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Every profession develops it's own jargon, which helps the experienced but confuses the beginner. The following abbreviations, acronyms, buzzwords and jargon terms may help. Please contact us with any corrections, updates or additions - especially if you can also supply the explanations!

NB: Some of the organisations mentioned can be contacted via our Links page (free mutual links on request).

Letters: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Symbols  & Numbers

 

A - Z:

A for Alpha

AGM

 

 Annual General Meeting

AKA 

 

Also Known As

ALSF

 

Aggregates Levy Sustainability Fund. A source of funding, via English Nature, financed by a 'tax' on quarrying clay, sand and gravel.

Ancient Woodland

 

Any woodland which has existed from pre-1600 to the present day

ANPA

 

 Association of National Park Authorities

AONB

 

Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (37 in the UK). Designated areas of protected countryside, smaller (and slightly less important?!) than National Parks

APRS

 

 Association for the Protection of Rural Scotland

Artwork

 

In publishing, anything that is not text (eg logos, drawings, graphics, etc)

ASAP

 

As Soon As Possible

ASK

 

Used in 'CJS Weekly' to mean: Ask for further details and an application form from...

ASNW

 

Ancient Semi-Natural Woodland

Asst

 

 Assistant

ATV

 

All Terrain Vehicle

B for Bravo: 

 

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B2B

 

Business to Business

BAP

 

Biodiversity Action Plan

BASC

 

British Association for Shooting and Conservation (CJS is a Trade Member of BASC)

BBCS

 

British Butterfly Conservation Society

BBOWT 

 

Berkshire, Buckinghamshire & Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust

BC

 

Borough Council

BCT

 

Bat Conservation Trust

BDS

 

British Deer Society

BE4

 

Used in CJS Weekly to mean: Applications should be received BEfore [this date].

BFS

 

British Farm Standard food, produced in Britain to a high standard of animal welfare. Organised by NFU.

BHS

 

British Horse Society

billion

 

1,000 million

BIS

 

Biodiversity Information Service

BOAT

 

Bridleway Open to All Traffic.

Booking Deadline

 

The time or date after which it will be too late to book advertising space for that issue.

BSBI

 

Botanical Society of the British Isles

BTCV

 

British Trust for Conservation Volunteers

BTO

 

British Trust for Ornithology

BUT

 

Used in CJS Weekly to mean: BUT they want the following qualifications / experience...

BW

 

British Waterways - the government agency responsible for almost all the canals and navigable rivers in the UK

C for Charlie:

 

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C2C

 

Coast to Coast National Trail (ie: Irish Sea to North Sea)

C

 

Circa (meaning: approximately)

C4

 

The correct term for an envelope large enough to contain an unfolded sheet of A4 paper.

C5

 

The correct term for an envelope large enough to contain an unfolded sheet of A5 paper.

CA

 

Countryside Agency.

CA

 

also Countryside Alliance

CAD

 

Computer Aided Design

CADW

 

Welsh Historic Monuments

Camera Ready Artwork

 

Advertising term, meaning a high quality original which is ready to photocopy (without the need to re-set the text or add any more artwork, etc)

CAMS

 

Countryside Access Management System: software to record path status, etc.

CAP

 

Common Agriculture Policy of the EU

CAT

 

Centre for Alternative Technology

CCW

 

Countryside Council for Wales

CCTV

 

Closed Circuit TeleVision

CEFAS

 

Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science

CEH

 

Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (was IFE)

CEO

 

Chief Executive Officer

CFP

 

Common Fisheries Policy (of the EU)

Children Act 1989

 

 Under this Act anyone (including Rangers, etc) spending time with other peoples' children may have to pass a Police Check to ensure that they do not have a police record of offences against children. See CRB

CIP

 

Community Initiative Partnership

CITB

Construction Industry Training Board

CIWEM

 

Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management

CJ

 

Friends of CJ Snail are allowed to call him / her 'CJ'

CJS

 

 Countryside Jobs Service, silly!

CJS Number

 

Subscribers to CJS Weekly each have a unique number (on your address page) which helps us find the correct record. Also acts are your online password.

CLA

 

Country Landowner and Business Association

CLI

 

Community Land Initiative

CLAIT

 

Computer Literacy and Information Technology qualification.

CLU

 

Community Land Unit

CMA

 

Countryside Management Association (formerly the Association of Countryside Rangers)

CMAS

Confédération Mondiale des Activités Subaquatiques (Certification body for diving skills)

c/o

 

care of (ie: in an address)

CoA

 

 Change of Address

Coed Cadw

 

Woodland Trust, Wales (charity)

Community Forests

 

A government initiative to improve the urban fringe for conservation, employment and recreation by large scale tree planting (There are 12 in the UK, including the Great North Forest; the National Forest).

Computerate

 

 Computer literate (as in 'Must be literate, numerate and computerate')

Copy Deadline

 

The time or date after which it will be too late to receive advertising 'copy' (ie text &/or artwork) for that issue

COSQUEC

 

Council for Occupational Standards and Qualifications in Environmental Conservation

Countdown Number

 

This number (on your CJS Weekly address page, in brackets after your name) tells Subscribers each week how many more weeks are left in that subscription

Country Park

 

There are c150 Country Parks in the UK, mostly administered by local councils. Elizabeth Beazley once described Country Parks as 'Open spaces with a loo, a brew and a view.'

Countryside Stewardship

 

 A MAFF scheme to provide financial support to landowners in return for habitat improvements and public access, now superceded by the Single Farm Payment

CPD

 

Continuing Professional Development (in-service training, as was).

CPRE

 

Council for the Preservation of Rural England

CRA

 

 See: Camera Ready Artwork.

CRB

 

Criminal Records Bureau.  If you're going to work with children or vulnerable adults you will probably have to be checked by CRB or in Scotland complete a Disclosure.

CROW

 

Countryside and Rights of Way Act (2000) includes the 'right to roam'.

CPRE

 

Campaign for the Preservation of Rural England

CPRW

 

 Campaign for the Protection of Rural Wales

CRN

 

Community Recycling Network

CRN

 

Countryside Recreation Network

CSS

 

Countryside Stewardship Scheme (now replaced by Environmental Stewardship, which see).

cSAC

 

Special Area of Conservation under consideration

CSCT

 

Central Scotland Countryside Trust

CSF

 

Central Scotland Forest

CSL

 

Central Science Laboratory (ex-MAFF/Defra)

cside

 

 Used occasionally in CJS Weekly to mean 'countryside'

CWS

 

County Wildlife Site/s

CVNI

 

Conservation Volunteers Northern Ireland

D for Delta: 

 

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D32/34

 

Assessor Qualifications (now known as A1)

DANI

 

Department of Agriculture for Northern Ireland

DAPA

 

Developing the Assets of Protected Areas

DCMS

 

The new (2001) Department for Culture, Media and Sport

DDA

 

Disability Discrimination Act

DE

 

Defence Estates (an agency of the MOD).

Deadline

 

The closing time or date, after which it will be too late...

Definitive Map

 

The map of all public Rights of Way - if they are shown on this map, then (by definition) they ARE public Rights of Way. If they are NOT on this map, then they may not be...

DEFRA

 

The UK's Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, replaces MAFF

Dept

 

Department

DES

 

Used in CJS Weekly to mean: Job DEScription

DETR

 

Was the Dept of Environment, Transport and the Regions (now defunct)

DFES

 

The new (2001) Department For Education and Skills

DFID 

 

 Department For International Development (UK Government)

DI

 

Deer Initiative

Direct

 

Used in CJS Weekly to mean: This ad was sent Direct to CJS'.

Display Ad

 

An advertisement which contains any artwork eg logos, etc

DML

 

Dunstaffnage Marine Laboratory

DMS

 

Definitive Map and Statement. A stage in the Countryside and Rights of Way Act (CROW).

DOB

 

Date of Birth

DoE

 

Department of the Environment (now replaced by DEFRA)

DfT

 

Department for Transport

DP

 

Disruptive Pattern (ie: camouflage)

DPR

 

Data Protection Registrar (the UK government agency responsible for overseeing all databases containing information about individual people)

DSI

 

Driving Standards Agency

DSWA

 

Dry Stone Walling Association of Great Britain

DTI

 

Department of Trade and Industry

DTP

 

Desk-Top Publishing. Because we DTP the CJS ourselves we can produce it within one day, so the jobs are not out of date by the time you receive your copy.

DTLGR

 

The new (2001) Department for Transport, Local Government and the Regions

DWCT

 

Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust is the new name for the charity which runs Jersey Zoo (home of CJ Snail, the CJS's adopted Endangered Species).

E for Echo:

 

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e

 

estimated

EA

 

Environment Agency

EA 

 

Environmental Assessment

EcIA

Ecological Impact Assessment

EIA

Environmental Impact Assessment

EAC

 

Energy Advice Centres

EANI

 

Energy Action Northern Ireland

EC

 

European Community

ECDL

 

 European Computer 'Driving Licence' ie: A qualification in ICT.

ECM

Every Child Matters

Eg

 

for example

EGBT

 

Edinburgh Green Belt Trust

EH

 

English Heritage

EIA

 

Environmental Impact Assessment

ELF

 

Environmental Law Foundation

ELLL

 

Education and Life Long Learning (see 'LLL')

ELS

 

Entry Level Stewardship (see ESS).

EMS

 

Environmental Management System

EN

 

English Nature (now called Natural England)

env

 

Used occasionally in CJS Weekly to mean 'environment/al'

EO

 

Executive Officer

EOI

 

Expression Of Interest. An early stage of a bid for funding.

EPS

European Protected Species

equiv

 

Used occasionally in CJS Weekly to mean 'equivalent'

ERDS

 

England Rural Development Scheme funds Environmental Stewardship Scheme (ESS).

ESS

 

Environmental Stewardship Scheme is the new DEFRA agri-environment scheme launched in March 2005.

ESA

 

Environmentally Sensitive Area. Now replaced by ES (above).

ESF

 

European Social Fund

esp

 

Used occasionally in CJS Weekly to mean 'especially'

EST

 

Environmental Support Team (of the Defence Estates, an agency of the MOD).

et al

 

and others

ETA

 

Environmental Transport Association

ETB

 

English Tourist Board

etc

 

and so on...

ETF

 

Environmental Task Force of New Deal

EU

 

European Union

ext

 

extension number (telephone)

F for Foxtrot:

 

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F&M

 

 See FMD

FACT

 

Forum for the Application of Conservation Techniques

FAO

 

For the Attention Of...

FAQ/s 

 

 Frequently Asked Questions (and their answers)

FC

 

Forestry Commission

FD

 

Forest District

FE

 

Forest Enterprise is the forest management branch of FC

FE

 

Further Education (now absorbed in 'LLL')

FER

 

Farm Environment Record is required for the ELS

FFPS

 

Fauna and Flora Preservation Society, now Fauna and Flora International

FHN

 

Forest Habitat Networks

FMD

 

Foot and Mouth Disease

FMO

Forest Machinery Operations (certification)

FOC

 

Free Of Charge

FOE 

 

Friends of the Earth

FOR

 

Used in 'CJS Weekly' to mean: Working For (name of employer) eg National Trust

FSA

 

Food Standards Agency (which oversees the safety of food in the UK, following numerous scares: Salmonella in eggs; Mad Cow Disease / CJD; etc)

FSC

 

The Forest Stewardship Council logo indicates that an item is made of wood from well managed forests.

FSC

 

Field Studies Council

FSC Cymru

 

Field Studies Council Cymru (Wales)

F/T

 

Full Time

FTC

 

Fixed Term Contract

FWAG

 

Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group

G for Golf:

 

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GCT

 

Game Conservancy Trust, is now Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust

GIGO

 

Garbage In, Garbage Out. (Said of 'computer' generated nonsense. They are only as clever as the software writer and the data input staff).

GIS

 

Geographical Information System

GLEAM

 

Green Lanes Environmental Action Movement

GNF

 

Great North Forest (the Community Forest in Tyne and Wear)

GMO

 

Genetically Modified Organism

GMT

 

Greenwich Mean Time

GPS

 

Global Positioning by Satellite

Green Lane

 

An untarmac-ed route which may or may not be a Right of Way (eg Old drove roads)

GRDP

 

Greening Regional Development funds Project. Eight European countries, regional and local authorities are exploring how economic development spending can contribute to environmental protection and enhancement (2004).

GWCT

Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust (was Game Conservancy Trust)

H for Hotel:

 

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HAVS

Hand and ARM Vibration Syndrome, you might need to be tested for this for certain jobs especially arboricultural / forestry work.

HASAW

Health and Safety at Work

HCT 

 

Herpetological Conservation Trust

HDRA

 

Henry Doubleday Research Association (charity re organic horticulture), now calling themselves GardenOrganic

HE

 

Higher Education (now absorbed in 'LLL')

HA

 

Highways Agency

HIE

 

Highlands and Islands Enterprise

HLF

 

Heritage Lottery Fund - one of the 'Good Causes' of the UK National Lottery which funds some countryside / environmental / heritage projects

HLS

 

Higher Level Scheme of the ESS

HNC

 

Higher National Certificate

HND

 

Higher National Diploma

hpw 

 

hours per week

HR

 

Human Resources (what used to be called the Personnel Department)

HRN

 

Hedge Row Notification

H&S

 

Health and Safety

HS

 

Historic Scotland

HSE

 

Health and Safety Executive

HT

 

Horticultural Therapy

I for India:

 

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IACS Form 

 

Integrated Administration and Control System (EU)

IARC

International Accreditation & Recognition Council

IB

 

Interpret Britain (see SIBH)

ICT

 

Information & Communication Technology (IT with Web and Email)

ID

 

Identity

ie

 

that is

IEEM

 

Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management

IEEP

 

Institute for European Environmental Policy

IEHO

 

Institute of Environmental Health Officers

IEMA 

 

Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment

IFC

 

Inside Front Cover - a guaranteed position

IFE

 

Institute of Freshwater Ecology, now CFH

ILAM

 

Institute of Leisure and Amenity Management

ILM 

 

Intermediate Labour Market

inc/l

 

including

info

 

information

IOB

 

Institute of Biology

IOSH

Institution of Occupational Safety and Health

IPROW 

 

Institute of Public Rights of Way Officers

IRF

 

International Ranger Federation

ISO

 

International Standards Organisation.

ISP

 

 Internet Service Provider. That nice organisation which connects your computer to the internet (eg BT, Tiscali, Care4free, etc)

IT

 

Information Technology

ITDG

 

Intermediate Technology Development Group (Charity, see Links)

ITE

 

Institute of Terrestrial Ecology

I/V 

 

Used in 'CJS Weekly' to mean: Interviews will be held on...'

IWA

 

Inland Waterways Association

IWM 

 

Institute of Waste Management

J for Juliet:

 

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JAF

 

Joint Approach to Flooding

JEEP

 

Just Enough Essential Parts

JMT

 

John Muir Trust is named after the 'father of national parks' and raises money to buy land for public access.

JNCC

 

Joint Nature Conservation Committee

JOB

 

Used in 'CJS Weekly' to mean: the JOB Title is (eg Project Officer)

K for Kilo: 

 

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K

 

Thousand (eg £12K means £12,000)

KS

 

Key Stage 1,2,3,4 or 5 in the UK education system

L for Lima:

 

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LA21

 

Local Agenda for the 21st Century

LAF

 

Local Access Forum: to discuss local path maintenance, etc.

Landfill Tax Credit Scheme

 

A tax on every ton of refuse sent to landfill now pays for local conservation schemes

Landy

 

Affectionate term for a Land Rover see ATV

LBAP 

 

Local Biodiversity Action Plan

LDWA 

 

Long Distance Walkers Association

LEAF

 

Linking Environment and Farming

LECs

 

Local Enterprise Companies

LEEP

 

Lothian and Edinburgh Environmental Partnership

LFA

 

Less Favoured Area

LFT

 

Land Fill Tax (a government tax on dumping in land fill sites, to encourage recycling, etc).

LHI

 

Local Heritage Initiative. Government initiative (2001) to provide small grants to help communities investigate, interpret and conserve their heritage

LHS

 

Left Hand Side

LI 

 

Landscape Institute (for Landscape Architects)

Linage Ads

 

 Advertisements which contain only words and no artwork of any kind

LIS

 

Landscape Institute Scotland (see LI)

Little Red Tractor

 

The logo of the NFU's British Farm Standard, indicating food produced in Britain to a high standard of animal welfare.

LKA

 

Last Known Address.

LLL

 

Life Long Learning (what used to be called Adult Education)

LNR

 

Local Nature Reserve

LOC

 

Used in 'CJS Weekly' to mean: The LOCation of the job is (eg Littlebeck Wood LNR)

LRC

 

Local Records Centre (most counties have one)

LTL

 

Learning Through Landscapes

LW

 

London Weighting

LWB

 

Long Wheel Base eg Land Rover

LWDS 

 

Livestock Welfare Disposal Scheme - a government scheme to slaughter farm animals which were 'trapped' by the livestock movement restrictions introduced to fight Foot and Mouth Disease, in unsuitable fields, etc

M for Mike: 

 

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m

 

million

MAFF

 

Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (now part of DEFRA)

MBC

 

Metropolitan Borough Council

MCS

 

Marine Conservation Society (charity, see Links)

MEP

 

Member of the European Parliament

MFS

 

Millennium Forest for Scotland

MiDAS

Minibus Driver Awareness Scheme

MLA

 

 Member of the Local Assembly (in Wales or in Northern Ireland)

MLURI

 

Macauley Land Use Research Institute

MoD

 

 Ministry of Defence

MP

 

Member of Parliament

MRA 

 

More Remote Area

MRA 

 

Marine Research Area

MS

 

Microsoft (major computer company & their software eg MS office)

MSP

 

Member of the Scottish Parliament

MTI

 

Market Towns Initiative (central government funding)

MTUK 

 

Mammal Trust UK (charity)

MWA 

 

 Member of the Welsh Assembly

N for November:

 

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NA (or n/a)

 

Not Applicable or Not Available

NAC

 

National Agricultural Centre, based at Stoneleigh

NAFM

 

National Association of Farmers Markets

NAFSO

 

National Association of Field Study Officers

NAO

 

National Audit Office is the government spending watchdog

National Trail

 

A long distance Right of Way designated and promoted by the Countryside Agency eg Cleveland Way National Trail

Nature Explorers Club

 

What used to be the 'Young Ornithologists Club' and the junior wing of the RSPB

Nature Reserve

 

Supposedly an area 'reserved for nature' but tends to include all kinds of facilities to encourage people (car park, visitor centre, shop/s, toilets, sign posts, nature trails, picnic tables, adventure playgrounds, etc. (See 'Park')

NAWDC

 

National Association of Waste Disposal Contractors

NE

Natural England, replaced English Nature, Countryside Agency and includes the RDS element of Defra

NEET

Not currently in Employment, Education or Training

New Deal

 

Government scheme for the unemployed, now extended to Communities.

NERC

 

National Environmental Research Council

NFA 

 

No Further Action

NFBG

 

National Federation of Badger Groups

NFCF

 

National Federation of City Farms

NFU

 

National Farmers Union

NGB

 

National Governing Body qualifications in Outdoor Education (see OE)

NGO

 

Non-Governmental Organisation

NGO

 

 National Gamekeepers Organisation

NHLS

 

National HedgeLaying Society

NHM

Natural History Museum

NHMF

 

National Heritage Memorial Fund

NI 

 

Northern Ireland

NICS

 

Northern Ireland Civil Service

NICSA

 

 Northern Ireland Countryside Staff Association (see Links)

NITB

 

Northern Ireland Tourist Board

NMR 

 

National Monuments Record

NMS

 

National Museums of Scotland

NNR

 

National Nature Reserve

No.

 

Number

NOF

 

New Opportunities Fund (one of the 'Good Causes' of the National Lottery)

NP

 

National Park

NPA

 

National Park Authority

NPTC

National Proficiency Training Certificate

NQF

National Qualification Framework (recognised type / level of qulaification)

NR

 

Nature Reserve

NRA

 

National Rivers Authority (now part of the Environment Agency)

NSP

 

National Scrapie Plan (to eliminate Scrapie from the national sheep flock)

NSWA

 

National Small Woods Association

NT

 

National Trust

NTO

 

National Training Organisation

NTS

 

National Trust for Scotland

NVC

 

National Vegetation Classification

NVQ

 

National Vocational Qualification

NWS

 

National Waste Strategy

O for Oscar:

 

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OCN

Open College Network, recognised type of qualification

OCR 

 

Optical Character Recognition (ie When a written document is scanned into a computer, the computer recognises the black marks as text and those words can be processed directly - thus avoiding the need to type-in the text)

OE

 

Outdoor Education (see Outdoor Education)

OELS

 

Organic Entry Level Scheme (organic version of ELS).

OF&G

 

Organic Farmers & Growers Ltd

OFC 

 

Outside Front Cover - a guaranteed position

OFS

 

Organic Farming Scheme (now replaced by Environmental Stewardship).

OHP

 

Over-Head Projector

OIC

 

Officer In Charge (ie the most senior person)

OND

 

Ordinary National Diploma

OP

 

Organophosphates

OPAL

OPen Air Laboratories

OS

 

Ordnance Survey

OSS

 

Open Spaces Society

OTE

 

On Target Earnings (what you WOULD get paid IF you meet all your sales targets and deadlines)

OTJ Training

 

On The Job Training

OTMS

 

Over Thirty Months Scheme (an abattoir slaughtering scheme for cattle too old for human consumption)

OU

 

Open University

Outdoor Education

 

Activities like Abseiling, Canoeing, Caving, Rock Climbing, Sailing, etc (as opposed to Environmental Education)

P for Papa: 

 

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P3

 

Parish Paths Partnership (see PPP).

P

 

pence

pa

 

per annum

PA

 

Public Address system. Or Personal Assistant

PAM 

 

Pro-Active Management (as opposed to just Management or even Re-Active Management)

PAR

 

Planed All Round (when ordering fence posts, rails or other timber)

park

 

Now taken to mean almost any green area open to the public. Can include: National Parks, Forest Parks, Deer Parks, Country Parks, Nature Parks, Town Parks and even Village Parks!

PAWS

 

Plantations on Ancient Woodland Sites

PAY 

 

Used in 'CJS Weekly' to mean: The PAY is (eg £18,000 per annum)

Parish Path

 

A minor Right of Way used mainly by locals for short journeys

pc

 

politically correct eg: One pub in the North York Moors now includes on their menu a 'Non-sexist Ploughperson's Lunch!'

PC

 

Personal Computer

pcm

 

per calendar month

PFI

 

Private Finance Initiative - whereby the government encourages the Private Sector to finance, build and/or run major public services (eg hospitals or prisons), which the government then pays to use, so that the investors can make a big profit. (Now there's clever, isn't it)?

PGCE

 

Post Graduate Certificate in Education

pH

 

potential Hydrogen - a measure of acidity / alkalinity

ph

 

per hour

PILSG

 

Pacific Island Land Snail Group (see CJ Snail, on the 'Our Charities' page)

Plas

 

Plas y Brenin, the National Mountain Centre in Wales

pm

 

per month

POA

 

Price on Application

POE

 

Pointed One End (when ordering fence posts)

POETS

 

Push Off Early, Tomorrow's Saturday.

PPP

 

Parish Paths Partnership (see P3)

PQE

 

Post Qualifying Experience

pw

 

per week

pref 

 

preferably

Pro Rata

 

'In proportion' (eg: £12,000 Annual Salary for a 6 contract = £6,000)

property

 

Within the National Trust (charity) 'a property' means 'a building / area owned by the National Trust'

PROW

 

Public Right/s of Way - A general term for both Public Footpaths and Public Bridleways

PSSA

 

Particularly Sensitive Sea Area

P/T

 

 Part Time

PTO

 

Please Turn Over (the page)

PTO

 

Power Take Off (eg on a tractor)

Public Bridleway

 

A route along which the general public have a legal right of passage (ie 'way') on (or leading) a horse, on (or pushing) a pedal cycle or on foot.

Public Footpath

 

A route along which the general public have a right of passage (ie 'way') on foot only.

Q for Quebec:

 

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Q&A

 

Question and Answer

QUANGO

 

QUasi-Autonomous Non-Governmental Organisation. ie A government appointed 'independent' body.

Quiet Lanes

 

The CPRE campaign for Safer Country Lanes would designate these so that walkers, cyclists and horse riders would have greater priority over motor vehicles. Jersey already has something similar, with a speed limit of 20 mph, so most motorists avoid them completely.

R for Romeo:

 

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R&D

 

Research and Development

RA

 

Ramblers' Association OR:

RA

 

Risk Assessment.

RAI

 

Ranger Association of Ireland (see Links)

Ranger

 

See 'Countryside Ranger' and 'Warden'

RAS

 

Ramblers' Association Scotland

RASE

 

Royal Agricultural Society of England

RBG

 

Royal Botanic Gardens

RBSE

 

Rare Breeds Survival Trust

RDA

 

Rural Development Adviser negotiates the HLS

RDC

 

Red Deer Commission

re

 

regarding

Red Diesel

 

Low tax diesel (dyed red) so that it can only be used legally in agricultural vehicles.

Red Tape

 

All the bureaucratic requirements that will entangle you,

REF

 

Reference or Reference Number

Regional Routes

 

Rights of Way designated and promoted by the Countryside Agency, but one stage below National Trails (eg The Captain Cook Walk)

RES

 

DEFRA's Rural Enterprise Scheme

reserve

 

short for 'Nature Reserve'

RFS

 

Royal Forestry Society

RHS

 

Royal Horticultural Society

RHS

 

Right Hand Side (see LHS)

RICS

 

Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors

Risk Assessments

 

These became essential after Common Sense finally died out in the 1990s.

ROI

 

Republic of Ireland

ROW

 

Right/s of Way (eg Footpaths / Bridleways). See also PROW.

ROWIP

 

Rights of Way Improvement Plan

RPA

 

Regional Park Authority OR:

RPA

 

Regional Police Authorities

RPI 

 

Rural Priority Area (government funding scheme)

RPTC

 

Training Certificate (eg Chainsaw)

RSA

 

Secretarial proficency (eg Typing)

RSNC

 

Royal Society for Nature Conservation - the umberella organisation for all the County Wildlife Trusts. Now known as simply The Wildlife Trust

RSPCA

 

Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

RSPB

 

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds - charity.

RTA

 

Road Traffic Accident

RTF 

 

Rich Text Format

RTI 

 

Rural Transport Initiative

RTPI

 

Royal Town Planning Institute

RUPP

 

Road Used as a Public Path

RV

 

RendezVous (ie an agreed meeting place / time)

S for Sierra:

 

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SAC

 

Special Area of Conservation

SAC

 

Scottish Agricultural College

SAD

 

Seasonally Affected Disorder (a bit like depression, but only in the winter).

SAE

 

A Stamped Self-Addressed Envelope (yes, we know that ought to be a SSAE)!

SAFFA

 

Salmon And Freshwater Fisheries Act (1975).

SANGS

Suitable Accessible Natural Greenspace

SAS

 

Surfers Against Sewage

s/b

 

Used in 'CJS Weekly' to mean: This project is financially 'Supported By...'

SBG

 

Scottish Biodiversity Group

SCC Rate

 

Single Column Centimetre Rate - the cost per vertical Centimeter of a Single Column of print

SCM 

 

 Site Condition Monitoring

SCRA

 

 Scottish Countryside Rangers Association (see Links)

SCP

 

Scottish Conservation Projects Trust (now BTCV)

SCU

 

 Scottish Crofters Union

SCW

 

Sports Council for Wales

SD

 

Sustainable Development

SE

 

 Scottish Executive

SEA

 

 Strategic Environmental Assessment

SEARS

Scotland's Environmental And Rural Services, a partnership of various Scottish agencies and charities working together.

SEERAD

 

Scottish Executive Environment and Rural Affairs Department

SEPA 

 

 Scottish Environmental Protection Agency

SFA

 

Scottish Forest Alliance - a collaboration between the Woodland Trust, Forest Enterprise, RSPB and BP to create new woodlands

SFSA

 

Scottish Field Studies Association

SIBH

 

 Society for the Interpretation of Britain's Heritage (now Interpret Britain)

SINC

Site of Importance for Nature Conservation

Single Handed

 

As in Single Handed Keeper. A person who will run the estate / project / shoot without assistance- not a manually challenger worker!

SITREP

 

 SITuation REPort. An Army radio term which means 'What on earth is going on where you are?'

SMEs

 

 Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (ie any business with an annual turnover of less than £1m)

SOAC

 

Scottish Outdoor Access Code. In 2003 the Scottish Parliament passed part 1 of the Land Reform (Scotland) Act. When fully in force ('late 2004?') everyone will have new statutory rights of access to the outdoors, local authorities will have new duties and powers and the public will be expected to 'Respect the interests of others; Take care of the environment and Take responsibility for your own actions.'

SPA

 

Special Protection Area (for birds)

SNH

 

Scottish Natural Heritage

SNIFFER

 

Scotland & Northern Ireland Forum For Environmental Research

SNCI

 

Site of Nature Conservation Importance (or sometimes Interest)

SRB

 

Single Regeneration Budget (EU money).

SSSI

 

Site of Special Scientific Interest

STB

 

Scottish Tourist Board

SUD

Sustainable Urban Development

Sustrans

 

SUStainable TRANSport (charity)

SUV

 

Sports Utility Vehicle. The USA equivalent of an Off Road Vehicle used for purely domestic / fashion / tax break purposes.

SVQ

Scottish Vocational Qualification (see NVQ)

SWAP

 

Save Waste And Prosper Ltd

SWB

 

Short Wheel Base eg Land Rover

SWCL

 

Scottish Wildlife and Countryside Link

T for Tango:

 

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T2000

 

Transport 2000

TAM

 

Telephone Answering Machine

TBA

 

To Be Agreed or To Be Announced

TBC

 

To Be Confirmed

TBG

 

Tidy Britain Group (previously 'Keep Britain Tidy Group')

TCPA

 

Town and Country Planning Association

TFSR

 

Tools For Self-Reliance (charity)

TGA

 

Timber Growers Association

TLA

 

Three Letter Abbreiviation – you count…

TOPAS

 

Training of Protected Area Staff (EU national parks, etc).

Townswomens' Guild

 

An urban version of the WI

TPO

 

Tree Preservation Order: statutory protection for tree/s.

TfL

 

Trees for Life, A charity to regenerate the Caledonian Forest

TRL

 

Traffic Research Laboratory

TRO

 

Traffic Regulation Order: to control vehicles using a path or track.

TRUE

 

Trust for Urban Ecology

U for Uniform:

 

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UFAW

 

Universities Federation for Animal Welfare

UFRC

 

Ulster Federation of Rambling Clubs

UFTM

 

Ulster Folk and Transport Museum

UK 

 

United Kingdom (of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland)

UKELA

 

United Kingdom Environmental Law Association

UNESCO 

 

United Nations Educational Social and Cultural Organisation

USPCA 

 

Ulster Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

UW

 

Ulster Wildlife Trust

V for Victor:

 

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VAT

 

Value Added Tax.

VDU

 

Visual Display Unit (ie: the computer screen you are looking at now)!

VisitBritain

 

The new (May 2003) name for the British Tourist Authority

VMNR

 

Voluntary Marine Nature Reserve

W for Whiskey:

 

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WAGBI 

 

Was the Wildfowlers Association of Great Britain and Ireland, now BASC

Wales Link

 

Wales Wildlife and Countryside Link

WATCH

 

Wildlife Watch, the junior wing of the County Wildlife Trusts

Waymark

 

A standardised arrow used to mark Public Rights of Way: Yellow for Footpaths, Blue for Bridleways

WEEE

 

EU Directive in force from 13/2/04 requiring the collection and recovery of Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment.

WCMC

 

World Conservation Monitoring Centre

WDA

 

Welsh Development Agency

WDCS

 

Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society (charity)

WEN

 

Women's Environmental Network

WESG

 

Wales Environmental Standards Group

WFS

 

Wild Flower Society

WGS

 

Woodland Grant Scheme

WHGT

 

Welsh Historic Gardens Trust

WI

 

Womens' Institute

WildCRU

 

Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (of the University of Oxford)

Wildlife Trusts

 

The County Wildlife Trusts (see RSNC)

WMF

 

Waste Management Forum

WMIB

 

Waste Management Information Bureau

WOA

 

Welsh Orienteering Association

WRF

 

Wales Rural Forum

WRG

 

 Waterway Recovery Group

WSPA

 

World Society for the Protection of Animals

WT

 

Woodland Trust (charity) or

WT

Wildlife Trust, as in Yorks WT

WTB

 

Wales Tourist Board

WWF UK

 

World Wide Fund for Nature (charity. Previously the World Wildlife Fund until it thought this was an improvement)

WWOOF

 

Willing Workers on Organic Farms

WWT

 

Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (formerly the Wildfowl Trust) founded by Sir Peter Scott

X for X-ray:

 

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X

 

Xtremly difficult to find a single example. How about:

Xtinction

 

 is for ever?

Y for Yankee: 

 

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YHA 

 

Youth Hostels Association

YHANI

 

Youth Hostels Association of Northern Ireland

YHC

 

Young Herpetologists Club

YO

 

Young Ornithologists Club. The junior wing of the RSPB, but now called the Nature Explorers Club

Z for Zulu: 

 

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Symbols:

 

 

 

an 'asterisk', which can sometimes mean 'see below'

&

 

an 'ampersand', which means 'and'

 

at

 

hyphen (sometimes called a 'dash.' See also 'underscore' below).

 

underscore_thus (not to be confused with a hyphen-thus).

 

greater than OR go to

<  

 

less than OR go back

 

scroll down to

£1b

 

 £1 billion (= £1,000,000,000 ie one thousand million)

£1m

 

£1 million (= £1,000,000)

Hash

 

Hash. Symbol for Number (eg: 'hash1' means 'Number 1')

[?] 

 

Used in 'CJS Weekly' to mean: No, we don't know what it means either

Numbers: 

 

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1i/c

 

The number 1 person In Charge (ie the most senior officer)

2+ years experience

 

Used in CJS Weekly to mean: 2 or more years experience – but then this was disallowed in the Age Discrimination Act which came in in October 2006.

3Rs

 

The 3Rs are: Reading, wRiting and aRithmatic (Yes, I know that's really only one R, but its still supposed to be the basis of a good education!)

4Rs

 

Reduce, Repair, Re-use and Recycle (we could all make fewer demands on the earth's resources if we followed the 4Rs)

4X4 

 

Four by four. A 4 Wheel Drive vehicle (useful in the countryside but even more popular in the cities. See Fashion Victim)

42

 

The ultimate answer (but nobody has yet found out what the question is)!


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