Library of in depth features previously published in CJS Focus, articles written exclusively for CJS and profiles of relevent organisations and charities.  There is a wealth of information here across many different areas of the countryside, conservation, wildlife sectors accumulated over many years. The first CJS Focus (which was called CJS Special Edition at the time) was published in November 2004. Articles are listed chronologically.


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logo: Keep It Bin ItKeep It, Bin It: the national anti-littering campaign aiming to make dropping litter culturally unacceptable

No More Rubbish Excuses!

Millions of pieces of litter are dropped every day in England.  Anyone working in the environment sector will know that littering is not only unsightly, but has a devastating impact on our native wildlife. Worryingly, 1 in 5 people admit to dropping litter. A study last year showed 1 in 4 people ‘carefully litter’, which involves leaving drinks cans and coffee cups on window ledges or placing rubbish next to full bins.


logo: Partnership for Biodiversity in PlanningHow many small developers actually think about their wildlife impact?

Many householders and smaller developers may be unaware that local planning authorities (LPAs) have a statutory requirement to consider the ecological impact of development proposals, and to promote biodiversity improvements. Failure to consider the ecological impact can result in delays and additional knock-on costs for projects, such as when unforeseen ecological surveys have to be carried out during particular seasons or becoming caught up in costly court proceedings due to a failure to address legal protections on wildlife.


logo: WWTCanada, Russia, Scandinavia and Svalbard

Most of us will never make it to any of these places in our lifetime. You may not even have heard of Svalbard - it’s a Norwegian archipelago between mainland Norway and the North Pole where the small human population lives alongside reindeer and polar bears.

For hundreds of thousands of migratory birds, these far-flung places are their summer breeding grounds. But each year as the days start to shorten, these birds begin their journeys across land and sea, arriving hundreds and even thousands of miles later on the UK’s shores. Here, on our coastal and inland wetlands, they’ll over-winter and build up their fat reserves before starting their incredible journey back to their northern breeding grounds next spring.


logo: Yorkshire Dales Millennium TrustConnecting people and place

When People and the DALES (Diversity, Access, Learning, Environment, Sustainability), Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust’s outreach project, won the Government’s Year of Green Action Award, it was a celebration of not only ten years hard work but the number of lives the scheme has touched.

Representatives from the programme received the prestigious accolade in a parliamentary reception attended by Ministers and MPs as well as leaders from across the environmental sector.


logo: Countryside Management AssociationCJS Focus on Countryside Management.

in association with the Countryside Management Association

Published 23 September 2019

Full edition

Lead article: Some things change, some stay the same – reflections on the countryside profession in 2019, Ted Talbot

Conservation Grazing – the right animal in the right place at the right density, Rare Breeds Survival Trust

The Green Halo - Where nature, people and business flourish, New Forest National Park Authority

Fit for the Future, Rewilding Britain

A day in the life of a Countryside Ranger, Cheshire East Council

Changing nature of fly-tipping, CLA

Designated Sites - A Site Managers Perspective, Cornwall Wildlife Trust

The resurgence of traditional countryside management methods, reasons and benefits, SRUC

The perfect Countryside Ranger applicant - is there one? SCRA

Applicant vs employer - the difference of opinion

How did you get into that? Questions Rangers get asked, National Trust


logo: Hedgehog StreetThe changing habitats of hedgehogs

How the human landscape has influenced hedgehog habitats in the UK

Hedgehogs are a generalist species, not just in their feeding habits but also their choice of habitats. Our only native UK species, the west European hedgehog (Erinaceus europaeus) can thrive in both urban and rural environments. As the name suggests, hedgehogs are often found in and around hedgerows, but other habitats include farming pastures, woodland edges and more increasingly in gardens. The only places a hedgehog wouldn’t be found in the UK are some islands, and upland areas such as mountainsides.


logo: UK Squirrel AccordUK Squirrel Accord new website and photography competition launch

UK Squirrel Accord (UKSA) is a partnership of 37 leading conservation and forestry organisations, Government agencies and companies, with links to voluntary red squirrel conservation groups. Our aims are to work collaboratively to secure and expand red squirrel populations, and protect tree health, by managing negative impacts from invasive grey squirrels.



logo: BCP CouncilConservation - an accessible industry?

By Brian Heppenstall, Senior Ranger, Hengistbury Head

Brian discusses some of the hurdles to paid employment in the conservation sector and investigates why these are in place and how they can be overcome with the use of better practical experience, course provision, clearer careers advice along with job descriptions and employer expectations.


logo: ORCAORCA’s Whale Education Month 2019

Whale Education Month is a project run by ORCA, to encourage students (and their teachers!), to learn more about the importance of whales and dolphins, and their conservation, during the month of October. For the past 3 years, ORCA has developed a series of lesson plans to enthuse and inspire students about whales and dolphins.  Teachers are encouraged to deliver the ‘Whale Education Month’ materials throughout October, to coincide with World Animal Day on the 4th October.  However, the materials can be downloaded and used at any time throughout the year. 


logo: Life on the VergeLife on the Verge in Devon

Road verges are an important wildlife resource and an integral part of Devon's heritage. When managed properly, road verges provide ecological networks with an astonishing amount of wildlife - according to Plantlife, road verges across the UK support over 700 plant species and nearly 45% of our native flora. They also provide one of the only opportunities for us to see wildflowers on a daily basis, in our towns and villages.

A pilot project in the North Devon Biosphere to help communities revitalize their roadside verges, and by doing so create a network of safe havens for wildflowers and endangered pollinators, has been so successful it has been launched across the whole of Devon county.


National GetOutside Day is back on Sunday 29 September

Across the country, there are almost 20 million people who want to get outside, but for whatever reason don't, and this is a huge opportunity for us all.  

GetOutside is an initiative for everyone, and you can get involved too. It’s the perfect opportunity to talk to more people and show them how good it feels to be outside.   

We want to rally the nation by simply asking the question: ‘Will you go out with me?’ …and then taking someone outside!


logo: Five Rivers Environmental ContractingConcepts of River Renovation

As World River’s Day approaches (22 September 2019), it seems fitting that CJS asked me to write an article about my work on rivers. As part of the project management team at Five Rivers Environmental Contracting Ltd. I am at the forefront of seeing the best, but unfortunately also some of the worst, rivers in our country. You might be shocked to know that only 14% of water bodies in England are in good ecological status.


logo: RSPBCelebrating 50 years of RSPB groups

Did you know the first RSPB groups were in Epping Forest (now North East London group), Bath, Coventry and Newcastle, all established in 1969?

We have nearly 150 groups around the UK. They are the face and voice of the RSPB in local communities - groups of people working together to really make a difference for nature where it counts.


logo: The Land TrustThe Land Trust: celebrating 15 years and looking forward to a bright future

As the Land Trust celebrates its 15th birthday, Chief Executive, Euan Hall, who championed the establishment of the Trust, looks back on everything they have achieved during that time, and what the charity’s ambitions are for the future.

When the Land Trust was established in 2004 I don’t think anyone involved at that time could have predicted the potential of what we would go on to achieve. We now have 70 sites across England and Scotland and deliver a huge amount of charitable activity that makes an amazing contribution to the lives of the people that live or work near one of our spaces.


logo: Stour Valley PathThe Stour Valley Path is 25 years old!

2019 marks the 25th anniversary of the Stour Valley Path, a long distance walking route that stretches over 60 miles (97km), through Cambridgeshire, Suffolk and Essex. It closely follows the River Stour, from its source near Newmarket, to where it joins the estuary at Cattawade, near Manningtree. This meandering, peaceful route will take you through a landscape of gently rolling hills, quiet woodlands, fresh riverside pastures and over 20 picturesque towns and villages.


logo: CNP - 70yearsofnationalparks70 years of National Park adventure

Each year around 100 million of us will experience the incredible beauty, tranquillity and fun to be had across the 13 National Parks of England and Wales. Now 70 years old, our National Parks are more important than ever, providing the space for adventure, space to be ourselves and to work through our problems. Space that’s so desperately needed in modern society.

This summer we are celebrating one of the special benefits these extraordinary landscapes provide. Adventure.


logo: London National Park CityLondon is a National Park City

Following in the impressive footsteps of National Parks covering every type of environment, the UK’s biggest urban jungle is now recognised for its rich biodiversity, amazing heritage and breadth of cultures. It may not have the same planning powers or statutory protection as the existing National Parks, but it is by far the easiest to get around without a car.


logo: Staffordshire Wildlife Trust50 not out for Staffordshire Wildlife Trust

It was 1969 when a small band of people launched Staffordshire Wildlife Trust with the aim of looking after wildlife and wild places across the county.

The group was directed by naturalist, author and broadcaster Phil Drabble (of 'One Man And His Dog' fame), who lived in Abbots Bromley, and soon after, it purchased its first nature reserve (Loynton Moss). A management committee was set up alongside the ownership of the reserve, with one of the trustees, bird expert Frank Gribble acting as leader of the group, who was awarded an MBE in 1996 for services to nature conservation.

logo: Conservation EvidenceHow to save a species?

If you’re reading this, it’s probably because you care about wildlife and wild places, and want to protect them. Perhaps you work in conservation, or want to. So how can we best protect the nature that we care about? Well, one important aspect is making sure that every conservation action we take is the most effective one possible.


logo: National Wildlife Crime UnitUndisturbed

In May 2019, the UK National Wildlife Crime Unit (NWCU) launched a new social media crime prevention campaign titled Undisturbed calling on all UK wildlife photographers and drone operators to ensure the welfare of wild animals while photographing or filming them. The NWCU are posting a message on their twitter account (@ukwildlifecrime) every Friday providing advice and information on law and behaviour concerning a different species. The initiative runs until 1st November.

As digital camera equipment becomes ever ‎more affordable, photographers are approaching wildlife without knowledge of the animal's behaviour or the field craft to prevent disturbance. Elsewhere, "honey pot" wildlife sites can become overcrowded with photographers which may disrupt, and risk causing detrimental effects to, the animals concerned.


logo: Fields in TrustFields in Trust research finds 2.5 million people across Great Britain without a nearby park or green space

New research from the charity Fields in Trust has identified that more than 2.5 million people across Great Britain live more than ten minutes-walk from their nearest park or green space. The Green Space Index, is a barometer of publicly accessible park and green space provision, which, for the first time, uses new Ordnance Survey data to comprehensively analyse provision across Great Britain.



logo: Project SplatterProject Splatter – using citizen scientists to monitor wildlife roadkill

Sadly, the average commuter is familiar with the sight of a squashed badger on the side of the road. But, just how common a sight is this? In 2013, Project Splatter (www.projectsplatter.co.uk) was established to try and answer just that question. The main aim of the project is to address the fundamental questions of how many animals (specifically wildlife) are seen as roadkill, and to find out where and when this occurs. To achieve its aim Project Splatter collates wildlife roadkill reports from across the UK, using data submitted by members of the public, termed ‘citizen scientists’.


logo: SeawatchNational Whale and Dolphin Watch 2019: a national effort to protect whales, dolphins and porpoises with citizen science

Every year for nine days in late July (July 27th – August 4th), Sea Watch Foundation look for wildlife enthusiasts and around the UK to support National Whale and Dolphin Watch, a citizen science project organized by the Sea Watch Foundation now in its 17th year, hoping to catch a glimpse of whales, dolphins and porpoises visiting the seas around the British Isles.


logo: Scottish Wildlife Trust50 years of Loch of the Lowes

By Cherry Bowen, Visitor Centre Assistant, Scottish Wildlife Trust

It was back in May 1969, two months before Neil Armstrong took his historic first steps on the moon, that the Scottish Wildlife Trust purchased the stunning 130 acres of scenic, wildlife-rich countryside in Highland Perthshire that make up Loch of the Lowes.

Today, Loch of the Lowes Visitor Centre and Wildlife Reserve is visited by tens of thousands of people every year, who come to see ospreys, red squirrels, beavers and much more.


logo: Wild Night OutWild Night Out

On 29th June 2019, fewer people will be sleeping in their beds as, all across the UK, people will be coming together to have outdoor adventures, big and small. And we’d love you to join us.

We believe that Britons are spending too much time indoors, which is adversely affecting our well-being, and that the answer is to encourage and support each other to get outside. Only a third of children in Britain spend more than an hour a day outdoors. A quarter of UK adults are classed as physically inactive, getting fewer than 30 minutes of moderate exercise a week. Spending time outside has been proven to help with mental health problems including anxiety and depression as well as the physical benefits to getting active. Its also fun! Wild Night Out is a dedicated date in the diary for us all to get outside to experience nature afresh under the cover of darkness.


logo: Youth Adventure TrustThe power of the outdoors

CJS readers will no doubt understand that being outdoors can be the perfect antidote to life’s stresses and strains. At the Youth Adventure Trust, we have been using the ‘power of the outdoors’ to transform the lives of vulnerable young people for more than 25 years.




logo: Clean Air DayClean Air Day 2019: Our opportunity to address air pollution

Clean Air Day is an opportunity for environment professionals to bring the issue of air pollution to the attention of our workplaces and households.  Air pollution affects us all at work, at home and out and about.  It causes heart and lung diseases, is linked to low birth weight and children’s lung development and may even contribute to mental health issues.


Coming of Age During the Climate Crisis

by Isla Sandford Hall

My name is Isla, and I’m 16. Since I was born, I’ve lived part-time in London and on Gometra - a small island in the inner Hebrides of Scotland. The whole island is off-grid – no cars, no internet in any of the homes, no mains electricity – not even washing machines.

I first heard about Extinction Rebellion last year, and in February I joined the youth group – then 6 strong. The youth group was created because there was a lack of youth voice in extinction rebellion, and as our generation has the most to lose to climate and ecological collapse, and we will inherit whatever the ‘adults’ decide to do now, we need a large stake in current decision making.


logo: Outdoor Recreation NetworkCJS Focus on Recreation.

in association with the Outdoor Recreation Network

Published 20 May 2019

Full edition

Lead article: Sharing Good Practice - People and Dogs in the Outdoors, Outdoor Recreation Network

The Lee Valley Regional Park. London, Hertfordshire and Essex

Outdoor visits at a record high, SNH

ORVal - The Outdoor Recreation Valuation Tool, University of Exeter - Land, Environment, Economics and Policy (LEEP) Institute

Follow the Data, Peddars Way & Norfolk Coast Path National Trail

The growing value of England's urban woodlands, The Mersey Forest


logo: TCV - The Conservation Volunteers - celebrating 60 yearsTCV: 60 years connecting people and places

It was late February 1959, yet Spring was in the air.  Enjoying the day on Box Hill, Surrey, botanist David Bellamy was surprised to find a group of young people ripping up plants in a recently declared Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.  Discovering they were not vandals but volunteers clearing scrub with ‘The Conservation Corps’, he enthusiastically joined in!

2019: another warm February.  In fact, the warmest on record. ‘The Conservation Corps,’ now The Conservation Volunteers (TCV), is celebrating its 60th anniversary.  David Bellamy is still with us (a TCV Vice-president) but the world has changed.  These days unseasonal sunshine is scary.


logo: Invasive Species WeekInvasive Species Week

From 13 – 17 May 2019, organisations across Britain are taking part in Invasive Species Week to raise awareness of invasive species and their impacts on us all. Anyone working in the field is likely to have encountered invasive species, but may not realise how easily they could be helping to spread them.

Around 2,000 non-native plants and animals from all over the world have been introduced to Britain by people, and the number is increasing each year. Most are harmless but 10-15% have become invasive and have a negative impact on our environment, cost the British economy over £1.7 billion a year, and can even harm our health and way of life. Once established they are extremely difficult to manage and the damage they cause is usually irreversible.  


logo: Championing the  Farmed Environment (CFE)CFE 10 years on – continuing to promote good environmental management through productive farming practice

10 years after the inception of Campaign for the Farmed Environment, a partnership approach to supporting sustainable farming is more important than ever. For this reason, CFE has relaunched as Championing the Farmed Environment to renew the agricultural industry’s commitment to promoting good environmental management through productive farming practice.


logo: Living Streets - 90 yearsLiving Streets celebrates 90 years of putting walking first

Living Streets first came into being in 1929, when Tom Foley set up what was then known as the Pedestrians Association. In the early days, they were behind the UK’s first zebra crossings and speed limits. 90 years on and the charity continues the work Tom Foley pioneered and his ambitious vision. Now their campaigns and projects up and down the UK, including the world’s biggest Walk to School campaign, help enable and encourage people of all ages to walk more. The challenges might be different in 2019 to what they were in 1929, but the charity’s work remains as important as ever.

In more recent years, their campaigning has seen 20mph speed limits on residential areas becoming more widespread; more schools closing their local streets to cars at drop off and pick up times; and the Scottish Government published a bill to ban pavement parking nationwide.  


logo: National Trail: Cleveland Way - celebrating 50 yearsCleveland Way National Trail – celebrating  50 years

2019 marks a very special year for the Cleveland Way and allows a look back on a great 50 years for our local National Trail. The path was an immediate success, capturing the public’s imagination, and that in itself led to a big problem of sustainability.  The trail quickly became damaged, especially on the Cleveland Hills sections where it was joined by the Lyke Wake Walk and Coast to Coast routes. The National Trail has been finding lots of ways to celebrate and are encouraging anyone to make their own celebration as well.  Amongst the highlights for the year has been the production of the “Cleveland Way Collection” booklet, describing 50 great experiences to enjoy along the trail. 


logo: The Open University - 50 years50 years of unlocking diverse talent everywhere by The Open University

It’s a special year for The Open University, celebrating 50 years of helping OU students and graduates realise their ambitions and fulfil their potential. One of the UK’s best-loved and respected institutions, more than 2 million worldwide have studied with us since we began unlocking this otherwise hidden source of talent in 1969. OU students and graduates have strengths and skills from life and work as well as higher studies, so we also help employers connect with this unique talent pool. Our pioneering distance-learning model means excellent OU candidates are not only based in major towns and cities, but in a wide range of locations. This often makes them ideally placed for countryside-based roles.


The 2019 Year of Green Action - Connecting everybody with nature for its benefit and ours

As a conservation professional, you cannot fail to be aware of the catastrophic decline in habitats and species globally, the threat posed by climate change and the almost daily media messages that time is running out for us to save our planet. Man-made impacts on the environment have compromised or destroyed whole ecosystems and urgent action is needed by everyone to restore biodiversity and safeguard our future. The purpose of the year is a call to action, for people from all backgrounds, to join together to play their part in protecting and enhancing our environment.


logo: TraverseNew research explores young people’s experience of environmental volunteering

Over 2018 Traverse worked on a research project exploring young people’s experiences and attitudes towards taking part in environmental volunteering. Commissioned by Defra, we heard from over 1,100 young people across England, through a series of focus groups and a nationally representative survey of 16-24 years olds. The policy context for this research is the Government’s 25 Year Environment Plan and its policies to encourage more children and young people to connect with the natural environment and take action to protect and enhance it.


logo: Forestry CommissionThe majesty of our nation's forests, celebrating Forestry Commissions centenary

Our forests are gloriously multi-purpose, benefitting people and nature while providing a crucial natural resource and playing a vital role in rural economies. Founded in 1919, the Forestry Commission has more than doubled Britain’s forest cover over the past 100 years. The scope of activities this year reflects the nature of the organisation. While it is celebrating its centenary this year by telling stories from the past, it has one eye firmly on the future, and the next 100 years of forestry.


logo: Woodland TrustCJS Focus on Volunteering.

in association with the Woodland Trust

Published 11 February 2019

Full edition

Lead article: UK’s first young people’s forest to bring mass volunteering opportunity, the Woodland Trust

Take the plunge…volunteer during Student Volunteering Week

Developing volunteering for all in National Parks, South Downs National Park Authority

Celebrating 100 years of forestry and raising awareness of volunteering, Forestry Commission

Wildlife volunteering on the RSPCA frontline

Volunteering with the Mendip Hills AONB – Events and Publicity Volunteers

Volunteering: a week to remember, Volunteers Week


An introduction to the National Biodiversity Network (NBN)

CJS is delighted to become a corporate supporter of the Network. A collaborative project, above all else, it is a partnership, which involves many of the UK’s wildlife conservation organisations, the government and country agencies, environmental agencies, local environmental records centres and also many voluntary groups.


logo: LantraCJS Focus on Employability.

in association with Lantra

Published 19 November 2018

Full edition

Lead article: Why a hands-on approach to training could benefit your career, Lantra

Job Search Networking with the Countryside Management Association, CMA

Our Bright Future: a stepping stone to employment for young people

One of the questions we get asked most frequently is: “I think I’d like to work in the countryside – do you have a job for me?”, CJS

Transferable skills as a boost to employment, Merseyside Biobank

Tips of the bright green trade - how to maximise your career chances, Groundwork

A focus on writing 'for free', New Nature

Interview Skills, Contract Ecology Ltd

Making the leap into self-employment, Ecology on Demand


logo: LantraA career in fisheries management, role profile from Lantra

The River Dee in the north-east of Scotland provides an internationally important habitat for populations of salmon, otters and freshwater pearl mussels, so has been given Special Area of Conservation status by the EU, the highest level of environmental recognition available.

We hear about Jamie Urquhart, a biologist with the River Dee Trust and what his job entails.


logo: TCV - The Conservation VolunteersCJS Focus on Volunteering.

in association with TCV, the community volunteering charity

Published 17 September 2018

Full edition

Lead article: Winter is coming - time to volunteer!, TCV

The Importance of being a Trustee, Froglife

Becoming a livestock checker, Lancashire Wildlife Trust

How volunteering got me the job, Beth Aucott

I've always thought about residential volunteering but wasn't sure because..., Q & A with RSPB

Citizen Science: A Speedy Way to Support Wildlife and your Career?, OPAL


logo: Fields in TrustCJS Focus on Greenspace.

in association with Fields in Trust

Published 21 May 2018

Full edition

Lead article: Revaluing Parks and Green Spaces, Fields in Trust

Urban Greening, Southway Housing Trust

Valuing the benefits of urban trees for better greenspace management, Forest Research

Building for people and wildlife, The Wildlife Trusts

Much more than just a run in a park, parkrun

Scotland's Park Managers Forum, greenspace scotland

Managing an Urban National Nature Reserve - Community Involvement, Dudley MBC

The Parks Action Group, Chris Worman MBE from Rugby Borough Council 


logo: National TrustCJS Focus on Volunteering.

in association with the National Trust

Published 12 February 2018

Full edition

Lead article: The importance of volunteering with the National Trust
Corporate Social Responsibility, perspectives from Keep Wales Tidy
Wildlife Trust Trainee scheme proves valuable to the future careers of biological recorders & biodiversity alike, Lancashire Wildlife Trust
Why the UK's National Parks are celebrating their Volunteers
What volunteers want (& how the Canal & River Trust tries to provide it)

logo: Ancient Tree ForumCJS Focus on Forestry & Arboriculture.

in association with the Ancient Tree Forum

Published 20 November 2017

Full edition

Lead article: Veteran trees; their importance and management, Ancient Tree Forum

Update on Tree Health, Forest Research

The orchard habitat, PTES

Ash Dieback - the threat to our non-woodland trees, The Tree Council

Managing ancient woodland and how that differs to managing other woodland, Woodland Trust

Forestry education and learning - building your career, Royal Forestry Society

Forestry - a fascinating topic and a hugely rewarding career, Bangor University

Amelia Williams, Tree Officer for Test Valley Borough Council - a typical day in my life


logo: RSPBCJS Focus on Volunteering.

in association with RSPB

Published 18 September 2017

Full edition

Lead article: Get clarity, save nature and boost your career with The RSPB

The 'V' Word - why you shouldn't turn your back on volunteering, A Focus on Nature

Nobody can do everything, but everyone can do something, Countryside Management Association

Volunteer Photographers with WWT

How practical work days can benefit you, Canal & River Trust

Rangers helping Rangers - Is the answer in our hands?, Scottish Countryside Rangers Association

New ways of finding volunteers, Kent Wildlife Trust

Volunteering at Dean Castle Country Park - something for everyone, Dean Castle Country Park 


logo: Forestry Commission EnglandUsing new technology to bring new visitors to Forestry Commission woods and forests in England

The Gruffalo Spotters campaign was launched in February 2017 at FC sites across England and was delivered as a partnership between Forestry Commission England and Magic Light Pictures.


logo: New NatureProfile of New Nature

New Nature is a new e-magazine written, edited and produced entirely by young people. By young conservationists, naturalists, ecologists and, of course, writers; each inspired in their own way by the natural world.




logo: Environmental Funders NetworkCJS Focus on Fundraising & Promotion.

in association with the Environmental Funders Network

Published 22 May 2017

Full edition

Lead article: Relevant Writing, Environmental Funders Network

Fundraising, is it just asking for the money?, Richard Witt

A day in the life of Jaanika Reinvald, Visitor Experience Assistant for the National Trust

Interview with Dawn Bebe, Co-founder & Director of Crowdfunder

Habits for successful parks innovation, Nesta

Why charities need champions, Groundwork

Take the time & reap the rewards, Mendip Hills AONB

A day in the life of Jamie Wyver, Consumer PR Executive for RSPB


logo: PlantlifeFeatured Charity in 2017: Plantlife 

Articles exclusively published in CJS throughout 2017.


logo: HighGround 

Profile of HighGround

HighGround is a charity started by Anna Baker Cresswell in 2013 to help Service Leavers, Reservists and Veterans to find jobs, careers and vocational opportunities in the land-based sector – outdoor stuff for outdoor people.





logo: Keep Britain TidyCJS Focus on Volunteering.

in association with Keep Britain Tidy

Published 13 February 2017

Full edition

Lead article: Keeping Britain Tidy - volunteering and spring cleaning, Keep Britain Tidy

Volunteer Management - the Essentials, Volunteer Scotland

So you want to work in ecology and environmental management? CIEEM

Working with Volunteers, Derrick Hale from Heart of England Hedge Laying Group

10 steps to a successful volunteer fair, New Forest National Park Authority


logo: Outdoor Recreation NetworkCJS Focus on Overcoming Barriers.

in association with the Outdoor Recreation Network

Published 14 November 2016

Full edition

Lead article: Nature-based interventions for mental health and wellbeing, Natural England

A Welcome in our Green Spaces, Black Environment Network

Using the Come Outside! model to overcome multiple barriers, Natural Resources Wales

Surrey Choices Growth Team Successfully Overcomes Barriers to Help Transform County

Which way now?, Alison Irving

Engaging the senses outdoors, Sensory Trust

Barriers to Access and the Benefits of the Countryside for Disabled People, Phil Chambers

Inclusive Countryside, Pony Axe S

Accessibility; more than just wheelchair accessible paths, Heritage Insider

‘Cairngorms – A National Park for All’, Cairngorms National Park Authority


logo: Bat Conservation TrustFeatured Charity in 2016: Bat Conservation Trust 

Articles exclusively published in CJS.


logo: GroundworkCJS Focus on Volunteering.

in association with Groundwork

Published 19 September 2016

Full edition

Lead article: Giving communities the tools to create better places, Groundwork

You think your site would benefit from a “Friends of” group but don’t know where to start?, CJS with thanks from Leeds City Council

Young volunteers develop work skills for future, East Lothian Council

A Wonderful Wildcat Experience, James Walker

How citizens can support science and conservation, People's Trust for Endangered Species (PTES)

Its not just about getting muddy at the RSPB


logo: Field Studies CouncilCJS Focus on Countryside Skills (traditional & modern).

in association with the Field Studies Council (FSC)

Published 23 May 2016

Full edition

Lead article: Developing biodiversity skills for the future, FSC

Rural skills -their importance and how we can preserve them, Cotswolds AONB

Dry Stone Walling: A Living Craft for the Present Day, Dry Stone Walling Association

Next generation of Countryside Custodians, Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust

Embrace the Dark Side; How to Plan & Resource an Environmental Project, Wildlife Trusts Staffordshire and South & West Wales

Coppicing - realising the potential of our woodlands, National Coppice Federation

A Career in Conservation Grazing?, Rare Breeds Survival Trust

Hedgelaying, National Hedge Laying Society

The use of social media in the conservation sector, Cheshire Wildlife Trust

Championing Apprenticeships, North York Moors National Park Authority


logo: TCVCJS Focus on Volunteering.

in association with The Conservation Volunteers (TCV)

Published 15 February 2016

Full edition

Lead article: Is speed volunteering the future?, TCV

Speed Volunteering helps busy Londoners get outside and volunteer, Team London

Citizen scientists sought to help survey storm-lashed Scottish coastline, SAMS

Volunteer Driven Success at Rutland Water, Leicestershire & Rutland Wildlife Trust

The Benefits of Recruiting Retired People as Conservation Volunteers, Lee Valley Regional Park Authority

Trust a Mole to Help, Lower Mole Countryside Trust

Offering traineeships - what's in it for the organisation?, Dorset Wildlife Trust

Grow your talented team with apprenticeships, Apprenticemakers

Helping secure a brighter future for people living and working in the countryside, The Princes Countryside Fund 


logo: Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS)CJS Focus on Wildlife & Animal Work.

in association with the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS)

Published 30 November 2015

Full edition

Lead article: Connecting people with nature. Safeguarding species from extinction, RZSS

Working and volunteering in amphibian research, British Herpetological Society

An unpredictable nature: working with wildlife, Secret World Wildlife Rescue

An interview with PC Gareth Jones, Beat Manager for the Ripon Rural Area, North Yorkshire Police

A bird in the hand: why bird ringing is still so important, British Trust for Ornithology

Are you sure you want to work with birds of prey?, The International Centre for Birds of Prey

So you want to be a wildlife camera operator..., Wildeye

Working for Conservation, Martin Harper, Conservation Director for the RSPB


logo: National TrustCJS Focus on Volunteering.

in association with the National Trust

Published 24 August 2015

Full edition

Lead article: Volunteering in the Outdoors with the National Trust

Grow your own through volunteering - the RSPB approach

Countryside Ranger Training - The Next Generation, North Ayrshire Council

Do you note the first cuckoo in spring?, Biological Records Centre

Conservation Volunteering; from Pastime to Pay Packet, the National Trust for Scotland

Green Angels create magic in Liverpool Park, The Land Trust


logo: Marine Conservation SocietyCJS Focus on Marine & Coastal Environments.

in association with the Marine Conservation Society (MCS)

Published 25 May 2015

Full edition

Lead article: Tackling a tide of marine pollution, MCS

The Bass Rock, Scottish Seabird Centre

Marine life passion, Marine Photo

Studland's underwater meadows, Dorset Wildlife Trust

Whale and dolphin-watching around the UK - how you can get involved!, Sea Watch Foundation

Steart Marshes, Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust


logo: NCVOCJS Focus on Volunteering.

in association with the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO)

Published 9 February 2015

Full edition

Can toad patrols make a difference?, Osmotherley Road Rescue


logo: Love ParksCJS Focus on Urban Environment.

in association with Love Parks 

Published 24 November 2014

Full edition

Valued but set to decline - what's happening to our public parks?, Heritage Lottery Fund

The UK's new parks innovators, Rethinking Parks

The development of a city park - from brown to green, Birmingham City Council

Protecting wildlife, preserving heritage, involving people, Caring for God's Acre

Wildlife Gardening -for biodiversity and people, Wildlife Gardening Forum

Do you need readily accessible evidence of the benefits of investments that improve the environment?, Natural England

Measuring tree benefits pays dividends, Treeconomics


logo: TCVCJS Focus on Volunteering.

in association with The Conservation Volunteers   

Published 15 September 2014

Full edition

Lead article: When waders and bankers combine the results can be wonderful, TCV

Nature conservation in the Digital Age, dot.rural

Matching Volunteer Expectations at WWT

'Can you get 'your' volunteers to do this for me?', Canal & River Trust

The European Citizen Science Association (ECSA) evolves


logo: NAEECJS Focus on Environmental & Outdoor Education.

in affiliation with NAEE UK - the National Association for Environmental Education (UK)

Published: 19 May 2014

Full edition

Lead Article: Spotlight on Environmental Education, NAEE

Teaching and learning in the real world..., University of Edinburgh

Get into LINE! (Learning In Natural Environments), Natural Connections

Why Run Events?, Kent Wildlife Trust

The Impact of Nature's Classroom - How The Outward Bound Trust brings outdoor learning to life, The Outward Bound Trust

Bungee Jumping in the Pass of Killiecrankie, the National Trust for Scotland


Logo: Countryside Managment Association (CMA)logo: Scottish Countryside Rangers Association (SCRA)CJS Focus on Volunteering.

In association with The Scottish Countryside Rangers Association, the Countryside Management Association and NATUR

Published: 10 February 2014

Full edition

Volunteering: developing relationships on Dartmoor, Dartmoor National Park

Graduate volunteers do the Groundwork to unlock green jobs, Groundwork

Fixing the fells - an all-weather task, Fix the Fells

Volunteering for MARINElife, MARINElife

The value of giving a little time - Understanding the potential of micro-volunteering, Institute of Volunteering Research with NCVO 


logo: GB Non-Native Species Secretariat ( NNSS)CJS Focus on Alien Species.

in association with GB Non-Native Species Secretariat

Published: 2 December 2013

Full edition

The catchment wide approach to Invasive non-native species, Medway Valley Countryside Partnership


logo: Association of Countryside VolunteersCJS Focus on Volunteering.

in affiliation with the Association of Countryside Volunteers

Published: 23 September 2013

Full edition

Lead Article: Association of Countryside Volunteers

The Value of Volunteering, Natural England

I just want to be your friend, East Lothian Council

The differing roles of conservation Volunteers, White Cliffs Countryside Partnership


logo: AHICJS Focus on Visitor Management and Engagement.

in affiliation with the Association for Heritage Interpretation

Published: 10 June 2013

Full edition

Lead Article: Interpreting Our Outdoor Heritage

The Importance of Visitor Research, the Visitor Studies Group

How the MENE survey can help inform your work, Natural England

It's all a Question of Balance in Malham, Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority


Logo: Countryside Managment Association (CMA)logo: Scottish Countryside Rangers Association (SCRA)CJS Focus on Volunteering.

In association with The Scottish Countryside Rangers Association, the Countryside Management Association and NATUR

Published: 18 February 2013

Full edition

Recording Nature's Calendar, Woodland Trust


logo: Canal & River TrustCJS Focus on Water.

In association with Canal & River Trust

Published: 29 October 2012

Full edition

Our challenging coast, Durham Heritage Coast


logo: The Wildlife Trust 100 years working for our wildlifeCJS Focus on Wildlife.

In association with The Wildlife Trusts, in celebration of their centenary year

Published: 25 June 2012

Full edition

Update on the Alien Harlequin Ladybird, UK Ladybird Survey

The right kit for working with wildlife, Ron Bury

Wildlife Conservation versus Visitor Engagement, Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT)


Logo: Countryside Managment Association (CMA)logo: Scottish Countryside Rangers Association (SCRA)CJS Focus on Volunteering.

In association with The Scottish Countryside Rangers Association, the Countryside Management Association and NATUR

Published: 20 February 2012

Full edition

Some Golden Rules of Volunteer Management, The Association of Volunteer Managers


logo: National Tree Week - The Tree CouncilCJS Focus on Trees and Hedges.

In association with The Tree Council, for National Tree Week

Published: 21 November 2011

Full edition

Lead Article: Why Urban Trees Matter - To Everyone, The Tree Council

Hedges for Wildlife, Habitat Aid

Traditional coppicing is a boost to bird species, from RSPB and Small Woods Association

Taking a bird’s eye view of England’s traditional orchards has enabled conservationists to put one of the most important wildlife habitats back on the map, People's Trust for Endangered Species


logo: Campaign for National Parks - keeping beautiful places safeCJS Focus on Outdoor Recreation.

In association with The Campaign for National Parks

Published: 20 June 2011

Full edition

Nature's Playground - There for the Taking, the Land Trust

Talking wildlife, cows and ostriches with Simon King, an interview

"Can't see why I'd ever need Mountain Rescue" - famous last words, Mountain Rescue England & Wales


Logo: Countryside Managment Association (CMA)logo: Scottish Countryside Rangers Association (SCRA)CJS Focus on Volunteering.

In association with The Scottish Countryside Rangers Association and the Countryside Management Association

Published: 14 February 2011

Full edition  

Pentland Hills Regional Park Voluntary Ranger Service

How can I help? Bat Conservation Trust


logo: The Willdife TrustsCJS Focus on Wildlife.

In association with The Wildlife Trusts

Published: 22 November 2010

Full edition

Wildlife Rescue, Hessilhead Wildlife Rescue

Wildlife Conservation work - the inside story, Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority


Logo: Countryside Managment Association (CMA)logo: Scottish Countryside Rangers Association (SCRA)CJS Focus on Countryside Management.

In association with The Scottish Countryside Rangers Association and the Countryside Management Association

Published: 23 August 2010

Full edition 

Lead Article: So what is Countryside Management? SCRA

Life on St Kilda   National Trust for Scotland's St Kilda Ranger

Party on... your nature reserve?   Isle of Wight Council

Loving our Landscapes, Heritage Lottery Fund


logo: Campaign for the Farmed EnvironmentCJS Focus on Farming and the Environment.

In association with The Campaign for the Farmed Environment

Published: 24 May 2010

Full edition

This Focus is an old publication. The articles within this edition have not been verified so please proceed with caution. 


logo: Carbon Army / BTCVCJS Focus on Volunteering.

In association with BTCV's Carbon Army

Published: 8 February 2010

Full edition

Shadow Ranger Scheme, Forestry Commission


CJS Focus on Trees and Hedges.

In association with The Tree Council, for National Tree Week

Published: 23 November 2009

Full edition

Lead Article: Tree Council launches new phase of its Hedge Tree Campaign

Coppicing and pollarding – ‘cut and come again’ for trees! Small Woods Association



logo: Land Restoration TrustCJS Focus on Urban Greenspace.

In association with The Land Restoration Trust

Published: 17 August 2009

Full edition

Capital Growth, a new campaign supporting community food growing spaces growing, Capital Growth

Five suggestions for successfully managing urban greenspace, Matt Chatfield, Naturenet 


logo: LantraCJS Focus on Training: the importance of skills.

In association with LANTRA

Published: 24 May 2009

Full edition

Getting into Ecological Consultancy, Direct Ecology Ltd


Logo: Countryside Managment Association (CMA)logo: Scottish Countryside Rangers Association (SCRA)CJS Focus on Volunteering.

In association with The Scottish Countryside Rangers Association and the Countryside Management Association

Published: 9 February 2009

Full edition

Volunteering in the Countryside sector in Scotland, SCRA



logo: FSC Bringing Environmental Understanding to AllCJS Focus on Environmental Education.

In association with The Field Studies Council

Published: 24 November 2008

Full edition

Lead Article: Striving to Deliver Opportunities within the Environmental Industry

Is the Climate right for Environmental Education in our schools?, National Association for Envrionmental Education

Twenty Years of Education in Exmoor National Park

Pimp my Panel, ARC Creative Designs


logo: NBN, National Biodiversity NetworkCJS Focus on Habitat management and Conservation with an emphasis on Biodiversity.

In association with The National Biodiversity Network

Published: 18 August 2008

Full edition

Lead Article: The importance of sharing wildlife information

Forest restoration in the Highlands of Scotland, Trees for Life

River Restoration and Habitat Enhancement, River Restoration Centre


Logo: IPROWCJS Focus on Rights of Way and Access.

In association with The Institute of Public Rights of Way Management

Published: 19 May 2008

Full edition

Lead Article: When is a path not a right of way?

Managing the Lyke Wake Walk, North York Moors National Park Authority

Mountaineers Do Their Bit for the Environment, Mountaineering Council of Scotland

Walkers with dogs: new approaches to better management, Stephen Jenkinson


Logo: Countryside Managment Association (CMA)logo: Scottish Countryside Rangers Association (SCRA)CJS Focus on Volunteering.

In association with The Scottish Countryside Rangers Association and the Countryside Management Association

Published: 18 February 2008

Full edition  

Speaking loud about volunteers, SCRA

How volunteer tree champions make a difference, The Tree Council


CJS Focus on Trees and Hedges.

In association with The Tree Council, for National Tree Week

Published: 19 November 2007

Full edition

Lead Article: Tree Wardens prove a growing presence in UK Towns & Cities, Tree Council

Remembering the Great Storm of 1987, Forestry Commission

A new threat,Oak Processionary Moth, Forest Research


Logo: LosehillCJS Focus on Training.

In association with Losehill Hall

Published: 20 August 2007

Full edition 

Instructing Rural Skills Courses,  Lynher Training


logo: The Willdife TrustsCJS Focus on Wildlife.

In association with the Wildlife Trusts

Looking at Wildlife Conservation and Research

Published: 21 May 2007

Full edition

The National Biodiversity Network, sharing information about wildlife.


Logo: Countryside Managment Association (CMA)logo: Scottish Countryside Rangers Association (SCRA)CJS Focus on Seasonal and Volunteer work.

In association with The Scottish Countryside Rangers Association and the Countryside Management Association

Published: 19 February 2007

Full edition  

This Focus is an old publication. The articles within this edition have not been verified so please proceed with caution. 


logo: Permaculture AssociationCJS Focus on Trees and Hedges.

In association with The Tree Council, for National Tree Week

and the Permaculture Association for their Year of the Tree

Published: 21 November 2006

Full edition

Lead Article: Plant the Ancient Trees of the Future Tree Council


logo: Marine Conservation Societylogo: Marine Biological AssociationCJS Focus on Coast & Marine Environments.

In association with The Marine Biological Association and Marine Conservation Society

Published 21 August 2006

Full edition

Lead article from The Marine Conservation Society

Life of a Volunteer on Flatholm Island

Managing a coastline - for the benefit of man and wildlife, RSPB


Centre for Alternative Technology logoCJS Focus on Recycling, Energy and Sustainability.

In association with The Centre for Alternative Technology

Published: 22 May 2006

Full edition

What is an Earthship? Sustainable Communities Initiatives


Logo: Countryside Managment Association (CMA)logo: Scottish Countryside Rangers Association (SCRA)CJS Focus on Seasonal and Volunteer Work.

In association with The Scottish Countryside Rangers Association and the Countryside Management Association

Published: 20 February 2006

Full edition

All about SCRA



CJS Focus on Trees and Hedges.

In association with The Tree Council, for National Tree Week

Published: 21 November 2005

Full edition

Lead Article: Planners Urged to insist on more trees, Tree Council

Tree Wardens champion Britain's Trees, Tree Council

Trees and Biodiversity, Wildlife and Countryside Services


Logo: Game & Wildlife Conservation TrustCJS Focus on Country Sports.

In association with The Game Conservancy Trust (now Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust)

Published: 15 August 2005

Full edition

This Focus is an old publication. The articles within this edition have not been verified so please proceed with caution. 


Logo: Countryside Managment Association (CMA)logo: Scottish Countryside Rangers Association (SCRA)CJS Focus on Seasonal and Volunteer Work.

In association with The Scottish Countryside Rangers Association and the Countryside Management Association

Published: 21 February 2005

Full edition  

Seasonal work - what do you do when there's no more work at Santa's grotto, Matthew Chatfield


CJS Focus on Trees and Hedges.

In association with The Tree Council, for National Tree Week

Published: 22 November 2004

The first edition.

Full edition

Lead Article: Stars to Launch National Tree Week Tree Council

Day in the Life of a Hedgelayer, Paul Blissett