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Location (basis / contract details)

Assistant Ranger

Kent County Council

Dartford (permanent, full time)

Consultant (Wetland Ecology)

Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust

Slimbridge Wetland Centre

Specialist Advisor, Fisheries INNS Management

Natural Resources Wales

Wales (Full time, fixed to 31/3/2020)

Chief Executive Officer

Gwent Wildlife Trust

Dingestow, Monmouthshire

Visitor Operations Manager


Exminster, Devon (Part time, 26 hpw, permanent)

Visitor Experience Officer


Exminster, Devon (Part time, 22.5 hpw, permanent)


Ecosulis Ltd

Aylesbury (Full time)

Footpath Workers, Forestry Workers & Tree Planters

Arran Footpath & Forestry Ltd

Isle of Arran

Countryside Ranger

Colchester Borough Council

High Woods Country Park, Colchester (Full time, permanent)

Public Rights of Way Officer

Warrington Borough Council

Warrington (Full time)

Farm Instructor

Lambourne End Centre

South West Essex (35 hpw flexible working)

Specialist Advisor - Water Access & Recreation

Natural Resources Wales

Bridgend (Full time, permanent)

Project Manager & Project Officer

Chilterns AONB

Goring on Thames (Full time contracts fo 5 years)

Nature Friendly Schools Senior Officer

Lancashire Wildlife Trust

Preston, Lancashire

Forestry Course Manager - Newton Rigg

Askhan Bryan College

Newton Rigg, campus, Cumbria (Full time, permanent)

Science Fundraiser


Bedfordshire (Full time, 2 year contract)

Assistant Parish Ranger

Chorleywood Parish Council

Chorleywood, Herts

Biodiversity Information Assistant

West Wales Biodiversity Information Centre

Whitland, West Wales (2 dpw, 12 month contract)

NLHF Project Development Officer

Nene Park Trust

Peterborough (Fixed contract 1/9/19 to 28/2/2021)

Assistant Project Officer

Nene Park Trust

Peterborough (18 month contract)

Assistant Ranger

Lee Valley Regional Park

Lee Valley, London E10 (35 hpw, permanent)


Lee Valley Regional Park

Lee Valley, Holyfield Farm,Waltham Abbey (35 hpw, permanent)


Grosvenor Estate

Eaton Estate, Chester

Conservation Officer


Glasgow (Full time, permanent)

Beddington Farmlands Warden

London Borough of Sutton

Carshalton (36 hpw, 25 year contract)

Education and Activities Officer

Nene Park Trust



Merseyside Environmental Advisory Service, Sefton Council

Bootle (36 hpw)

Estate Couple

Private Estate

near Aberlour, Moray (5 - 20 hpw depending on season)

Landscape Partnership Manager

Cranborne Chase and Chalke Valley Landscape Partnership Scheme

Near Tollard Royal, Wiltshire (Fixed term contract to 30/6/2024)



34 adverts for voluntary posts added this month


Surveys and Fieldwork

4 surveys added in July:

Walk this Water Way is a citizen science project run by the Mammal Society.

The Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland in collaboration with Coventry University has launched Plant Alert

Shoresearch is running until 11 August 2019. So if you're quick you can help the Wildlife Trusts monitor marine life on UK shores.

28 September 2019 National Whale and Dolphin Watch in Llandudno, Wales. 


Features and In Depth Articles

50 not out for Staffordshire Wildlife Trust

London is a National Park City

70 years of National Park adventure, Campaign for National Parks


CJS Focus

The most recent edition looked at Recreation, the next, due in September is focusing on Countryside Management - CJS main area of work. Now taking adverts [more]


CJS Information and other articles

Fifth article from our Featured Charity: Canal and River Trust. Caring for Sites of Special Scientific Interest at the Canal & River Trust

Inspired by Kerryn's recounting of how the CJS Team came together Niall has been digging into the memory banks and has put together some of his recollections of the earliest days of CJS. [read on]

This month we also have birthday wishes from IPROW, Bernie McLinden, Senior ranger at North York Moors National Park and from Lynne a long time CJS Weekly reader. [more]

You'll find all our CJS 25 Birthday articles and some lovely comments from readers here.

CJS Birthday gift giveaway:  exeGesIS Spatial Data Management has given us a free place on any of their GIS training courses - all of which are suitable for Countryside Managers. You really don't want to miss this one. [enter here]

A new service from CJS: Quarterly newsletter for advertisers. [more]

A friendly reminder about our free advertising - It really is totally free, no catch or hidden extras. [more]

On World Ranger Day (31 July), CJS stands with the world's rangers protecting wildlife - will you join us? [more]



Government Announcements, Policy and consultations

  • Stronger protections for the environment move closer as landmark Bill takes shape - Defra
  • Brokenshire orders house builders to protect wildlife - Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government


Land and Countryside Management

  • Investing in nature could boost UK economy - Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
  • Major campaign launched to encourage the nation to ‘Love Water’ - Environment Agency
  • Birmingham bids to become a Tree City of the World – Birmingham City Council


Funding and new partnerships

  • The secretive smooth snake gets National Lottery lifeline – Amphibian & Reptile Conservation (ARC)
  • Cash incentive for landowners to restore UK peatland - IUCN


Pollution, sustainablity and climate

  • No butts when it comes to filters say MCS and ASH Scotland - Marine Conservation Society
  • Public supports Michael Gove’s call for deposits on drinks cans and bottles – CPRE
  • Plastic bag sales down 90% since introduction of 5p charge - Defra


Environmental Education, Recreation and volunteering

  • Most of the UK public are not getting their recommended daily ‘dose’ of time in green space – Keep Britain Tidy
  • Free mammal tracking app turns amateurs into ecologists – The Mammal Society


Scientific Research, Results and Publications

  • Transforming the NBN Atlas into a world-leading source of environmental data – National Biodiversity Network
  • New studies will help drive protections for beetles - Natural England
  • New study reveals huge decline in bird species when grouse management ends – Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust


Animal and wildlife news

  • Call for support for world’s first basking shark marine protected area - Scottish Wildlife Trust
  • Rathlin could be a ‘Love Island’ for corncrakes as two pairs recorded for first time since the ‘80s - RSPB
  • Do not disturb! The growing threat to our seals - Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust


And finally

  • Shhh! It happens…National Park aim to get people talking about poo in the outdoors – Loch Lomond & the Trossachs National Park Authority



Calendar of events and short courses occuring in October - 20 pages

Plus additions to long courses and providers made over the past month.


Grants and sources of funding

Details 1 new and updated listing.

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logo: RSPBVisitor Operations Manager

If you love engaging with our visitors, have a passion for retail and organising inspiring events, we've got a fantastic opportunity for you.

Visitor Operations Manager
Ref: A1160719
Location: Exminster, Devon
Salary: £22,073 to £23,912 per annum pro rata
Hours: Part time, 26 hours per week
Contract: Permanent

As Visitor Operations Manager you will take the lead on managing our Retail store at Dart's Farm and our Visitor Experience across our Devon Reserves. You will lead on delivering our Visitor Experience Plan, with an initial focus on the Exe Estuary.

You will deliver our existing event programme, which includes our Avocet Cruises and Big Wild Sleep Outs, and will develop new events designed to offer unforgettable experiences as well as growing support through income, membership and engaging new volunteers.

You will be a key member of the Exe Estuary Reserves team and wider Devon reserves and will you're your team including the Visitor Experience Officer and volunteer team to further develop our visitor hub at Bowling Green Marsh to engage visitors and grow support to give nature a home.

You will be responsible for leading and growing the volunteer team, building capacity and capability and ensuring that the team offers a great welcome and an unforgettable experience at the site.

To be fantastic in this role, you'll need experience of delivering inspirational engagement activities, have good people skills and experience of managing staff and volunteers. You will be a good organiser and have be able to deliver high standards of customer service.

Please note: This role requires regular weekend working, including bank holidays.

Closing date: 16 August 2019
Interview date: 2 September 2019

If you would like to apply and find out more about this position, please click here to be directed to our website.  

Kent County Council

Assistant Ranger


Starting salary £17,498 per annum

Permanent, Full time, 37 hours per week

You will assist the Ranger Services Manager in managing sites in the North and West Kent Country parks area. You will primarily be based at Trosley and Lullingstone Country Park but will assist the Ranger team managing five sites, including three SSSI’s across approx 1000 acres.

You will be involved in many practical aspects of management including coppicing, wood processing, fencing, livestock management and access works, as the sites are extremely varied. You should hold certificates of competency or be willing to train in chainsaw, brushcutting, tractor driving, trailers and herbicide use and handling and some other practical skills as required.

You should demonstrate knowledge and experience in countryside management as a volunteer or paid worker, have a good understanding of landscape and nature conservation management, public access & interpretation, and be educated to HNC, HND or degree level (or equivalent) in a relevant subject. 

You will be reliable and possess good interpersonal skills and have a positive attitude towards customer care.  Knowledge of the countryside is important. Your health should be appropriate to the needs of the role. An ability to travel in between sites at short notice is essential.

This post is considered by KCC to be a customer-facing position. The Council therefore has a statutory duty under Part 7 of the Immigration Act (2016) to ensure that post holders have a command of spoken English/Welsh sufficient for the effective performance of the job requirements. The appropriate standards are set out in the Job Description/Person Specification. 

For an informal discussion or should you require any further information, please contact Tim Bell on 07740 185209.   

To apply please click here to complete an online application form, quoting reference 19003236. 

Closing date: Midnight, 15th August 2019. 

Logo: Wildfowl & Wetlands TrustConsultant (Wetland Ecology)

HQ, Slimbridge Wetland Centre

37.5 hours per week, 9am – 5.30pm Monday to Friday

£26,669 per annum

We are looking for a talented and highly motivated candidate for the role of Consultant (Wetland Ecology) in our new-look consultancy service housed within our Conservation Directorate.

The role will provide specialist skills and general support for the delivery of wetland creation and restoration projects, including visitor centres, aligned to our organisational strategy through provision of external consultancy, primarily in the UK but also working internationally. We welcome applications from candidates with a variety of relevant technical skills/backgrounds for the role but are particularly interested in applicants with experience in the design and creation of Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) and treatment wetlands, experience in developing experiences for nature/visitor centres or experience of working with stakeholders.

The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT) is a conservation charity that protects wetlands for wildlife and people. We conserve, restore and create wetlands. We are pioneers in saving wetland wildlife, both in the UK and around the world. At our 10 UK sites around a million visitors a year engage with wetland nature. We work internationally in key global wetland areas, balancing conservation with sustainable livelihoods and influencing national and international conservation policies.

In return for your hard work and dedication you’ll enjoy a wide range of benefits including: 25 days annual leave plus bank holidays increasing to 30 days after 5 years’ service Contributory pension scheme (conditions apply) Life assurance Free car parking and secure bike storage areas   Cycle to work scheme Free entry to all our centres

WWT is an equal opportunities employer and all applications will be considered solely on merit.

For more information, and to apply for the role, please click here   

Closing date:  21st August

Interview date:  9th & 10th September

Your advert here - it's freeA friendly reminder about our free advertising - It really is totally free, no catch or hidden extras.

There are paid options if you insist (we have to pay The Team somehow!) but you've nothing to lose by giving a free advert a go.

Just in case you've forgotten or maybe didn't know at all - CJS will advertise just about anything countryside and conservation related totally free of charge.

Full details of what you can advertise and why we do this can be found in this blog post from last year.

Logo: Natural Resources WalesSpecialist Advisor, Fisheries Invasive Non-Native Species Management

Location: Flexible in any NRW office

Grade & Salary: 6 - £33,424

Post Number: 202219

Contract Type: Fixed term until 31 March 2020 – secondments will be considered.

Work Pattern: Full time

Application Closing Date: 14 August 2019

Job Purpose

The post will develop appropriate site management plans and interventions to address invasive non-native fish (topmouth gudgeon) issues in Wales. 

It will assess current monitoring data for infected sites and improve top mouth gudgeon monitoring mechanisms to provide more informed distribution and risk management data to support appropriate management interventions in Wales. 

It will assess control and eradication options for infected sites and develop a control and eradication management plan for Wales.

It will review current biosecurity provision, identify and implement improvements to manage the risk posed at affected sites and to prevent the spread of topmouth gudgeon to other fisheries locations.

Qualifications and Skills

Excellent skills in engagement, influencing, developing innovative approaches to complex problems Excellent at building effective working relationship with colleagues and partners Significant knowledge of the requirements of environmental legislation relating to the place remit  You will have specialist knowledge of fisheries management. Ability to assess multiple, complex, sources of information and engage others in making good decisions. Excellent communication and inter-personal skills with a customer focus Experience of negotiating with senior managers Experience of influencing at senior level of organisations Excellent at building effective working relationship with colleagues and partners  Excellent organisational skills 

For more information please visit our website 

Logo: Gwent Wildlife TrustChief Executive Officer

Dingestow, Monmouthshire

Up to £48,787 per annum plus Benefits

Established over fifty years ago, Gwent Wildlife Trust is the leading nature conservation charity in the area, working to protect and enhance the wildlife and wild places of south-east Wales and to empower people to restore wildlife and champion natural solutions to environmental challenges.

We currently have an exciting opportunity for a Chief Executive Officer to provide inspirational and effective leadership including setting and delivering strategic goals, providing clear direction and managing change.

Our ideal candidate will have extensive experience of successful leadership and management at a senior level within the conservation sector  coupled with the ability to get the very best from a motivated team of staff and volunteers. A proven track record of strategic planning and initiating projects is a must as is experience of generating substantial income, ideally in the not for profit sector. You’ll also be enthusiastic about nature conservation and the wider environmental movement with the ability to communicate this to others.

If you can act as an advocate for nature, develop strong relationships and network in the local environmental movement, we would love to hear from you!

For more information and to apply click here

The closing date for this role is Monday 19th August.

logo: RSPBVisitor Experience Officer

If you love working with people of all ages and backgrounds and enjoy delivering inspiring events we've got a fantastic opportunity for you.

Visitor Experience Officer
Reference number: A1150719
Location: Exminster, Devon
Salary starting at: £17,276 to £18,716 per annum pro rata
Hours: Part time, 22.5 hours per week
Contract: Permanent

We are looking for someone with a genuine enthusiasm for working with people, with excellent customer service skills, organisational skills, the ability to work well in a team and experience supervising and working with volunteers.

As a Visitor Experience Officer you'll be responsible for the day to day operational management of our visitor offer at Bowling Green Marsh on the Exe Estuary. You will deliver high standards of presentation at The Lookout hide and in our wildlife garden and deliver a year round programme of engaging activities to inspire our visitors helping to build support for our work to give nature a home.

You will be responsible for leading and growing the volunteer team, building capacity and capability and ensuring that the team offers a great welcome and an unforgettable experience at the site.

Working alongside the Visitor Operation Manager, and as part of the Exe Estuary Reserves team, you will also help deliver larger events, such as our Avocet cruises and Big Wild Sleep outs and help develop the link between our retail store at Dart's Farm and our Devon reserves.

Please note: This role requires regular weekend working, including bank holidays.

Closing date: 16 August 2019
Interview date: 2 September 2019

If you would like to apply and find out more about this position, please click here to be directed to our website.  

Logo: Ecosulis LtdCalling all landscaping legends...Ecosulis needs habitat creators!

Are you looking for an exciting job where you can experience the great outdoors and have a meaningful impact on UK conservation? What better way to mitigate climate change and benefit wildlife than planting trees and helping to create biodiverse habitats.

As the UK's most experienced ecological consultancy and contractor, Ecosulis is currently looking to recruit Landscapers to assist its habitat creation team in Aylesbury.

You will need to have good site health and safety awareness, as well as the ability to solve problems, work in a team, and, at times, supervise other subcontractors.

You will be required to undertake a variety of work, including: Tree planting Grassland seeding Aquatic planting Ecological mitigation work Grassland and woodland maintenance Fencing Vegetation clearance Wetland management

To be successful in your application, you must have: Extensive landscaping experience Brushcutting experience (certificates desirable) A clean driving licence and your own transport

and preferably also have: A CSCS card (desirable) Pesticide use certificates (desirable) A first aid certificate

Start date: asap

Ecosulis Ltd is an equal opportunities employer.

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: £18,000.00 to £23,000.00 / year

Apply with CV to laura.joy@ecosulis.co.uk 

Arran Footpath & Forestry Ltd

 Recruiting - Experienced Footpath Workers, Forestry Workers and Tree Planters - immediate starts available.

Comfortable accommodation, generous food allowance, quality PPE and shared company transport provided.

Excellent rates, banded dependant on experience, contact us with your CV to discuss at info@aff.scot 

Drivers Licence preferred, First Aid and Cutting certification required, dependant on role.

We are a welcoming, Scottish organisation that has been involved in upland footpath conservation throughout Scotland for 15 years+.

We have developed expertise in many other aspects of forestry work also, including tree planting, drystone walling and chainsaw / woodwork. 

The close knit team we have consists of experienced footpath builders and trained, qualified forestry workers from all over Europe and further afield.

Please visit www.arranfootpathsandforestry.scot for more details on who we are and what we do!

Logo: Colchester Borough CouncilJob Title:          Countryside Ranger

Location:          High Woods Country Park

Salary range:    £20444 - £24046 per annum

Contract:           Full time, permanent

Working Hours: 37hrs per week

Closing Date:    14/08/19

Interview Date:  To be confirmed

We are seeking a suitably qualified individual to look after the Council’s Country Parks and Local Nature Reserves, currently consisting of 14 sites throughout Colchester. Previous experience of working as a ranger or equivalent in a similar setting is an advantage.

You will have specific sites you will be responsible for as well as providing support to other team members on their sites. You will work 2 out of 4 weekends, devise your own work plan & priorities from site management plans, have budgets to work to & be expected to raise orders. Admin & IT skills are necessary.

You must possess sound practical & mechanical skills, have a full driving licence, be confident, approachable, self-motivated with strong communication and organisational skills.

You will welcome visitors & provide advice & events as required. Work independently or alongside other rangers, contractors & volunteers to complete outdoor practical tasks on all types of terrain & ground conditions. Carry out site upkeep & maintenance, maintain tools & equipment in safe working order & develop good working relationships with visitors, council staff, tenants & neighbours. Assist with the smooth running of High Woods Country Park Visitor Centre which will include serving customers. You will patrol; checking paths, trees, fences, car parks etc. At all times follow the Service’s health & safety & operational procedures.

DBS Registration will be required for this post.

For an informal chat about the post please ring Sonya Lindsell, Senior Ranger, on 01206 853588.

To complete an application form, for further information, and to find out more about working for Colchester Borough Council, please visit - website  

Logo: Warrington Borough CouncilPublic Rights of Way Officer

£31,317 - £34,788

37 Hours per week

Warrington’s Public Rights of Way network consists of over 128 miles of footpaths and seven miles of Bridleway and Restricted Byways in an urban and semi-rural setting.

We are recruiting a Public Rights of Way Officer who would be required to undertake all aspects of Rights of Way work including: Statutory duties to ensure that the map and statement provide an accurate record of public rights of way. Undertake the research and interpretation of historical documents, Present reports to Committee, Maintenance and capital improvement works, Inspection and enforcement, Definitive map maintenance and Public Path Orders, Planning application consultation.

You will report directly to a Principal Highway Engineer and liaise with the Council’s elected members, members of the public, the Council’s legal Services and the Council’s Rangers Service to co-ordinate inspection regimes. Proven experience in rights of way law and practice is essential. Membership of the Institute of Public Rights of Way and Access Management would be desirable.

The position is awarded an essential car user designation.

For an informal discussion about the above posts please contact Mark Tune, Traffic Management, Road Safety & Highway Adoptions Manager on 01925 442695. 

For more information and to apply please visit our website

Farm Instructor

Salary £18,000 per annum

Lambourne End Centre are looking for a Farm Instructor to deliver land based education and vocational programmes for young people.  

The Centre is a fantastic 54 acre site in south west Essex which is full of opportunity. The Centre’s scenic location in a rural setting, yet on the doorstep of East London’s urban fringe creates a unique resource. The Centre boasts residential accommodation and training facilities, outdoor adventure activities, a garden project and a working farm with dedicated environmental areas. These are used to generate a wide range of programmes which promote and deliver personal development opportunities for young people, especially those at risk or struggling in traditional mainstream environments. All the programmes are designed to encourage team building, problem solving and communication skills, as well as build confidence and raise aspirations. 

Suitable candidates should have: A commitment towards helping young people, who may have challenging behaviour, to achieve their potential through working with animals Relevant experience or qualifications in working with a variety of farm livestock including horses Experience of working with a range of young people delivering vocational training, and an interest in gardening and learning outside the classroom    

The post is based on a 35 hour week, but will involve flexible working.   

Due to the nature of the work, the post will be subject to an enhanced DBS check.

The application pack is available on the Lambourne End website here - please note that CV's will not be accepted in application for this position. 

The closing date for applications is Monday 19th August at 5pm, and interviews for shortlisted candidates will be held on 28th and 29th August 2019.                              

For more information about the Centre and the activities it runs please see our website or phone 020 8500 3047.    

Registered charity number 1105063  Company Number 050676 

Logo: Natural Resources WalesSpecialist Advisor - Water Access & Recreation

Location: Wales (flexible)

Grade & Salary: Grade 6 (£33,424)

Post number: 201377

Type of contract: Permanent

Work pattern: 37 hours

Welsh language requirements: Level 1

Closing date: 25 August 2019

Role Purpose: To lead on the provision of water-based access and recreation and related specialist assessments and advice.  This specialist advice will inform the development of NRW and Government policy, programmes, plans, strategies and guidance.  You will work with colleagues in NRW’s policy and operational delivery teams, officials from WG and sector representatives. 

Qualifications and Skills: Knowledge of: Welsh, UK and EU legislation, policy drivers and opportunities related to recreation and access and in particular inland and inshore water access and recreation; Experience of: specialist/technical analysis and interpretation of a range of complex environmental and relevant information and data sources relevant to role purpose; Working with/in outdoor access & recreation sector, local authorities, landowners and managers; representatives of outdoor/countryside organisations and voluntary bodies; Working in a programme and project management environment with Project Management experience and/or qualifications; Ability to share your knowledge and expertise to help solve problems, supporting managers as required.

For more information and to apply click here 

Logo: Chilterns AONBRestoring Landscapes and Biodiversity after Rail Electrification

A rare opportunity to run a landscape-scale conservation project with a multi-million pound budget. This £3.75 million project over 5 years, funded by Network Rail, will restore natural beauty in the nationally protected landscape and address the impact of rail electrification along the Great Western Railway on local communities and the visitor economy. Organise the planting of thousands of trees and run community and tourism projects.  

Job title: Project Manager
Location: Goring-on-Thames area (tbc)
Salary: £33,000 - £35,000 (negotiable for the right candidate)
Hours: 37.5 hours per week. Fixed term contract for five years.
Requests for four days a week and flexible hours considered.

For more information on the Project Manager post click here  

Job title: Project Officer
Location: Goring-on-Thames area (tbc)
Salary: £27,000 - £29,000
Logo: North Wessex Downs AONBHours: 37.5 hours per week. Fixed term contract for five years.
Requests for four days a week and flexible hours considered.

For more information on the Project Officer post click here

For general enquiries please call 01844 355500 or email office@chilternsaonb.org 

The closing date for applications is midnight on Sunday 15th September 2019.

Interviews will take place Tuesday 24th and Wednesday 25th September.

To apply, please send completed application forms to office@chilternsaonb.org  

Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester & North Merseyside

Nature Friendly Schools Senior Project Officer
Location: Preston, Lancashire
Salary: £24093.42

Contract type: Fixed term / Working hours: Full time

LWT is a partner in a consortium of organisations delivering the Nature Friendly Schools Project.

We are looking for a Senior Project Officer to coordinate and lead delivery of the Nature Friendly Schools programme to primary schools in Lancashire, Manchester and Merseyside, inspiring children and young people to explore the natural world and develop care and concern for the environment.

The ideal candidate will have experience delivering outdoor learning and working with children and teachers in a primary school setting. It is vital that the individual has excellent interpersonal, communication and leadership skills. 

Flexibility with regards to the working hours will be required as this post will involve occasional weekend and evening working.

For a full Job Description and Application Form to apply for this position please visit our website 

CV's will not be considered.

Closing Date: 22 August 2019

Interviews: w/c 2 September 2019

Forestry Course Manager - Newton Rigg

Full Time - Permanent

Salary £26,747.83 - £29,230.41

Askham Bryan College is a specialist land-based college based across the North of England. Our campus at Newton Rigg is set in the heart of Cumbria. The college owns over 20 ha of woodland, both broadleaf and conifer.

The College is dedicated to promoting education across the forestry sector in the UK.  The Department of Forestry wishes to recruit a new Course Manager to teach across a varied range of programmes in Forestry at Level 2 and 3.  The primary objective of this post will be supporting the development and delivery of technical skills in both forestry and associated land based courses. 

We are ideally looking for candidates with specialisms in the following: ● Commercial Forestry Land based Machinery Silviculture Estate Skills Tree and Pest identification Health and Safety Tree and Timber Measuring Practical Forestry Skills Forestry Business Timber Utilisation
The successful candidate will also be Course Tutor for a group of learners. Ideally qualified to Level 3 in Forestry, the successful candidate will have well-established work related experience. Teaching and assessing experience is desirable, as is a recognised teaching qualification but full training will be provided as part of professional development.

Above all, we are looking for someone with a strong understanding and competence in Forestry disciplines, and who has a real enthusiasm to pass on that knowledge and skill to others.

In return we offer a competitive remuneration, 35 days annual leave and genuine continuous professional development.

Closing Date:                            Sunday 18th August 2019

Provisional Interview Date:        week commencing the 27th August 2019

For further information and to apply, please click here

Logo: RSPBScience Fundraiser
Reference number: gs7mv-1
Location: Bedfordshire
Salary starting at: £22,073 to £29,430 per annum
Hours: Full time

Contract: Fixed Term

The ability of RSPB's world-class science to identify and redress the causes of decline in biodiversity is being constrained by our external income. The need to boost our external funding from hitherto largely untapped revenue streams is critical if we are to continue, and indeed expand, our vital conservation work. To this end, a new post of Science Fundraiser is being created to lead fundraising for RSPB Conservation Science.

The post will focus initially on accessing funding from specialist sources, especially Research Councils, so minimising overlap with our core fundraising activity. The post-holder will sit within and work within the Project Development & Support Unit but liaise regularly with the Principal Research Manager and other staff in the Conservation Science department and High Value Fundraising to support income generation. This will be a two-year contract post in the first instance. 

Key responsibilities include: Identify potential new sources of income, which could increase and diversify science funding streams and develop strategies to tap into these sources, focusing on Research Councils. Strengthen relationships between RSPB fundraisers and the Conservation Science department, to ensure a coordinated approach to fundraising that focuses effort in line with strategic priorities. Identify specific potential opportunities to generate income from external funding sources and match these to agreed science priorities. 

The role may require some working away from the primary base at The Lodge, Sandy, Beds. 

This role is covered by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act. You will be asked to declare unspent convictions and cautions at offer of employment stage.

Closing date: 25 August 2019

Interview date: 11 September 2019

If you would like to apply please click here to be directed to our website.

Logo: Nene Park TrustNLHF Project Development Officer

Nene Park Trust has an exciting opportunity for a Project Development Officer with a variety of skills including community engagement, capital works oversight and project management to take forward the development phase of an ambitious £3million project funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF) entitled: Nene Park: Peterborough’s Community Greenspace.

This project is key to the success of the Trust’s current 10-year Strategy “Doing More with More” and we are looking for a candidate of the highest calibre.

The role will involve detailed project planning work, the management and supervision of consultants and contractors, and acting as the main contact for NLHF in relation to the project.

The successful candidate will have relevant experience of project development including stakeholder management and coordinating project teams.

The role is offered as a fixed term contract starting not before 1 September 2019 and running until 28 February 2021. There is the possibility of extension to 28 February 2026, subject to funding.

For more information and to apply for this role, please click here 

The closing date for applications is 5pm on Friday 23rd August. 

Logo: Chorleywood Parish CouncilChorleywood Parish Council, located at South Lodge, Rickmansworth Road, is responsible for delivering high quality services to its parishioners.

Chorleywood Parish Council is set in rural Hertfordshire.  The Parish has just over 4,000 properties and 11,000 inhabitants.

Chorleywood Common owned by the Parish Council, consists of around 200 acres of mixed habitats, including ancient acid grassland and heathland, neutral grassland, chalk grassland, conservation grazing, seven ponds, scrub and secondary woodland.

Assistant Parish Ranger

£19,554 - £24,313 (career grade) + London Weighting

This position will be subject to a six month probationary period

Part of a small friendly team, you will carry out a wide range of grounds maintenance duties mainly on Chorleywood Common.  Enthusiastic, and flexible, you should have at least two years relevant experience and be able to work with a minimum of supervision and prioritise your workload.  A passion for the environment plus good interpersonal skills is essential together with chainsaw qualifications and the ability to operate agricultural machinery.

Hours are 8.00am ~ 4.00 pm Monday to Friday with half an hour for lunch.

Salary is subject to experience and qualifications.

For an application pack, please contact Yvonne Merritt, Chorleywood Parish Council, South Lodge, Rickmansworth Road, Chorleywood, Herts WD3 5SL

Tel: 01923 285594, E-mail: info@chorleywood-pc.gov.uk.

Closing Date:  12 noon 15th August 2019

Interview date:  21st August 2019

(this date can be changed for successful applicants who have holiday arrangements) 

Logo: Lee Valley Regional Park AuthorityAssistant Ranger

Location: Lee Valley Waterworks, London E10

Salary: £20,718 to £23,089 

Type of position: Permanent

35 hours per week (Monday – Sunday Shift Rota) 

Lee Valley Regional Park stretches an incredible 26 miles along the leafy banks of the River Lee, from Ware in Hertfordshire, through Essex, to the Thames at East India Dock Basin. The park provides a unique 'natural' corridor on London’s doorstep and provides a vital refuge for wildlife. It contains a variety of landscapes and open spaces to enjoy, from industrial heritage sites and nature reserves, to a 1,000 acre country park and Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).

We are looking for an enthusiastic, energetic and practical person to deliver nature reserve management and Ranger duties within the Lee Valley Regional Park. You will be joining an established team of experienced Rangers managing one of London’s best kept secrets.

This fantastic opportunity is based in the South team.

General responsibilities of the posts will include: To support the practical management of countryside sites within the park To support the management and monitoring of wildlife habitats and species To support Health and Safety management To support the development & delivery of site management plans To liaise with the Park’s security service regarding any issues for the area To help deliver a programme of events.

You will need to have proven experience of working in a parks/countryside environment along with a good working knowledge of conservation and habitat management, community engagement work or a recognised post-A level qualification e.g. HND; NVQ level 3, degree or equivalent in a countryside management or related discipline.

A full driving licence is essential and successful applicants will be required to obtain a Disclosure Certificate from the Disclosure Barring Service, for which assistance will be given.

If you feel that you have the right blend of skills for this role, please apply online using the link below or alternatively download an application form from our website and return it to: jobs@leevalleypark.org.uk  or The HR Team, Myddelton House, Bulls Cross, Enfield EN2 9HG. 

Closing date: 21 August 2019

We reserve the right to amend the closing date of this vacancy.

We are an equal opportunities employer                                       

No agencies please 

Logo: West Wales Biodiversity Information CentreBiodiversity Information Assistant

Salary: £19,171 pro rata

12 months fixed term contract, 3 days per week.

Location: Whitland, West Wales

We are looking for a person to mobilise biodiversity information from paper and electronic formats for incorporation into the species database of West Wales Biodiversity Information Centre, the Local Environmental Records Centre for West Wales. The post requires someone who will be accurate in data entry and diligent in keeping records and logs of work.  Knowledge of scientific nomenclature or taxonomy is required for the role. 

The successful candidate will be part of a small team working to exchange biological information within the region and across Wales. They will have high regard for the accuracy and integrity of data throughout our systems and processes. They will be highly motivated and will thrive on the challenges and opportunities offered through working for our organisation.  WWBIC will consider increasing the number of days worked per week subject to mutual agreement.

Further information, including a full job description, person specification and application form can be found on our website or email info@wwbic.org.uk.   

Closing date for applications: 18th August 2019

Interview date: To be arranged.

Logo: Nene Park TrustAssistant Project Officer

Nene Park Trust has an exciting role within its Development Team, working on a range of projects.

The post holder will provide support to the Head of Development, working on visitor-focussed projects and improving facilities for a range of users, from those who want to access the wider rural landscape to those who visit Nene Park for activity and stimulation.

The successful candidate will be a clear and confident communicator able to deliver projects in an organised and consistent manner. Experience and understanding of the countryside, leisure and tourism sector would be an advantage; however an organised and proactive approach is most important.

This role is offered as a fixed term, 18-month contract.

For more information and to apply for this role, please click here 

The closing date for applications is 5pm on Friday 23rd August.

Logo: Lee Valley Regional Park AuthorityRangers

Location: Lee Valley Holyfield Farm, Waltham Abbey

Salary: £21,477 to £28,240 

Type of position: Permanent

35 hours per week (Monday – Sunday Shift Rota)

Lee Valley Regional Park stretches an incredible 26 miles along the leafy banks of the River Lee, from Ware in Hertfordshire, through Essex, to the Thames at East India Dock Basin. The park provides a unique 'natural' corridor on London’s doorstep and provides a vital refuge for wildlife. It contains a variety of landscapes and open spaces to enjoy, from industrial heritage sites and nature reserves, to a 1,000 acre country park and Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).

We are looking for an enthusiastic, energetic and practical person to deliver nature reserve management and Ranger duties within the Lee Valley Regional Park. You will be joining an established team of experienced Rangers managing one of London’s best kept secrets.

This fantastic opportunity will be based either at our North base at Holyfield Hall Farm Waltham Abbey or South base close to Walthamstow and Leyton Marshes.  

Key Responsibilities of the post include: Practical management of a variety of nature conservation and public access sites within the park. Management and monitoring of wildlife habitats and species. Monitor and oversee Health and Safety within the park. Support the development & delivery of site management plans. Liaison with the Park’s security service regarding any issues on sites. Work with the PR and marketing team to promote the parks wide variety of sites. Support the delivery of events and activities in our open spaces.

You will need to have proven experience of working in a parks/countryside environment along with a good working knowledge of conservation and habitat management, plus a recognised post-A level qualification e.g. HND; NVQ level 3, degree or equivalent in a countryside management or related discipline. Experience of working with volunteers and community engagement activities would be highly desirable.

A full driving licence is essential and successful applicants will be required to obtain a Disclosure Certificate from the Criminal Records Bureau, for which assistance will be given.

If you feel that you have the right blend of skills for this role please complete an application form, found on our website and return it to: jobs@leevalleypark.org.uk  or The HR Team, Myddelton House, Bulls Cross, Enfield EN2 9HG.  

To apply online please click here 

Closing date: 21 August 2019

We reserve the right to amend the closing date of this vacancy.

We are an equal opportunities employer                                       

No agencies please

Logo: Grosvenor EstateSawmiller

The Family Office Forestry and Conservation Team (FACT) manage Grosvenor Estate’s 2,600 hectares of forestry and parkland and are responsible for farm and field trees across another 55,000 hectares. FACT is a multidiscipline team undertaking forestry, arboriculture and landscape management.

In addition, FACT also run biomass and firewood businesses which are currently in a period of expansion and we have invested in a new site and sawmilling facility with the intention of processing our own timber for use internally and for sale externally.

Due to this expansion, we are currently recruiting for a Sawmiller to be based at the new forestry yard at the Eaton Estate, Chester. The role will report directly to the Head of Forestry (HoF).

The main purpose of the role will be to operate the sawmill, timber kilns and wood processing equipment. Working alongside the Forestry Foreman the role will also help organise the firewood and biomass operation.

Initially the work will focus on getting the sawmill, including the kilns and sawn timber storage, running effectively and efficiently. There will be a great deal of support from other team members, however the role requires someone who is focussed on efficiency and is extremely well organised. A highly organised and well-run operation will be expected by the HoF.

Candidates should ideally have sawmill experience and/or be able to clearly demonstrate an aptitude for sawmilling including the use and maintenance of sawmilling equipment. Candidates should understand how timber reacts when sawn and dried and the uses of varying species of timber.

It is important that the candidate passionately believes in the role of timber and forestry in delivering a low carbon and sustainable future where trees and timber are used for energy, construction, climate change mitigation and the delivery of eco-services. The sustainable management of woodland and timber harvesting is an important part of the Grosvenor Estates strategy.

The successful candidate will be given high quality support and investment to develop their career. This will include mentoring from the HoF, formal and informal timber processing and management training combined with development opportunities. Therefore, candidates must be ambitious in their aspirations to, with the coaching and support of the Head of Forestry, grow and develop in their position at the Estate. 

The role will attract a competitive salary and benefits package.

Please apply by e-mail to recruitment.eeo@grosvenor.com 

logo: RSPBAs part of our Area Team in Argyll, Arran and Ardnamurchan you will help us deliver a range of work for priority species and habitats. 
Conservation Officer
Reference number: 7DaZd-27
Location: Flexible - Base will be Glasgow
Salary starting at £25,463 to £27,585 per annum

Hours: Full time
Contract: Permanent
In this varied role you will respond to planning and forestry casework, provide advice directly to land managers, coordinate and undertake surveys, and help deliver conservation projects. We are seeking a determined and enthusiastic team player with a passion for nature and a commitment to protect some of Scotland’s most important areas for wildlife. 
This role will allow you to develop your skills under guidance from colleagues but a background understanding of the UK planning system, GIS and nature conservation legislation is desirable, as is a knowledge of birds and other wildlife. 
This is a fantastic opportunity to play your part in delivering RSPB's conservation work within an area rich in biodiversity - if that sounds like the job for you, we would love to hear from you. 
This is a permanent contract we will consider job share / flexible working.

This role is covered by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act. You will be asked to declare unspent convictions and cautions at offer of employment stage.

Closing date: 30 August 2019
Interview date: 13 September 2019
If you would like to apply and find out more about this position, please click here to be directed to our website.  

Logo: London Borough of SuttonBeddington Farmlands Warden

Grade 7 - £29,766 - £35,724 per annum (£37,842 unconsolidated maximum, achievable through performance-related progression)
Hours - Full-time, 36 hours per week
Fixed term contract - 25 years (terminating in 2044)
Location - Beddington Farmlands and London Borough of Sutton Offices, Carshalton

About us

The Biodiversity Team manages over 25 Sites of Importance for Nature Conservation within the London Borough of Sutton, including chalk downland, woodland, wetlands and neutral meadows, from the green belt of the North Downs to the urban landscape. We utilise significant support from Sutton Nature Conservation Volunteers, operating 2-3 task days per week.

The Biodiversity Team also deal with all biodiversity issues relating to planning, including the delivery of London’s first No Net Loss and Net Gain policy. 

About the role

This role is a unique long-term opportunity to shape and manage extensive habitat creation and restoration at Beddington Farmlands, working collaboratively for the London Borough of Sutton with the site leaseholders, Viridor. Funded for 25 years, the Warden will work with Viridor staff and contractors to deliver site management and enhancement, to achieve the aims of the Conservation Management Scheme and the Restoration Management Plan. 

The Warden will undertake practical habitat management with hand tools and machinery, organising and leading volunteers in undertaking habitat management works, assist with undertaking species surveys, creating and updating management plans, engaging members of the community through guided walks and talks and provide regular information to the management groups (Conservation Science Group and the Conservation and Access Management Committee).

The position comes with an office at Beddington Farmlands; it is expected that around 4 days per week will be based on site, with one day per week at the LBS offices.

About you

To succeed in this role, you will be a driven and passionate conservationist / ecologist, with at least 3 years’ practical experience of habitat creation and management (wetlands would be especially useful); delivering ecological conservation within an urban environment; identification and surveying skills (botany and ornithology) and the ability to work in partnership with different organisations.

An understanding of protected species and habitat legislation and the planning system is highly useful.

You will have excellent communication skills and have demonstrable experience of communicating with members of the public, dealing with management groups and colleagues in the Council, interpreting complex technical biological / ecological or planning information. 

The position requires significant amounts of working without direct supervision, so you need to be highly motivated, independent and organised to work efficiently.

Please apply online and include a supporting statement referring to the role Profile

For further information and to apply, please click here

Closing date - 9 September 2019

Logo: Nene Park TrustEducation and Activities Officer

(£19,969 - £21,851 per annum, dependent upon experience)

Nene Park Trust is looking to appoint a key individual to join our Education and Activities Team to assist the Trust’s Senior Education and Activities Officer in delivering our education service and supporting a growing events programme within a high quality 1725 acre country park in Peterborough.

This important role will require you to lead outdoor educational activities for visiting school groups from Early Years Foundation Stage through to A Level and to take an active role in the delivery of the Trust’s programme of public events, in particular activities aimed at children and families which may take place during evenings, weekends and school holidays.

The successful candidate will have experience in a park, countryside, education or visitor environment, be educated to degree level, and have a passion for delivering excellent standards of people engagement.

Key responsibilities of the Education and Activities Officer will include: Supporting the Senior Education and Activities Officer to develop and deliver the Trust’s annual education and activities programme Preparing and review lesson plans, in line with Curriculum requirements Ensuring the education programme is delivered in line with Trust health and safety policies and associated risk assessments Promoting the education and activities programme to schools through newsletters, the Nene Park website and a programme of outreach visits Promoting a safe and enjoyable learning environment and encourage repeat business Reporting any safety hazards and incidents/accidents to the Senior Education and Activities Officer Supporting the smooth operation of the Nene Outdoors Watersports and Activity Centre as required.

The successful applicant should have a genuine interest and enthusiasm in outdoor education. They will also require a flexible and versatile working approach.

For an informal discussion please contact our Education and Activities Manager, Anna Thompson, on 01733 405976.

Click here for further information and to download an application pack

Closing date: 5pm Monday 2nd September.  

Logo: Merseyside Environmental Advisory ServiceEcologist

Employer: Merseyside Environmental Advisory Service, Planning Services, Sefton Council

Salary: Scale H (£29,636 - £32,878)

Permanent appointment – 36 hours per week

Post Number: 19500

Benefits include: Casual Car User, Local Government Pension, flexible working and CIEEM membership fees.

We are seeking an experienced and highly motivated Ecologist, looking for a new career development opportunity.

The Liverpool City Region has a wealth of Natura 2000 sites around our coasts and estuaries including the Dee, Mersey, Ribble, Alt, North Wirral and Sefton coasts and Liverpool Bay. We are striving to ensure that the very special wildlife thrives in a vibrant and progressive City Region economy.

Covering the districts of Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, St.Helens, Sefton, West Lancashire and Wirral, the role includes opportunities to contribute a key part of the MEAS Business Strategy through the delivery of funded projects. Working as part of a small, but growing, team you will provide ecological advice including preparing environmental reports and assessments.

The work includes hands-on opportunities to review planning applications as well as prepare policy, develop and implement projects. Experience within a commercial setting would be welcome and you should also be experienced in working with statutory agencies and developers with a proven ability to identify and facilitate environmental solutions. 

As an employee of Sefton Council you will enjoy the benefits of local government within an established City Region service. You will be based in Bootle as part of the wider MEAS Ecology Team. Access to your own transport and the ability to work evenings and weekends is desirable.

To apply online visit here  

The closing date for applications is 5pm on Friday 13th September.

Interviews will be held on Wednesday 2nd October.

Logo: Sefton CouncilMerseyside EAS will be recruiting for additional Ecology Team posts in the near future. These will comprise Ecologists posts (same job description as the currently advertised post) and an Assistant Ecologist post. Please indicate in the additional information section of your application form, if you wish to be considered for these future posts, should you be unsuccessful in the current recruitment process.

Estate Couple

Traditional part-time Handyman and Housekeeper Couple required for a small and rather beautiful Family-run Farm and Estate near Aberlour, Moray with mixed farming, sporting and fishing interests. Fantastic self-contained accommodation provided. This is a wonderful position for an energetic and experienced Couple who will exhibit enthusiasm for their respective roles. Trust and commitment towards the Family are of the utmost importance.


Repair of straightforward infrastructure, cutting / strimming grass, planting and maintenance of the gardens. Ancillary activities will include cutting wood, stacking logs, cleaning vehicles together with other traditional duties. The ideal candidate will hold a valid Chainsaw Certificate and will have a Clean Driving Licence. Hours will vary (5 - 20 hours per week) depending on the season and Family visits.

Housekeeper Duties:-

The main Family Lodge is to be maintained at first class standards for Family and Guests. Duties will include all usual housekeeping activities, including an annual deep clean, washing, laundry, household provisioning, fresh food shopping, and potentially cooking, catering (including breakfast, lunch and evening service) when the Family and their Guests are in residence. The Housekeeper will undertake housekeeping duties at the other Estate properties - including 2 Holiday Cottages - such as tidying subjects and processing laundry pre and post occupation ready for new guests. Hours will vary (5 - 20 hours per week) depending on the season and Family visits.

A sense of humour is an essential pre–requisite! The position would suit a Couple who have previously worked in a similar role.

For the full job description please e-mail Donna Skelly, Solicitor, donna@grigor-young.co.uk. Closing Date, Thursday, 22nd August 2019.

Grigor & Young LLP Solicitors, 1 North Street, Elgin, IV30 1UA. Phone 01343 544077. www.grigor-young.co.uk 

Cranborne Chase and Chalke Valley Landscape Partnership Scheme

Landscape Partnership Manager

Post: Fixed term contract until 30/06/2024

Salary: £32,029 - £33,799

Base: Near Tollard Royal, Wiltshire

Do you have the passion, drive, experience and enthusiasm to deliver a new, innovative five-year scheme comprising 20 ambitious projects? The Cranborne Chase and Chalke Valley Landscape Partnership has been awarded £1.68m from the National Lottery Heritage Fund. Together with partner match funding, this £2.7m scheme aims to enhance the natural, historic and cultural heritage of this stunning, historic landscape through encouraging widespread community engagement and involvement.

You will be responsible, with a small team, for successful scheme delivery by 2024 and for ensuring it creates lasting memories and a legacy for the area. Your team will comprise a Countryside Ranger/Volunteer co-ordinator (FT), a Heritage and Community Engagement Officer (FT), a Communications Officer (PT), a Support Officer (PT). For a copy of the Landscape Conservation Action Plan and projects please email info@cranbornechase.org.uk

You will oversee and co-ordinate the strategic direction of the Landscape Partnership Scheme acting as the figurehead and ensuring collaborative working and communications amongst all partners and stakeholders to achieve the scheme’s stated objectives and outcomes. Working to the Cranborne Chase AONB Director, you will prepare and present regular reports to the Landscape Partnership Board and be responsible for accurate and timely grant claims to the Heritage Fund. The Landscape Conservation Action Plan will require reviewing throughout the life of the scheme. You will oversee the smooth running and operation of specific Project Working groups and the Community Stakeholders Group.

You’ll be a self-motivated people-person, an organised, respected team leader with a record of managing large, composite budgets. You’ll manage the team of four, be responsible for a budget of £2.7m, encourage and enable ongoing collaborative working with a multitude of partners and track delivery of a wide range of critical outcomes. You’ll also play a vital role in ensuring the scheme has a lasting legacy on the ground.

You’ll lead on implementation and delivery of the major ‘Champions of the Past’ project, inspiring volunteers to discover more about, and become involved in, conserving the unique historic heritage of the area. You will be passionate about landscape, heritage, and the natural world and have the instinctive ability to inspire and enthuse others. You’ll have a ‘can-do’ attitude and excel at inspiring and motivating partners, colleagues and volunteers. With a substantial and proven track record of successfully managing a team to deliver many complex projects on time and to budget, you’ll also have the ambition and ability to seek out and secure additional funding.

You’ll have a minimum of 3 years proven experience of successful management of a National Lottery Heritage Fund, or other similar large grant aided, programme of work and have in depth knowledge of the natural, historic or cultural environment.

Logo: Heritage FundILogo: Cranborne Chase AONBf you have the extensive knowledge, experience and skills we need, combined with a passion for this landscape, its communities and heritage, we would love to hear from you.

For an informal discussion please contact Linda Nunn, AONB Director on 01725 517417 or lindanunn@cranbornechase.org.uk    

To apply click here 

Closing date: 11pm Sunday 15th September


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Surveys and Fieldwork: additions in July

Many conservation organisations appeal for volunteer surveyors to record and submit local sightings for a national wildlife survey.

Taking part in any of these surveys will give you useful experience and also help to extend the scientific knowledge of a species, so vital for appropriate conservation management. Some include training in survey techniques and some may even pay expenses. 



Walk this Water Way is a citizen science project run by the Mammal Society. We are asking people to walk 600m+ transects along any local waterway, using the free Mammal Mapper app to record signs and sightings of our mammals! More information on the project can be found here: https://c-js.co.uk/2YW0f2m



Plant Alert

The Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland in collaboration with Coventry University has launched www.plantalert.org a survey tool to report ornamental plants that are growing out of control in gardens and might later escape into the countryside. For more information, to contribute records, and view results, please go to http://plantalert.org



Shoresearch coincides with National Marine Week which runs to 11th of August 2019. The Wildlife Trusts is calling on everyone to get involved in monitoring marine life on UK shores. The data collected through this national effort will help experts monitor our fragile sea life and better understand the effects of pollution, climate change and invasive alien species. Find out more at http://www.wildlifetrusts.org/shoresearch


28 September 2019 National Whale and Dolphin Watch

Meet on Llandudno Promenade. Please join in on a NWDW land watch at Llandudno. Bottlenose dolphins have been spotted recently. Why not join us, have a great day out by the sea and help the Seawatch Foundation gather vital data to help protect our marine mammals? Contact Lorna on 07743 712020, lornaseawatch@gmail.com http://www.seawatchfoundation.org.uk/nwdw  


If you are interested in helping with any of the surveys please contact the person or see the website listed.

Please see the full listings online at: http://www.countryside-jobs.com/workdays/surveys


Features and In Depth Articles.


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.

Loynton Moss reserve, our first nature reserve (David Halley)

Loynton Moss reserve, our first nature reserve (David Halley)

Before this, the group had been a part of the West Midlands Trust for Nature Conservation founded in 1956, which included the counties of Staffordshire, Worcestershire and Warwickshire.


Since the Trust was formed, it has grown from owning just the one reserve (Loynton Moss) to 30, which includes the sweeping views of The Roaches, in the north of the county, to the diverse and rich landscape of Highgate Common, in the south. It also owns other key sites in the county, including Doxey Marshes in Stafford and Hem Heath Woods in Stoke-on-Trent.


Today, the charity has a powerful voice for wildlife and people and is the county’s largest nature conservation organisation. It is one of the largest landholders in Staffordshire, with a membership in excess of 15,000 people, with a strong conservation team force and a diverse educational programme.


Following numerous office relocations, the Trust HQ is now sited at The Wolseley Centre, near Rugeley, which has been the Trust's home since 2001, incorporating a bustling Visitor Centre. Staffordshire Wildlife Trust run another Visitor Centre at Westport Lake and in true pioneering spirit, were the first Wildlife Trust to launch a charity shop – in Leek.


Since the day the charity was formed, its mission has been to protect and enhance the wildlife and wild places of Staffordshire and to promote understanding, enjoyment and involvement in the natural world.


The Trust is based at The Wolseley Centre, near Rugeley, and has around 50 members of staff who are guided by a board of Trustees. It can carry out its work effectively thanks to the support of its hundreds of volunteers. The Trust is able to deliver on its mission thanks to the generosity of supporters, 15,000 members, its shops, grant giving trusts, local authorities, companies and charitable trusts.

The Roaches, probably our most iconic reserve (Kevin Palmer)
The Roaches, probably our most iconic reserve (Kevin Palmer)


Throughout 2019, the Trust has been busy celebrating the 50th landmark by holding special events and occasions. In April, the charity held its first ever Youth Summit Staffordshire, giving young people across the county the chance to have their say on a wide-range of environmental issues.


In June, it reopened its revamped headquarters and brand new Kingfisher Café at The Wolseley Centre.


Other events have included a ’50 Shades of Green Colour Run, the return ‘Ride the Roaches’ cycling event, opening new charity shops, a speaker night at the Lichfield Garrick and a special birthday Wildchild Festival which is set to be attended by around 1,500 people.


The Trust will also be releasing a 50th anniversary documentary on the history of Staffordshire Wildlife Trust towards the end of the year.

So it has been an extremely busy and exciting time for the charity – and the Trust hopes the next 50 years prove to be just as eventful and successful.


For more information about the Trust, head to www.staffs-wildlife.org.uk

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.

The National Park City aster mown into the grass at Millfields Park in Hackney © Hackney Council

The National Park City aster mown into the grass at Millfields Park

in Hackney © Hackney Council


Being a world first is always gratifying, but at the launch, we revealed there are a bevy of other cities from the UK and around the world, queueing-up to join this new family. Who will be second has yet to be seen, but it could be Newcastle, Glasgow, Galway, Toronto, Adelaide, Pittsburgh or somewhere in Europe or South Korea? The aim is to confirm 25 National Park Cities by 2025.


What is a National Park City? It is a vision, a movement and a place where individuals commit to making it better, cleaner and wilder. In the process, they boost biodiversity and improve not only their own health by being more active outdoors, but bring benefits for all with cleaner air, cleaner water and improved resilience against heat and heavy downpours.


To qualify as a member of the International National Park City family, city leaders must be able to demonstrate that they are sufficiently committed to, and making progress on, a good combination of elements we lay out in our Universal Charter.

Falconry student © Capel Manor College

Falconry student © Capel Manor College


The idea started and continues as a grassroots driven initiative. The gains are so obvious and so important it has won support from developers, planners, insurers, artists, museums, councils and health agencies. It’s this cross-sectoral mix of expertise and knowledge that will help inform campaigns to ensure impacts are maximised for people and wildlife.


More people live in cities now than at any time in our history. Yet urban communities have been found to be seriously deficient when it comes to nature connections. Recent reports found many did not know that potatoes and carrots grow in the soil. Getting active outdoors is low down the “to do” list of many urban dwellers. London’s population is set to expand in the next couple of years by about 2 million, that’s more than the entire population of Birmingham! Traditionally, as house building increases, access to greenspace, especially parks and gardens, decreases. Despite having cultural connections with soil, many migrant communities find themselves divorced from their heritage and don’t feel welcome in public greenspaces. Is it any wonder that few are deeply concerned by the health of our soils and purity of our rivers?

Sadiq Khan signing the London Charter © GLA

Sadiq Khan signing the London Charter © GLA


While London National Park City has plans to work with schools and employ expert “Rangers” to lead talks and events, and help train others, it won’t change things overnight. This is a long-term vision to win hearts and minds, inspiring behaviour change. It’s a licence for people to get engaged, and for simple everyday actions like recycling or sowing seeds, to be celebrated for the collective contributions they make to everyone’s lives. The actions snowball and the impacts are amplified.


The idea of National Park Cities has won cross party support from politicians. Before Mayor Sadiq Khan took office, his predecessor Boris Johnson had heaped wholesome praise on the plan. It could soon become Britain’s newest and most treasured export, inspiring millions worldwide to protect and love the natural world. It’s not just about greening. It’s also about being active outdoors, building communities, sharing best practice, education and training.


Anyone who takes part, from sowing a seed to street-wide greening events, becomes a National Park City Maker © Friends of the Earth’s 10X Greener campaign

Anyone who takes part, from sowing a seed to street-wide

greening events, becomes a National Park City Maker

© Friends of the Earth’s 10X Greener campaign

“Community groups and Friends of Parks groups are picking-up a lot of the slack in the system created by austerity and fractured families. This is the glue that holds society together and creates the spaces where creativity, nature, health and wellbeing can thrive. People who care and give the time to make places better are worth more to our GDP than we credit.” Said National Park City Trustee Tim Webb.


“In an interview with CJS in 2014, Dan Raven Ellison explained why we chose to launch this initiative on April Fools Day,” added Tim. “We chose that date because we wanted to evoke that sense of it being a crazy idea which could work. We’ve stayed true to our vision and find the top three main challenges raised today are the same as those from 2014:

  1. Becoming a National Park City does NOT add another layer of admin and planning. This is about inspiring, informing and co-ordinating best practice.
  2. Why does London  get all the love? The answer is, the founders live here. But also because of its size and international status. If you can pull it off here, you can achieve it anywhere. 250 years on from the Industrial Revolution it’s fitting that London and the UK should lead the sustainability revolution. 
  3. The other argument is around affordability of housing. The common narrative around this is we need to house more people and the obvious solution is to eat into our green space and have a lower quality of public realm. We argue the opposite and have developers who back us. We need to build up, not out. At the same time, we invest in the quality of the public realm.

This way, we will make London greener, healthier and wilder”.

Nationalparkcity.org    @LondonNPC

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.


Adventure has always been at the heart of our National Parks. Throughout August, Campaign for National Parks’ #SummerofAdventure will be encouraging us all to get out and enjoy your own adventure in these special landscapes.

Canoeing in the Lake District (Campaign for National Parks)

Canoeing in the Lake District (Campaign for National Parks)


Adventures can be both big and small. Modest or daring. For some of us just escaping everyday life can be an adventure in itself. For others the obvious adventure to be had in our National Parks is climbing those beautiful peaks and mountains, water sports or perhaps even paragliding. We cannot take for granted the gift of having beautiful landscapes protected so people can enjoy themselves in this way.


But adventure needn’t be a daunting physical excursion. A National Park adventure can be a cultural escapade too. You can take in the views that inspired Beatrix Potter or William Wordsworth in the Lake District, visit the waterfalls that inspired Turner or sample English sparkling wines in the South Downs.


And you don’t have to be Doctor Who to have a time-travelling adventure. In Northumberland you might find yourself in the footsteps of our Roman ancestors at Hadrian’s Wall or using a virtual reality headset to step back in time at a special exhibit at the Sill National Landscapes Discovery Centre.


There are National Park adventures to be had for wildlife lovers too. The valleys of the Brecon Beacons are brilliant places to spot Red Kites. The many hides and gardens of the Broads offer ample opportunities to see rare bird life. And the coast of the North York Moors can be brilliant for a rock pooling adventure.


Opportunities for adventure, on your own or with your loved ones, has always been an important part of the National Parks and as we celebrate 70 years of the National Parks it is clear this service has never been more important in our demanding modern lives.


But as the body originally set up to establish the National Parks back in the 1930s and 1940s Campaign for National Parks is all too aware that for many these adventures are off limits and for others they don’t know how to take on their own adventure safely and sustainably.


That’s why throughout this month we will not only be showing the adventures to be had but also throwing a light onto some of these issues. As we await the results of the Glover review of England’s designated landscapes, and as we celebrate the 70th anniversary it is vital we have these frank conversations.


Campaign for National Parks is committed to making National Park adventures big or small accessible for everyone to enjoy – as we know everyone, no matter who you are, your ability or your background, can benefit. That’s why we need you. We need to know the obstacles stopping you getting outside and having your own adventure. We need to know the kind of activities that would tempt you out and we need to know how to do this in the most sustainable way. Your response to our #SummerofAdventure survey could help us make a big difference at this important time for National Parks.


Since 1936 Campaign for National Parks has been an authoritative voice on your favourite landscapes. In this historic year we are needed more than ever to ensure the National Parks can deliver benefits for everyone in the face of extreme challenges.




By Andrew Hall, Communications and Campaigns Officer for Campaign for National Parks

CJS FocusThe next edition: Countryside Management

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The next edition will be published on 23 September 2019

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CJS Announcements and articles of interest.


Inspired by Kerryn's recounting of how the CJS Team came together (Here in case you missed it.) Niall has been digging into the memory banks and has put together some of his recollections of the earliest days of CJS.

I was delighted to catch up with Kerryn and all the news from the CJS Team last week. Yes, she has been running it longer than I ever did – and been doing it very well, too! Thanks to the CJS Team it is now much bigger, even better and far more complex than ever before.

Her memories of the early CJS days sparked a few of my own, even earlier memories. I remember:

When a very small job ad for a Ranger in a national newspaper would cost about £1,000 of a charity’s hard earned fund-raising, which I thought was horrific, so we offered free job ads.

When every weekend Anthea and I took crates full of a 1000 freshly-printed CJS Weeklies, each in an A4 envelope, to fill the big, double-sized Post Office pillar box in Whitby town centre – just as the drunks were leaving the clubs in the early hours of Sunday mornings - exciting, but without incident.

When a hard copy of vitally urgent artwork could only get to us in time by high speed motorbike from Leeds (the ‘Northern Regional office’ of a large agency) over the 70 miles to our house in a village in the middle of the North York Moors – not the biker’s usual urban delivery, I imagine.

When the arrival of a fax machine needed another phone line, and then payment by phone using plastic needed yet another phone line, then the advent of email and the interweb – which needed British Telecom to install a ‘bundle’ of 8 more copper phone lines all working together as one.

I even remember the government-funded Business Advisor who came to see us in full production one day and described the CJS as a ‘kitchen table operation’!

My, how times have changed! But the mixed oakwood which Anthea and I planted in 1982, is still growing strongly and now supports my many wildlife neighbours, and my firewood from coppicing and thinning. ‘Groves Coppice’ has vigorous young growth, new shoots and lots of surprises. It has developed and matured, its biodiversity has increased, it has become established as a major feature in the countryside and its long-term future is secure – just like the Countryside Jobs Service.

I am delighted to congratulate Kerryn, Tracey, Amy, Carla and Katie on the 25th Anniversary of the Countryside Jobs Service and I wish them, you and the countryside every success in the future…

Niall Carson

(Catch up on Niall's latest exploits on his blog)

More birthday wishes.

IPROW has long recognised the value of CJS to the wider countryside and environment sector beyond the Institute’s work in rights of way and access.  It has been good to work with CJS to extend our reach to countryside workers, paid and unpaid, and to welcome new members to the Institute from outside public rights of way and access via their work.  We wish them happy birthday and continued success.


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Bernie McLinden, Senior Ranger, North York Moors National Park writes:  

logo: North York Moors National ParkAt the beginning of my Ranger career I worked on Merseyside and Niall Carson (founder of CJS) worked at a nearby Country Park. I hadn’t known Niall for long when he moved from Merseyside to the North York Moors and set himself up as Rent a Ranger. Always enterprising and developing his business Niall eventually set up CJS - a brilliant idea to bring together in one place job opportunities within the environmental/countryside area of work . Over the years this has become a must for anyone looking for a career or job move within the environmental sector.

Eventually (after a number of career moves) I found myself in the North York Moors and soon made my acquaintance again with Niall.

Over the years CJS has come to be recognised as the place to go if looking for a Ranger job or other job or volunteering opportunity. I may not need to make use of it these days but I work with lots of apprentices and others working toward a career in our field. CJS is my recommendation every time. I’m sure there are many people out there who started off on their career path via CJS. Well done to all at CJS and congratulations on 25 years of great service. 

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As a very long term weekly subscriber, I look forward to your weekly newsletter. It carries comprehensive up to date jobs and services from throughout Britain, and a large section on current news, wide ranging (countryside) topics.

Periodically there are extra sections on specialist subjects and volunteering – these are valuable student resources.  

The newsletter was a great support to me, when, in retirement, I embarked on a second career. I started with an NVQ and on to a diploma in countryside subjects (now registered with Sussex University). It’s what every student should have!  

The office staff are always polite, answer quickly, are knowledged and offer a great service. In fact, I’ve never had a problem with anything and I always request the postal service which could be difficult. CJS THANK YOU FOR PROFESSIONAL SERVICE THROUGHOUT (please never go away)! 

Lynne, CJS subscriber


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logo: Canal & River TrustFifth article from our Featured Charity

Canal & River Trust

Caring for Sites of Special Scientific Interest at the Canal & River Trust

We’re the charity who make life better by water for people across England and Wales. Helping nature to flourish is a vital part of our work, and that’s why we’re proud to care for 63 of the UK’s most important wildlife sites.

Kennet & Avon Canal, (Canal & River Trust)

Kennet & Avon Canal, (Canal & River Trust)


These Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) span our canals and reservoirs in both urban and rural areas. Some need more of a helping hand than others, and thanks to the Players of People’s Postcode Lottery we’re working on dedicated improvements to ten of the sites, benefiting wildlife and local communities on our iconic network.

You can find out more about the planned improvements and what our teams and partners have already achieved on our dedicated SSSI website pages and read about what makes these sites special below.


Ashby Canal

Just over six miles of the 22 mile-long navigable section of the Ashby Canal is designated a SSSI. Take a ramble along the towpath at this special nature site, located in Leicestershire, to see our wonderful green engineering.


This SSSI is recognised for the diversity of aquatic and emergent plants it supports, as well as its insect life. Nine species of dragonfly have been recorded, along with the water shrew, the rare native white-clawed crayfish and the nationally important water vole.


Belvide Reservoir

Located in the western part of Staffordshire, this special nature site not only provides a water supply to the Shropshire Union Canal but is home to 175 different species of bird.


Bittell Reservoir

Over 200 species of water birds have been recorded here including wintering wading birds and waterfowl. Breeding birds such as great crested grebe, little ringed plover and grasshopper warbler have also made this wonderful place their home.


Rare silt shoreline plants such as slender spike rush and mudwort can also be found here, along with the rare mud snail, and five different species of dragonfly.


Chesterfield Canal

Over a third of the 46 mile long Chesterfield Canal is a protected nature site. Nearly 12.5 miles between Retford to Misterton is designated a SSSI.


Supported by local volunteers, we are working to gain a better understanding of the canal’s complex wildlife through sensitive management and ongoing surveys.


Grantham Canal

Grantham Canal (Canal & River Trust)

Grantham Canal (Canal & River Trust)  

This special nature site starts at the village of Harby and extends through the rural landscape of the Vale of Belvoir to Redmile Village. Nearly seven miles are now protected by their SSSI status.


It is recognised for containing some of the best areas of open water and associated marginal habitats in Leicestershire. This special wildlife section supports a diverse range of flora including rare water plants, along with many species of breeding bird and water insects.


Huddersfield Narrow Canal

In the 1980’s the Greater Manchester section was designated a SSSI by the former Nature Conservancy Council (Natural England today). The stretch included the largest population of the rare royal fern within Greater Manchester, along with rare invertebrates including native white-clawed crayfish.


Several plants recorded are nationally rare including floating water-plantain, autumnal star-wort, grass-wrack pondweed, long-stalked pondweed and hairlike pondweed. Fourteen species of mollusc have been recorded and there is a strong population of the fresh-water sponge.


Kennet & Avon Canal

Flowing through the North Wessex chalk downs to the clay, sand and gravel lowlands from Hungerford to Reading, this canal connects with the River Kennet to be designated a SSSI.  


3000 marginal native plants have been planted by volunteers, helping baby fish and rare species have a better home.



The Kilby – Foxton SSSI is designated for its diverse and abundant aquatic plant communities, especially Pondweeds, some of which are uncommon. It is also designated for the colony of Daubenton’s bats found in Saddington Tunnel


Montgomery Canal England

Two and half miles of the Montgomery Canal in England is designated an SSSI. This special nature site is located between Aston Locks and Keeper’s Bridge, near Queen’s Head, Oswestry.

Montgomery Canal (Canal & River Trust)

Montgomery Canal (Canal & River Trust)

This section has become one of the best locations for aquatic plants in Shropshire, with a rich variety of submerged and floating aquatic plant species historically recorded. The fringing reedswamp and fen habitats add to the diversity of the site, where reed warblers can regularly be heard and seen in amongst the tall reeds throughout the spring and summer.


Montgomery Canal Wales

The whole of the Montgomery Canal in Wales is designated as a SSSI and a Special Area of Conservation (SAC). This is one of the best wildlife sites in Europe for floating water-plantain and a stronghold for otters and many species of damselflies/dragonflies.


Our people have been hard at work at these ten SSSIs creating new wildlife habitats, installing bat boxes, sensitively reducing shading, surveying and more. Could you be part of our team, working to transform canals and rivers into spaces where local people (and local wildlife) enjoy spending time?  We have professional roles, seasonal roles and volunteer roles available right now. To find out more go to www.canalrivertrust.org.uk or receive all our latest news, offers and more by signing up to our newsletter. 

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31 July was World Ranger Day - Rangers make the world go round.

Well not quite but they certainly keep our parks and reserves in the best condition possible.  Not just here but around the world where they also play a vital role in protecting wildlife against the worst threats imaginable.  Today is World Ranger Day, a day to say thank you to all the rangers and to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with those who literally put their lives on the line simply doing their job.


I stand with the world's rangersEvery time you email CJS you are connected with our past and linking in with all countryside staff working today, our slightly unusual (for publishers that is) address of ranger@ is no accident.  It's what we were and sometime wish we still were: rangers.

So today we are virtual rangers standing with all the rangers, past, present and future, in solidarity working to protect the planet’s natural treasures and cultural heritage.


Will you join us?


Rangers and Countryside Staff in England, Wales and Northern Ireland should join Countryside Management Association: www.countrysidemanagement.org.uk

For those in Scotland it's the Scottish Countryside Rangers Association: www.scra-online.co.uk  

Both organisations are also members of the International Rangers Federation: https://www.internationalrangers.org/

And if you want to help the rangers overseas who stand on the frontline to end wildlife crime and safeguard our future then please look at how you can help The Thin Green Line Foundation. https://thingreenline.org.au/ 

Linda Nunn, chairman of CMA outlined some of the simple ways you can help the Association in this article for a CJS Focus edition: Nobody can do everything, but everyone can do something. 


We collate together news from across the internet; sent out in real time via twitter and each day we pick a handful of stories of interest which are included on the Headlines page, the daily email update and here grouped according to subject.


Click on the headline to read more.


Government Announcements, Policy and consultations.

Stronger protections for the environment move closer as landmark Bill takes shape - Defra

New measures to enhance wildlife, transform our waste system and improve the resilience of water supplies set out in Environment Bill policy statement.

New measures to enhance wildlife, transform our waste system and improve the resilience of water supplies have been set out today by Environment Secretary Michael Gove (Tuesday 23 July).

In an update on progress towards the introduction of the landmark Environment Bill – the first for 20 years – the government has published firm positions, following a range of consultations, on issues ranging from trees to water to recycling, to boost our natural environment.

Mr Gove has set out the government’s ambitions for the full Environment Bill in an updated summer policy statement, including commitments to legislate on environmental governance, air, biodiversity, water, and waste and resource efficiency.

Environment Secretary Michael Gove said: “We know we must do all we can to protect our precious natural environment. There is a clear need to act to ensure we do not leave this planet to the next generation more polluted, more dangerous and denuded of its natural riches. The measures in our Environment Bill will position the UK as a world leader, ensuring that after EU Exit environmental ambition and accountability are placed more clearly than ever before at the heart of government. As we have set out today, our plans will improve air quality so that our children live longer, restore habitats and increase biodiversity, strive towards a more circular economy and ensure we can manage our precious water resources in a changing climate.”


Brokenshire orders house builders to protect wildlife - Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government 

  • Developers have been ordered to do more to protect Britain’s cherished wildlife.
  • ‘Hedgehog highways’ recommended for new housing estates for the first time
  • Swifts and other wildlife to coexist with new homes during building
  • Rules recommend ways developers can identify new habitat for wildlife

Developers have been ordered to do more to protect Britain’s cherished wildlife, Communities Secretary Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP announced today (Sunday 21 July).

For the first time the government has set out its expectations on how developers can protect specific species, including using ‘hedgehog highways’ and hollow swift bricks – which are installed into the walls of new build homes, allowing the birds to nest safely. This follows public interest for protecting these much-loved animals, with one petition receiving support from over half a million people.

From submitting proposals to councils to then building new homes, house builders should think about the long-term impact of their developments on the local ecosystem, both during and after construction.

This includes greater emphasis on using innovative ways to allow nature to thrive - such as drainage areas to create attractive wetlands for birds and amphibians to live alongside people.

Communities Secretary Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP said: “Building the new homes this country needs must not come at the detriment of our natural heritage. It’s right that as we deliver houses for people, we must also provide homes for wildlife too - whether that’s for hedgehogs, frogs, newts or birds. The public have told us that protecting wildlife is important to them – so my message to house builders is to harness this support and get building in a way that protects the environment for the next generation.”


Invasive alien species: management measures for widely spread species in England and Wales - Defra Open consultation  

Seeking views on proposed management measures for invasive alien species (also known as invasive non-native species) which are widely spread in England and Wales.
This consultation closes on 12 September 2019

Consultation description: We want to know what you think about our plans for managing invasive alien species (IAS) which are widely spread in England and Wales. These plans set out how we will effectively manage these species as required in The Invasive Alien Species (Enforcement and Permitting) Order 2019.

There are 14 species identified as being widely spread in England and Wales and requiring management.

Take part in the consultation here. 


Animal and wildlife news.

Scientists team up to study the spread and impacts of invasive pink salmon – Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust

As it is anticipated that pink salmon will appear in UK rivers in large numbers this year, ecologists across the UK are teaming up to explore the presence of invasive pink salmon and their potential impacts.

This year-long preliminary study will use environmental DNA techniques to detect and plot the distribution of this non-native species and environmental tracers to explore their impact on our riverine ecosystems.

It comes after unprecedented numbers of pink salmon (also known as humpback salmon) were encountered in UK rivers in 2017.

Typically, pink salmon, which are native to the Pacific Ocean, have a two-year life cycle. This means they are likely to re-appear in our rivers in numbers this year.

Some fish have already been caught in Ireland, Scotland and northeast England, with more expected to arrive over the next two months.

There are concerns that this invasive species could become established in UK rivers.

Anglers have been asked to report sightings of pink salmon, including their spawning activity. The invading pink salmon spawn in August or September, earlier in the year than Atlantic salmon.

The Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT) and other project partners, Cefas (Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science), Queen Mary University of London (QMUL), Marine Scotland Science, Scottish Natural Heritage and the Environment Agency, ask anglers to report any sightings of pink salmon.

“For future management of this invasive species, it is important to understand its distribution and the potential impact of pink salmon in UK river ecosystems”, said Dr Rasmus Lauridsen, head of GWCT fisheries research, and his partners Prof. Gordon Copp at Cefas and Dr Iwan Jones at QMUL.


New plans to improve the New Forest for wildlife and people – New Forest National Park Authority

New Forest organisations are considering how outdoor recreation activities can be better managed in the future to both protect the Forest and improve facilities.

The Forest is protected for its international importance for wildlife. At the same time, it is experiencing unprecedented numbers of people using it every day and with widespread housing development planned in the region this is set to increase further.

22 proposed actions aim to make the Forest more resilient to rising levels of public recreation. These are based on the results of Future Forest public consultations completed last year in which 2,500 people gave their views on managing recreation.

The proposals have been devised by the Recreation Management Strategy Steering Group which comprises seven organisations with a remit for managing recreation in and around the area: New Forest National Park Authority, Forestry England, Hampshire County Council, Natural England, New Forest District Council, Test Valley Borough Council and the Verderers.

Top priorities for the new strategy are:

  • respect – helping people to understand why the New Forest is special and how to care for it
  • resilience – locating the right recreation facilities in the right places
  • resources – increasing the level of funding available.

To ensure the Forest is resilient into the future, one of the tasks is to develop a spatial strategy for where facilities should be located in order to protect rare wildlife and provide a better experience for people. This would include car parks, walking trails and cycling routes, and both small and large green spaces in and around the National Park.

To progress these ideas, the Steering Group asked the National Park Authority, as the planning authority, to consult the public and other bodies to help design a ‘Local Development Order’ (LDO). The LDO would establish criteria to help review where recreation facilities, including car parks, could best be located.

Members of the New Forest National Park Authority today (11 July) unanimously gave the go-ahead for exploring the creation of an LDO with other partners and the public.

Many of the 22 actions are already being progressed, usually through joint-working between organisations. This includes raising awareness of how special the New Forest is, improved educational campaigns, securing more funds, further research and greater coordination between local authorities as they plan housing developments.


Unsustainable fishing and hunting for bushmeat driving iconic species to extinction – IUCN Red List 

Overfishing has pushed two families of rays to the brink of extinction, while hunting for bushmeat and habitat loss have led to the decline of seven primate species, according to the latest update of The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.  

The update also reveals further evidence of the perilous state of freshwater fishes globally. This is shown by high numbers of species threatened by the loss of free flowing rivers, habitat degradation, pollution and invasive species in Japan and Mexico.

The IUCN Red List has broken through the 100,000 species barrier; it now includes assessments for 105,732 species, of which 28,338 species are threatened with extinction.

“With more than 100,000 species now assessed for the IUCN Red List, this update clearly shows how much humans around the world are overexploiting wildlife,” said IUCN Acting Director General, Dr Grethel Aguilar. “We must wake up to the fact that conserving nature’s diversity is in our interest, and is absolutely fundamental to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. States, businesses and civil society must urgently act to halt the overexploitation of nature, and must respect and support local communities and Indigenous Peoples in strengthening sustainable livelihoods.

“This Red List update confirms the findings of the recent IPBES Global Biodiversity Assessment: nature is declining at rates unprecedented in human history,” said Jane Smart, Global Director of the IUCN Biodiversity Conservation Group. “Both national and international trade are driving the decline of species in the oceans, in freshwater and on land. Decisive action is needed at scale to halt this decline; the timing of this assessment is critical as governments are starting to negotiate a new global biodiversity framework for such action.”


Call for support for world’s first basking shark marine protected area - Scottish Wildlife Trust

Basking shark © Alexander Mustard, 2020VISIONThe Scottish Wildlife Trust and Marine Conservation Society are asking people to show their support for basking sharks by responding to a Scottish Government consultation.

Basking shark © Alexander Mustard, 2020VISION

The Sea of the Hebrides Marine Protected Area (MPA) is one of four MPAs that were proposed by the Scottish Government in June. Spanning an area between the east coast of the Western Isles and the west coasts of Skye, Mull and the Ardnamurchan Peninsula, it would be the world’s first protected area for basking sharks.

Large groups of basking sharks gather in the Hebrides from May to October to feed on the plentiful plankton supported by the mixing of nutrient-rich cold waters with warmer surface waters.

Dr Sam Collin, Marine Planning Manager, Scottish Wildlife Trust said: “Basking sharks are only in Scottish seas for around six months of the year but it is vital that we do all we can to protect them from harm. The proposed MPA is a welcome step forward for the conservation of this threatened species, and adds to a growing network of protected areas around Scotland.”



Boost for endangered barn owls as new nest site discovered - Ulster Wildlife

Northern Ireland’s tiny barn owl population has been given a much-needed boost with the discovery of a new nest site in Co. Down.

Two fluffy white chicks made their first appearance this week from a nest box erected almost five years ago outside Downpatrick, much to the delight of wildlife friendly farmer David Sandford and conservationists from Ulster Wildlife who installed it.

“About two weeks ago, I thought I heard snoring sounds coming from one of the nest boxes,” said Mr Sandford, who chairs the Nature Friendly Farming Network and has won awards for his sustainable farming work. This is a distinctive begging call made by hungry chicks, so you can imagine my excitement after years of occasional sightings. I contacted Ulster Wildlife immediately to take a look and was ecstatic when we found chicks.”

This now brings the number of active barn owl nest sites in Northern Ireland back up from two to three; a welcome addition to our tiny barn owl population, which is estimated to be fewer than 30 to 50 breeding pairs.


Rathlin could be a ‘Love Island’ for corncrakes as two pairs recorded for first time since the ‘80s - RSPB

Two pairs of the rare ground-nesting birds recorded on island for first time in 30 years, with one of the males potentially ‘coupled up’ with two female birds

For the first time in 30 years it’s been confirmed that there are two pairs of corncrakes on Rathlin Island.
The corncrake is one of our rarest and most secretive birds and is a red-listed species (a bird of high conservation concern). While many people can fondly remember hearing its call in years gone by, Rathlin is the only place in Northern Ireland where the birds have been heard in recent years.
A male has been heard calling in one location on Rathlin each year since 2016 and now RSPB NI staff have recorded two breeding males in two separate sites on the island this summer.
Known for their unmistakeable ‘crex-crex’ call, corncrakes are highly secretive and like to settle in early growing tall vegetation like nettles, cow parsley and irises. One of the sites - in Church Bay - is on land owned by an islander but managed by RSPB NI that has had nettles planted by staff and teams of volunteers to encourage the birds - summer migrants from western Africa - to return to Rathlin.


Twenty-two hen harrier chicks fledged in Bowland – RSPB

The RSPB is delighted to announce that 22 hen harrier chicks have fledged from five nests on the United Utilities Estate in Bowland.

This is the second year in a row that hen harriers have nested successfully at the East Lancashire site, after 13 chicks fledged from three nests in 2018.

Following six years of little or no consistent breeding success in the Forest of Bowland, conservationists are now hopeful that this could mark the start of the return of these rare and beautiful birds of prey to an area once considered a stronghold for them in England.

Hen harriers breed on hills and moors, and are best-known for the male’s breath-taking courtship display known as skydancing. However, they are on the verge of disappearing as a breeding bird in England owing to ongoing illegal persecution associated with driven grouse shooting. Scientific research published in March this year, based on data from Natural England, showed that 72% of satellite-tagged hen harriers were considered or confirmed to have been illegally killed, and were 10 times more likely to die or disappear over grouse moor than any other type of land use.



The Emperor Returns - Norfolk Wildlife Trust

Once extinct butterfly confirmed in Norfolk wood
Experts confirm the purple emperor butterfly has returned to Norfolk’s largest ancient woodland, once its stronghold in the county, nearly 50 years after it was declared extinct in Norfolk.

This is the first sighting in Norfolk Wildlife Trust’s Foxley Wood since the 1970s, following a handful of sightings over the last few years in Sheringham Park.
An expanding population can re-colonise new sites, but only if the perfect habitat is available. This confirmed sighting by Butterfly Conservation in Foxley Wood not only heralds a successful restoration, but it adds weight to the belief the butterfly is potentially breeding again in Norfolk.

Foxley Wood was the breeding stronghold for purple emperors, before large parts of the wood was converted to a conifer plantation in the 1960s. The felling of large oaks triggered the decline and disappearance of the butterfly.
The wood’s fortunes changed for the better when it was acquired by Norfolk Wildlife Trust in 1988 and the ancient woodland habitat restored. The varied habitats and rich biodiversity mean once again Foxley Wood is a haven for butterflies. 


Spot a once in a decade butterfly phenomenon - Butterfly Conservation

Chris Packham is urging wildlife lovers to take part in the world’s largest insect citizen science survey to help reveal if the UK is experiencing a once in a decade butterfly phenomenon. Unusually high numbers of Painted Lady butterflies have been reported across Europe over the spring and early summer with large numbers now spotted crossing over into the UK.

The butterfly is a common immigrant that migrates in varying numbers from the Continent to the UK each summer, where its caterpillars feed on thistles. But around once every 10 years the UK experiences a Painted Lady ‘summer’ when millions of the butterflies arrive en masse.

Painted Lady (image: Bob Eade, Butterfly Conservation)Painted Lady (image: Bob Eade, Butterfly Conservation)

Butterfly Conservation Vice-president and wildlife broadcaster Chris Packham is calling on nature lovers to take part in the Big Butterfly Count over the next three weeks to help reveal if we are experiencing a Painted Lady year.

The last mass immigration took place in 2009 when around 11 million Painted Ladies descended widely across the UK.

Chris said: “The Painted Lady migration is one of the wonders of the natural world. Travelling up to 1km in the sky and at speeds of up to 30 miles per hour these seemingly fragile creatures migrate hundreds of miles to reach our shores each year.

The Big Butterfly Count, celebrating its 10th birthday this year, is the world’s largest butterfly survey. Participants are encouraged to spot and record 17 species of common butterfly, including the Painted Lady, and two day-flying moths in the UK during three weeks of high summer.

Last year more than 100,000 people counted over one million butterflies in total during the Count. 



Do not disturb! The growing threat to our seals - Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust

As the summer holidays begin, millions of British and international visitors flock to popular coastal destinations around the British Isles. The increasing popularity of ‘staycations’ and higher numbers of visitors from overseas, crowding around our coasts adds huge pressure onto our wildlife, especially seals.

A new report released today (Sunday 21 July) entitled ‘Please Do Not Disturb! – issues of seal disturbance in the United Kingdom’, along with shocking and dramatic film footage and photographs, highlights the growing, harmful impact that human activity is having on our globally rare and important seal populations.

Funded by the Seal Protection Action Group (SPAG) and the Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust (CSGRT) for The Seal Alliance, the report documents case studies around the British coast where our protected seal populations are suffering chronic disturbances from human activities, deliberate or accidental, often causing serious injury and with potentially fatal consequences.

The report catalogues serious incidents in the South-west of England; North-west Wales; North-east England and North-east Scotland at sites of critical importance to these beautiful and intelligent marine mammals – key areas seals use for resting, socialising, breeding and moulting.

The researchers found compelling evidence that our seal population is suffering chronic disturbance issues from human intrusion, both accidental and deliberate, through recreational activities as well as expanding tourism. These disturbances come from motorised vessels, jet-skis, kayaks, paddle -boarders, wildlife watching tours on land or sea, anglers, walkers, dogs on and off leashes, drones, light aircraft, helicopters and even commercial wildlife photographers.  People trying to feed seals is also of growing concern.

You can download the report by clicking here


Avon Wildlife Trust begins vaccinating badgers against bovine TB - Avon Wildlife Trust

Avon Wildlife Trust has today (Wednesday 24 July) begun vaccinating badgers for the first time on one of the conservation charity’s nature reserves, as a way to help tackle the problem of bovine tuberculosis (bovine TB) in badgers, and demonstrate an alternative to the cull policy which has so far killed 68,000 badgers over the last few years across England.

The Trust – which manages 30 nature reserves across the Avon region – is initially vaccinating badgers at one woodland site but aims to roll out an extensive programme of vaccination over the next four years, working with farmers and landowners to jointly find a way to control the risks of bovine TB. The charity is launching a fundraising campaign to pay for the vaccines, equipment and training needed to continue protecting badgers through this work and needs to raise at least £20,000 to cover the programme.

Unlike large parts of England including the rest of the South West, culling has so far not taken place in Avon but it’s possible that culling licences may be issued by DEFRA in the future which would mean thousands of wild badgers being killed.  Avon Wildlife Trust remains opposed to the policy of culling badgers, believing that vaccination provides a viable, cost effective and long-term alternative to control the spread of bovine TB.


Land and Countryside Management.

Cumbria receives a new National Nature Reserve - Natural England

Bolton Fell and Walton Mosses is declared a new National Nature Reserve by Natural England.

Natural England has today (Tuesday 9 July) announced the declaration of a new National Nature Reserve in Cumbria – Bolton Fell and Walton Mosses National Nature Reserve, home to one of Western Europe’s rarest and most threatened habitats, the lowland raised bog.

Located near Carlisle, the new reserve encompasses the recently restored Bolton Fell Moss Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and the pristine condition Walton Fell Moss SSSI.

The restoration of Bolton Fell by Natural England follows 50 years of extensive damage from the removal of peat and peat-forming vegetation for horticulture, which created unsuitable conditions for specialist bog plants and wildlife such as curlews and redshanks to thrive.

Now restored, Bolton Fell Moss is recovering and is on track to develop important peat forming vegetation which can be already found at Walton Moss. In time, the site will become an active carbon sink, capturing and storing carbon to reduce the amount of greenhouse gases emitted into the earth’s atmosphere.

To mark the occasion, Chair of Natural England Tony Juniper has today officially declared the National Nature Reserve.

Speaking at Bolton Fell, Tony Juniper, Chair of Natural England says: “Since the ice age, our active lowland raised bogs have been storing large amounts of carbon and now play a vital role in combatting the impacts of climate change. I am therefore delighted to officially declare Bolton Fell and Walton Moss a National Nature Reserve, set to serve the local community and wildlife for future generations to come.”

Cumbria, home to almost half England’s lowland raised bogs, has seen over 500 hectares of lowland raised bogs restored under Natural England’s Cumbrian BogLIFE+ Project and funding from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.


Investing in nature could boost UK economy - Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

A new report, which explores land use options post-Brexit, suggests that increasing the area of semi-natural habitats could increase economic growth by up to 5% and employment by up to 8%.

In Dorset alone, investing in habitats such as chalk grassland and heathland could deliver a £0.8 billion boost in the local economy and create more than 25,000 jobs – a substantial increase on the £1.5 billion and 30,000 jobs that the environment is estimated to currently contribute to the county.

In contrast, the expansion of agricultural land would increase economic growth and employment by less than 0.3%, according to the research by Bournemouth University and the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH).

The findings come as a new Agriculture Bill is passing through the House of Commons, which would provide incentives for different forms of land use after Brexit. This includes payments not just for increasing agricultural productivity, but also protecting and enhancing the environment, which could lead to farmers being paid for improving wildlife and habitats, enhancing air and water quality plus tackling climate change.

The report concludes there is a strong case for investing in natural capital - natural assets such as plants, soil and water that provide benefits for humans, often referred to as ecosystem services. It calls for funding of initiatives such as rewilding and ecological restoration, which are increasing in popularity.

Access the report: Newton, A.C., Watson, S.C.L., Evans, P., Ridding, L., McCracken, M., Anger-Kraavi, A., and Bullock, J. (2019). Trends in natural capital, ecosystem services and economic development in Dorset. Bournemouth University, Poole, UK. 


Rare butterflies and orchids on abandoned wildlife site boosted by Natural England funding - Natural England

Common Moor SSSI is officially brought into a recovering condition, following improved site management for the rare Culm grassland.

Rare species including the marsh fritillary butterfly, lesser butterfly orchids and Cladonia lichen communities have been given a boost as their home in Common Moor Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), Devon, is improved through funding from Natural England.

Following more than a decade of decline - which saw scrub encroach on the rare delicate grassland - a partnership between Natural England, Putford Parish Council, and Devon Wildlife Trust (DWT) has today brought the site back into ‘unfavourable recovering’ condition through Countryside Stewardship (CS) funding. This condition means that the necessary management is now in place for the site to reach favourable condition.

Common Moor SSSI, spanning 55 hectares or more than 60 football pitches, is centrally situated within an arc of six other SSSIs in the North Devonshire countryside, and holds a vital role in connecting green corridors of habitat that allow threatened species to move between locations.

The site is home to an array of rare wildlife – including the charismatic and colourful marsh fritillary butterfly – once widespread in Britain but now threatened across the UK and Europe.


SNH launch General Licence consultation - Scottish Natural Heritage

Scottish Natural Heritage has announced it will launch a 12-week consultation about wild birds today (17 July).

The consultation covers circumstances when wild birds can be controlled under General Licence. All wild birds are protected by law. But in some circumstances, SNH allows wild birds to be controlled – for example, to prevent serious damage to crops, protect public health, and ensure air safety when flocks of birds are liable to get in flight paths. 

Robbie Kernahan, SNH’s Head of Wildlife Management, said: “Our role is to help wild birds thrive, but we must balance this with making sure the public is safe from health and safety risks, as well as ensuring that farmers can protect their crops. We have brought forward our planned consultation in light of the ongoing legal challenges in England. We want to ensure that our licences take into account the implications of those challenges and remain clear, proportionate and fit-for-purpose. The consultation, along with our ongoing work, will provide us with valuable feedback - this will allow us to consider if we need to make changes to the current set of licenses for 2020.”

General Licences cover relatively common situations – such as preventing agricultural damage and protecting public health and safety – when there’s unlikely to be any conservation impact on a species. They avoid the need for people to apply for individual licences for these specific situations. General Licences must strike the appropriate balance between species conservation and a range of other legitimate interests.


First Local Plan for the South Downs National Park is adopted - South Downs National Park Authority

Landscape and the needs of local communities are central to the South Downs National Park’s Local Plan which was adopted by Members this month.

The Plan covers the entire National Park for the next 14 years and rather than being “target driven”, the policies in the Plan are based on the nationally-designated landscape. The Plan sets out measures to mitigate climate change including that any major new developments should seek to be carbon neutral, have better drainage schemes to reduce flood risk and limit water consumption for new developments.

Margaret Paren, Chair of South Downs National Park Authority, said: “This is a significant moment for the South Downs National Park and our local communities. Our adopted Local Plan puts our nationally important landscapes first and ensures that they sit at the heart of every planning decision we make. But, while our first priority is to conserve and enhance the landscape, this Local Plan goes one step further by clearly outlining how we will nurture a living, thriving landscape that benefits local people and looks to increase resilience to climate change.”


London's last working shire horses drafted in to protect zone 4 meadows - National Trust

The National Trust is replacing heavy machinery with a 17th-century technique of using shire horses to cut rare hay meadows in the heart of the capital.

London’s last remaining herd of working heavy horses have been called in by the conservation charity to cut the hay on its Ham House estate, near Richmond, as part of efforts to manage the land in a more sustainable way. 

The towering horses, which belong to charity Operation Centaur, weigh up to a tonne each but are a lighter alternative to tractors, reducing compaction of the soil which encourages wildflowers to grow and in turn provides habitats for wildlife. 

Horse-powered mowing also reduces noise pollution, carries a lower carbon footprint and controls flooding, something that’s especially relevant in the tidal setting of Ham. 

“Horses have been used in this way for hundreds of years,’ explains Ham House Head Gardener Rosie Fyles. We know these flood meadows have been part of the London landscape since the 17th century and would have been used for grazing and ploughed for hay and feed.  We’ve come back to using these traditional methods of managing the land because they have so many benefits for nature, and the community. And there’s something really special about witnessing the sights and sounds of this centuries-old rural tradition in the heart of London today.”


Ambitions Launched to Doubling Nature Across Peterborough and Cambridgeshire – Natural Cambridgeshire

Natural Cambridgeshire, the local nature partnership, has today (Monday 29 July) announced ambitious plans to doubling Nature with the area of rich wildlife habitats and natural green space across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough with the aim of creating a world-class environment where nature and people thrive, and businesses prosper.

The ambition has been drawn up by the partnership, including local authorities, statutory agencies, conservation charities, housing developers and community groups. It was launched today by Tony Juniper, Chair of Natural England and James Palmer, Mayor of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority, at separate events at Waterbeach Barracks and O&H Hampton, both outstanding examples of how high-quality housing development can deliver new areas of nature rich landscape.

The Future of Doubling Nature within Cambridgeshire

Cambridgeshire currently has one of the smallest areas of any county in the country, relative to size, of land managed for nature. Natural Cambridgeshire wants to double that figure, from around 8% to 16% (which is the national average) through a combination of: The delivery of existing habitat restoration schemes; The opportunities provided by the Combined Authority’s economic growth agenda; The planned re-focusing of agricultural subsidies on the delivery of public services; Making our current greenspaces better for nature; Creating new sources of investment in our natural capital.


Major campaign launched to encourage the nation to ‘Love Water’ - Environment Agency

The British public are being asked to help the country protect water resources for future generations as part of a major campaign launched today by more than 40 environmental groups, charities, water companies and regulators.

(image: Environment Agency)(image: Environment Agency) 

Clean, healthy and readily available water is essential for health and wellbeing, as well as economic growth, but as the climate emergency and population growth put increasing pressure on the water environment, the UK is facing hotter and drier summers and an increased risk of water shortages.

The UK already has less available water than most other European countries and the average person uses a staggering 150 litres per day. Sir James Bevan, Chief Executive of the Environment Agency, gave a stark warning earlier this year that the country is approaching the ‘jaws of death’ as parts of England are at risk of running out of water within 25 years.

The ‘Love Water’ campaign aims to raise awareness of the importance of water and the role everyone plays in protecting it. It is the first time such a large group of partners have joined together to work with businesses and consumers to tackle issues such as pollution and wastage.



Plantlife research shows the value – and vulnerability – of Britain’s last remaining meadows

  • Rewilding can provide great opportunities for plants, retaining ‘disturbance’ is key
  • Dr Trevor Dines: “We need a roots up as well as tooth down approach to rewilding”
  • Plantlife research reveals 40% of wild plants would decline in a decade if land is abandoned entirely
  • © Matt PittsOver 97% meadows lost since 1930s and remaining fragments remain unprotected
  • Petition calling for better protection of meadows approaches 500,000 signatures

© Matt Pitts

Meadows face mounting risks from poor legal protection, and from land abandonment and undergrazing, sometimes in the name of rewilding according to Plantlife research released today (Friday 5 July).

Wildflower meadows are some of our rarest and most species-rich habitats, home to nearly half our entire flora but occupying less than 1% of the UK’s land cover. 'Early succession’ habitats such as these require sufficient levels of grazing and management to keep them viable. The research reveals that 611 plant species of 1,543 analysed (40%) will decline within a decade if the land is entirely abandoned, with 127 of these (16.4%) declining within three years. Three quarters of our most threatened species - including burnt-tip orchid, pasqueflower and crested cow-wheat - decline or disappear within three years if all management and grazing is removed.

Commenting on the findings, Dr Trevor Dines, Botanical Specialist, Plantlife, said: “Total land abandonment now poses the greatest threat to plant diversity as it removes the brake on succession: left entirely to their own devices most open landscapes in the UK will change from grassland to scrub and, ultimately, to woodland as large plants reach for the light and outcompete smaller, more delicate species. Grazing and disturbance ‘re-set’ this ecological clock, allowing these fabulous early-succession flowers to thrive in open ground flooded with sunlight.

“Too much interference can be just as damaging as abandonment”, noted Dines. “Our most intensively managed farmland – 46% of land cover - provides the bleakest arena for plants, supporting just 85 species.”

The eradication of wildflower meadows, botanically richer than any other habitat, has been staggering; 97% have been lost since the 1930s. 75% of remaining meadows occur in small fragments and remain vulnerable to destruction.


Wildlife that inspired Beatrix Potter tales thriving in Lake District meadows - National Trust

Hay meadows that were among Beatrix Potter’s favourite beauty spots and provided the inspiration for some of her much-loved characters have been restored to their former glory thanks to a 25-year National Trust project.

Beatrix Potter's hay meadows provide a haven for pollinators (National Trust / John Malley)Beatrix Potter's hay meadows provide a haven for pollinators (National Trust / John Malley)

As Britain marks National Meadows Day, the conservation charity has revealed that three meadows (covering 11 acres) at Hill Top Farm in the Lake District are once again providing a haven for wildlife, including many of the animals that inspired Beatrix Potter’s writing.

Hill Top Farm was the country home of the author for almost 40 years and is thought to have played a large part in the creation of Jemima Puddle-Duck and Samuel Whiskers. 

During the First and Second World War efforts, the hay meadows surrounding the site were intensively ploughed for crops to meet increased demand for home grown food, which left populations of wildlife and pollinators depleted.

But now the conservation charity has restored the land to how Beatrix Potter would have first known it, following decades of careful management. 

Rangers surveying the meadows found the grass and flower-packed fields were offering a valuable source of food and shelter for mice, field voles and barn and tawny owls, personified by Potter in stories such as The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin and The Tale of Johnny Town-Mouse. 

The survey also showed that plants including eyebright and great burnet, which were classified as ‘rare’ when the fields were first assessed in the 1990s are now in abundance. 

Flowering plants such as black knapweed, kingcup, oxeye daisy, yellow rattle, red clover and lady’s mantle were also found to be prospering, making the fields some of the most species-rich in the National Trust’s care.

The meadows also host a diverse range of bees, birds and insects, including painted lady butterflies which migrate from North Africa each year. 

Paul Farrington, Area Ranger for the National Trust, said: “It’s fantastic to see the hay meadows here at Hill Top in such good health. As well as being beautiful, these meadows provide a huge food and nectar source for hundreds of species of wildlife. We manage the land using the same traditional practices that would have been used in Beatrix Potter’s day. This includes avoiding artificial fertiliser and cutting the grass later in the summer to allow the plants to flower and set seed.”


Rare plant blooms on Cornish Urban Buzz site - Buglife

Catchfly (c) Laura LarkinNature conservationists are surprised and excited by the unexpected appearance of a rare plant in parks in Falmouth and St Austell.  The Small-flowered catchfly is an endangered plant in the UK, and to find it in a park is very unusual.

Catchfly (c) Laura Larkin

Last year, Buglife’s Urban Buzz project, funded by Biffa Award and the Eden Project, worked with local councils and communities to create new wildflower-rich habitats for pollinating insects across Falmouth, Truro, Wadebridge and St Austell.

As part of Urban Buzz, several new wildflower meadows were created in each town, and they are just starting to flower for the first time. Upon surveying the Falmouth meadows, Buglife volunteer Charlotte Rankin and Kevin Thomas from Falmouth Nature discovered the rare and endangered plant, Small-flowered Catchfly.

Charlotte said “Discovering Small-flowered Catchfly at two Urban Buzz sites in Falmouth was greatly exciting! This arable plant is a rare sight to see both in Cornwall and nationally, so I certainly wasn’t expecting to see it in an urban setting on my doorstep. As its name suggests, it is a really small plant and easily overlooked, so it was only when I knelt down to photograph a visiting pollinator that I discovered it amongst the meadow’s annuals. When visiting the other Urban Buzz meadows in Falmouth, I kept my eyes peeled and to my delight, another was found! It’s amazing what species can be discovered when they are given a chance". 


Trees & Arboriculture 

Birmingham bids to become a Tree City of the World – Birmingham City Council

Talks to establish Birmingham as the first officially designated “Tree City” of the UK are set to be held between the city council and an international foundation on Friday (July 12).

Council officers and Cabinet Members Cllr John O’Shea and Cllr Waseem Zaffar are due to meet a delegation from the US-based Arbor Day Foundation about the possibility of becoming a member of the Tree Cities of the World Network.

The bid is being formally launched during the talks, which come on the first day of Love Parks Week (July 12-21). Achievement of the status requires the city and the council to meet five core standards.

If achieved, the status opens up access to a wealth of knowledge on urban tree management through the Arbor Day Foundation and the global network of Tree Cities. This would help further develop the city’s Urban Forestry programme.

Birmingham currently has over one million trees (equivalent to one per citizen). There are 1,398 hectares of woodland (equivalent to 2,097 football pitches) within Birmingham’s 591 parks and open spaces. Across the city, tree canopies cover 48.81 sq km.

In addition, Birmingham’s woodlands scrub over 7 tonnes of harmful PM2.5 particulates from the air each year.

Cllr John O’Shea, Cabinet Member for Street Scene and Parks at Birmingham City Council, said: “The people of Birmingham know that our parks and open spaces are some of our greatest assets. They add huge value to all aspects of our daily lives. That isn’t recognised enough outside our city, but becoming a world “Tree City” would raise our green profile and hopefully attract many more visitors to our great city, to see what we have to offer. Following the review of our tree policies in early 2018, linked to a developing tree and woodland strategy, we feel we meet the required standards and are confident that the status is within our reach.”


Alleged illegal tree felling investigation report: Sheffield’s Streets Ahead programme - Forestry England decision

An investigation report by the Forestry Commission into alleged illegal felling of street trees by Sheffield City Council

Having reviewed the evidence, the Forestry Commission has concluded that, on balance, there is insufficient evidence to say that an offence of felling without a felling licence has been committed by Sheffield City Council (SCC) and its contractor, Amey. However, the Forestry Commission has identified a number of lessons to be learnt regarding the Streets Ahead programme, which it urges SCC and other local authorities to note and reflect in future operations.

The Forestry Commission has also published an operations note on highway tree management to provide an updated good practice guide for highway tree management.

Read the decision notices. 


Funding and new partnerships.

Peatland ACTION announces first funding for Outer Hebrides to mark International Bog Day - Scottish Natural Heritage

A new peatland restoration project aims to improve water quality, tackle climate change and help protect Black Throated Divers and Great Skua in the Outer Hebrides.

Great Skua © Lorne Gill SNHGreat Skua © Lorne Gill SNH

Funding for the first Peatland ACTION project in the islands has been confirmed in celebration of International Bog Day this Sunday (28 July).

Working alongside Scottish Water, the project will focus on restoring 11 hectares of damaged and eroding peatland within the Loch Orasaigh drinking water catchment area which serves the North Lochs Water Treatment Works on the Isle of Lewis.

The restoration aims to re-profile peat hags, block drainage ditches and encourage the stabilisation of vegetation around the edge of the loch.

At a cost of £1,700 a hectare, the project offers a relatively inexpensive way of tackling climate change, as well as potentially reducing water treatment costs by minimising the amount of peat being washed into the loch - helping secure a strategically important drinking water supply in the Outer Hebrides.

The project will also help preserve the local environment, with a recent survey confirming the loch is home to two of Scotland’s protected species – Black Throated Divers and Great Skua.


Back on the move – threatened sand dunes set for a dynamic future with National Lottery funding – The Wildlife Trusts

A radical new approach to managing sand dunes that aims to reverse over 100 years of decline has been given £4m funding from the National Lottery.

  • Sand dune habitats have declined by a third since 1900, putting endangered species at risk
  • £4m from The National Lottery Heritage Fund for a pioneering project led by Natural England in partnership with the National Trust, Plantlife, The Wildlife Trusts and Natural Resources Wales
  • Citizen scientists and communities will make the difference to help England and Wales’ most important dunescapes get moving and thriving again

David Tipling/2020VISIONA radical new approach to managing sand dunes that aims to reverse over 100 years of decline has been given £4m funding from the National Lottery. 

David Tipling/2020VISION

Sand dunes - the backdrop of many summer holidays - are being smothered by invasive plants, destroying the habitats of some of our most endangered species.

Now, a pioneering partnership - Dynamic Dunescapes - backed by £4m from the National Lottery is stepping in to save them by working with people to bring life back to the dunes and get them thriving again – reversing a decades old approach to dune management.

Sand dunes are listed as the habitat most at risk in Europe. Since 1900, the UK’s sand dunes have declined by a third, climbing to nearly two-thirds in Wales. They provide sanctuary for endangered plants and animals with seventy priority species largely restricted to dune habitats including the natterjack toad, dune gentian and sand lizard.

Dunes are naturally mobile and need to be dynamic to be effective ecosystems. However, previous management measures restricted public access, and invasive species have prevented dunes from moving, causing many to become static, sterile grassy hillocks.

Thanks to National Lottery players, Natural England has teamed up with the National Trust, Plantlife, The Wildlife Trusts and Natural Resources Wales to combine their expertise and achieve a sustainable future for sand dune landscapes working closely with landowners and communities.


The secretive smooth snake gets National Lottery lifeline – Amphibian & Reptile Conservation (ARC)

The National Lottery Heritage Fund has awarded £412,000 to Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (ARC) to help save the UK’s rarest reptile.

The smooth snake is having a rough time. Its habitats are under threat and its secretive behaviour means not enough is known to help the species effectively.

Using National Lottery funding, ARC and its partners will work with hundreds of volunteers and citizen scientists to conserve habitats, build a vital record of populations and find out what needs to be done to secure the future of the species.

The smooth snake is one of only three native snake species, the others being the better-known adder and the grass snake. The RSPB’s 2016 State of Nature report warned that half of our native species have declined, and some experts believe as many as 60% of the world’s reptile species are threatened.

The smooth snake was first identified in the UK in 1852 at Parley Common  in Dorset, a site now managed by ARC, but we still know so little about the smooth snake that there are no records of their numbers. 

There is no doubt that they are at risk however. Smooth snakes live in southern England’s lowland heaths, predominately in Dorset, Hampshire and Surrey with isolated populations in West Sussex and Devon. Since 1800, 85% of lowland heath habitats have disappeared and today remain at risk from development pressures, scrub encroachment, accidental and deliberate fires and erosion.

ARC has launched its Snakes in the Heather project with support from a number of other organisations including the RSPB, National Trust, Wildlife Trusts, Plantlife and the Forestry Commission.  All have agreed to give access to their land for monitoring and surveys.

Dr Tony Gent, ARC’s Chief Executive Officer, said: “We would like to say a big ‘thank you’ to National Lottery players for helping us to launch this exciting project.  It is especially appropriate that we are able to announce the project today on World Snake Day.”


People’s Postcode Lottery players help corn buntings – RSPB

New community project celebrates conservation success story

RSPB Scotland has launched a new project as part of their long-term work to help corn buntings.

Thanks to players of the People’s Postcode Lottery, the Postcode Local Trust has awarded funding for a ‘Corn Buntings in the Community’ project which aims to celebrate the corn bunting’s return from the brink of local extinction and will create food, farming and wildlife trails which RSPB Scotland believes might be the first of their kind in Scotland.

The wildlife conservation charity has been working with landowners and farmers in Fife for several years to prevent the corn bunting from disappearing in the region. Work has been focussed in the East Neuk area as it is one of the remaining strongholds for the species in Scotland. The others are Angus, NE Scotland and the Western Isles.

The commitment of landowners and farmers to help corn buntings has paid dividends as numbers of corn buntings have increased by 60% over the past four years in Fife with birds recolonising areas where they have not been recorded for decades.

This increase is down to a collective effort from all partners managing their land to support the species by ensuring the corn bunting population has access to the Big Three: safe nesting sites late into the season, availability of insects to feed their chicks and provision of seed food especially during the winter months.


Borders biodiversity projects share £168k nature fund cash - Scottish Natural Heritage

Two nature projects will share £168,000 to create better homes for wildlife in the Borders. The projects are among the recipients of Scottish Natural Heritage’s (SNH’s) Biodiversity Challenge Fund.

A range of invasive non-native plant species along 300 miles of the River Tweed will be tackled by the Tweed Forum with a £100k award, while the Borders Forest Trust has been given almost £70k for work to restore a vanishing habitat to the wild heart of southern Scotland.

The River Tweed is a Special Area of Conservation (SAC) which supports a significant proportion of our Atlantic salmon, as well as lamprey species and otters. It is the most extensive SAC river system in Scotland. But invasive non-native species are a threat to its biodiversity. Involving hundreds of landowners, farmers, contractors, Tweed Forum staff and volunteers, the project aims to remove or control giant hogweed, Japanese knotweed, skunk cabbage and Himalayan balsam, while helping to establish native plant species.


Open for applications

TRUSTwoods can help landowners in ten pilot areas get more trees in the ground (Photo: Jill Jennings)New grants available for local landowners to plant trees with the Woodland Trust - Woodland Trust

A pilot Woodland Trust scheme is offering expert advice and grants of up to £4,000 to landowners who want to create small, new native woods.

TRUSTwoods is open to people looking to create between one and three hectares of woodland in a trial area of Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, Oxfordshire, Warwickshire, Wiltshire and Worcestershire.

TRUSTwoods can help landowners in ten pilot areas get more trees in the ground (Photo: Jill Jennings)

Director of woodland outreach John Tucker said: “We need new woodland like never before. Government has recently committed to net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. The expansion of the UK’s tree canopy cover from 13% to 17% is an essential part of the solution, but for the country to reach that target we need to see a three-fold increase in current woodland creation levels. Locking up carbon isn’t the only reason to plant trees though. The right tree in the right place can improve soil quality and stability, reduce the impact of flooding, provide shelter for crops or livestock, vital habitat for wildlife or a place for us to simply get away from it all.”


Confor pressure secures doubled funds for forestry in Wales - Confor

A grant pot of £2 million for new woodland creation was announced yesterday (24 July) by Lesley Griffiths, Minister for Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs, following pressure from Confor to demonstrate Welsh Government commitment to planting trees.

Speaking at an event marking 100 years of Welsh Forestry at the 100th Royal Welsh Show, Ms Griffiths said that the funding was a mark of their commitment to meet targets of 2000 hectares new woodland creation each year. The extra funding pledge signals intent on the part of Welsh Government to meet these targets. 

Anthony Geddes, Confor National Manager for Wales, said, “This is a welcome step forward, Confor have been working closely with the minister and her forest policy team to turn warm words on forestry into trees in the ground. New woodland creation in Wales is vital to provide timber for housing, meet planting targets, create wildlife habitats and strengthen our natural capital.

“The grants need to reflect planting targets and other barriers to planting and management remain to be addressed, before Welsh woodlands deliver these benefits to the level required. However, this extra funding as a signal of intent is exactly what we have been asking for from Welsh Government. I would urge Confor members to take advantage of this opportunity and apply for these grants, to create the first of a new generation of Welsh Forests.”


Cash incentive for landowners to restore UK peatland - IUCN

OF&G (Organic Farmers & Growers) have teamed up with the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) UK Peatland Programme to offer a new certification scheme to landowners that will support the protection and improvement of UK peatlands.

The Peatland Code sets out best practice for projects seeking to market the climate and environmental benefits of peatland restoration. It helps landowners secure private funding for projects, offering an additional revenue stream, by providing investors with assurance through third-party verification that expected climate benefits are credible and deliverable.

“A recent report from Green Alliance suggests we have an opportunity to achieve the 2030 reduced emissions targets, in part, by restoring the UK’s 2.7m hectares of peatland by at least 26%,” says Roger Kerr, chief executive at OF&G, who certify over half the UK’s organic land. “Together with the IUCN UK Peatland Programme, we aim to help landowners restore much of the UK’s peatlands, which cover 12% of the total UK land area, reverting damaged peatlands from large sources of carbon to fulfilling their carbon sequestration potential, and support the wider environment”


Take a look at the grants section to see what other funding is available here


Pollution, sustainablity and climate.

How trees could save the climate - Crowther Lab of ETH Zurich

Around 0.9 billion hectares of land worldwide would be suitable for reforestation, which could ultimately capture two thirds of human-made carbon emissions. The Crowther Lab of ETH Zurich has published a study in the journal Science that shows this would be the most effective method to combat climate change.

The Crowther Lab at ETH Zurich investigates nature-based solutions to climate change. In their latest study the researchers showed for the first time where in the world new trees could grow and how much carbon they would store. Study lead author and postdoc at the Crowther Lab Jean-François Bastin explains: “One aspect was of particular importance to us as we did the calculations: we excluded cities or agricultural areas from the total restoration potential as these areas are needed for human life.”

Reforest an area the size of the USA

The researchers calculated that under the current climate conditions, Earth’s land could support 4.4 billion hectares of continuous tree cover. That is 1.6 billion more than the currently existing 2.8 billion hectares. Of these 1.6 billion hectares, 0.9 billion hectares fulfill the criterion of not being used by humans. This means that there is currently an area of the size of the US available for tree restoration. Once mature, these new forests could store 205 billion tonnes of carbon: about two thirds of the 300 billion tonnes of carbon that has been released into the atmosphere as a result of human activity since the Industrial Revolution.

According to Prof. Thomas Crowther, co-author of the study and founder of the Crowther Lab at ETH Zurich: “We all knew that restoring forests could play a part in tackling climate change, but we didn’t really know how big the impact would be. Our study shows clearly that forest restoration is the best climate change solution available today. But we must act quickly, as new forests will take decades to mature and achieve their full potential as a source of natural carbon storage.”


UK credibility on climate change rests on Government action over next 18 months - Committee on Climate Change

The UK has legislated for net-zero emissions by 2050 – now the UK Government must show it is serious about its legal obligations to tackle and prepare for climate change, the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) says today (10 July).

UK action to curb greenhouse gas emissions is lagging far behind what is needed, even to meet previous, less stringent, emissions targets. Over the past year, the Government has delivered just 1 of 25 critical policies needed to get emissions reductions back on track, its new report shows.

Meanwhile, action to prepare our homes, businesses and natural environment for a warming world is less ambitious than it was ten years ago. Of 33 key sectors assessed by the Committee in a second, related report published today, none show good progress when it comes to managing climate change risk.

Lord Deben, CCC Chairman, said: “The UK is the first major economy to set a net-zero emissions target and intends to host the world’s leaders at next year’s landmark climate conference (COP26). These are historic steps forward and position the UK at the forefront of the global low-carbon transition. But international ambition does not deliver domestic action. It’s time for the Government to show it takes its responsibilities seriously. Reducing emissions to net zero by 2050, requires real action by Government now.”


Environment Agency tells water companies to clean up their act and protect the environment from pollution - Environment Agency

Water company efforts to protect the environment were described as ‘simply unacceptable’ in an Environment Agency (EA) report published today (10 July) with only 1 of the major water and sewage companies in England performing at the level expected.

Overall water company performance has deteriorated which reverses the trend of gradual improvement in the sector since the rating system began in 2011. Serious pollution incidents increased in 2018 causing damage to the rivers and wildlife.

Environment Agency Chair Emma Howard Boyd, who has previously warned water companies they would face a tougher regulatory approach with increasing inspections, is pledging that the Environment Agency will continue to work with Ofwat to look at financial penalties to drive better environmental performance given fines are currently only a fraction of turnover. Writing in the report’s foreword she said:

Companies should be reflecting on their environmental performance and long-term resilience, if this is poor they should be asking themselves whether dividends are justifiable.

The annual report rates each of the 9 water and sewerage companies in England as either green, amber or red on a range of measures including serious pollution, pollution per km of sewer pipes, supply resilience, self-reporting of pollution and complying with permits – and also compares individual company performance to highlight the best and worst.

Northumbrian Water was the only company achieving the highest 4 star rating, showing that it is possible to bring in good environmental practices and limit the impact of operations on nature. The Environment Agency report said this improvement is to be applauded which had only been possible with focus from the top of the organisation and ongoing effort from operational teams.

The report is available hereEnvironmental performance of the water and sewerage companies


No butts when it comes to filters say MCS and ASH Scotland - Marine Conservation Society

(image: Marine Conservation Society)MCS and ASH Scotland say that cigarette filters must be considered alongside straws and cups in the Cabinet Secretary’s brief to the Scottish Government Advisory Expert Panel on Environmental Charging and Other Measures which advise on sustainable changes in consumer and producer behaviour.

(image: Marine Conservation Society)

The two charities have today (11 June 2019) written to the Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, Roseanna Cunningham MSP, explaining that with cigarette butts clearly identified as one of the key components of single-use marine litter, it is hard to see how a credible action plan to reduce single-use plastic waste in our oceans could possibly exclude them.

In the letter, MCS and ASH Scotland - the charity that takes action to reduce the harm caused by tobacco - said almost all of the four billion cigarette butts discarded each year in Scotland are made of a cellulose acetate plastic. They said: ‘Whilst this form of plastic does degrade in certain conditions, it can take up to 12 years, breaking down into progressively smaller pieces while at the same time leaching out thousands of chemicals, many of which are toxic to marine life.’

Last year’s MCS-organised Great British Beach Clean saw volunteers record over 1,500 cigarette stubs on the 135 Scottish beaches they cleaned and surveyed in just one weekend, whilst globally a staggering 2,412,151 were recorded by volunteers on the Saturday of the International Coastal Clean-up last September.


£2 billion boost to the economy from ‘all-in’ deposit return system - CPRE

The economic benefit of a deposit return system, which included every drinks can and bottle – both plastic and glass – would be eight times greater than the economic benefit of a watered-down system, according to a government analysis, as highlighted by the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE).

£2 billion boost to the economy from ‘all-in’ deposit return system (image: CPRE)£2 billion boost to the economy from ‘all-in’ deposit return system (image: CPRE)

The countryside charity, which has campaigned for a deposit system for more than ten years, highlights that, of the two systems currently proposed by the Department for Food, Environment and Rural Affairs (Defra), an ‘all in’ deposit return system could generate £2 billion for the economy over ten years, according to the government’s own impact assessment. This is compared to just £250 million that would be generated by a so-called ‘on-the-go’ system, which would collect just a fraction of drinks containers produced.

A reduction in the amount of waste sent to landfill, littered drinks containers and their associated clean-up costs, reduced air and water pollution, as well as fewer carbon emissions caused by the extraction and production of raw materials needed to produce new drinks containers, will result in huge savings for the Treasury, local councils and tax payers.

The introduction of a deposit return system would boost recycling rates for drinks containers to more than 90%, and make the producers of drinks and its packaging financially responsible for the full collection and clean-up costs of the waste that they produce.


Our Future In The Land – RSA Food, Farming and Countryside Commission

The actions we take in the next ten years, to stop ecosystems collapse, to recover and regenerate nature and to restore people’s health and wellbeing are now critical. In this final report, the Food, Farming and Countryside Commission sets out radical and practical ways for policymakers, business and communities to respond to the challenges.

The report makes fifteen recommendations in three areas:

Healthy food is every body’s business

  • Levelling the playing field for a fair food system – good food must become good business
  • Committing to grow the UK supply of fruit, vegetables, nuts and pulses, and products from UK sustainable agriculture, and to using them more in everyday foods
  • Implementing world-leading public procurement, using this powerful tool to transform the market
  • Establishing collaborative community food plans to help inform and implement national food strategies and meet the different needs of communities around the UK
  • Reconnecting people and nature to boost health and wellbeing

Farming is a force for change, unleashing a fourth agricultural revolution driven by public values

  • Designing a ten-year transition plan for sustainable, agroecological farming by 2030
  • Backing innovation by farmers to unleash a fourth agricultural revolution
  • Making sure every farmer can get trusted, independent advice by training a cadre of peer mentors and farmer support networks
  • Boosting cooperation and collaboration by extending support for Producer Organisations to all sectors
  • Establishing a National Agroecology Development Bank to accelerate a fair and sustainable transition

A countryside that works for all, and rural communities are a powerhouse for a fair and green economy

  • Establishing a national land use framework in England inspires cooperation based on the public value of land, mediating and encouraging multipurpose uses
  • Investing in the skills and rural infrastructure to underpin the rural economy
  • Creating more good work in the regenerative economy
  • Developing sustainable solutions to meet rural housing need
  • Establishing a National Nature Service that employs the energy of young people to kickstart the regenerative economy

Download our future in the land report (pdf, 6.3mb)


Peatlands of Dartmoor could be crucial in fight against climate change - University of Plymouth

University researchers showed that areas with peat forming vegetation are increasing in depth by up to 10mm each year

The peatlands of Dartmoor could be an underestimated resource in the fight against climate change as their ability to store carbon has not diminished in almost 150 years, research shows.

Scientists from the University of Plymouth investigated whether there has been a reduction in the strength of carbon sinks in the moor’s valley mires and blanket bogs.

By taking a series of core samples they were able to analyse peat age, bulk density and carbon content and calculate past rates of carbon accumulation.

The results show that both past and contemporary rates of CO2 sequestration were found to be at the maximum of those reported for temperate peatlands.

That, researchers say, suggests recent changes in climate appear to have had minimal impact on the strength of peatland carbon sinks in South West England.

It suggests that recent bioclimatic envelope models may be underestimating the potential future contribution that UK peatlands can make to carbon sequestration under observed climatic trends.

Read the full study: P.H. Lunt, R.M. Fyfe and A.D. Tappin, Role of recent climate change on carbon sequestration in peatland systems, is published in Science of the Total Environment, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2019.02.239. 


Scottish MSP launches campaign to clean up marine plastic in the North East – Scottish Natural Heritage

St Cyrus Reserve Manager Therese Alampo, MSP for Angus North and Mearns Mairi Gougeon and Reserve Assistant Simon Ritchie launch Take 3 For the Sea © Pauline SmithSt Cyrus Reserve Manager Therese Alampo, MSP for Angus North and Mearns Mairi Gougeon and Reserve Assistant Simon Ritchie launch Take 3 For the Sea © Pauline Smith

Mairi Gougeon, MSP for Angus North and Mearns, today launched an initiative to encourage people in the North East to battle the effects of marine litter on wildlife.

Part of an international campaign, Take 3 For the Sea, the initiative will operate on two Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) national nature reserves, St Cyrus and Forvie. The campaign encourages people to remove three small pieces of rubbish from the beach every time they visit. They then can place litter in the bins at the reserve car parks or take plastics and other recyclables home to recycle.

Ms Gougon said: “Forvie and St Cyrus both have wonderful beaches, which many people enjoy and which support all kinds of wildlife. Marine plastic poses a dangerous threat to these birds and animals. That’s why I’m so enthusiastic about this grassroots campaign to get us all involved in keeping our marine wildlife safe. And of course you don’t have to stop at three: every item you pick up will make a big difference!”


Little litter pickers help look after the Peak District National Park - Peak District National Park

Children aged between 2 and 4 years have been learning to look after their local environment with the help of a Peak District National Park ranger.

Bamford Pre-School children and staff with Peak District National Park ranger Tom Lewis collected litter from around their village (image: PDNPA)Bamford Pre-School children and staff with Peak District National Park ranger Tom Lewis collected litter from around their village (image: PDNPA)

Youngsters who attend Bamford Pre-School carried out a litter pick around their village led by National Park engagement ranger, Tom Lewis.

The children, kitted out with yellow vests and litter-pickers, collected rubbish from around their Pre-School, the village green and from the recreation ground.
Working together, ranger Tom Lewis and the Pre-School staff helped the children understand the importance of taking litter home and being good citizens.
Tom Lewis said: “Helping children from an early age to connect with nature and learn about the environment is vital for enthusing the next generation about protecting their local area and community. The children did a great job clearing litter and had a really fun day!”


Public supports Michael Gove’s call for deposits on drinks cans and bottles – CPRE

Survey results show 72% of people support the introduction of a UK-wide deposit return system

Almost three-quarters (72%) of people would support a deposit return system for plastic and glass drinks bottles and aluminium cans being rolled out across the whole of the UK, according to a new survey published today (27 July) by the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE).

The survey results, demonstrating high levels of public support, have been published following an announcement made last week by the former Environment Secretary, Michael Gove, in which he gave his backing to an ‘all-in’ deposit return system that includes all drinks containers of all materials and sizes. In his speech, Mr Gove said that he believed ‘an “all-in” model will give consumers the greatest possible incentive to recycle’.

CPRE welcomed the announcement made by Mr Gove and states that these survey results are a clear indication that the public will support the scheme, once introduced.

The countryside charity is eager to see the new Environment Secretary, Theresa Villiers, build on the work of her predecessor and turn these warm words into a formal commitment from the government to introduce a deposit return system that would put a stop to the environmental damage caused by drinks containers.

Maddy Haughton-Boakes, Litter Campaigner at CPRE, said: “It’s absolutely fantastic that so many people have shown such high levels of support for the scheme before it’s even been introduced. A deposit return system will transform the way we deal with waste, boost recycling and, as a result, finally put a stop to the harm that drinks containers are causing our countryside, environment and wildlife. With Michael Gove having thrown his weight behind a truly “all-in” deposit return system, and with the Scottish government’s decision to introduce one earlier this year, this latest wave of public support is surely all the evidence needed for the government to get this over the line.”


Plastic bag sales down 90% since introduction of 5p charge - Defra

New figures show sales of single-use bags by England's seven biggest retailers continued to fall in 2018/19.

(image: Defra)Sales of plastic bags by the seven biggest retailers in England have fallen by 90% since the 5p charge was introduced in 2015, new figures out today [31 July] have shown.

(image: Defra)

Asda, Marks and Spencer, Morrisons, Sainsbury’s, The Co-operative Group, Tesco and Waitrose sold 490 million fewer single-use plastic bags in 2018/19 (549 million) – a drop of almost half on the previous year.

The average person in England now buys just 10 bags a year from the main supermarket retailers, compared with 140 bags in 2014 before the charge was introduced.

Welcoming today’s figures, Environment Secretary Theresa Villiers said: “Our comprehensive action to slash plastic waste and leave our environment in a better state continues to deliver results, with our 5p charge reducing plastic bag sales by 90% in the big supermarkets.  No one wants to see the devastating impact plastic waste is having on our precious wildlife. Today’s figures are a powerful demonstration that we are collectively calling time on being a throwaway society.”

The total single-use carrier bag sales reported by all large retailers in 2018/2019 fell 37% to 1.11 billion compared with the previous year.


New campaign asks single-use plastic purchasers to ‘Donate Your Guilt’ - Marine Conservation Society

MCS has today (1 August) launched an impactful new campaign inviting people to ‘Donate Your Guilt’ when they slip up and buy single-use plastic items.

(image: Marine Conservation Society)Dreamt up by creative agency BBH on a pro-bono basis and made possible by Ocean Outdoor, the campaign will be visible in cities across the UK, with billboards at Westfield London, Bullring Birmingham, as well as in Manchester and Edinburgh and on social media. The striking imagery asks passers-by if they’ve forgotten their reusable items and features single-use plastic coffee cups and water bottles floating in water.

(image: Marine Conservation Society)

The ads urge people to “Donate your Guilt” with a £3 text donation which will be used to support MCS’s work in protecting our seas and oceans and running the annual citizen science survey, the Great British Beach Clean.

The campaign isn’t designed to let people off the hook when they forget their re-usable items, but to encourage a behavioural change. Acting as a ‘swear box for the oceans’, MCS hopes that by making us think through our purses and wallets that the campaign will be a reminder not to buy single-use plastic every day if they can avoid it.


Environmental Education, Recreation and volunteering.

Bringing Children Closer to Nature – Sylva

FSFA report infographic (Sylva)In a report published today (Monday 8 July), educators and woodland owners from across the UK provide a much-needed snapshot of how they are bringing children closer to nature through Forest School practice and outdoor learning. This report reveals how practitioners overcome significant barriers to bringing children closer to nature and how this can be sustained.

The report is the result of an online survey undertaken in late 2018 by adults who work with children outdoors, particularly Forest School practitioners. A total of 1,171 people took part, mostly educators (1,080), alongside private woodland owners (94) with an interest in bringing children closer to nature.

FSFA report infographic (Sylva)

The most common barriers to sustaining Forest School described by educators were funding, time, and access to woodland sites. Contributions from parents were important for funding in many schools, except among deprived schools, indicating that greater targeted support is required to ensure all children are brought closer to nature. Challenges of the school timetable and curriculum can be overcome when the Head Teacher and senior leadership understand and make Forest School a priority. For sites, the majority of schools in the survey used their own school grounds for Forest School, therefore reducing barriers arising from location and cost. Woodland owners in this survey were found to play a critical role in providing free access to woodland for educators not based in schools.


Most of the UK public are not getting their recommended daily ‘dose’ of time in green space – Keep Britain Tidy
New research published on Green Flag Award launch

New research by Keep Britain Tidy has found only 32% of the population are getting their ‘20-minutes-a-day’ to give them the two-hour-a-week minimum ‘dose’ of time, recently recommended by researchers at the University of Exeter Medical School as the crucial amount of time to spend in nature to help improve mental wellbeing.

The extensive study of 2,000 adults found that 85% of people experience a positive effect on their mental state after spending time outside in a green space.

Despite this, 8% of us have not visited a green space in the past month and a further 7% can’t remember the last time they did, even though more than half (53%) of us live within a mile of our local park. 

This news comes as a record number of parks and green spaces - 1,970 in total - are awarded a Green Flag, the international quality mark for parks and green spaces. The Green Flag Award is a sign of a well-managed, clean and safe park, as the same research reveals that parks being clean and well managed is one of the most important qualities people look for – as well as it being nearby to where they live. 

More than three quarters (77%) of people say they would actively avoid a park if it was poorly maintained or felt unsafe, showing the importance of schemes such as the Green Flag Award to set the quality standard.

However, in Keep Britain Tidy’s annual Love Parks Week celebration, (12- 21 July 2019) it is encouraging to see that the park came out at number two (13%) when those taking part in the study were asked about where they spend the most time outside, beaten to the top spot by shopping (15%). Hopefully not for single use plastic packaged items. 


Countryside access – who is your winner? - Open Country

Yorkshire charity Open Country  is urging people to nominate countryside sites and attractions across the county going the extra mile to improve access for disabled people. 

Open Country’s Good Access Scheme award recognises the best countryside ‘access for all’ projects across Yorkshire. Outdoor sites can be nominated by the disabled people who use them or by the staff or volunteers who manage them. Previous winners have included a number of nature reserves as well as landowners such as Yorkshire Water who are working creatively to unlock the countryside for people of all abilities.  Launched in 2015, the Good Access Scheme awards are judged annually by Open Country’s Advisory Group, made up of disabled members alongside volunteers and Trustees of the charity. 

Chief Officer of Open Country, David Shaftoe, says: “Whether it’s a scheme to improve pathways or innovative projects for people with a sensory impairment, we’d love to hear about countryside sites going the extra mile to welcome disabled people. On your trips into the Yorkshire countryside this year keep in mind our award scheme and if you have an idea for a worthy winner, please do let us know." 

Anyone who would like to make a nomination for this prestigious award should contact Open Country by email at info@opencountry.org.uk by the end of October outlining the ways in which the outdoor site or project has enhanced their disabled access. For more information visit www.opencountry.org.uk or call 01423 507227.


Free mammal tracking app turns amateurs into ecologists – The Mammal Society

Mammal Mapper App logoHow often have you been a passenger in a car and counted the foxes, badgers, deer and rabbits that you’ve seen (alive or dead) on the roadside? What about all the mammals you’ve seen whilst you’re out on your morning dog walk or weekend stroll? These sightings feel significant, but how can you report them? The Mammal Society have developed a user-friendly app, Mammal Mapper, that enables you to capture these records on your phone, as you go, recording not only species details but also time and location.

Mammal Mapper App logo

The Mammal Society have just launched a brand new version of their free Mammal Mapper app, with easier recording and merging of the functions of their two older apps, Mammal Tracker and the original Mammal Mapper. The updated app, which previously allowed users to map an entire route and the mammals seen along it, also now allows users to log one-off sightings.

Users of the app are therefore able to build a library of the mammals and mammal signs they have spotted, as well as the routes they have followed. This information can then be submitted to help scientists and data analysts understand more about the distribution of mammals across Britain.


Sea change in Scottish beach surveillance – SRUC

Ellie MacLennan from the Scottish Marine Animal Stranding Scheme tries out the new Beach Track app at Nairn. Picture: John PaulMembers of the public can now play a vital role in helping marine scientists gather data on animal strandings and the condition of Scotland’s beaches.

Ellie MacLennan from the Scottish Marine Animal Stranding Scheme tries out the new Beach Track app at Nairn. Picture: John Paul

Officially launched today (Saturday 27 July) to coincide with the beginning of National Marine Week, the free Beach Track app allows those taking a stroll on the sands to submit information on beach cleanliness – including levels of litter, plastic waste and pollution – and on any stranded animals, such as dolphins or whales.

The information will help to build up a ‘health map’ of Scotland's coastline, potentially targeting beach cleans to areas which need it most.

The app has been developed by the Scottish Marine Animal Stranding Scheme (SMASS), with additional funding from Scottish Natural Heritage.

Working as a ‘digital assistant’, the app uses a mobile phone’s GPS to record location, while the camera allows users to log anything found on their survey. It will then ask questions about the type of beach and for users to assess how much marine litter was seen.

Ellie MacLennan from Inverness-based SMASS – part of Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) – said: “Including the islands, Scotland has more than 10,000 miles of coastline so, the more eyes we have on the ground, the more data we can gather to help improve our understanding of health of our waters and the threats facing marine animals. This, in turn, will help all of us to better protect our seas.”


Five new wildflower trails open across Scotland - Scottish Natural Heritage

Five new wildflower trails - specially designed to benefit Scotland’s vital pollinators – have opened at Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) nature reserves this year.

(image: credit Caroline Anderson SNH)(image: credit Caroline Anderson SNH)

The trails have been created on national nature reserves across Scotland from Forvie National Nature Reserve in Aberdeenshire, St Cyrus in Angus and Creag Meagaidh in the Highlands to Taynish in Argyll and Bute.  The trails are short walks and easily accessible.  There are information signs along the paths for visitors, telling them more about pollinators and wildflowers and giving tips on how to help pollinators.

David Pickett, SNH's Forvie reserve manager, said: "Whenever I stroll along our trail, I'm astonished by the number of wildflowers, such as bluebells, wood anemone, violets, stitchwort and celandine.  It's wonderful to walk among flowers and see all the insects that are benefiting from the trail - and to take time to smell the flowers!  There's lots of fascinating information about the important work pollinators do as well."

Stuart MacQuarrie, SNH's National Nature Reserve Manager, added: "These wildflower trails are not only beautiful for visitors to our national nature reserves, but they're critical for pollinators like bees, butterflies and ladybirds.  There's so much work going on to bolster pollinator populations by so many individuals and organisations in Scotland.  We're thrilled that these trails build on these many efforts to help our pollinators."


Record roadkill to help mammal conservation – PTES

Wildlife charity People’s Trust for Endangered Species (PTES) is calling on volunteers across Britain to record sightings of mammals, dead or alive, as part in its annual Mammals on Roads survey.

A wild rabbit. Credit Paul BunyardA wild rabbit. Credit Paul Bunyard

PTES is asking families going on summer holidays or day trips, car-sharing commuters and anyone else using Britain’s roads, to record sightings of mammals and submit the records via the free Mammals on Roads app – available on both Apple and Android smartphones via Google Play and the App Store. The data collected helps conservationists to see changing population trends and most importantly, identify where conservation action is needed most and for which species.

David Wembridge, Mammal Surveys Coordinator, explains: “Mammals on Roads began over 18 years ago, and though no-one likes seeing roadkill, recording such sightings every year tells us how wild mammals are faring in the surrounding landscape. For example, thanks to the many volunteers who’ve submitted records over the last two decades we found out that hedgehog numbers are plummeting. Now, we’re doing everything we can to help this species, but we wouldn’t have known they were in trouble without volunteers helping us.”

With clear audio descriptions of each mammal, colourful illustrations and easy-to-use navigation, the Mammals on Roads app couldn’t be simpler to use. Set it running at the start of a journey and each sighting can be recorded with a few clicks. The survey should of course only be done by passengers.

The wild mammals you’re more likely to spot from your vehicle include hedgehogs, badgers, rabbits, foxes and deer, but there are dozens of other mammals in Britain, so keep your eyes peeled for some of our lesser seen wild neighbours too, such as stoats and otters.  


Scientific Research, Results and Publications.

Seeing greenery linked to less intense and frequent cravings – University of Plymouth

Led by the University of Plymouth, the study is the first to demonstrate the benefits of passive exposure to nearby greenspace

Being able to see green spaces from your home is associated with reduced cravings for alcohol, cigarettes and harmful foods, new research has shown.

The study, led by the University of Plymouth, is the first to demonstrate that passive exposure to nearby greenspace is linked to both lower frequencies and strengths of craving.

It builds on previous research suggesting exercising in nature can reduce cravings, by demonstrating the same may be true irrespective of physical activity.

Researchers say the findings add to evidence that points to the need to protect and invest in green spaces within towns and cities, in order to maximise the public health benefits they may afford. They also suggest the causality of this link needs to be investigated further.

The study, published in the journal Health & Place, is the first to investigate the relationship between exposure to natural environments, craving for a range of appetitive substances and the experiencing of negative emotions or feelings.

It involved academics from the University’s School of Psychology, with support from the European Centre for Environment and Human Health at the University of Exeter.

Leanne Martin, who led the research as part of her Master’s degree in Plymouth, said: “It has been known for some time that being outdoors in nature is linked to a person’s wellbeing. But for there to be a similar association with cravings from simply being able to see green spaces adds a new dimension to previous research. This is the first study to explore this idea, and it could have a range of implications for both public health and environmental protection programmes in the future.”

The full studyNatural environments and craving: The mediating role of negative affect by Martin et al – is published in Health and Place, DOI: 10.1016/j.healthplace.2019.102160. It is now being expanded by Leanne Martin and Dr Sabine Pahl through a PhD studentship funded by the Economic and Social Research Council.


Impact of wildfire on pollination by moths revealed – Newcastle University

Scientists show how wildfires disrupt important pollination processes by moths and increase extinction risks.

Researchers have shown for the first time the detrimental effect of wildfires on moths and the ecological benefits they provide by transporting pollen, making interacting plant and insect communities more vulnerable to local extinctions.

Publishing their findings today (12 July) in the journal Functional Ecology, an international team of experts, studied the impact of a large wildfire in Portugal on flowers, moths and the complex ways in which they interact.

Previous studies have shown the flush of pollen-producing wildflowers after a fire can benefit the day-time pollinators such as bees and butterflies. In contrast, the team found that night-time moths, which are important but often overlooked pollinators, were much less abundant and with fewer species found after the fire.

The team found that 70% of the moths caught in Portugal were transporting pollen, but in spring over 95% of moths were found to be involved in this important ecological process. In total, moths carried the pollen of over 80% of flowering plant species in the study area. However, the total amount of pollen transported by moths was five times lower at burned sites, suggesting that more frequent wildfires may disrupt night-time pollination and increase the risk of extinction of these key species.

The researchers, from Newcastle University, the University of York, A Rocha Portugal and Universidade de Évora, Portugal, working with collaborators from the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology and Butterfly Conservation, also found that the moth community changed significantly at burned sites, likely due to the moths’ inability to breed in burned areas if host plants are destroyed by fire.


Species on the move - ZSL

Social media posts help researchers to discover climate change is to blame for displacement of 55 species in UK.

A total of 55 animal species in the UK have been displaced from their natural ranges or enabled to arrive for the first time on UK shores because of climate change over the last 10 years (2008-2018) – as revealed in a new study published today (18 July 2019) by ZSL scientists.

Making use of a previously overlooked source of data, the team turned to social media to search for rare species sightings. The researchers conducted searches both on Twitter and Google, attributing 10 out the 55 species identified to people posting images online of the animals in unusual places.

The study led by Dr Nathalie Pettorelli, published in the Journal of Applied Ecology, explains that, due to regular sightings from environmentalists, UK wildlife is one of the most intensively monitored in the world, but there is very little centralised tracking of species arriving for the first time in the country or moving to places outside of their known UK range, due to climate change.

The analysis also considered UK Government environment reports as well as 111 scientific papers, leading to a total of 55 species (out of 39,029 species in the UK) being identified. The research focused solely on species which have established sustainable populations through natural, rather than human-assisted movement.

Access the paper: N. Pettorelli, J. Smith, G. Peel, J. K. Hill, K. Norris Anticipating arrival: tacking the national challenges associated with the redistribution of biodiversity driven by climate change. J Appl Ecol. doi/10.1111/1365-2664.13465


Transforming the NBN Atlas into a world-leading source of environmental data – National Biodiversity Network 

We are delighted to announce that the National Biodiversity Network Trust has today (26 July) received funding from Esmée Fairbairn Foundation to help transform its data sharing website, the NBN Atlas, into a world-leading source of environmental data.

The funding, of £375,000 over three and a half years, will enable the further development of the NBN Atlas to meet the needs of its audiences, both current and new, and to help with global environmental issues.

Currently the NBN Atlas holds over 223 million occurrence records across 45,000 species, spanning five centuries. The data come from over 140 different data partners including government agencies, research bodies, local environmental records centres, conservation charities, commercial companies and volunteer wildlife recording groups.

Correctly resourced, through the help of funding such as this Esmée Fairbairn Foundation Grant, the NBN Atlas aims to be the single source of high-quality wildlife data at the national level.

On a larger scale, and in aiming to help address UK and global environmental concerns, the NBN Trust has identified three ‘needs’, which will be addressed through this grant:

1) engaging more people with the natural world,

2) making the data needed for evidence-based decisions more accessible, and

3) developing the NBN Trust’s organisational sustainability to be able to deliver on the first two needs.


Sponge survey to understand health of marine habitat - Natural Resources Wales

Natural Resources Wales (NRW) has conducted an in-depth survey to learn more about the health of one of Wales’ most unique wildlife habitats.

The Skomer marine conservation zone (MCZ) off the coast of Pembrokeshire, is home to a wealth of marine wildlife and is an area where NRW carries out large scale research and monitoring programmes.

These aim to increase our knowledge and understanding of the marine species and habitats found there. 

Many are conducted each year and involve taking photographs of the same areas or individual animals so that changes can be identified.

However, this year’s is an in-depth survey that requires staff to take samples of sponges to be identified and catalogued.

This kind of survey happens only once every four years and the health and diversity of the sponges can help build a picture of how well the whole habitat is doing.

There are over 130 different types of sea sponge at the Skomer MCZ and often new species are discovered during surveys just like this. At least twelve previously undescribed species have been found there since 2003.


New studies will help drive protections for beetles - Natural England

Two new studies into groups of British beetles have been published by Natural England to provide a better picture of the conservation status of these insects.

Black-striped longhorn beetle (Stenurella melanura)Black-striped longhorn beetle (Stenurella melanura) (Natural England)

Natural England has today (1 August) published the first comprehensive reviews for two groups of beetles in Great Britain for over two decades, offering a vital insight into what needs to be done to protect dozens of species.

The reviews paint a picture for 143 species of rove beetles and longhorn beetle across England, Scotland and Wales, to help inform the conservation needs of these species.

The findings will help ecologists to protect beetles, which are an important food source for many animals and also play a crucial role in the natural world by recycling decaying organic matter.

The reviews are also the first to apply the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) Red List criteria for the assessment of species threat status to these beetle groups, establishing the conservation status of these ecologically important species against international standards.



Avian malaria behind drastic decline of London’s iconic sparrow? – ZSL

Study finds that 74% of London’s house sparrows carry avian malaria – more than any other bird population in Northern Europe – and links the intensity of individuals’ infections to sparrow decline.

London’s house sparrows (Passer domesticus) have plummeted by 71% since 1995, with new research suggesting avian malaria could be to blame. 

© Adrian WallsOnce ubiquitous across the capital city, the sudden, and unexplained decline of the iconic birds led a team from ZSL, the RSPB, the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) and the University of Liverpool to investigate if parasite infections were involved.

© Adrian Walls

Researchers collected data between November 2006 and September 2009 at 11 sites across London. Each site was centred around a single breeding colony and spaced at least four kilometres apart to ensure that birds from different groups didn’t mix. The team estimated changes in bird numbers by counting the mature males and took tiny blood and faecal samples from sparrows, carefully caught and soon released, to monitor infection rates and severity.  

Of the 11 colonies studied, seven were declining. On average 74% of sparrows carried avian malaria – a strain that only affects birds - but this differed between groups with some as high as 100%. However, it was infection intensity (i.e. the number of parasites per bird) that varied significantly and was higher on average in the declining colonies. 

Former ZSL Institute of Zoology researcher and lead author Dr Daria Dadam, now of the BTO, said: “Parasite infections are known to cause wildlife declines elsewhere and our study indicates that this may be happening with the house sparrow in London. We tested for a number of parasites, but only Plasmodium relictum, the parasite that causes avian malaria, was associated with reducing bird numbers.”


New study reveals huge decline in bird species when grouse management ends – Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust

Ending grouse moor management risks declines - and possible local extinctions - of a range of ground-nesting bird species, a new study has revealed.

Published by the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT), the new research looks at the impact of stopping grouse management on birds such as curlew, golden plover, lapwing, black grouse, hen harrier and merlin in the south west of Scotland.

Its conclusions are drawn from studies in two Special Protection Areas, Muirkirk & North Lowther Uplands and Langholm/Newcastleton Hills (which will shortly be the subject of a report from the Langholm Moor Demonstration Project). A Special Protection Area (SPA) is a designation under the EU Directive on the Conservation of Wild Birds. Under the Directive, member states have a duty to safeguard the habitats of migratory birds and certain particularly threatened bird species.

Among the key findings in the report are;

  • Red grouse bags have declined, with 42% of 31 moors now no longer shooting red grouse.
  • Increases in the numbers of hen harriers during the keepered phase of the Langholm Moor Demonstration Project contrasted with a collective decline in other SPAs in south west Scotland where there was almost no grouse keepering
  • The numbers of black grouse attending leks declined by 80% during an approximate 15-year period from the early 1990s onwards. However, twice as many lekking males found where gamekeepers were employed to provide driven grouse shooting.
  • In Muirkirk & North Lowther Uplands, where keeping has sharply declined, an 84% drop in golden plover population, 88% drop in lapwing and 61% drop in curlew.

The research mirrors an equivalent study carried out in north Wales which examined the end of grouse moor management within the Berwyn SPA. That research showed a local extinction of lapwing, 90% loss of golden plover and a 79% reduction in curlew between 1983-5 and 2002 (Warren & Baines 2014). Over the same period, substantial increases in carrion crows, ravens and buzzards were noted.


Climate change occurring faster than birds can adapt - University College Cork

Climate change is occurring so rapidly that many animals may be unable to adapt, according to findings of an international study published in Nature Communications.

Copyright: Bernard CasteleinAn international team of researchers evaluated more than 10,000 published scientific studies, and found that while animals are adjusting to climate change, these responses appear insufficient to cope with future rapid warming. The study focused mainly on birds and included common European species such as the magpie (Pica pica), the great tit (Parus major) and European pied flycatcher (Ficedula hypoleuca).

Copyright: Bernard Castelein

“These are common birds that were previously thought adaptable to climate change, so this is quite worrying” stated the co-author of the study, Dr Thomas Reed, Senior Lecturer in Zoology at University College Cork (UCC).

In wildlife, the most commonly observed response to climate change is an alteration in the timing of biological events such as hibernation, reproduction or migration (phenological traits). Changes in body size, body mass or other morphological traits have also been associated with climate change, but – as confirmed by this study – show no systematic pattern. The researchers extracted relevant information from the scientific literature to relate changes in climate over the years to possible changes in phenological and morphological traits. Next, they evaluated whether observed trait changes were associated with higher survival or an increased number of offspring. 

“The findings are both good and bad”, continued Dr Reed. “On the one hand, the data show that many species are changing in ways that increase survival and reproductive success. But on the other, the models show that this may not be enough for populations to stay in the game long term, because the rate of adaptive change is too slow. The fear is that the prognosis for species of conservation concern, for which we had little data, could be even worse”.

Read the paper: Radchuk V et. al (2019:) Adaptive responses of animals to climate change are most likely insufficient. Nature Communications doi:10.1038/s41467-019-10924-4


Scientific publications

He, Y., Parrish, J. K., Rowe, S. & Jones, T. Evolving interest and sense of self in an environmental citizen science program. (open access) Ecology and Society DOI: 10.5751/ES-10956-240233


Zhao, Q, Arnold, TW, Devries, JH, Howerter, DW, Clark, RG, Weegman, MD. Land-use change increases climatic vulnerability of migratory birds: Insights from integrated population modelling. J Anim Ecol. 2019; 00: 1– 13. doi:.1111/1365-2656.13043  


Balestrieri, A. , Remonti, L. , Saino, N. and Raubenheimer, D. (2019), The ‘omnivorous badger dilemma’: towards an integration of nutrition with the dietary niche in wild mammals. Mam Rev. doi:10.1111/mam.12164


Alaniz, AJ, Perez-Quezada, JF, Galleguillos, M, Vásquez, AE, Keith, DA. Operationalizing the IUCN Red List of Ecosystems in public policy. Conservation Letters. 2019; e12665. doi: 10.1111/conl.12665 Open Access

Spelt, A., Williamson, C., Shamoun-Baranes, J. Shepard, E., Rock, P. & Windsor, S. Habitat use of urban-nesting lesser black-backed gulls during the breeding season (open access). Scientific Reports DOI: 10.1038/s41598-019-46890-6


John Calladine, David Jarrett & Mark Wilson Breeding bird assemblages supported by developing upland shrub woodland are influenced by microclimate and habitat structure, Bird Study, DOI: 10.1080/00063657.2019.1635986


Bartlett, LJ, Rozins, C, Brosi, BJ, et al. Industrial bees: The impact of apicultural intensification on local disease prevalence. J Appl Ecol. 2019; 00: 1– 11. doi.org/10.1111/1365-2664.13461


John W.Redhead, Marek Nowakowski, Lucy E.Ridding, Markus Wagner, Richard F.Pywell The effectiveness of herbicides for management of tor-grass (Brachypodium pinnatum s.l.) in calcareous grassland Biological Conservation  doi.org/10.1016/j.biocon.2019.07.009


And finally.

Shhh! It happens…National Park aim to get people talking about poo in the outdoors – Loch Lomond & the Trossachs National Park Authority

It may be the most natural thing in the world but that doesn’t mean its ok to ‘dump’ it anywhere. That is the message from Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park Authority as it launches bold, new pilot scheme to encourage campers to toilet responsibly in the outdoors.

How to dispose responsibly of human waste can be a bit of a ‘ta-poo’ subject but the National Park Authority is hoping to take the embarrassment out of something everyone does, by launching a trial project to help people know what to do when they need a poo in the National Park.

Image: Loch Lomond & the Trossachs National Park AuthorityImage: Loch Lomond & the Trossachs National Park Authority

The National Park is a great place to escape the hustle and bustle of modern life and get close to nature. However when nature calls, many people are unsure of how to ‘do their business’ without leaving a lasting impact on the environment when no facilities are available.

The trial is being rolled out over July and August in three popular visitor sites within the National Park, with each location using a different way of trying to change behaviour and reduce irresponsible toileting. This will be supported by wider awareness raising on social media and the National Park’s website.

Sites in Loch Earn, the Trossachs and West Loch Lomond have been chosen as locations for the trial due to their ongoing issues with human waste.

Eye catching, awareness raising posters will be displayed at Loch Earn, using the nudge effect to encourage people to do the right thing and including information on where the nearest public toilets are.

At Three Lochs Forest Drive in the Trossachs, trowels will be available for campers to borrow with advice on how to bury their poo in line with the Scottish Outdoor Access Code guidance.


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Calendar of short courses and professional events happening in: October 2019



02/10/2019   The Conservation Optimism Summit 2019   3 Day

Oxford, University of Oxford. Contact: admin@conservationoptimism.org https://c-js.info/2TpofYa

02/10/2019   Institutional Landowners Conference   1 Day

Hallam Conference Centre, London, Country Land and Business Association Limited. Contact: tahirih.mclaren-brown@cla.org.uk https://c-js.info/2GhQ00V

Drivers of Investment will explore what makes for a successful investment strategy and how financial, social and environmental improvements can be generated. Featuring guest expert speakers from Rothschild & Co, United Utilities, the Duchy of Cornwall and the National Trust, this is an unmissable event.

04/10/2019   Future Foresters Skills Day 2019   1 Day

Shuttleworth College, Old Warden Park, Biggleswade, Bedfordshire SG18 9DX, Royal Forestry Society. Contact: events@rfs.org.uk https://c-js.info/2SWI0pN

09/10/2019   ‘Facts, Fiction and Interpretation’ AHI Conference 2019   3 Day

The Bedford Centre Hotel, 2 St Marys Street, Bedford, MK42 0AR, Association For Heritage Interpretation. Contact: 01795 436560 admin@ahi.org.uk https://c-js.info/2FNur8z

09/10/2019   CMA Conference 2019   3 Day

Ambleside YHA, Countryside Management Association. Contact: https://c-js.info/2YLeDKV

Building on the ‘Bigger, Better and More Joined Up’ approach outlined in the ‘Making Space for Nature’ review carried by Sir John Lawton the 2019 CMA Conference is a chance for members to develop their awareness and understanding of the impacts of countryside management at a landscape level. Through a series of presentations, workshops and field trips the conference will look at topical talking points such as Re-wilding, Bio-diversity Connectivity & Pollinators, discuss landscape projects which feature current and future issues around conservation, farming, water catchment and heritage protection and hear about the experiences, ideas and best practice from fellow countryside professionals looking to encourage a wider vision for countryside management beyond a park or site boundaries.

11/10/2019   The 2019 National Forest School Association Conference   3 Day

High Ashurst Outdoor Centre, Forest School Association. Contact: https://c-js.info/2Tndm92

14/10/2019   Annual Update 2019   2 Day

Derby, IPROW. Contact: https://c-js.info/2SgdzKH

The Update will include a wide spectrum of topics of current interest, keeping you abreast of change and able to make savings through knowledge of opportunities and limitations. £335 members £435 non-members

28/10/2019   Valuing Nature Annual Conference 2019   2 Day

Royal Society, London, Valuing Nature. Contact: info@valuing-nature.net https://c-js.info/2GfoAJ2

31/10/2019   Nature Matters 2019: Time for Nature   3 Day

St Peter’s School, York, New Networks for Nature. Contact: https://c-js.info/2LbsVAD


Access and Rights of Way

08/10/2019   Agriculture for Public Rights of Way Officers   1 Day

Melton Mowbray, IPROW. Contact: training@iprow.co.uk http://iprow.co.uk/training/agriculture/

A day on a mixed farm to increase council officers’ understanding of farming practice, regulations and constraints with regard to public access. 


Administrative and Office Skills

01/10/2019   Preliminary Ecological Appraisal   2 Day

Exeter, Ecology Training UK. Contact: 07818073660 ecologytraininguk@gmail.com http://www.ecologytraining.co.uk/book-a-course/introductory/

Preliminary Ecological Appraisal (PEA) is an essential skill for any ecological consultant. This course will cover desk studies and data searches, identifying protected species and habitats (including field visits), discussion of further survey work required, wildlife legislation and how to write a report.

03/10/2019   MapInfo Foundation Training   2 Day

Talgarth, South Wales, exeGeSIS SDM Ltd. Contact: 01874 713066 Carolbateman@esdm.co.uk http://www.esdm.co.uk/mapinfo-training-courses

Ideal for Environmental & Ecological Professionals. Please quote CJS when requesting pricing to activate course discount. Course includes: Tea & coffee refreshments and lunch; training manual; free post-course support

10/10/2019   Wildlife Crime and the Law   1 Day

Richmond Park, London, Species Recovery Trust. Contact: 01722 322539 bookings@speciesrecoverytrust.org.uk https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/wildlife-crime-and-the-law-tickets-51397021876

A one day course giving participants background to the laws protecting UK wildlife, the skills and confidence to identify a potential wildlife crime and the knowledge to identify potential evidence

10/10/2019   Social Media Training - London   1 Day

St. Lukes' Community Centre, Talk Action. Contact: 02073244775 training@talkaction.org https://www.talkaction.org/training/social-media-training-october/

A leadership and management training programme that offers new and soon-to-be managers the opportunity to build confidence, learn key skills, and explore a variety of management techniques.

12/10/2019   Assessment and First Aid in Wildlife Casualties   1 Day

Highbridge, Secret World Wildlife Rescue. Contact: 01278 783250 info@secretworld.org https://www.secretworld.org/

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15/10/2019   Advanced Facilitation Training - Edinburgh   1 Day

The Melting Pot, 5 Rose Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2PR, Talk Action. Contact: 02073244775 training@talkaction.org https://www.talkaction.org/training/advanced-facilitation-edinburgh/

An exciting and challenging day that looks deeply at group dynamics and the role you play as a facilitator. This course helps facilitators to deal with power, conflict & big personalities!

15/10/2019   Introduction to QGIS for Ecological Consultants   2 Day

9C Mill Park Ind Est, White Cross Rd, Woodbury Salterton, Exeter EX5 1EL, Richard Green Ecology Ltd. Contact: 01395 239234 office@richardgreenecology.co.uk https://www.richardgreenecology.co.uk/training/

This introductory course  will teach participants to produce a professional looking Phase 1 Habitat map and display ecological spatial data using freely available software.

16/10/2019   Social Media Training - Edinburgh   1 Day

The Melting Pot, 5 Rose Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2PR, Talk Action. Contact: 02073244775 training@talkaction.org https://www.talkaction.org/training/social-edinburgh-october/

Everything you wanted to know about social media but were afraid to ask! This social media training is aimed specifically for charities, public sector and social enterprises.

16/10/2019   Introduction to GIS for environmental scientists   2 Day

Wallingford, Oxfordshire, Centre for Ecology & Hydrology. Contact: 01491 69 2225 ingsch@ceh.ac.uk https://www.ceh.ac.uk/training/introduction-gis-environmental-scientists

This two-day course will familiarise users with GIS and its functionality, focussing on the market-leading ESRI ArcGIS software. The course uses a mixture of taught sessions, demonstrations and practicals. It introduces participants to the key concepts behind GIS, tools for spatial analysis and how to overcome common challenges. From £449. 

17/10/2019   How to apply for a Natural England bat mitigation licence   2 Day

9C Mill Park Ind Est, White Cross Rd, Woodbury Salterton, Exeter EX5 1EL, Richard Green Ecology Ltd. Contact: 01395 239234 office@richardgreenecology.co.uk https://www.richardgreenecology.co.uk/training/

This advanced course will explain what information is required to apply for a bat mitigation licence and go through the process of completing all the relevant forms, including the necessary content, common mistakes and 'top tips' to avoid further information requests from Natural England. A reference will be provided to competent attendees.

22/10/2019   ArcGIS: Introduction to Coastal and Marine GIS   3 Day

Southampton, GeoData, University of Southampton. Contact: 023 8059 2719 training@geodata.soton.ac.uk http://www.geodata.soton.ac.uk/training/

This course introduces GIS concepts and techniques using ArcGIS 10 and provides you with the background and skills necessary to utilise powerful GIS tools tailored to the coastal and marine environment. You will learn about available coastal and marine GIS datasets, which also form the basis for the course exercises.

26/10/2019   QGIS for Bat Groups and Other Biological Recorders   1 Day

NSBRC, Swindon, Bat Conservation Trust. Contact: 020 7820 7169 training@bats.org.uk https://www.bats.org.uk/our-work/training-and-conferences/training-for-volunteers-beginners/qgis-for-bat-groups

This one-day hands-on workshop will provide an introduction to QGIS (freely available Geographic Information System (GIS) software package) what the software can offer and how to use it, enabling biological recorders including bat groups to more effectively identify what they know and where they need to go for more data.


Community Engagement and Environmental Education

05/10/2019   Introduction to Engaging Children in Permaculture   2 Day

The Sustainability Centre, Hampshire, The Sustainability Centre. Contact: 01730 823166 courses@sustainability-centre.org https://www.sustainability-centre.org/children-in-permaculture-course.html

A weekend permaculture course for parents, grandparents, teachers and others to engage children in all aspects of permaculture. Composed of both indoor and outdoor sessions we will learn how to spend times with children which are child-centred and/or child-led.  Sliding scale £60-£245

08/10/2019   Forest School Level 1   2 Day

Trosley Country Park, Waterlow Road, Vigo Village, Meopham, Kent. DA13 0SG, Kent Country Parks. Contact: 03000 413500 kentcountryparkslearning@kent.gov.uk https://c-js.info/2GtHdtb

A two day accredited course, run by our experienced forest school leaders you will learn about the ethos, principles and practices of forest school. 

12/10/2019   Woodland Activity Leader Training   7 Day

Findhorn, Wild things!. Contact: 01309 690450 enquiries@wild-things.org.ik http://www.wild-things.org.uk

Gain he skills and confidence you need to run your own Outdoor Learning sessions with our fully accredited, 7 day course. Equivalent to Forest School training at level 3.

14/10/2019   Forest School Level 2 Assistant course   5 Day

For that wanting to assist a Forest School Leader at Forest School

14/10/2019   Forest School Level 3 Leader course   10 Day

For those wanting to run their own Forest School with groups of children/young adults

Above two courses with Green Light Trust, Lawshall, Bury St Edmunds. Contact: 01284 830829 forestschool@greenlighttrust.org http://www.greenlighttrust.org

15/10/2019   Outdoor Learning for Early Years   1 Day at Lullingtstone Country Park, Castle Road, Eynsford, Kent. DA4 0JF


This fun packed course will explore how the natural environment can be used to stimulate the senses of Early Years children. Lots of practical activities, games and songs will be demonstrated and discussed with the opportunity to make some simple equipment.

16/10/2019   Raising Standards in Literacy   0.5 Day at Brockhill Country Park, Sandling Road, Hythe, Kent. CT21 4HL


This half day course will give you some exciting practical and innovative outdoor literacy ideas to engage all abilities and learning styles.

16/10/2019   Raising Standards in Numeracy    0.5 Day at Brockhill Country Park, Sandling Road, Hythe, Kent. CT21 4HL


This half day course will give you endless opportunities to explore numeracy in the natural environment. 

Above three courses with Kent Country Parks. Contact: 03000 413500 kentcountryparkslearning@kent.gov.uk

23/10/2019   Forest School Training L3   10 Day

The Sustainability Centre, Droxford Road, East Meon, Petersfield, GU32 1HR, The Sustainability Centre. Contact: 01730 823166 courses@sustainability-centre.org https://www.sustainability-centre.org/adult-courses.html

Our Forest School Leader training is run over a number of months with a small training group in our beautiful woodland setting. Our training offers an optimum combination of practical and tool skills, woodland and ecological management, leadership and risk evaluation and the application of learning theory. ​

25/10/2019   Integrating Outdoor Learning Opportunities within the Curriculum for Excellence   1 Day

Stirling, TCV Scotland. Contact: 01786 476170 Scotland-training@tcv.org.uk http://tcvscotland.eventbrite.com

This workshop is designed to help individuals to understand and use the CfE approach in planning, delivering and evaluating their outdoor programmes for children and young people.

28/10/2019   Forest School Training L2   5 Day

The Sustainability Centre, Droxford Road, East Meon, Petersfield, GU32 1HR, The Sustainability Centre. Contact: 01730 823166 courses@sustainability-centre.org https://www.sustainability-centre.org/adult-courses.html

Train to be a Forest School Assistant in our beautiful woodland setting, with experienced Forest School Trainer, Adrian Goodhand.

30/10/2019   Forest School Level 2 -3 top-up course   5 Day

Taverham, Norwich, Green Light Trust. Contact: 01284 830829 forestschool@greenlighttrust.org http://www.greenlighttrust.org

For those that are Level 2 qualified wanting to top-up to Level 3

30/10/2019   Volunteer Management Training - London   1 Day

St. Lukes' Community Centre, Talk Action. Contact: 02073244775 training@talkaction.org https://www.talkaction.org/training/volunteermanagementtraininglondon-october/

Helping volunteers love you – your organisation and the role they play.


Countryside Management Techniques

05/10/2019   An Introduction to Rewildling    1 Day

Woods Mill, Henfield, West Sussex, Sussex Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01273 497544 michaelblencowe@sussexwt.org.uk https://sussexwildlifetrust.org.uk/whats-on/2019-10-05-an-introduction-to-rewilding-05102019

Although a relatively recent concept rewilding is now a major force in the conservation movement. This new course aims to give you an introduction to the main topics around the subject, looking at examples from around the world as well as examples here in Sussex.  

15/10/2019   Delivering biodiversity through minerals planning   1 Day

Tarmac Thrislington Quarry, County Durham, RSPB. Contact: 01767 693308 conservation-advice@rspb.org.uk http://

With many species in rapid decline, & vital habitats being lost at an alarming rate, biodiversity enhancement which is integrated into mineral site restoration through the planned creation & management of priority habitats can provide a vital lifeline. This NAM course will showcase best practice examples of how minerals planning can facilitate the delivery of significant biodiversity net-gains, particularly at a landscape scale.

21/10/2019   Managing and Leading Conservation Projects   5 Day

Cambridge, Durrell Conservation Academy. Contact: 01534 860037 academy@durrell.org http://wildlife.durrell.org/training/courses/managing-and-leading-conservation-projects-uk/

This five-day course is designed to strengthen your leadership and management skills. The course draws on the theory and practice of management and leadership and applies it to the context of wildlife conservation projects through the use of case study scenarios, guest lectures from leading conservation professionals and practical tools to improve your work.


First Aid, Risk Assessment and other Health & Safety Related Courses

04/10/2019   Level 3 Award in Emergency First Aid at Work (RQF)   1 Day at Pinkston Paddlesports


Our Emergency First Aid at work courses are designed for those working in low risk environments. Our courses are fun, engaging and practical.

05/10/2019   Level 3 Award in Outdoor First Aid (RQF)   2 Days at Lapwing Lodge


Our 16 hour outdoor first aid course is ideal if you need a first aid course for your employers or national governing body award. Our courses are fun, engaging and practical.

Above two courses with The Adventure Academy CIC. Contact: 0141 628 8520 info@theadventureacademy.org.uk

05/10/2019   Outdoor First Aid   2 Days at Inverness Youth Hostel

Suitable for all types of outdoor practitioners. Theoretical training and practical scenarios are used together, and are progressed to being based in remote locations, potentially several hours from help. You will be very active on this course, both inside and outdoors.

05/10/2019   Outdoor First Aid   2 Days at Perth Scout Hall, Perth

Suitable for all types of outdoor practitioners. Theoretical training and practical scenarios are used together, and are progressed to being based in remote locations, potentially several hours from help. You will be very active on this course, both inside and outdoors.

Above two courses with First Aid Training Cooperative. Contact: 07585723763 courses@firstaidtrainingcooperative.co.uk http://www.firstaidtrainingcooperative.co.uk/outdoor

09/10/2019   IOSH Managing Safety   3 Day

Kensington, London, APIS Solutions. Contact: 01522 753568 info@apissolutions.co.uk http://www.apissolutions.co.uk

21/10/2019   ROLO Health, Safety & Environmental Awareness   1 Day

Settle BD24 9DN, Lowe Maintenance Training . Contact: 01729 825132 info@lowe-maintenance.co.uk http://www.lowe-maintenance.co.uk

This one day course is a pre requisite for anyone within the land based industries who require a CSCS card to work on sites

24/10/2019   Outdoor First Aid   2 Day

EICA, Ratho, Edinburgh, First Aid Training Cooperative. Contact: 07585723763 courses@firstaidtrainingcooperative.co.uk http://www.firstaidtrainingcooperative.co.uk/outdoor

Suitable for all types of outdoor practitioners. Theoretical training and practical scenarios are used together, and are progressed to being based in remote locations, potentially several hours from help. You will be very active on this course, both inside and outdoors.

31/10/2019   Level 3 Award in Outdoor First Aid (RQF)   2 Day

Pinkston Paddlesports, The Adventure Academy CIC. Contact: 0141 628 8520 info@theadventureacademy.org.uk https://theadventureacademy.org.uk/event/l3-award-in-outdoor-first-aid-31-oct-1nov-2019-pinkston-glasgow/

Our 16 hour outdoor first aid course is ideal if you need a first aid course for your employers or national governing body award. Our courses are fun, engaging and practical.


Identification and Field Survey Skills - Herpetology, Fish and Invertebrates

02/10/2019   Field ID of Slugs   1 Day

FSC Presonton Montford, Shropshire, FSC BioLinks. Contact: 01743 852100 biolinks@field-studies-council.org https://www.field-studies-council.org/individuals-and-families/courses/2019/ho/field-id-of-slugs.aspx

Learn about slug ecology and identification. There are around 40 different species of slugs in the UK. They can consume over 500 varieties of plants and vegetation and can consume around forty times their weight in the space of a day. Despite destroying plants, most slug species are not pests, learn how to tell which slugs are garden friendly.

05/10/2019   Treatment Free Beekeeping with Leo Sharashkin   1 Day

Shire Hall, Monmouth, NP25 3DY, Bees for Development. Contact: 01602 714848 bfdoffice@beesfordevelopment.org http://www.beesfordevelopment.org

A unique weekend 5 and 6 October 2019 on natural, treatment free beekeeping in horizontal hives with Dr Leo Sharashkin of Missouri, USA. You can attend either or both days. On day 1 we discuss how honey bees live in the wild and how we can mimic their ways in our managed hives. On day 2 we go over the entire yearly cycle of caring for your bees, in much detail. From £65 - £276

10/10/2019   Learn to Love Earthworms   1 Day

Nower Wood, Mill Way, leatherhead KT22 8QA, Surrey Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01372379523 adult.learning@surreywt.org.uk https://www.surreywildlifetrust.org/events/2019-10-10-learning-love-earthworms

This beginners course is perfect for those who are curious about earthworms and what they do for the environment.

10/10/2019   Mayfly Larvae ID with Microscopes   1 Day

FSC London: Bushy Park, FSC BioLinks. Contact: 01743 852100 biolinks@field-studies-council.org https://www.field-studies-council.org/individuals-and-families/courses/2019/ho/mayfly-larvae-id-with-microscopes.aspx

Mayflies are excellent indicators of pollution– the aquatic larval stages are widely used to monitor the health of freshwater. They are also a vital food resource for many other aquatic species.  This course will provide an introduction to mayflies, their natural history, how to identify the larvae to species level using microscopes and keys.

12/10/2019   Sustainable Beekeeping   2 Day

Ragmans Farm, Forest of Dean, GL17 9PA, Bees for Development. Contact: 01602 714848 bfdoffice@beesfordevelopment.org http://www.beesfordevelopment.org

This is a practical course with a particular focus on natural methods. We cover the management of bees, and natural ways to take care of them. This course is suitable for those with or without previous knowledge of beekeeping.

16/10/2019   Dolichopodid Fly ID with Microscopes   1 Day at FSC Bishops Wood, Worcestershire


There are over 200 species of dolichopodid flies, or long-legged flies, in the UK. This course will provide an introduction to their ecology and to identifying these flies to species level using microscopes and identification keys.

19/10/2019   Spider ID with Microscopes (to family level)   1 Day at Shropshire


There are over 670 species of spider in the UK. Learn about the different families of spider in Britain, gain experience looking at spider ID features using a microscope, use an ID key to determine spider specimens accurately to family level.

Above two courses with FSC Presonton Montford. Contact: 01743 852100 biolinks@field-studies-council.org

20/10/2019   Rocky Shore Invertebrates   3 Day

Dale Fort, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01646 636205 enquiries.df@field-studies-council.org http://c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

This course gives practical experience in the identification of common rocky shore invertebrates, based on field characteristics. Sheltered and exposed shores will be visited; species identification will be a priority but the fieldwork will be structured to provide an ecological framework in which to view the organisms.


Identification and Field Survey Skills - Mammals

07/10/2019   Dormouse Ecology, Conservation and Woodland Management (inc handling)   3 Day

Briddlesford Woods, People's Trust for Endangered Species. Contact: 020 7498 4533 Ian.white@ptes.org http://www.ptes.org

We will look at the ecology of dormice, their conservation and relevant legislation. In addition, we will consider how to survey for dormice and the requirements both to obtain a disturbance and mitigation license. We will aim to see and provide the opportunity to handle as many dormice as possible.

08/10/2019   EPS Mitigation Licence Applications (Bats) Training Course   3 Day

Alcester, Warwickshire, Arbtech Consulting Ltd. Contact: jg@arbtech.co.uk https://arbtech.co.uk/eps-mitigation-licence-applications-bats-training-course/

Providing Ecological Consultants interested in EPS Mitigation Licences with the relevant training required to submit successful EPSML Applications for bats. No previous experience required!

10/10/2019   Combined badger ecology and survey with development licences and mitigation   2 Day

This is a two-day course combining both the 'Badger ecology & survey' course on Day 1 with the 'Badgers & development, licensing & mitigation' course on Day 2.

10/10/2019   Badger ecology & survey   1 Day

This introductory course will provide the knowledge and skills to undertake badger surveys and produce reports in accordance with best practice guidance. Attendees should be comfortable with walking outdoors on rough terrain, as the course will include a visit to a badger sett.

11/10/2019   Badgers & development, licences & mitigation   1 Day

This advanced course is aimed at people who have attended our 'Badger ecology and survey' course or are already experienced in undertaking badger surveys and have a good understanding of badger ecology. Following attendance, you should be able to design appropriate survey and mitigation strategies and successfully apply for badger disturbance/exclusion licences.

Above three couses with Richard Green Ecology Ltd, 9C Mill Park Ind Est, White Cross Rd, Woodbury Salterton, Exeter EX5 1EL. Contact: 01395 239234 office@richardgreenecology.co.uk https://www.richardgreenecology.co.uk/training/

12/10/2019   Introduction to Harvest Mouse Ecology and Survey   1 Day

Warnham, West Sussex, Sussex Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01273 497544 michaelblencowe@sussexwt.org.uk https://sussexwildlifetrust.org.uk/whats-on/2019-10-12-an-introduction-to-harvest-mouse-ecology-and-survey-12102019

The course will provide an introduction to the enigmatic harvest mouse and will include a field session to look for field signs. We will cover the ecology and distribution of the harvest mouse and learn about survey and monitoring techniques available.

12/10/2019   Otter Ecology and Surveying   1 Day

RSPB Otmoor, Thames Valley Environmental Records Centre. Contact: 01865 815451 tverc@oxfordshire.gov.uk http://www.tverc.org/cms/content/tverc-training

An introduction to the ecology of otters, covering their distribution, diet and behaviour. You will learn about key field signs to look out for and the methods used to survey for otters. 

12/10/2019   Harvest Mouse Day   1 Day

Doxey, Stafford, The Mammal Society. Contact: 02380 010984 training@themammalsociety.org https://www.mammal.org.uk/training/courses/

The Harvest Mouse Day at Doxey Marshes gives visitors the chance to get closer to the wildlife that resides within the reserve. This day will cover Harvest Mouse ecology, nest searches and Longworth trapping.

15/10/2019   Surveying trees for bats training course   1 Day

Nature Discovery Centre, Thatcham, , Bat Conservation Trust. Contact: 020 7820 7169 training@bats.org.uk https://www.bats.org.uk/our-work/training-and-conferences/training-for-ecologists/surveying-trees

This one day course builds on participants' existing knowledge of surveying bats, providing an understanding of trees and the techniques needed to survey them effectively. The course combines theoretical classroom sessions with a practical exercise outside. Discounts: £5 for BCT members, 10% multi-buy discount if booking 3 or more places

21/10/2019   Bat Ecology-additional date    1 Day

Nower Wood, Mill Way, leatherhead KT22 8QA, Surrey Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01372379523 adult.learning@surreywt.org.uk https://www.surreywildlifetrust.org/events/2019-10-21-bat-ecology-additional-date-added

Learn about the ecology of bats and their unique biology.

25/10/2019   Become a Mammal Detective   2 Day

Preston Montford Field Centre, Growing Confidence Project, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01743852040 gc@field-studies-council.org http://www.field-studies-council.org/gc

Find out about mammals with Sam Devine-Turner. Fri 25th Oct 7-9pm and Sat 26th Oct 9.30am-4pm. FREE event for ages 15-25. Option to stay overnight at the centre for £5-please contact us about this. You can attend just one of the days if you wish.

25/10/2019   Beaver Ecology & Conservation   1 Day

Classroom Building, Upcott grange, Broadwoodwidger, Devon, PL16 0JS, The Mammal Society. Contact: 02380 010984 training@themammalsociety.org https://www.mammal.org.uk/training/courses/beaver-ecology-conservation/

This course aims to introduce the Eurasian beaver, a native British mammal, whose reintroduction (official and unofficial) is receiving much attention. It will examine the basic biology, ecology and behaviours of this unique, fascinating animal which is becoming part of our mammal assemblage in areas of Scotland and southern England.

26/10/2019   CyberTracker Track & Sign Evaluation   2 Day

Midhurst, John Rhyder. Contact: 07795313424 info@woodcraftschool.co.uk http://www.woodcraftschool.co.uk/courses/bushcraft-nature-courses/cybertracking.html

This is a two-day practical field test that emphasise open, honest dialogue and real learning. The tracks and sign of any and all species encountered in the field may be asked, Tracker Certifications emphasise practical tracking and the development of reliable field skills, no prior training is required to participate.


Identification and Field Survey Skills - Ornithology

04/10/2019   Get More from Your Birdwatching; a Study Day for Beginners and Improvers   1 Day

Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve, Kent Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01622 662012 studydays@kentwildlife.org.uk https://www.kentwildlifetrust.org.uk/events/2019-10-04-get-more-your-birdwatching

A course for anyone who would like to take up birdwatching or would like to improve their bird finding and identification skills.

05/10/2019   Migrants and early winter visitors to Gowy Meadows   1 Day

Gowy Meadows, Thornton-le-Moors , Cheshire Wildlife Trust . Contact: 01948 820728 info@cheshirewt.org.uk https://www.cheshirewildlifetrust.org.uk/events/2019-10-05-migrants-and-early-winter-visitors-gowy-meadows

Join local recorder Steve Holmes on a guided walk around Gowy Meadows looking at birds returning for the winter

11/10/2019   Little Brown Jobs - Small Birds of the South Downs   1 Day

Sompting, West Sussex, Sussex Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01273 497544 michaelblencowe@sussexwt.org.uk https://sussexwildlifetrust.org.uk/whats-on/2019-10-11-little-brown-jobs-identification-of-the-small-birds-of-the-south-downs-11102019

This course looks at the wildfowl, geese and ducks that can be seen in Sussex throughout the year. As an Introductory course it will look at Identification techniques: Habitats, Seasons, Behaviour.

12/10/2019   Autumn bird walk at Bickley Hall Farm   1 Day at Bickley Hall Farm, Malpas


Join us for a walk around our wildlife friendly farm, to learn about how we make space for nature and see the wonderful birds that call the farm home.

16/10/2019   Bird migration along the Black Sea coasts   1 Day at Nantwich Methodist Church, Nantwich  https://www.cheshirewildlifetrust.org.uk/events/2019-10-16-bird-migration-along-black-sea-coasts-steve-holmes

Join South Group local group for their monthly winter talk.

Above two courses with Cheshire Wildlife Trust . Contact: 01948 820728 info@cheshirewt.org.uk

18/10/2019   Autumn Birdwatching Weekend   2 Day

Flatford Mill, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01206 297110 enquiries.fm@field-studies-council.org http://c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

Field excursions during the day to some of the best birdwatching sites in Suffolk and Essex will help improve your identification of migrant and resident birds and these will be complemented by slideshows and other activities. The course is equally suitable for those new to birdwatching and those with more experience.

18/10/2019   Discovering British Birds Evening Course   6 Day

Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve, Kent Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01622 662012 studydays@kentwildlife.org.uk https://www.kentwildlifetrust.org.uk/events/2019-10-18-discovering-british-birds-evening-course

Discover Britain's birds and how to identify them during a series of fun and interactive evening classes.

21/10/2019   Siberian Week: Looking at Bird Migration Along the Suffolk Coast   4 Day

This course is designed to help you to find out more about bird identification and bird migration and the species likely to be encountered during migration periods. It is aimed equally at anyone who is a newcomer to birdwatching and those who wish to improve their skills in wild bird identification.

25/10/2019   Mainly Migrants   2 Day

We will divide our time between watching birds in the field and working indoors reviewing and discussing what we have collectively learnt. We will observe as many species as possible and use the latest smartphone apps and DVD identification guides to cover those species that may elude us on the day.

Above two courses with Field Studies Council, Flatford Mill. Contact: 01206 297110 enquiries.fm@field-studies-council.org http://c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h


Identification and Field Survey Skills - Plants and Habitats

01/10/2019   Autumn Botany Evening course   10 Day

Tyland Barn, Kent Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01622 662012 studydays@kentwildlife.org.uk https://www.kentwildlifetrust.org.uk/explore/education/wildlife-study-days/botany-classes

Learn more about the botanical identification of wild and naturalised British plants.

01/10/2019   Fantastic Fungi   1 Day

Nower Wood, Mill Way, leatherhead KT22 8QA, Surrey Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01372379523 adult.learning@surreywt.org.uk https://www.surreywildlifetrust.org/events/2019-10-01-fantastic-fungi

Discover the huge variety of fungi growing in our native woodland and gain a better understanding of this fascinating species.

02/10/2019   An Introduction to Fungi    1 Day

Northiam, East Sussex, Sussex Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01273 497544 michaelblencowe@sussexwt.org.uk https://sussexwildlifetrust.org.uk/whats-on/2019-10-02-an-introduction-to-fungi-02102019

After meeting for an introduction (and tea /coffee) in the morning we will head out on a fungi foray at Brede High Woods looking at the diverse range of woodland fungi that can be found here. Samples will be taken back for the indoor section of the course held at a local village hall. After lunch, Martin will give a short presentation. Following that, with the help of microscopes and Martin's guidance, we will familiarise ourselves with the structures which help us to accurately identify fungi.

02/10/2019   Beginners' Guide and Introduction to Fungi   1 Day

Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve, Kent Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01622 662012 studydays@kentwildlife.org.uk https://www.kentwildlifetrust.org.uk/events/2019-10-02-beginners-guide-and-introduction-fungi

An important first step to understanding this fascinating group.  Classroom studies and some field work.

05/10/2019   Discovering Veteran Trees of Epping Forest   1 Day

Epping Forest, Field Studies Council. Contact: 020 8502 8500 enquiries.ef@field-studies-council.org http://c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

If you appreciate old trees then this is the course for you; well over 50,000 trees within Epping Forest are classified as veteran trees of considerable age and beauty. These support a diverse array of organisms including birds, invertebrates and fungi. Fee includes FSC foldout chart Tree Name Trail.

05/10/2019   Introduction to Fungi   1 Day

Bushy Park, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01306 734501 enquiries.ldn@field-studies-council.org http://c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

This course will explore Bushy Park showing how and where to find different species of fungi and examining their amazing life-histories. The introductory talk, followed by an exploration of the park, will help you start to learn the basic identification techniques. Fee includes FSC fold out chart Fungi Name Trail.

06/10/2019   Introduction to Rocks   1 Day

Tyland Barn, Kent Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01622 662012 studydays@kentwildlife.org.uk https://www.kentwildlifetrust.org.uk/events/2019-10-06-introduction-rocks

Rocks from their identification to their origins and uses.

08/10/2019   Introduction to habitat management for lichens and bryophytes    1 Day

Borrowdale, Lake District, Plantlife . Contact: 07586 017341 April.Windle@plantlife.org.uk http://

This event is for people who work with woodlands in Cumbria, providing an introduction to managing woodlands for lichens and bryophytes, identifying habitat threats and learning how to interpret consultancy reports produced from an ecological survey. Please contact April Windle for further information and registration details.

08/10/2019   Sphagnum Mosses: Field Identification Course   1 Day

Wilverley Bog, New Forest, Species Recovery Trust. Contact: 01722 322539 bookings@speciesrecoverytrust.org.uk https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/sphagnum-mosses-field-identification-course-tickets-51396131212

A 1 day course giving participants an introduction to field identification of Sphagnum mosses and other heath and mire bryophytes

09/10/2019   Ancient and Veteran Trees   1 Day at Godinton House


Learn about ancient and veteran trees and how to recognise and record them.

09/10/2019   Identification of Fungi II   1 Day at Dering Wood


Helpful tips on identification of larger fungi and their habitats in the field.

Above two courses with Kent Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01622 662012 studydays@kentwildlife.org.uk

12/10/2019   Identifying Woodland Fungi in Epping Forest   1 Day

Epping Forest, Field Studies Council. Contact: 020 8502 8500 enquiries.ef@field-studies-council.org http://c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

Epping Forest is one of the most important and well-studied areas for fungi in England. This course will explore the forest, showing how and where to find different species of fungi and examining their amazing life-histories.

12/10/2019   The Mountain Environment of Snowdonia   1 Day

This workshop aims to develop your understanding & knowledge of the nature of the mountain environment. The workshop focuses on the environment of Snowdonia & identification of flowers but also providing an overview of the mountain environment in general. The course is designed to help you to identify the special features & characteristics of the natural world with attention to the relationship between rock type, water & plantlife.

13/10/2019   Glaciation in the Upland Environment   1 Day

This workshop is designed to develop your understanding of glaciation at a global scale & at local, regional level. North Wales has a classical glaciated landscape with spectacular examples of glacial features & landforms. We will identify & explain the formation of these features both large & small scale including features of erosion, transportation & deposition. Bring a notebook, pencil & camera.

Above two courses with Natures Work, Moel Siabod Café, Snowdonia, Wales. Contact: 07816 727414 info@natureswork.co.uk http://www.natureswork.co.uk/training-courses/course-calendar-2019/

17/10/2019   Discovering grassland fungi   1 Day

Lyme Park, Disley, Cheshire Wildlife Trust . Contact: 01948 820728 info@cheshirewt.org.uk https://www.cheshirewildlifetrust.org.uk/events/2019-10-17-discovering-grassland-fungi

This workshop will focus on one particular group of grassland fungi, the Waxcaps. It will cover their habitat requirements, their identification using colour, cap shape, size and texture, gills and smell, their use in evaluating the significance of grassland sites and current management advice for waxcap-grassland. There will be a mix of indoor work and time out in the field.

18/10/2019   Bryophytes   3 Day

Kindrogan, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01250 870 150 enquiries.kd@field-studies-council.org http://c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

This short course is an introduction to the identification of liverworts and mosses found in bryophyte-rich sites near Kindrogan delivered through field trips and classroom sessions using microscopes.

18/10/2019   Identification of Conifers   2 Day

By a range of workshops, lectures and field visits, you will build confidence to accurately identify Conifers. By the end of the course you should be able to identify a range of the major genera of conifers and, have had practice looking for appropriate characters to confirm the species.

18/10/2019   Identifying Mosses and Liverworts   3 Day

This course will provide an introduction to the skills that are needed to identify bryophytes. Field and laboratory sessions will involve the use of a field key and keys using microscopic characters to identify common species from a variety of habitats.

18/10/2019   Identification of Macrofungi   3 Day

This is a training course on the identification of macrofungi using scientific identification procedures aided by keys and microscopy. By the end of the weekend participants should be able to place fungi into correct major groups and identify many common fungi to at least genus level.

Above three courses at Preston Montford with Field Studies Council. Contact: 01743 852040 enquiries.pm@field-studies-council.org http://c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

19/10/2019   Fungi for Beginners   1 Day

Amersham, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01494 721054 enquiries.am@field-studies-council.org http://c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

An introduction to the wonderful world of mushrooms, toadstools and all things mouldy. The course is designed to enable you to identify some of our more common and more distinctive fungi and will discuss some of the weird and wonderful ecology and history of this rich and varied group.

25/10/2019   Sphagnum Moss   3 Day

Kindrogan, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01250 870 150 enquiries.kd@field-studies-council.org http://c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

This course consists of field trips to Scottish woods, bogs and lochs, with classroom sessions using microscopes and keys to identify species from this varied, colourful and important Sphagnum genus. The course is designed for both keen amateurs and professionals with an interest in NVC and land management.

25/10/2019   A Beginners Guide to Mosses   2 Day

Margam, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01639 895636 enquiries.mp@field-studies-council.org http://c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

A weekend course based in the grounds of Margam Country Park that will introduce the principles of moss identification for the beginner focusing on the larger and most common species and where to look for them. Fieldwork will be followed up with the use of microscopes to look at features more closely.

25/10/2019   Lichen Habitats of Exmoor   2 Day

Nettlecombe, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01984 640320 enquiries.nc@field-studies-council.org http://c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

From rocky coast to ancient woodlands, parklands and churchyards Exmoor supports a great diversity of habitats and environmental conditions for lichens. Nettlecombe Court is in a medieval parkland that is an SSSI for its lichens with ancient oak trees supporting both common and some nationally rare species.

25/10/2019   Autumn Fungi   2 Day

Juniper Hall, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01306 734501 enquiries.jh@field-studies-council.org http://c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

An introduction to the wonderful world of mushrooms, toadstools and all things mouldy. The course is designed to enable you to identify some of our more common and more distinctive fungi and will discuss some of the weird and wonderful ecology and history of the rich and varied group.



11/10/2019   Adventure Photography Course   3 Day

Snowdonia, Explorers Connect. Contact: https://www.explorersconnect.com/expedition-leadership-course

Learn the fundamentals of adventure photography whilst exploring the mountains of Snowdonia. Leave with the knowledge and practical skills to develop your style and add to your portfolio. Suitable for beginners. From £274

22/10/2019   Autumn Digital Photography in Pembrokeshire   4 Day

Dale Fort, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01646 636205 enquiries.df@field-studies-council.org https://c-js.co.uk/2KnWpZk

This course provides the perfect opportunity to photograph the superb land and seascapes of Pembrokeshire in autumn. It is intended for improving digital photographers who are keen to develop their skills.

25/10/2019   Autumn Wildlife and Landscape Photography   2 Day

Margam, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01639 895636 enquiries.mp@field-studies-council.org https://c-js.co.uk/2KnWpZk

This weekend course will give participants all the skills and knowledge required for successful nature and landscape photography. It will look at all aspects of nature photography including close-up and landscape work.

26/10/2019   Photography: Fungi & Autumn Colours   1 Day

Nower Wood, Mill Way, leatherhead KT22 8QA, Surrey Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01372379523 adult.learning@surreywt.org.uk https://www.surreywildlifetrust.org/events/2019-10-26-photography-fungi-autumn-colours

Spend the day hunting for and photographing unique fungi specimens.


Practical Countryside Skills

06/10/2019   Drystone Dyking   1 Day

Stirling, TCV Scotland. Contact: 01786 476170 Scotland-training@tcv.org.uk http://tcvscotland.eventbrite.com

This 2-day course will take you through the steps of rebuilding and repairing drystane dykes. You will learn how to build a dyke which is both structurally sound and aesthetically pleasing.

09/10/2019   Beginners' hedgelaying training day   1 Day

Northwich, Cheshire Wildlife Trust . Contact: 01948 820728 info@cheshirewt.org.uk https://www.cheshirewildlifetrust.org.uk/events/2019-10-09-beginners-hedgelaying-training-day

Get hands on and learn the basics of hedgelaying in the traditional Cheshire style

19/10/2019   Lime Mortar - Beginners   2 Days at Hill Farm Barn, Hartley Lane, Leckhampton Hill


This two day course is for anyone wanting some "hands on" experience repairing and restoring a Cotswold building using lime mortar techniques. It is an intense course to repair the fabric of the building using different mixes and applications. No prior experience or knowledge is required.

22/10/2019   Dry Stone Walling - Beginners   2 Days at 417 Bike Park, Crickley Hill Farm, Crickley Hill, Witcombe, GL3 4SS


You can expect to learn about: dismantling walls, stone sorting, laying foundations, building walls, adding through stones and copping stones, dressing the stone, different types of stone, the tools and more. You will be building a wall that will remain part of the Cotswolds landscape for the next 100-200 years!

Above two courses with Cotswolds Conservation Board. Contact: 1452 862000 ruralskills@cotswoldsaonb.org.uk

24/10/2019   Traditional Hedgelaying Workshop   2 Day

Epping Forest, Field Studies Council. Contact: 020 8502 8500 enquiries.ef@field-studies-council.org http://c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

This two-day workshop offers both theory and practical sessions on the non-mechanised method of hedgelaying in the South of England style (Participants can also bring jpegs of hedgerows they may need guidance with).


Practical Countryside Skills - Machinery

01/10/2019   Safe Use of Stump Grinder NPTC / City and Guilds    1 Day

One day integrated training and assessment covering pre use checks, maintenance and safe use. Ideal for those in industries such as horticultural, landscaping, grounds maintenance sectors.

02/10/2019   Felling and Processing Trees Over 380mm (formally CS32) NPTC / City and Guilds    2 Day

Two days training plus one day assessment. Felling and processing trees above 380mm in diameter.

Above courses with Lowe Maintenance Training, Settle, BD24 9DN. Contact: 01729 825132 info@lowe-maintenance.co.uk http://www.lowe-maintenance.co.uk

03/10/2019   LANTRA Brushcutter/Trimmers - Maintenance and Operation   1 Day

Breakheart Quarry, Dursley, Glos. GL11 6ER, Cotswolds Conservation Board. Contact: 01451 862000 ruralskills@cotswoldsaonb.org.uk https://www.cotswoldsruralskills.org.uk/events/view/750/lantra-brushcuttertrimmers-maintenance-and-operation

This course is designed for anybody with some experience of using brushcutters and/or trimmmers or who has previously gained their LANTRA certificate and would like to refresh their skills. The course is suitable for employees or volunteers in the fields of agriculture, horticulture, landscaping and grounds maintenance.

04/10/2019   Safe Use of Hedge Cutters Handheld NPTC / City and Guilds    1 Day

One day integrated training and assessment covering pre use checks, maintenance and safe use. Ideal for those in industries such as horticultural, landscaping, grounds maintenance sectors.

07/10/2019   Safe Use of Powered Pole Pruner NPTC / City and Guilds   1 Day

One day integrated training and assessment covering pre use checks, maintenance and safe use. Ideal for those in industries such as horticultural, landscaping, grounds maintenance sectors.

07/10/2019   PA1 - Principles of Safe Handling and Application of Pesticides NPTC / City and Guilds   1 Day

This is a pre requisite for other pesticide application units, assessment is through on online multiple choice exam. Grandfather Rights unit 1 can be run along side this course

08/10/2019   PA6a - Safe Application of Pesticides Using Pedestrian Hand Held Equipment (knapsacks/lance from a tank) NPTC / City and Guilds    1 Day

This course is for people who use knapsacks or hand lances from a tank, the pre-requisite is PA1. Training is one day plus one day for the assessment.

09/10/2019   PA2a - Safe Application of Pesticides Using Self-propelled, Mounted and Trailed Boom Sprayers NPTC / City and Guilds    1 Day

This course is for people who use mounted, trailed boom sprayers, the pre-requisite is PA1. Training is one day plus one day for the assessment. Grandfather Rights Unit 3 can be run along side this course.

09/10/2019   Aerial Cutting of Trees with a Chainsaw Using Free-Fall Techniques (formally CS39) NPTC / City and Guilds    2 Day

Two days training plus one day assessment. Covering the use of a chainsaw whilst in a tree to include different cuts e.g. step, hand held. Pre requisites are tree climbing and aerial rescue (CS38) chainsaw (CS30 and CS31)

All above courses with Lowe Maintenance Training, Settle, BD24 9DN. Contact: 01729 825132 info@lowe-maintenance.co.uk http://www.lowe-maintenance.co.uk

10/10/2019   RSPH Level 2 Award in the safe use of Rodenticides   1 Day

Bury St Edmunds, Pest Solution. Contact: 01284 766362 info@pestsolution.co.uk http://www.pestcontroltraining.co

The RSPH Level 2 Award in the Safe Use of Rodenticides provides learners with an understanding of why the purchase and use of rodenticides is controlled and why other rodent control methods should be considered before rodenticides are used.

11/10/2019   Safe Use of Manually Fed Woodchippers NPTC / City and Guilds    1 Day

One day integrated training and assessment covering pre use checks, maintenance and safe use. Ideal for those in industries such as horticultural, landscaping, grounds maintenance sectors.

12/10/2019   Refresher in Tree climbing and rescue (CS38)   1 Day

This course is for those who require a refresher in tree climbing and rescue, a Lowe Maintenance Certificate of Competence will be provided

14/10/2019   Chainsaw Maintenance, Cross Cutting and Felling and Processing of Trees up to 380mm (formally CS30 and CS31) NPTC / City and Guilds    4 Day

Four days training plus a fifth day for the assessment. Covering the maintenance of a chainsaw, cross cutting and felling and processing trees upto 380mm in diameter Ideal for those new to chainsaws or those needing certificates of competence evidence.

15/10/2019   Safe Use of Brush Cutters and Trimmers NPTC / City and Guilds    1 Day

One day integrated training and assessment covering pre use checks, maintenance and safe use. Ideal for those in industries such as horticultural, landscaping, grounds maintenance sectors.

16/10/2019   Safe Use of Rat and Mice Poison NPTC / City and Guilds    1 Day

Any one who uses rat/mice poison as a professional (farmer/gamekeeper/pest controller etc) will need a certificate of competence from Spring 2016. This one day course plus one day assessment upon achievement will enable you to purchase the rodenticides you require for pest control, this is also available online (learn at home then attend the face to face practical assessment)

17/10/2019   ATV Sit Astride (Quad bikes) NPTC / City and Guilds    1 Day

One day training plus one day assessment covering maintenance, pre use checks and safe operation of quad bikes (sit astride). Ideal for those working in agriculture, game keeping, landscaping, forestry etc.

All above courses with Lowe Maintenance Training, Settle, BD24 9DN. Contact: 01729 825132 info@lowe-maintenance.co.uk http://www.lowe-maintenance.co.uk

17/10/2019   Lantra Sit in ATV- Conventional Steer    1 Day

Skipton, North Yorkshire , Land Rover Experience North Yorkshire . Contact: 01756 611060 sophie@lre3.co.uk http://www.yorkshire.landroverexperience.co.uk

Our course covers the key fundamentals of driving, loading and health and safety. Once you have successfully carried out this course you will receive a certificate of training for Sit-in ATV (Conventional Steered). Valid 5 years. Various dates available - call for info.

21/10/2019   Aerial Tree Rigging (formally CS41) NPTC / City and Guilds   3 Day

Three days training plus one day for assessment. Covering the rigging and dismantling of trees from a rope and harness. Pre requisites are tree climbing (CS38), chainsaw (CS30 and CS31) and chainsaw free fall techniques (CS39)

22/10/2019   Safe Use of Leaf Blowers NPTC / City and Guilds    0.5 Day

Half a day integrated training and assessment covering pre use checks, maintenance and safe use. Ideal for those in industries such as horticultural, landscaping, grounds maintenance sectors.

28/10/2019   Aerial Tree Pruning (formally CS40) NPTC / City and Guilds   2 Day

Two days training plus one day for assessment. Covering the correct pruning of trees from a rope and harness. Pre requisites are tree climbing (CS38), chainsaw (CS30 and CS31) and chainsaw free fall techniques (CS39)

All above courses with Lowe Maintenance Training, Settle, BD24 9DN. Contact: 01729 825132 info@lowe-maintenance.co.uk http://www.lowe-maintenance.co.uk


Updates and Additions to other sections of Training Directory this month

Longer courses

Environmental Education

Level 3 Certificate in Forest School Programme Leadership OCNWMR by Kent Country Parks


Distance learning

Project Management for Wildlife Conservation and Strategy Development for Wildlife Conservation with WildTeam


Training Centre / provider listings

Explorers Connect

Kent Country Parks


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