UK EWDA Student Field trip

EWDA UK Student & BVZS British Wildlife Health Network Field Trip

When:  Saturday 4th March 2017 1015-1600

Where: WWT Slimbridge, Gloucestershire, GL2 7BT (http://www.wwt.org.uk/wetland-centres/slimbridge/plan-your-visit/directions/)

We would like to invite you all to a day in Gloucestershire learning about two specific wildlife disease programmes. The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust will be hosting us, telling us about their work on wild bird surveillance and conservation, and showing us around their site at Slimbridge, Gloucestershire. With the recent outbreak of Avian Influenza this is very topical and we hope that this will be of  interest. Please come dressed for the outdoors.

On the subject of topical, badgers and TB are never far from the news in the UK. The Animal and Plant Health Agency has been studying the badger population at Woodchester Park in Gloucestshire for over 40 years. The scientists involved will be joining us to talk about the study and their research into badger TB epidemiology.

Further to the talks and tour on the day, members of the Wildlife Health Network will be helping to provide some student mentoring. If you are looking for professional contacts and want a place to meet them, there will be plenty of opportunity to do so in a relaxed setting.

Travel: You are welcome to drive to Slimbridge. Alternatively, we will be providing a bus (price included) from Stonehouse (local train station) to and from the venue. Transport will leave Stonehouse at 10.00, and return at 15.55. Please book sooner rather than later so that we can confirm the size of the coach!

Food: We will be providing morning and afternoon hot drinks and biscuits/pastries, but will not be able to provide lunch on site this time. Slimbridge has an onsite canteen where we will go for lunch, so you are welcome to buy lunch there/bring a packed lunch.

The student price for the day will be £15 to cover our venue and light refreshments, (non-student price £17.50). Register at https://rvcsutickets.org.uk/products/ewda-uk-student-bvzs-british-wildlife-health-network-field-trip?variant=37730168263 indicating whether you want a place on the free shuttle bus or not.

Any questions, please get in touch at ewdastudentuk@gmail.com

Looking forward to seeing you all there, Harriet, Sima, and Stuart (EWDA UK Student Reps)

Katie Beckmann (Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust and BVZS British Wildlife Health Network)

Freya Smith (APHA, Woodchester Park)