parental consent form.


The price for the whole course is £15. Paypal payment to lucy@afon.org.uk

Unfortunately, expenses for travel or accommodation cannot be covered.


Free overnight camping space is available on the farm, although you must bring your own tent.

Alternatively, there are several B&Bs and inns nearby – a small selection can be seen here (http://www.wcwpc.co.uk/accommodation.htm). Please note however that A Focus on Nature cannot reimburse any accommodation fees.


Booking must be made online via PayPal. Please note we are limited to 30 persons.



Arrive 1pm

Introduction to mammals presentation

Captive mammal viewing – inc. fox, otter and pine marten.

Set longworth traps

Beaver watch

Evening meal


Red deer watch

Check longworth traps


Trapping discussion

Meet more captive mammals – inc. wildcat, water vole and wild boar.

Footprints workshop


Owl pellet/scat analysis

Closing discussion

4pm finish