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Location (basis / contract details)



Airds Moss and Barons Haugh, Scotland (Full time, permanent)

Ornithological Field Surveyor

Carroll Ecology

Argyll (6 month contract initially)

Summer Wardens

Calderdale MBC

Calderdale (20 hpw, fixed contract for 13 weeks)

Head of Policy

Scottish Land & Estates


Case Officer (Rights of Way)

Open Spaces Society

Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire (21 hpw)

Community Events Officer


Aberdeen (Full time, permanent)

Bat Survey Assistants (Casual)

Angela Graham Bat Consultancy Service Ltd

Manchester (Apr to Oct)

Consultant Ecologist

Kingfisher Ecology Ltd

South Wiltshire

Visitor Experience Manager


Weymouth, Dorset (Full time, permanent)

Senior Ranger

Hart District Council


Countryside and Planning Officer

Thetford Town Council

Thetford, Norfolk

Seasonal Ranger

Drumlanrig Castle

Drumlanrig Castle, Thornhill (Until October)

Rural Surveyor


Inverness (Full time, permanent)

Assistant Forest Ranger

The Heart of England Forest

South Warwickshire / Worcestershire

Site Manager & Site Supervisor - Vegetation Management

Ebsford Environmental

Nostell, Wakefield (Full time, permanent)

Project Manager (Conservation & Green Spaces)


Colne Valley Park Centre, near Uxbridge (Permanent)

Broads Reserves Assistant

Suffolk Wildlife Trust

Carlton Marshes Nature Reserve, Lowestoft (6 month, full time)

Fisheries Officer

Ness District Salmon Fishery Board

Beauly, Inverness-shire (Initial 1 year contract)

Estate Worker / Groundsman

Log House Holidays

Cotswold Water Park (Initial 1 year contract)

RFS Forestry Roots Jobs

Royal Forestry Society

Exmoor NPA, Somerset; Englefield Estate, Reading; Tregothnan Estate, Kent & Westacre Estate, Norfolk

Catchment Partnership Agricultural Adviser

Shropshire Wildlife Trust

Shropshire (Full time, 1 June 2019 to end March 2020)

Visitor Experience Officer


Belfast (Part time, 12 month contract)


Canonteign Falls Ltd

Christow, nr Exeter (Yearly contract)


Forestry Commission England

Wareham & New Forest

Graduate Arboricultural Consultant or Arboricultural Consultant

Greenman Environmental Management

Bath (Full time)

Senior Policy Officer - Water


Sandy, Bedfordshire (Full time, permanent)

Associate / Associate Director - Ecology



Senior Ecologist

David Clements Ecology Ltd

Cardiff (Full time, permanent)

John Muir Award & Engagement Manager

John Muir Trust

Pitlochry or Edinburgh (Full time, permanent)


Facilities Management Apprenticeship

Trust MGT

Tarporley (Full time)

Summer 'Conservation Work Experience' Placement

Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

Yorkshire (3 month placements, 3 dpw)



58 adverts for voluntary posts added this month.


Surveys and Fieldwork

Universities, researchers, colleges and PhD students do you need help with your research? Find out how to promote your work. [more]

Get involved in a Thames WaterBlitz in April with Earthwatch

National Tawny Owl Survey requires volunteers for evening visits across UK or you could monitor your local bats with Bat Conservation Trust

2019 All-Ireland Squirrel and Pine Marten Survey if you're in Ireland 

Norfolk Wildlife Trust has launched a wildlife spotter survey

Plantlife runs the Great British Wildflower Hunt & is looking for data for the Rapid Woodland Assessment tool

Pollinator Monitoring Scheme with the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology and RHS is asking for sightings of Cellar Slugs


CJS Focus

The next CJS Focus is on Recreation in association with the Outdoor Recreation Network due for publication on 20 May, now accepting adverts [more]


CJS Information and other articles

CJS 25 year anniversary, birthday wishes from Plantlife, our featured charity in 2017 and from Alan Preece, Senior Warden at Saltwells Nature Reseve and a long time friend of CJS. [more]

For this months birthday giveaway we have an amazing year's membership to Forestry England [more]

A few reasons why you should advertise with CJS - according to our advertisers [more]

One thing we noticed from the advertisers survey results is that many of the adverts that had lower responses than we would expect for that type of job had a couple of often repeated mistakes so we've written some Helpful Hints for Advertisers [more]

And remember you can always advertise with CJS FREE - yes:  no cost, no catch, totally free of charge!

Could your site host this year's British Wildlife Photography Awards 2019 Exhibition on Tour? [more]

The Forestry Commission is marking its centenary this year, in celebration of this read what's been going on over the last 100 years and their hopes for the future [more]

The 2019 Year of Green Action - Connecting everybody with nature for its benefit and ours, an article from Defra [more]

As part of YoGA Defra commissioned Traverse to research young people’s experiences and attitudes towards taking part in environmental volunteering, read about the findings [more]

Third article from our Featured Charity: Canal and River Trust. Listen to the dawn chorus on your local canal.



It's not countryside, wildlife or nature but it does have huge implications for your news from CJS. And explains why it might look a little different than in previous editions

Have you heard of article 13, article 17 or even article 11? How about the upload filter or link tax? Probably not.  CJS has been following this since it first came to our attention in 2017 because it could have a major impact on our news service. [more]


Land and Countryside Management

  • Farmer Confidence Drops as Agri-Environment Schemes Fail to Deliver - Tenant Farmers Association
  • Beavers arrive in Essex to play their part in flood prevention – Environment Agency
  • Natural England in firing line for loss of unique wildlife site - Buglife


Animal and wildlife news

  • Rare Seahorse found in Fal fishery – proof that sustainable oyster fishing has a bright future - Cornwall Wildlife Trust
  • Rare snail’s profile boosted and communities engaged with freshwater life through successful ‘Marvellous Mud Snails’ project - Buglife
  • New strategic licensing for developers in Cheshire to better protect great crested newts - Natural England
  • The Wildlife Trusts call for more investment in badger vaccination - The Wildlife Trust
  • Cutting edge technology to provide new insight into lives of Scotland’s Golden Eagles – Cairngorms National Park Authority


Volunteers and Citizen Science

  • Survey enables better understanding of pressures on UK’s plant species - Centre for Ecology and Hydrology
  • NE Scotland reaches 1.5 m wildlife records - Scottish Natural Heritage


Pollution, sustainablity and climate

  • Microplastics found in reef-dwellers off Scotland’s west coast - Marine Conservation Society
  • World's largest study to monitor air quality exposure of 250 children – Kings College London
  • Phase-out single-use plastics by 2025 not 2042 – Wildlife and Countryside Link


Scientific Research, Results and Publications

  • Scotland’s natural capital worth £273 billion – Scottish Government
  • Fifty-year study shows climate change is pushing UK wildlife 'out of sync' – Rothamsted Research
  • Study suggesting widespread illegal killing of hen harriers on English grouse moors published – Natural England
  • Widespread losses among pollinating insects in Britain – Centre for Ecology & Hydrology



Connecting children and teenagers with local nature: UK research showcase and networking event in June with University of Brighton & Royal Holloway University of London  [more]

Calendar of events and short courses occuring in June - 37 pages

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


Grants and sources of funding

Details of 2 new and updated listings.



Five new adverts, including:-----

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CJS Professional: 11 April 2019

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Logo: RSPBWarden
Reference: A6640319
Location: Airds Moss and Barons Haugh
Salary: £22,073 to £23,912
Hours: Full time
Contract: Permanent

A unique opportunity to work on two interesting and differing sites.

Baron's Haugh, nestling between the town of Motherwell and the River Clyde, has habitat that comes in a range of forms including wetland, riverine, mature woodland and designed landscape but accessible to an urban audience of over 1 million people all within a 30 minute drive. At just over 100 hectares and due to its semi-urban location requires real hands-on management to ensure that our visitors can enjoy it at its very best. In addition maintenance and wildlife monitoring, the post holder will play an active part in engaging with a much wider audience.

Airds Moss, located within the Muirkirk and North Lowther Uplands SPA and an RSPB Priority Landscape, has been recently extended to over 700 hectares. The main habitat consists of blanket bog which has been undergoing an extensive restoration programme to reverse the effects of over 200 years of man's attempts to drain the bog and bring back the absent species. It is part of our Curlew Trial Management Project with a range of management interventions and monitoring being implemented.

You will exhibit a high standard of visitor care and community involvement provide a regular presence across both sites develop and run a programme of information and interpretation provision have good experience of implementing maintenance works, running projects be able to undertake wildlife monitoring be required to maintain the reserves to a high level 

Experience of line managing staff and working with volunteers is essential.

Closing date: 19 April

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

Logo: Carroll EcologyOrnithological Field Surveyor

(Salary - 19,000-21,000 depending on skills and experience)

We require a seasonal bird surveyor to be based in Argyll (accommodation will be provided).

Applicants will be birders and will ideally have carried out bird surveys such as Vantage Points, Breeding Bird Survey and Raptor Surveys.  It is however far more important to display a sound knowledge of birds both by sight and call as training in survey methods will be given.

The ideal candidate will also be willing to carry out bat surveys and mammal surveys as required.

You will be physically fit, own a car, and be willing to work ‘ecological hours’. Flexibility, enthusiasm and initiative are essential qualities we need the applicants to have.

Qualifications such as ESAS, MMO or IEEM would be desirable. You must also be computer literate and numerate.

This is a 6 month contract initially. An immediate start for the correct candidate is desirable.

Please send a CV and covering letter to: Carroll Ecology, Field Surveyor Vacancies, 18 Strathclyde Road, Motherwell, ML1 3EE or email andy@carrollecology.co.uk  

Calderdale MBC

Summer Wardens – Post Ref: PS022

Salary: Scale 4, SCP 7-11, £10.14 - £10.97 per hour, 20 hours per week, Fixed term contract for 13 weeks

The Countryside and Woodlands team is seeking to recruit two Summer Wardens to work across Yorkshire Water sites in Calderdale. The role requires you to patrol Yorkshire Water sites, liaise with site users, report faults and health & safety issues, carry out practical maintenance tasks and complete site reports.

You will be required to work Weekends and Bank Holidays as the needs of the service require.

For an informal discussion about the post, please contact Moy Cash on 01422 284417

For further information please click here

Closing Date: Wednesday 17th April 2019

Interviews: 30th April 2019

Scottish Land & Estates

Head of Policy

Our head of Policy Katy Dickson is heading off for a new life in Australia - if, like Katy and the rest of our team, you are passionate about using your policy & leadership expertise to help rural Scotland thrive, then we'd love to hear from you.

We're looking for a driven, inspiring and talented leader who can help us achieve our vision.

You will be responsible for managing a small but diverse policy staff team and leading work on the development of policy positions and provision of member advice.  You will also play a key role in representing members' interests to politicians, Scottish Government officials and other decision makers.

Starting salary in the region of £50,000 per annum coupled with an attractive benefits package. 

Click here to view the Job Description and Personal Specification. 

To apply, p​lease send your CV along with a covering letter outlining how you meet the requirements of the person specification and how your experience, skills and knowledge and personal attributes make you the ideal candidate for this role. You may include any other information that you consider appropriate to your application.

Send your letter and CV to joyce.karch@scottishlandandestates.co.uk by Monday 15 April.

For an informal chat please contact Sarah-Jane Laing, Executive Director on 0131 653 5400. 

Logo: Open Spaces SocietyCase Officer (Rights of Way)

The Open Spaces Society was founded in 1865 and is Britain’s oldest national conservation body. The society is now looking to appoint a Case Officer with responsibility for Rights of Way matters. The role will be based out of the society’s head office in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire.  Minimum 21 hours per week with salary dependent on a&e.

Primary responsibilities will include: providing technical support on rights-of-way matters to staff and volunteers. acting as one of the society’s case-workers by dealing with requests for advice and answering queries from members of the society on rights of way in England and Wales, by correspondence, telephone and occasional site visits. working with and oversee the local correspondents’ work on rights of way, keeping the guidelines up to date, liaising with them over path issues, encouraging them to take appropriate action to resolve cases and assisting with recruitment. acting as a co-ordinator between rights-of-way user groups to facilitate meetings and discussions on issues of common interest, including by preparing and presenting papers. assisting in the review and development of the society’s policy on rights of way (for example, in relation to the standards expected of diversion orders), and to codify such policy in appropriate guidance. writing material for the society’s magazine Open Space, published three times a year, write press releases and pages for the website, prepare fact sheets and leaflets, respond to consultation papers from government departments and agencies, local authorities and others. assisting in the preparation of other society literature including the fifth edition of Rights of Way: a guide to law and practice and prepare papers for the trustees, subcommittees and other society meetings. assist with internal and external training on public paths and to  attend and address conferences and workshops. serving on external committees and represent the society at external meetings.

Candidates must be able to demonstrate: good and up-to-date technical and legal knowledge of all aspects of all categories of public rights of way in England and Wales excellent spoken and written English demonstrable experience of prioritising a busy and demanding workload competent use of office software tools (word processing, spreadsheets, presentations)

Closing date for applications Tuesday 23 April Interviews will be held at our Henley office on Tuesday 7 or Thursday 9 May.

Please email office1@oss.org.uk for further details and an application form.  

Logo: RSPBCommunity Events Officer
Reference number: A6760319
Location: Aberdeen
Salary starting at: £19,602 to £21,236 per annum

Hours: Full time
Contract: Permanent

We are looking for someone with bags of enthusiasm who can lead our communications and events activities in Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire and Moray.

Working with partners, staff and volunteers you will engage with people, about wildlife and the work of RSPB Scotland, inspiring them to support our work through membership, volunteering and donations. You will be happy to work to income and recruitment targets and to travel independantly to indoor and outdoor events throughout the year. You will manage the Dolphinwatch Project Officer, volunteers for community fundraising and events, and be able to work either alone or as part of a larger team.

An excellent communicator, you will have a proven record of handling partnership relationships and writing for the press and social media. A creative and innovative people person, you will liaise with conservation colleagues to run activities and publicise events across the area to support our work protecting species, landscapes and marine habitats.

If this sounds like the right role for you, and you want to work for an organisation where you can make a real difference to Saving Nature, then we look forward to receiving your application.

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.

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

Closing date: 28 April 2019

Interview date: 10 May 2019 

Logo: Angela Graham Bat Consultancy Service LtdAngela Graham Bat Consultancy Service Ltd

bat.consultancy@talktalk.net. 0161 763 6171

Bat Survey Assistants (Casual)

I need assistants to help with dusk and dawn surveys, mainly in and around Manchester, from April/May to September/October inclusive. Applications accepted throughout but please apply as soon as possible.

Freelance ecologists, and enthusiastic volunteers may apply. Pay is dependent on experience/ability. Volunteers receive travelling expenses.

This is casual work you can fit-in when you're available, perhaps one to three times a week, possibly including weekends. Short-term availability is acceptable. Dawn availability is particularly useful.

With over 30 years' experience of working with bats, this provides a learning opportunity for anyone venturing into bat consultancy or conservation work.

Punctuality, reliability, good concentration skills and a professional approach are  vital. Most reasonably-local applicants get the opportunity to participate. Due to the unsocial hours involved, access to a vehicle is usually necessary.

Existing experience of watching bats in flight and/or using a heterodyne detector is useful.

Please supply your name, e-mail address, 'phone number and summer address for an application pack.

There may be an opportunity for you to gain experience of other aspects of bat/bird survey work on a mainly voluntary basis. 

Logo: Kingfisher Ecology Ltd Consultant Ecologist Role

We are seeking a motivated team player with consultancy experience who is looking to take on a team leadership role within a busy consultancy based in South Wiltshire. As a Consultant Ecologist you will be integral to the delivery of ecological surveys and assessments across Central and South of England.

Primary duties will include: Phase 1 Habitat Surveys Protected Species Surveys ● Ecological Clerk of Works Ecological Watching Briefs Ecological Impact Assessments Mitigation Design & Implementation Desk Studies Producing detailed reports and maps Supervision of Field Surveyors Supporting the preparation of fee estimates Maintaining client relationships Liaising with Local Authorities

Required Skills and Experience: Bachelor’s degree or higher in Ecology or related subject 3+ years experience working as a Consultant Ecologist Undertaking ecological surveys, producing high quality reports, writing mitigation licences European Protected Species Licence(s) Dormouse (essential) Bat, Great Crested Newt (beneficial) Full, clean driving licence and access to own vehicle CIEEM membership

Desired Skills and Experience: CSCS card holder CAD experience (preferably AutoCAD or AutoCAD LT) GIS Mapping experience Experience with bat analysis software

We are looking for someone who is ambitious, confident and enthusiastic. A self-starter with good communication skills and the ability to adapt to the needs of the business. You must be prepared to work anti-social hours. Any operator tickets and climbing tickets are beneficial, training can be offered to the right candidate.

Salary & Benefits: Offering between £23,000 and £28,000 (dependent upon experience) 21 days paid holiday plus bank holidays Flexible working arrangements can be agreed Training opportunities throughout the year, and ability to enhance portfolio with range of skills

About Us:   

Kingfisher Ecology Ltd is a small, family-run consultancy based in South Wiltshire, working across the South of England up to the Welsh borders and across to East Anglia. We have a reputation for excellence in both technical delivery and a professional and pragmatic approach. As well as Ecological Consultancy, we provide services in Arboricultural Consultancy, Sustainable Buildings Consultancy, and Habitat Management.  Our projects range from single homes up to large scale multi-phased developments and infrastructure projects.  Our small team is friendly, professional and focused on providing a high level of professionalism.

To apply please send your CV and a covering letter to info@kingfisherecology.co.uk

If you would like further information on this opportunity or have any questions, please feel free to give us a call on 01725 513 999.

Closing date: 19 April 2019.

Interviews to be held beginning 23 April, with opportunity to start from May 2019.

NO AGENCIES ACCEPTED We do not accept CVs from third parties/agencies and any applications received will be treated as the property of Kingfisher Ecology Ltd with no liability for fees related to unsolicited CVs received.

Logo: RSPBVisitor Experience Manager
Reference number: A6880319
Location: Weymouth, Dorset
Salary starting at: £19,602 to £21,236 per annum
Hours: Full time
Contract: Permanent

The RSPB are looking for an enthusiastic and inspirational person to lead our visitor experience at the Wild Weymouth Discovery Centre, the gateway to our Weymouth Wetlands nature reserves in Dorset. Radipole Lake and Lodmoor nature reserves sit in the middle of Weymouth and are home to some amazing wildlife. They have the potential to engage many people about the important conservation work that the RSPB delivers both locally and nationally. Most importantly, this will inspire people to help us protect nature.

You'd be leading a passionate team of staff and volunteers to deliver a great visitor experience and gain support from visitors. You'll also be responsible for developing an exciting programme of events for wide-ranging audiences, plus seeking to make links with local communities, schools and local authorities to reach even more people and tell our conservation stories.

Experience in membership recruitment, planning and delivering events, managing a team of people and publicity are all essential for this role, as is a passion for nature and the ability to share that enthusiasm. The role involves working to targets and will involve weekend working and bank holidays.

This is a brilliant opportunity for someone to have a big positive impact on the RSPB's conservation work. You'll get to work at two fantastic urban nature reserves which are home to iconic species such as Marsh Harriers, Bitterns and Otters as well as working alongside an inspirational team all driven to help save nature.  

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

Logo: Heart of England ForestForestry Intern (Salary - £18,720 p/a)

Fixed term contract – 1 year

The Heart of England Forest is the premier woodland creation charity in England. We have already created the largest new native broadleaf woodland in England and continue on our mission to grow a 30,000-acre contiguous forest. Not only is our forest expanding, so too is our team, and we have some exciting opportunities for you to join our expert forestry team based in South Warwickshire / Worcestershire.

This training role is ideal for a budding forester wishing to develop a wide range of forestry skills, experience and competencies for career progression, e.g. gap year student, middle year placement, post-qualification year, etc. This is a unique role which will give the successful candidate an opportunity to grow and shape England’s largest new native broadleaf woodland, whilst gaining practical experience on the job.

In this role you will work with and be supported by our forestry team to deliver operational plans to ensure that the Heart of England Forest achieves the aims and objectives set out in its strategic plan. This will include practical forestry planting and maintenance working with the staff team, volunteers, corporate supporters and contractors to achieve our vision of a 30,000-acre contiguous woodland.

As well as gaining skills in practical forestry you will be involved in widening public access and encouraging people and wildlife. You will also be supported to undertake your own specialist project across the duration of the internship, and evidence gathered as part of the project delivery can then be used to form a portfolio in order to demonstrate skills and experience gained throughout the internship.

We are looking for an enthusiastic individual who is keen to learn and has a “can do” attitude, who will be a passionate ambassador for the charity.

Please visit our website to download a job description / person specification and an application form. Please note that CVs will not be accepted in lieu of a completed application form.

Closing date: Sunday 12th May

Interview date: Wednesday 22nd May

Logo: Hart District CouncilSenior Ranger

Salary: £28,776 - £31,090 per annum

An excellent opportunity has arisen to work for Hart District Council’s multi-award winning Countryside Department.

This comes at an exciting time in the delivery of our service and is full of opportunity for an enterprising candidate.  Hart District Council are investing heavily in the provision of quality green space and are currently constructing new countryside sites across the district.  These include 2 major country parks and a further 5 new wildlife sites amounting to a total investment of £45 million + in the future of our green spaces. We are also looking into several species' re-introduction projects including, European Beaver and Water Voles. 

The Senior Ranger will be responsible for delivering the Council priorities through increasing our profile, presence and impact whilst providing safe, well managed and welcoming sites to enable this to happen.

We are looking for an enterprising, resourceful, enthusiastic and self-motivated individual used to reacting to the unexpected. A flexible approach to working is essential as weekend and evening hours are required. You will be a natural leader with a friendly, outgoing personality and provide excellent standards of customer service to inspire those around you.

You will hold a relevant degree and have held a similar role with significant staff management experience. You will have a passion for connecting people with the environment and willing to share your wildlife knowledge. You will have good understanding of management plans and a variety of relevant habitat management techniques, budget control, procurement procedures and income generation. You will need to be practical, experienced in the use of a wide range of relevant machinery such as tractors, chainsaws and brush-cutters. You will have exceptional organisational planning, communication and people management skills.

The Senior Ranger needs to be used to physically demanding requirements, have excellent IT skills, be a competent swimmer and hold a current driving licence.

Above all it is essential that you demonstrate behaviours in line with our HART values and a passion and a commitment to continually seek to innovate and develop our workforce, which will in turn enable us to succeed in our ambitions

Please follow the link here further information and to make an application 

Closing Date 6th May 2019

Logo: Thetford Town CouncilThetford Town Council

Countryside and Planning Officer


37 hours of work - to include occasional evenings and weekends

Salary: £21,962 - £24,964 per annum (SCP scale point 24 -28) membership of Council pension scheme

Come and join our friendly supportive team and make a real difference to improving Thetford's Open Spaces.

You will be looking after Scheduled monument sites, Commons, SSI's, Community Woodlands and the Town Council's Planning Committee.  

Full details are available at the links below. 

Job Description

Application form

Closing date: 5pm Thursday 18th April

For more information Contact Tina Cunnell or Roz Barnett on 01842 754247

Logo: Drumlanrig CastleSeasonal Ranger

Drumlanrig Castle

£17,077 (pro-rata until October) plus accommodation

Our ranger team at Drumlanrig maintain facilities, conserve the natural heritage and provide educational information & activities to visitors, school children and groups.

In this role you will be responsible for providing a friendly welcome to visitors while actively promoting awareness of our natural heritage on the beautiful Queensberry Estate.  In addition there is day-to-day maintenance tasks and the running of educational activities for schools and groups.

Are you confident, enthusiastic and knowledgeable about the working countryside? Can you demonstrate excellent team work, organisation skills and a flexible attitude? Are you skilled in communicating with the public and passionate about environmental education?

A current driving licence is essential and a Countryside Management or environmental qualification will be an advantage.  Working days will be five days out of seven, including weekends.  Accommodation is available and a weekly deduction of £52.85 will be made if used.

Interested?  To apply, please send your CV by email to Richard Clarke at rclarke@buccleuch.com or by post to Richard Clarke, Drumlanrig Castle, Thornhill, DG3 4AQ.

The closing date for applications is 15th April

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Logo: RSPBRSPB Scotland have an exciting and challenging opportunity for someone who is RICS qualified (or equivalent).

Rural Surveyor

Reference number: A6870319
Location: Inverness
Salary starting at Commensurate with experience
Hours: Full time
Contract: Permanent

The successful candidate will work half of their time delivering work in North Region, and half of their time across the rest of Scotland (or potentially the role could be split between two individuals on a part-time basis). They will assist with both the management of an extensive rural estate along with delivering major projects, acquisitions and disposals. You will also be required to identify the opportunities to generate additional income from this diverse property portfolio and realise development opportunities.

As someone sharing our commitment to sustainable high quality land management, you'll bring innovative professional thinking to support our aims. You'll share your knowledge, experience and ideas with colleagues, providing professional expertise and advice in all areas of property management, including agricultural and commercial lettings, in addition to all other interests in land and property.

You'll thrive on negotiating the best deals. You must be prepared to challenge the norm by problem solving and coming up with innovative solutions to the various challenges ahead. You will be comfortable to take a direct approach with colleagues on issues of legal compliance.

You will have a practical knowledge of rural land management, residential property management, and environmental issues including conservation and sustainable development. You will have an up to date understanding of what's happening in the wider world of rural surveying. You will also be required to identify the opportunities to generate additional income from this diverse property portfolio and realise development opportunities.

Closing date: 6 May 2019

Interview date: 20 May

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

Logo: Heart of England ForestAbout The Heart of England Forest

Planting tomorrow’s great native woodland

The Heart of England Forest is an exciting and ambitious charity.  We want to help reverse centuries of woodland decline and plant one of the largest forests in England. Our goal is to create a huge, unbroken woodland – a refuge from the modern world where people can rediscover nature and wildlife can flourish. It’s an ambitious vision, which we’re determined to make happen, one tree at a time.

Assistant Forest Ranger (Salary - £20,000 p/a)

The Heart of England Forest is the premier woodland creation charity in England. We have already created the largest new native broadleaf woodland in England and continue on our mission to grow a 30,000-acre contiguous forest. Not only is our forest expanding, so too is our team, and we have some exciting opportunities for you to join our expert forestry team based in South Warwickshire / Worcestershire.

This role is ideal for someone wishing to develop a wide range of forestry skills and experience for career development. This role will give the successful candidate an opportunity to grow and shape England’s largest new native broadleaf woodland, whilst gaining practical experience on the job. We are looking for an enthusiastic team player who is keen to learn and has a “can do” attitude.

The role will support our Forest Rangers with an emphasis on public access and forest maintenance. The winter months will predominantly be tree planting when you will join the rest of the forestry team.

You will also support volunteer and corporate work parties when required, and as well as practical forestry you will be involved in widening public access and improving our diverse range of biodiversity via habitat creation and management.

You will be a passionate ambassador for the charity, so good communication skills are a must. If this sounds like you, and you are a self-motivated person able to work both autonomously and as part of a small team, then please apply.

Please visit our website to download a job description / person specification and an application form. Please note that CVs will not be accepted in lieu of a completed application form.

Closing date: Sunday 14th April

Interview date: Wednesday 24th April 

Site Manager - Vegetation Management (£25k - £28k per annum)

Site Supervisor - Vegetation Management (£22k - £24k per annum)

Our journey at Ebsford began in 2011. We have since created and delivered the visions of many wide-ranging clients. This has resulted in unparalleled growth for our business, increasing revenue to in excess of £5,000,000 through the exceptional design and delivery of award-winning legacy projects by our talented teams.

From our multi award-winning Apprenticeship Programme to an almost 100% promoted management team, the path is laid for highly motivated, committed and focused individuals to flourish in our organisation. We are looking to expand our team with those who share our ethos and have the desire to work in a friendly and dedicated environment with the core focus of fulfilling client aspirations.

Working within our Vegetation Management team the purpose of this role is to provide support to the Contracts Manager/Site Manager by taking responsibility for allocated tasks or by wholly managing smaller individual projects. You will supervise in-house teams and external suppliers ensuring Company policies and procedures are the driving force behind achieving both organisational client goals.

The ideal candidates will be proactive, self-motivated, flexible and highly organised with the ability to forward plan, prioritise and work to deadlines. As Ebsford Environmental provide a nationwide service, you will be required to travel on a regular basis, and this will include nights out. Accommodation and subsistence will be provided.  

These are full-time permanent positions offering 28 days’ holiday (including Bank Holidays), a contributory pension scheme, additional holiday for longevity of service & a holiday purchase/buy-back scheme.  As part of our overall environmental commitment we also offer our employees the opportunity to take part in the Bike 2 Work initiative.

These roles also have the benefit of a company vehicle and mobile phone.

For full job details and application please visit our website www.ebsford.co.uk and apply through our careers page.   

Ebsford is an equal opportunities recruiter and we welcome applications from all suitably skilled or qualified applicants, regardless of their race, sex, disability, religion/beliefs, sexual orientation or age. 


Project Manager (Conservation & Green Spaces)  

Salary: £24,000  

Contract: Permanent  

Location: Colne Valley Park Centre, Near Uxbridge. A beautiful office setting in a park. Commutable from West London, Reading, Watford, Wycombe and surrounding areas.  

At community charity, Groundwork South, we are changing places, changing lives across the South of England, one green step at a time  

Role Description: This is an exciting opportunity to join a committed and fast growing team working in and around the Colne Valley Regional Park, the first large area of countryside to the west of London.  

The Project Manager (Conservation & Green Spaces) is responsible for delivering an extensive programme of green space management contracts for key partners and clients. You will utilise your experience of managing green spaces such as woodland, grassland & parks and aptitude for engaging and motivating people. You will also have the opportunity to seek out and secure new delivery contracts and grow your team.  

In return we offer: 25 days per annum plus English Bank Holidays A contributory pension scheme Scope to continuing development of your professional skills

How to Apply: A job application pack can be downloaded from www.south.groundwork.org.uk or for an informal and in confidence discussion about the role, please contact Stewart Pomeroy, spomeroy@groundwork.org.uk or 01895 839857

Closing Date: Monday 22nd April 2019

Interview Date: Thursday 25th April 2019

Start Date:  ASAP

Full UK driving licence and access to your own vehicle for which you will need to be insured for business use required. Employees are able to claim back mileage rates as per our Expenses Policy.

Logo: Suffolk Wildlife TrustBroads Reserves Assistant

Salary: £17,500 pro rata pa

Contract type: Fixed term / Working hours: Full time

Location: Carlton Marshes Nature Reserve, Carlton Marshes, Burnt Hill Lane, Carlton Colville, Lowestoft, Suffolk, NR33 8HU

An exciting new opportunity to work for Suffolk Wildlife Trust to support the day-to-day management of our Broadland nature reserves – Carlton Marshes, Oulton Marshes, Castle Marshes, North Cove, Gunton Warren, Gunton Meadow and Lound Lakes. This is a 6- month fixed term post.

If you are interested in applying then please visit our website and email your application form to jobs@suffolkwildlifetrust.org.  

Unfortunately due to the volume of applicants we are unable to respond individually.

Closing date: Tuesday 23 April 2019

Interview date: Wednesday 1st May, 2019

We have an exciting opportunity for a new Fisheries Officer based at the Ness and Beauly Fishery Trust offices in Beauly, Inverness-shire.

The Ness District Salmon Fishery Board is a statutory body responsible for the protection and enhancement of salmon and sea trout fisheries in the Ness catchment, the largest in the North Highlands covering a total area of 2,103 square kilometres.

Working as part of a wider team, the Fisheries Officer will be responsible for assisting in the protection, monitoring and management of wild salmon and sea trout populations and their habitats in the rivers, lochs and coastal areas of the Ness district. They will report to the River Superintendent, who in turn reports to the River Director.

The role will be primarily based outdoors, often in or around water, in all weather conditions. The work can be physically demanding and may be carried out in hostile situations, particularly when investigating or preventing illegal fishing activities. The Fisheries Officer will be an excellent communicator, liaising with a range of external bodies. They will demonstrate resilience, self-motivation and genuine enthusiasm for the role.

The post holder is required to have a minimum of two years’ experience of working in a similar field, demonstrate practical field skills and ideally have a qualification in a fisheries or environmental related subject.

The post holder will be a good communicator, able to work alone, often in remote locations, show evidence of self-motivation and have a positive proactive attitude.

Further details can be found in the Job Description. Please note that this is initially a one-year fixed term contract.

Applications by curriculum vitae and covering letter should be submitted to the River Director at ceo@ndsfb.org no later than the 25th April 2019. Please contact Chris Conroy on 01463 861245 for further information.

Log House Holidays

Estate Worker/Groundsman

Initial 1 year contract - possibility to extend to 5 years. 

Full or 4/5 time. Flexible working possible.

Work on a family run 130 acre nature reserve and lake in the Cotswold Water Park with 8 luxury holiday cabins. Our cabins changeover every Monday and Friday throughout the year. On these days, work includes maintenance jobs around the cabins and estate management tasks such as mowing, strimming, wild flower establishment and log cutting / tree work.  This will be a varied job, working with a small friendly team in a unique location. You can see our estate at the following website 

Location: GL7 6ED

Hours: 42.5 hours per week. 8:00-5:00 Monday - Friday (Flexible with holiday requirements and to do less hours if required)

Requirements: Driving licence required and own transport to site. Chainsaw certificate. Spraying certificates.

Starting Pay: £10 per hour

Start Date: As soon as possible

Please call 01285 770082 to arrange an interview. References and CV required.  

Logo: Royal Forestry SocietyRFS Forestry Roots Jobs

The RFS is inviting applications for four one-year forestry jobs for university and college leavers. These jobs will equip the successful candidates with the skills and experience to kick-start their careers in forestry and woodland management. All participating employers are committed to the highest levels of training and personal development. All jobs offer up to 20 days funded CPD training. Assistance with relocation costs may be available. Start date: September 2019. 

University graduate position: Assistant Forest Manager

Employer: Exmoor National Park Authority, Dulverton, Somerset, TA22 9HL

Salary: 18,000 pa

College leaver positions: Assistant Forest Worker

Employers: Englefield Estate Reading, Berkshire RG7 5DU, Tregothnan Estate, Maidstone, Kent, ME18 5PZ,  Westacre Estate, Westacre, Norfolk, PE32 1TS

Salary: £16,000 pa

You may apply for more than one college leaver job. Forestry Roots is an inclusive programme that welcomes applications from people who may face barriers to gaining their first paid position in forestry. Preference will be given to those who are likely to benefit most from the opportunity.

For further details of all jobs and how to apply click here 

Closing date for applications: 29 April, 2019 

Logo: Shropshire Wildlife TrustCatchment Partnership Agricultural Adviser

Salary in the range, £21,000 to £25,000 per annum plus pension

Based in Shropshire 

Can you help us make water better for wildlife?

Severn Trent Water and the West Midlands Wildlife Trusts are working with the EA and other partners on River catchments to tackle pollution in watercourses across catchment areas and to bring them into good ecological condition. An important part of this programme is to work with farmers and landowners to reduce diffuse agricultural pollution into rivers and streams and to tackle water quality in Severn Trent’s drinking water boreholes in the area. 

The post is suitable for experienced and enthusiastic agricultural advisors to work on behalf of catchment Partnerships, funded through Severn Trent Water’s AMP 7 Catchment Management programme, and based across different county Wildlife Trusts. The post-holders will deliver a programme of farmer/agronomist training events and one to one farm visits to promote resource protection and a reduction in diffuse water pollution from agriculture, with a focus on pesticides and nutrients. The project will also include supporting farmers through the Severn Trent Water capital grant scheme in target areas of the groundwater catchments, in order to support farm infrastructure changes to reduce diffuse water pollution. You will also work with Trust staff and other partners in catchment areas to develop ideas and projects to improve watercourses for wildlife through habitat creation and management.

Severn Trent Water is the world’s fourth largest privately owned water company, listed on the FTSE 100 and serving 8 million customers. We care about what we do and how we do it. Always looking for improvements, we want to be known as the UK’s best water business. To achieve it we need can-do people who want to develop their skills as fast as we progress our business. 

The Wildlife Trusts are dynamic conservation charity, working at a local and regional level to secure a better future for wildlife and people, as well as working with local communities and campaigning for the natural world.

If you have a relevant degree and a minimum of two years’ experience of providing pollution reduction advice to farmers and landowners, a strong background in understanding water quality issues, lowland farming systems and wetland ecology, we would be very interested to hear from you.

A full driving licence and your own vehicle will be required as the post holder will often need to travel within and out of the county they choose to apply too.  Some weekend, Bank Holiday and evening working will also be required.

Logo: Severn Trent WaterThis post is full time, commencing 1st June 2019 until the end of March 2020 with the possibility of an extension.  

For full details go to our website where an application pack can be downloaded.  Please do not include your date of birth on any correspondence.

Applications must be received by 9am 18 April 2019.

Interview date: to be confirmed.

Strictly no agency or further advertising enquiries will be accepted for this post.

Logo: RSPBVisitor Experience Officer
Reference number: A0070419
Location: Belfast
Salary starting at: £17,276 to £18,716 per annum pro rata
Hours: Part time, as and when required  
Contract: 12 month fixed term contract with possibility of extension

Are you a people person who loves to engage with visitors and inspire them with your passion for wildlife?

At our Belfast Window on Wildlife (WOW) reserve we are looking for an enthusiastic Visitor Experience Officer to help inspire and enthuse our visitors by explaining about our reserve and the wildlife that calls it their home.

We don't want just the spectacle of the wildlife here to WOW our visitors we want our staff to as well. You will be a key member of the Belfast Lough team and be involved in reserve events throughout the year.

There will be opportunities to help us with our education on reserves to primarily encourage children and families to get closer to nature. Our members play a vital role within the RSPB and their continued support helps us to work on our priority projects, encouraging membership will be a key part of this role. We have a large team of volunteers on our site so experience in the management and development of volunteers would be desirable.

If you love nature and are passionate about wildlife and wild places, then this role would be ideal. This role will mainly involve weekend work, it is a casual position so hours will be dependent on business needs.

Closing date: 25 April 2019
Interview date: 3 May 2019

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

Canonteign Falls Ltd

Full time Groundsman vacancy

Canonteign Falls. Christow Nr Exeter. EX6 7RH

Yearly contract

Salary £20,000 per annum negotiable upon experience

Monday - Friday 7:30am-3:30pm

Set within Canonteign Estate, located in the beautiful Teign Valley is the award winning tourist attraction Canonteign Falls, including 2 waterfalls, 7 lakes, Victorian fern garden, parklands and ancient woodlands. 

We need a groundsman to work with a small team.

Daily tasks will include but are not limited to: grass mowing, strimming, hedge cutting and general maintenance.

Chainsaw NPTC Levels 1 & 2 and tractor driving licence preferred but not essential.

Please email your CV to info@canonteignfalls.co.uk

Logo: Forestry Commission EnglandCraftsperson

£20,345 - £21,175

Ref: 1625778

Location: Wareham (2 posts) or New Forest (1 post)

Do you have chainsaw operating experience?                                             

Would you love to work in some of England’s most famous forests, in a dedicated team of forestry staff?

Read on as this could be the perfect opportunity for you.

The forest sites of the South England Forest District are a special place and as land managers the Forestry Commission aims to balance the needs of people, nature and business, and ensure that the public are able to enjoy the forest environment.

When it comes to managing our woodlands it’s a long-term process, and we need dedicated staff to join our teams working across Wareham or the New Forest, 365 days a year to ensure that we can protect this valuable and precious place. 

You’ll work across the Wareham or New Forest area completing a wide range of forest management and maintenance tasks to help meet the work commitments and operational targets of the teams.

You’ll be utilising your previous work experience and machinery operating skills in order to work in a range of environments. This will involve using a range of tools for scrub clearance, pollarding and coppicing, tree planting, tree felling and the application of herbicides.  Your passion in completing a variety of tasks for the maintenance of the recreational facilities will be reflected in the public’s enjoyment of the Woodland in South England Forest District.

More about you

It would be preferable if you have NPTC (or equivalent) certificates and experience in the use of chainsaws, clearing saw, hand held application of herbicides/pesticides and FMOC (Forest Machine Operator Certification) qualifications.

Your energy and enthusiasm will be rewarded by the civil service benefits package that includes access to our pension scheme.   

To apply, please click here or visit: www.civilservicejobs.service.gov.uk

Closing date: 22 April 2019 

Greenman Environmental Management are pleased to announce an exciting opportunity for either a Graduate Arboricultural Consultant or Arboricultural Consultant to join our team.

Job Type: Full-time

Location: Bath

Key Responsibilities

The successful candidate will be responsible for the completion of tree surveys in accordance with BS5837, VTAs, tree management plans, mortgage reports, tree mapping (CAD and GIS technologies), project engagement and client liaison.

Essential Requirements

The successful candidate must meet the following minimum requirements: Relevant qualification to level 4 or above. Good understanding of arboricultural principles and a passion for urban forestry. Computer and IT literate with experience in using Microsoft Office. Good report writing and language skills. Understanding of targets and deadlines. Initiative and drive, with a positive attitude. Strong organisational skills and ability to work under pressure to deadlines. Enthusiastic and flexible approach to work. Ability to work under your own initiative and as part of a team. Strong interpersonal skills and able to work at all levels with colleagues and clients. A valid UK driving licence is essential.

Desirable Requirements: Experience in tree surveying and report writing. 2 years+ experience in the industry. Knowledge of the planning systems. Understanding of Tree Preservation Orders and Legislation. Capability or willingness to learn using CAD and Axiscape. GIS proficiency or willingness to learn basic principles. Professional Tree Inspection Certificate (PTI) Flexibility to work away from home on occasions.

The successful candidate will be offered a competitive rewards and benefits package, access to a range of individual and professional development opportunities and the guarantee of an engaging, fun, dynamic and supportive working environment.  

How to Apply

If interested, then please send a cover letter and CV for the attention of the Survey Manager to j.price@gmem.org.uk  by April 25th 2019.

Logo: RSPBSenior Policy Officer - Water
Reference: A6410319
Location: Sandy, Bedfordshire
Salary starting at: £29,507 to £31,966 per annum
Hours: Full time
Contract: Permanent 

Covering agriculture, water, forestry and upland policy, working closely with RSPB Land Use Policy colleagues in other offices and with policy advocates in Brussels to secure more sustainable land management and use. Working collaboratively with other NGOs and networks, and other RSPB and BirdLife International teams to ensure nature stays on the political agenda, working directly with decision makers and those who shape policy, and encouraging others to step up and act.

The outcome of the EU Referendum in 2016 and the decisions now being taken in Brussels, Westminster and the devolved administrations means that the next few years will see significant opportunities and risks to our ambitions for nature, for the special sites, species and land and seascapes.

This role will lead our water policy work, providing strategic leadership in an area of policy that is central to the success of our objectives for UK species and habitats.

An effective advocate with the ability to build relationships with senior stakeholders, you will identify opportunities to achieve positive change within a complex policy landscape. This role will also present opportunities to work on place-based projects which showcase the real world impacts of positive policy change.

You will have the ability to analyse complex issues in a fast paced environment well-honed political acumen effective experience in a policy / advocacy role excellent communication skills the ability to speak confidently and cogently in public to a variety of audiences, including those with opposing views skills in collaborative working, building goodwill and delivering impactful intervention. 

Closing: 28 April 2019

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

Logo: WSP Management Services LtdAssociate/Associate Director - Ecology, Manchester

As a part of our specialist offering, we have a strong Ecology team who support a diverse range of projects across a number of sectors both within the UK and internationally for both private and public sector clients. The team pride themselves on the integrated support we offer within the team and by working alongside our in-house water, landscape, arboriculture and sustainability specialists to deliver commercially balanced, innovative and integrated solutions.

We are looking to appoint an Associate Director or Associate grade Ecologist to lead an expanding team in Manchester and act as team leader.

A typical week would include: Generating opportunities, preparation of tenders and over-seeing the delivery and management of a range of ecological deliverables (technical, commercial and financial) in support of our client’s projects. Leading the delivery of ecological inputs on projects at various scales including large-scale multi-disciplinary projects. Leading the Manchester Ecology Team, they will also take an active role in assuring quality of output and mentoring junior staff. The post holder will play a key role within a growing ecology team, helping to nurture an enthusiastic, supportive and productive working environment. It is anticipated that the successful candidate will split their time between the office and field; however, there will also be the requirement to attend client, and business development meetings.

We’d love to hear from you if you have: An enthusiastic, confident and positive approach with excellent communication and project and people management skills; Experience across a range of UK habitats and protected species and will hold (or have held) survey and mitigation licences; A proven record of supporting clients through devising and delivering survey programmes, developing pragmatic, cost-effective mitigation, gaining the agreement of regulators and supervising implementation on-site; Experience of Ecological Impact Assessment and writing Environmental Statement chapters; A proven record of winning work from commercial clients, particularly in the residential, mixed use and highways sectors; Full Membership of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management.

About Us

A little about us

WSP is one of the world's leading engineering professional services firms providing technical consultancy to the built and natural environment. We believe that for societies to thrive, we must all hold ourselves accountable for tomorrow. For us, that means creating innovative solutions to the challenges the future will bring to the communities and environments where we live and work across the UK.

We are locally dedicated and propelled by international brainpower. We are technical experts and strategic advisors, including engineers, technicians, scientists, architects, planners, surveyors and environmental specialists, as well as other design, programme and construction management professionals. Our experts design lasting solutions in the property & buildings, transportation & infrastructure, environment, industry, resources (including mining, and oil & gas) and power & energy sectors as well as project delivery and strategic consulting services. And safety and sustainability are embedded in everything that we do.

Check out www.wsp.com for more info about the great work we do.

Please click here to apply

Logo: David Clements Ecology LtdSenior Ecologist

Cardiff- based

This is a full-time, permanent post.

We are a busy, well-established ecological consultancy operating mainly in the southern half of Wales, offering a wide range of ecological, protected species and EcIA services, mainly in connection with planning and development.

We require an enthusiastic, independent and flexible senior to join our team.  You will need a good bioscience degree, plus a minimum of 3 years relevant full-time professional experience, preferably at senior level. Above all, you will need excellent field capabilities including good botanical and habitat survey skills (ideally to NVC level) as well as proven protected fauna skills.  A bat licence would be highly desirable.  Familiarity with the relevant UK legislative, policy and planning framework in relation to development is required, and you will also need excellent report-writing, communication, project management and office IT skills.

Candidates need to be able-bodied and fit, with a full, clean driving licence, and will need to provide their own car (business mileage is refunded).  The work will involve some unsocial hours and travelling, and occasionally work away from home.  The office is friendly, relaxed and well-equipped, and the post provides generous holiday, training and other benefits.

Competitive salary available to the right candidate.

Applications by email please, with attached CV and covering letter, to: Jon Lee lee-j@dce.org.uk

Closing date: 26 April 2019

Website: www.dce.org.uk

John Muir Award & Engagement Manager

Salary: £38,000 p.a.

Location: Pitlochry or Edinburgh, but other working arrangements may be considered

Position type: Permanent

Hours: Full-time (35 hours per week)

Closing date: 12 midnight 15 April 2019

Interview date: 29 or 30 April 2019

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an individual with excellent leadership and communication skills. The John Muir Award and Engagement Manager will be responsible for managing the John Muir Award across the UK, providing leadership and strategic development, ensuring that it contributes to the Vision of the John Muir Trust. Building on the success of the Award, the John Muir Award and Engagement Team will build support for nature, wild places and the work of the Trust across the UK with a wide range of audiences.

Support for the work of the Trust is strongest among those who regularly access wild landscapes, but the value of wildness is something that can be enjoyed by a much wider range of society.  The John Muir Award is an environmental scheme that focuses on wild places and encourages awareness and responsibility for the natural environment. It embraces a spirit of fun, adventure and exploration and is open to people from all backgrounds, and is the main engagement initiative of the John Muir Trust. Building on this base, the Trust is exploring other opportunities, particularly for young people, to engage on a long-term basis with the task of protecting and managing our wild places.

The Award currently operates across the UK, delivering over 35,000 Awards annually with staff bases in England, Scotland and Wales. Each year since the John Muir Award was launched in 1997 at least 25% of take-up has been with participants from disadvantaged backgrounds.

For more information and to apply please go to www.johnmuirtrust.org/about/jobs



Trust MGT

Facilities Management Apprenticeship 

Full time / 36.5 hours per week / 8:30am - 4:30pm Mon to Thurs, 8:30am - 3:30pm Fri

A superb opportunity is now available for a new team member to join our Estates Department. This is an excellent prospect for an enthusiastic individual who would like to start a career in Estate Management. You will gain a nationally recognised qualification and valuable on the job experience.

The right candidate will be personable, willing to work as a member of a hard-working team, smart in appearance with a professional manner with good communications skills, keen to develop a career in Estate Management and able to work on his or her own initiative.  

Your Duties and Responsibilities will include: Carrying out site inspections and producing reports Scheduling of maintenance, sourcing suppliers and contractors for sites Reviewing tenders, issuing purchase orders and awarding contracts Ensuring H&S compliance  

Key Skills Required: GCSE Maths & English Grade C or above A passion for the countryside, including the wildlife & ecology it supports Highly motivated, reliable, with the commitment to complete activities Ability to prioritise workload Capability to work both within a team and independently Full driving licence with own car

You will be based at our Head Office in Tarporley but will be required to travel to our sites in and around England and Wales. As this may be your first fulltime role, on the job training will be given alongside the help and support of the Estates Management Team.

The benefits of being part of a small team extends well beyond the flexibility and variety you get each day, to attending corporate events, great access to the Golf Course at Portal and the opportunity for you to reach your potential.

To apply please send a CV and covering letter to Ashley@trustmgt.co.uk 

Summer ‘Conservation Work Experience’ Placement available with Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

Are you aged 24 or under? Are you looking to grow your career in conservation?

If so then we would like to hear from you.

The Yorkshire Wildlife Trust has opportunities available across Yorkshire.

We are looking for 8 passionate and motivated young people to join our conservation skills work experience placement.  As part of the placement we help build your practical skills, conservation knowledge, leadership skills and employability in the conservation & environmental sector. This will be achieved through a 3 month placement (attendance 3 days per week) carrying out a wide range of activities such as reserves management, biodiversity monitoring, events management, habitat restoration, campaigning, species surveys, livestock management and outreach & education.

In return you will receive benefits including a bursary of £250 per month, a £150 training budget plus loads of relevant practical training. 

Applications for this exciting opportunity are open now so please click here - or ring the office: 01904 659570 for your chance to be a part of the future in environmental conservation.

YWT Company 409650; Charity no. 210807. 


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Volunteers: 58 adverts for voluntary posts added this month  see all of these online at: http://www.countryside-jobs.com/vols

Advertise your voluntary roles with CJS - it's free! Click here.

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Surveys and Fieldwork: additions in March

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. 

Universities, researchers, colleges and PhD students do you need help with your research?

If you need people to complete surveys, send in samples or sightings then CJS can help you connect with the countryside and wildlife sectors we reach everyone from professionals to people with an interest in nature.

How does it work?

You send us 50 words, your contact details (email / web address etc.) and we post it on our website on the Research page of the Citizen Science and Surveys section.  New listings are also circulated in all three of our newsletters and shared on social media. This means you reach an estimated 100,000 interested readers, more about readership here: https://www.countryside-jobs.com/advertising/CJS-readership.html

Go on - how much does it cost?

Nothing, zip, zilch, nada, not a penny. It's all free.

See current listings here: https://www.countryside-jobs.com/workdays/surveys/research

And send yours here: https://www.countryside-jobs.com/workdays/advertise or email direct to ranger@countryside-jobs.com

If you need more than a few sightings and are able to support a volunteer (or have funding for some paid assistance) then you can advertise that too.   Voluntary roles appear here: http://www.countryside-jobs.com/volunteers/ and paid posts will be in CJS Weekly - all free, follow the links online or contact us for more information.



Thames WaterBlitz from 26  to 29 April 2019 The WaterBlitz is a four-day event where volunteers use free kits to collect as many water quality samples as possible. The aim is to get an overview of the water quality in rivers, lakes, ponds and streams throughout the Thames Valley. water@earthwatch.org.uk https://c-js.co.uk/2NfcOPw



Tawny Owl Point Survey

National Tawny Owl Survey requiring volunteers to select 'tetrads' to visit for evening visits tops@bto.org https://c-js.co.uk/2vw1ojR



Help us monitor the UK's bats by taking part in one or more of our surveys and observing these fascinating mammals in your local area. Anyone can take part, from beginners to experts, and we run training workshops. Find a survey to suit you and sign up online at https://c-js.co.uk/2TzRgQM


2019 All-Ireland Squirrel and Pine Marten Survey

Record sightings of red squirrels, grey squirrels & pine martens during 2019. The results will allow the team to compare the current status of the animals with previous surveys. More information can be found on the survey Facebook and Twitter pages (@squirrelsurvey) and the online survey can be found at http://www.biodiversityireland.ie



Norfolk Wildlife Trust launches a new wildlife spotter survey to record sightings across Norfolk of adders, grass snakes and common lizards this spring. You don’t have to be an expert to make a valuable contribution to local knowledge of Norfolk’s wildlife.  It helps NWT to understand an animal’s distribution across the county, and identify any areas particularly important or lacking in these species. https://c-js.co.uk/2sFsfIx



The Great British Wildflower Hunt from Plantlife

Taking part in the GBWFH is a great way to enjoy flowers, whether you’re familiar with them or not. By letting Plantlife know what you’re found, you’ll help our work to make sure that there are more flowers and that people can enjoy them. https://www.plantlife.org.uk/wildflowerhunt/


Rapid Woodland Assessment – Lake District Plantlife’s

Rapid Woodland Assessment (RWA) is a tool used to assess a woodlands potential to support important lichens and bryophytes of conservation interest. By completing this assessment in a local woodland, you are contributing to Plantlife’s knowledge surrounding the condition of the Atlantic woodlands across the Lake District. To download the survey: http://www.plantlife.org.uk/LOST



The Pollinator Monitoring and Research Partnership (PMRP) aims to establish how insect pollinator populations are changing across Great Britain. Two new large-scale surveys are running under the UK Pollinator Monitoring Scheme banner (PoMS) – read on to find out how you can take part and help us track changes in pollinator numbers. poms@ceh.ac.uk https://c-js.co.uk/2CGxPk0


RHS Cellar Slug Survey

Our survey asks members of the public to submit records of Yellow Cellar Slug and Green Cellar Slug in UK gardens, along with information about your garden so we can establish any links between habitat features and where these species occur. See the website for full details Advisory_Entomology@rhs.org.uk http://rhs.org.uk/slugsurvey


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

CJS FocusThe next edition will be published on 20 May 2019

And is looking at: Recreation in association with the Outdoor Recreation Network

Advance Notice. - now taking adverts

Most people who work in this sector are involved in the provision or management of recreation in some form. We are looking to create an online, easily accessible information resource for professionals in the countryside and nature conservation sectors in both urban and rural locations. Would you like a free advert?


CJS Announcements and articles of interest.


CJS 25 years logologo: PlantlifeCJS 25 year anniversary, birthday wishes from Plantlife, our featured charity in 2017

Way back in the last century, I earned a living in the commercial world.  I was spending more and more of my leisure time outdoors close to wildlife, an avid birder, enjoying work less and less and finally deciding that a career in nature conservation would be a good move.  But would there ever be a job that suited me?

Countryside Jobs Service, I was told.  It was pretty new then and that’s where I started looking.  My first memory of trying to change career is of learning as much as I could about ecology and habitat management.  My second is searching through CJS ads.  There were some jobs!  Maybe I would see one I might be able to do.  I can’t actually remember where I saw my first conservation job advertised but either CJS or the Yorkshire Post led me to the Wildlife Trust, then to the RSPB and now Plantlife. 

And I haven’t looked back since.  Although now I’ve typed that, I’ve realised it’s not true.  I look back regularly at all that’s happened since I took that new job and the wonderful conservation activity that so many great colleagues and volunteers allowed me to play a small part in.  Nature still faces huge challenges but looking back at the results we’ve all achieved must give us confidence that we can succeed. 

What’s the biggest change over the years?  Well, personally, the birder from the last century was quickly convinced (and rightly so!) than the rest of the natural world was just as intriguing as the avian bits.  Hand lens and moth trap, as well as binoculars, now.  I’m now working for Plantlife, conserving plants and fungi.  We all know where wild flowers lead, wildlife follows. And, across the sector, it’s been really heartening to see rivalry replaced with ever more co-operation and joint projects.  Just as I started writing this, I checked the CJS website and what did I see?  A vacancy in the Back from the Brink team alongside the Plantlife logo.  There’s no better example than England’s biggest species recovery partnership of how we’re working together to do even more for nature. 

And thanks CJS for playing your part as you have for 25 years. 

Michael Krause, Acting Chief Executive Plantlife


More birthday wishes, from Alan Preece, Senior Warden at Saltwells Nature Reserve and a long time friend of CJS.

Happy birthday CJS! 25 years is a long time and has seen a lot of changes within the Countryside sector.

I first came across CJS 20 years ago when I was volunteering at a local country park. Each Ranger read it eagerly and then us volunteers scoured it looking for the next handful of jobs we would be applying for over the coming week.

Over the following years I’ve subscribed on and off as circumstances have changed and seen CJS increase in scope and quality. Now I am always drawn to the news and grants sections of CJS Professional to help me deliver my various roles in ever shifting circumstances.

When my employer has vacancies I always call for them to be sent to CJS. It is still essential reading for anyone looking to get their foot on the ladder or to move up and onwards.

A few years ago I began as committee member of Countryside Management Association which has had a long and productive partnership with CJS for many years. For a time CJS carried out our admin and also brought fresh eyes and experience which helped us with moving forward as an organisation. They are still key partners and continue to help us to serve the Countryside Management sector.

So much has changed over the last 25 years, but CJS has always played an important and evolving role.

So happy birthday and thank you for all you have achieved both for the individual ranger and the industry as a whole. I’m looking forward to seeing you continue your great work well into the future.“

Alan Preece, Senior Warden, Saltwells Nature Reserve


Birthday PresentThis month's Birthday Gift Giveaway!

logo: Forestry EnglandWe have an amazing year's membership to Forestry England for this month's birthday gift giveaway.

On 1 April 2019 Forestry Commission England became Forestry England. This marks the start of an exciting new chapter in our history. 

We are England’s largest land manager and custodian of the nation’s public forests. We have around 1,000 committed staff and volunteers looking after more land and more trees than any other organisation. We work in partnership with others across government and the charitable and private sectors.  You can read more about how we care for forests, managing them for people and communities, for nature and to support the economy. You can also search for your local forest and the activities you can explore. 

photo of people cycling in Forestry EnglandWe also offer membership to 30 different forests across England, each tailored for visiting and supporting a specific forest or wood. It’s an ideal way for our visitors to help us look after their local forest and save money through free parking and a variety of other benefits and discounts. Find out more about our membership. 

To celebrate CJS’s birthday, you have the chance to win a Forestry England membership to a participating forest of your choosing….


The Forestry Commission is also celebrating a BIG anniversary, their cententary, read about it here.


How do you win our birthday gifts?  Simply send us your name and email address (use the form here) and after the closing date, 3 May for the Membership pacakge,  we'll pull the names of the lucky winners out of a hat (OK, use a random number generator but you get the gist!). 

 A few reasons why you should advertise with CJS - according to our advertisers.

We run surveys most years, alternating between advertisers and readers.  2018 was the turn of the advertisers.  The last results are finally in,  we've analysed what they said and here are the highlights.

28% of adverts were only advertised with CJS - which is very pleasing for us!

The number of applicants from all sources was less than similar post previously advertised for 21% of paid posts advertised and 42% of the voluntary roles.  However, the level of response to adverts with CJS was deemed higher than other sites and publications by 54% and 71% said the standard of applicants were higher from CJS than for adverts placed elsewhere.  96% of advertisers say it's very easy to place adverts with CJS and 97% were highly satisfied with the cost.  With numbers like that it's unsurprising that 98% would advertise again and 90% will or already have recommended CJS to colleagues. 

We are aware that other publications and sites offer significantly greater audience numbers and share their adverts with other job aggregation websites.  CJS has always believed that a smaller but highly targeted audience is preferable and as it turns out so do our advertisers with 89% saying that CJS should remain highly targeted.  

The best things about CJS are our customer service and friendliness (thank you!), that it's sector specific and offers good value for money.

We also asked about things to change, some were already in process like dividing up the adverts and updating the look of the website (coming soon…!) other suggestions have been added to the new website but you'll have to wait for the big reveal for those!

We've updated our media pack to show the results from this survey. Download your copy here (PDF)


NEW: Helpful Hints for Advertisers - both new and old!

One thing we noticed from the advertisers survey results is that many of the adverts that had lower responses than we would expect for that type of job had a couple of often repeated mistakes:

not enough information or conversely too much - job hunters like to be able to see the vital points quickly to know if it's worth reading further, if those are missing or buried in lots of text the ads frequently receive a lower response that we would expect.

didn't have web addresses - we assume that readers want to find out more about potential  employers and being in a hurry if there's no link easily visible don't get round to searching. 

or were the third, fourth or even fifth advert for that employer posted within one or two days and frequently all beginning with the same 'boiler-plate' text or worse the same job title - this affects all jobs even our top performing ranger adverts, a fourth Area Ranger for the same employer in quick succession receives lower page views than the first or even second one - space them out if at all possible. 

Our low priced advertising (and recommendations to colleagues from you lovely people) brings lots of new advertisers, many who have rarely, if ever, placed job adverts before and don't know where to start (just ask us!).  A few advertisers, sometimes those with adverts that had low responses,  have asked for more advice about how to advertise, what they can advertise and how to make sure that what they're posting provides all the usual details needed.

As a result of these insights and being the helpful sort of Team that we are we've written some handy hints for advertisers.  You'll find them here.

If you have any questions we've not answered or have any words of wisdom to pass on to fellow advertisers please contact us and we'll add what we can.

logo: BWPACould your site host this year's British Wildlife Photography Awards 2019 Exhibition on Tour?


If you would like to get up close and personal with the winning images like this glorious badger and you have a suitable location (big easily accessible room, visitor centre, exhibition space that sort of thing) you could host the travelling the exhibition.
With categories covering everything from marine life and animal behaviour to Botanical Britain and urban wildlife; the show reveals the unseen splendour and surprising diversity of Britain’s wildlife, tinged with some humour and much affection. If any venues are interested in hosting the exhibition please contact Adam Sanders at adam@sandersexhibitionservices.com for an information pack and further details.
The British Wildlife Photography Awards for this year have now closed. Good luck to everyone who entered especially to all who entered pictures of pretty plants in 'our' Botanic Britain category. See our coverage of last year's winners here or view the competition website complete with all the images here: www.bwpawards.org.


Image: 2018 Animal Portraits winner - Bean (Badger), Peak District National Park, Derbyshire, by Tesni Ward

badger protrait by Tesni Ward - winner of 2018 portraits category

logo: Forestry CommissionThe majesty of our nation’s forests.


What do forests mean to you? It’s a question that is being asked a lot during the Forestry Commission’s centenary year. And it’s one that receives a variety of replies.

The Forestry Commission looks after more land than any other organisation (Forestry Commission)

The Forestry Commission looks after more land than any other organisation (Forestry Commission)


Some people cherish forests for their enchanting beauty; others see them as a destination for activity – or for rest. All the while our woodlands provide a precious mosaic of habitats for wildlife, while we all need and benefit from the production of sustainable timber.


Our forests are gloriously multi-purpose, benefitting people and nature while providing a crucial natural resource and playing a vital role in rural economies.


At the same time, our woodlands are under pressure. The threats posed by climate change, invasive species, pests and diseases are all too real, and could have devastating impacts on our landscapes.


Despite these challenges, we can rest assured there is an organisation acting as custodians of our wooded landscapes, dedicated to protecting and improving them for generations to come.


The history

Forestry equipment has changed a lot over the last 100 years (Forestry Commission)

Forestry equipment has changed a lot over the last 100 years (Forestry Commission)


Founded in 1919, the Forestry Commission has more than doubled Britain’s forest cover over the past 100 years.


Our forests had already suffered a steady decline since the Middle-Ages, and the additional strain of the First World War left the nation’s woodlands in a state of disrepair.


The Forestry Act was passed in September 1919 and, by Christmas that year, the first trees were in the ground, turning the tide for post-war woodlands and paving the way for the future of forestry in Britain.


In the years that followed, the Commission was given a great deal of freedom to acquire and plant new woodlands. Hundreds of thousands of acres were planted, but there were more turbulent times ahead.


The outbreak of war further impacted a number of forests, especially the Forest of Dean and New Forest. But again, the Commission responded by planting more trees and increasing England’s tree cover once more.


Technologies improved dramatically after the Second World War, alongside a growing awareness of forests for wildlife and recreation.


The Commission’s research division, established decades before, developed into the world-class operation it is today. Its work continues to influence forestry and land management policies not only in the UK, but around the world.


As time moved on, the needs of society and the environment changed. The Forestry Commission had to show considerable innovation and flexibility in accommodating these changes, by designing and managing forests to better provide access for people and habitats for wildlife, while continuing to provide a sustainable source of timber.


Forestry today

Mountain biking is one of many activities enjoyed in our forests (Forestry Commission)

Mountain biking is one of many activities enjoyed in our forests (Forestry Commission)


In recent decades, environmental concerns have emerged at the forefront of forest management. In 2009, 99% of Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs) on Forestry Commission land were given a rating of favourable, recognising the organisation’s investment in land management and support for wildlife.


The Commission works with a host of wildlife organisations to help threatened species, and plants a diverse range of broadleaf and conifer trees to create resilient forests for the future.


Recent years have witnessed a spike in leisure and tourism, with the development of new walking and mountain biking trails, live music events, cabin stays and wildlife walks. 


Creative writing projects form part of the Commission's centenary celebrations (Forestry Commission)

Creative writing projects form part of the Commission's centenary celebrations (Forestry Commission)

As well as being the country’s largest landowner, the Forestry Commission is the biggest single provider of outdoor recreation in England.


100th anniversary and beyond


The Forestry Commission is marking its centenary by inspiring people to connect with trees and woodlands, to help protect them for generations to come.


Activities include the Big Forest Find, the largest ever survey of forest wildlife, a creative film about sustainable timber production, and new works by sculptor Rachel Whiteread and poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy.


A centenary running series is encouraging people to get active in the forest, while a show garden at RHS Chelsea Flower Show explores climate change and tree health.


The scope of activities this year reflects the nature of the organisation. While it is celebrating its centenary this year by telling stories from the past, it has one eye firmly on the future, and the next 100 years of forestry.


To find out more visit: www.forestryengland.uk/100

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

An idea is born

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

In response to this, last year the government published its 25 year environment plan - part of the manifesto commitment to leave the environment in a better state than we inherited it. The plan identifies 10 goals to improve the environment within a generation, including clean air and water, thriving plants and wildlife, and healthy and productive seas.

Chapter 3 of this plan is about ‘Connecting People with the Environment for Health and Well-being’. The plan recognises that people need to feel connected to the natural world in order to value and want to take steps to care for it, and quantifies the benefits to physical and mental health from contact with nature. It is now widely accepted that time spent outside reduces the risk of a number of chronic health conditions such as obesity and diabetes, and can counteract stress and depression. One mechanism to improve this engagement with the natural world is the designation of 2019 as a year of action for the environment: “We will make 2019 a year of action for the environment, putting children and young people at its heart. This year of green action will provide a focal point for organisations that run environmental projects, and will encourage wider participation.”

Find out more about the year in this article written for CJS here

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

Over 2018 Traverse worked on a research project exploring young people’s experiences and attitudes towards taking part in environmental volunteering. Commissioned by Defra, we heard from over 1,100 young people across England, through a series of focus groups and a nationally representative survey of 16-24 years olds. The policy context for this research is the Government’s 25 Year Environment Plan and its policies to encourage more children and young people to connect with the natural environment and take action to protect and enhance it.
Who is taking part in environmental volunteering?
Our survey of a 1001 young people run by YouGov found that 71% of 16-24-year olds based in England have taken part in some form of volunteering. Of these, 26% or 212 respondents have taken part in environmental volunteering. We found that people from more deprived backgrounds are significantly less likely to have taken part in environmental volunteering, as are those who lacked early and positive experiences outdoors with their families.
Read more about the research findings here

logo: Canal & River TrustThird article from our Featured Charity

Canal & River Trust

Listen to the dawn chorus on your local canal


The sound of birdsong is synonymous with relaxation. It’s a little gift from nature, a treasured moment of calm. This year, Sunday 5 May is International Dawn Chorus Day, when people all around the world will be getting up early to listen to the birds.


Your local canal or river is the perfect place to experience the dawn chorus. Take a morning stroll by the water and let the melody of birdsong wash over you. Our research shows that spending time by water really does make us feel happier and healthier. There’s no better way to start the day.


The first birds to sing

Image: Canal & River Trust

(Canal & River Trust)

Our ecologists tell us there’s a pattern to which birds start singing first in the morning, but this can vary depending on the weather and where you are. The first bird to sing is usually the blackbird, and then it’s not long before other birds wake up and join in the chorus.


Listen closely and you’ll hear the song thrush singing out its repetitive calls. The robin has a nice sweet song which sounds quite different. Soon after birds such as wrens, dunnocks and even woodpigeons start their various calls. By now the sun is rising fast and more and more birds will be singing. Across 2,000 miles of our canals and rivers, ducks will start quacking on water, warblers such as chiffchaffs or blackcaps will start their warbled song and swifts will start screaming in the sky. The more diverse the habitat is, the greater diversity of bird song you can enjoy.


Escape for a few seconds and listen to the song of the chaffinch


But what is the dawn chorus all about? Well, two reasons usually. The first is to tell other birds to stay away. Birds are very territorial and some, such as the magnificent kingfisher, will fight an opponent to the death to defend their territory against other males.


The second reason is to attract or communicate with a mate. Not all birds find partners straight away and some birds nest later in the spring than others. Birds also sing to keep in touch with their partner back at the nest, however these calls are usually quieter and less regular to avoid attracting predators.

Creating places for people and nature

Hearing the dawn chorus is a proud moment for our people at the Canal & River Trust, who work hard year-round to protect and care for 2,000 miles of wildlife habitats. From the quiet countryside to our busiest cities – where canals often provide the only green/blue space – we’re dedicated to conserving the natural environment and helping local communities get closer to nature.

Image: Canal & River Trust

(Canal & River Trust)


We do this through initiatives such as our Community Roots conservation project in Greater Manchester, which has helped to engage college students, school pupils and even nursery-age children in Sites of Special Scientific Interest along the canals in Greater Manchester.  Alongside courses in traditional countryside management, the project has seen students joining work parties, constructing footpaths, conducting ecological surveys and learning valuable lessons about their local environment.


Careful custodianship

While nature is abundant on, in and next to our waterways it needs careful custodianship to thrive. Thankfully our environment team exist to protect the prized natural environment of our waterways. Because of their work, the next time you visit a canal or river, you’ll have the chance to spot a kingfisher or water vole, dragonfly or butterfly – or listen to the dawn chorus, even from the centre of town.


Could you be part of our team, working to transform canals and rivers into spaces where local people want to spend time and feel better?  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.


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.


It's not countryside, wildlife or nature but it does have huge implications for your news from CJS. And explains why it might look a little different than in previous editions. 

Have you heard of article 13, article 17 or even article 11?

How about the upload filter or link tax?

Probably not.

CJS has been following this since it first came to our attention in 2017 because it could have a major impact on our news service.  The articles are part of the Copyright Directive which was passed in Strasbourg on Tuesday 26 March by a small majority of MEPs. Rather than going into details here read the explanation on The Guardian or BBC.


How will this affect CJS news?

First - it might look rather boring.

We are always careful to annotate and credit images but we have to assume that the images supplied are licensed for use by the organisation which sends us the press release.  In future we won't be able to do that and will need specific licence details for each and every image used which means that most will simply have to be left out as there won't be time to double / triple check copyright licence arrangements before publication and to obtain our own copyright for each image would be costly and not viable within the time frame of the news turnaround.

Second - it might get really short or possibly very long!

This is because of article 11, the link tax, which could mean that we have to pay for every link we use (like those ones above to The Guardian and BBC). However the law does say that snippets of news articles are specifically excluded from the scope of the directive provided the snippets are kept very short. Alternatively we could post the press releases in full, or at least edit them to include the main points and not link direct to source.  

Third - the scope will shrink, although we only use press releases in the daily news we check other news aggregators and publications, they are going to get caught in the same net and consequently it's going to be more difficult for us to source the information we use.

Fourth - we might have to charge you to access the news.

If we have to edit the press releases then that's going to involve a huge amount more time and effort which means more work for the CJS Team or maybe even recruiting journalists to our small team; both of which will significantly increase the costs involved.  Paying to use each and every link also adds a financial burden both in terms of the payments we would have to make and the admin involved in sorting that little lot out.

Fifth and finally - the worse case scenario - we might have to pull the news service completely either because it becomes impossible to provide the news and stay within the law or it's not financially viable.


When will all this happen?

Good question, member states have up to 24 months to put it into national law - the UK should have left the EU by then so there won't be a requirement for the UK to follow suit but it's likely that we will stay aligned with other EU member states.


In the meantime we'll keep monitoring the situation and assessing all the options.

The news might get a little less picturesque as there is a possibility that some of the article 13 requirements could be backdated so we're going to be even more circumspect in which images we use.  Despite being careful we have already been caught out on a couple of occasions and accidently re-used copyright images for which we paid large sums for unauthorised use.

Government announcements and policy plus reactions. 

Responses to the Spring Statement 2019 announced on Wednesday 13 March:

Plastics and housing in today's spring statement – The Wildlife Trusts

The government’s spring statement announced today addresses two subjects that have a big impact on our natural environment – plastics and housing:

Dr Lissa Batey, Senior Living Seas Officer of The Wildlife Trusts said: "We welcome the Government’s commitment to do more to tackle plastic waste. We would encourage people to respond to the government’s consultation on how to use the tax system to encourage responsible use. Following the success of the plastic bag tax, we feel that a tax on single use plastics could make a real difference. Every year millions of tonnes of plastic enters the natural environment and is doing terrible damage to our rivers, seas and the wildlife that depends on these habitats.”

Dr Sue Young, Head of Land Use Planning and Ecological Networks said: “If housing development is planned and built in the right way and in the right place, it can be good for nature: this is good for the health, wellbeing and economic success of society. It is essential that the Government’s investment programme in housing protects our remaining precious wildlife havens, supports the recovery of nature and seeks to provide people with homes that have access to nature on their doorstep.”

Spring statement - action or inaction on single-use plastics? - Marine Conservation Society

The Chancellor of the Exchequer announced a call for evidence around a tax on single-use plastic in the first ever spring statement. He said it was part of the Government’s drive to leave the natural environment “in a better state than we found it.”

Mr Hammond said the call for evidence would deliver on the Government’s promise to tackle the complex issue of plastic littering and threat to our oceans.

He said the call for evidence would cover the whole of the single-use plastic supply chain from alternative material to re-usable options and recyclable opportunities.

Mr Hammond said it will look at how a tax system on single-use plastics can drive technological progress and behaviour change “not as a way of raising revenue but as a way of changing behaviour and encouraging innovation.”

He said there will be investment to develop new greener products and processes funded from revenues raised.

He also said the Government would award 20 million pounds to businesses and universities to stimulate new thinking and rapid solutions in this area during the call for evidence.

Emma Crane is the MCS Public Affairs Manager: “Whilst we welcome today’s announcement and the Government’s focus on this issue, plastic litter is causing damage to our oceans and marine wildlife today and we would have liked to see the Government go further by announcing a full consultation on the issue or even better announcing the introduction of a deposit return scheme or a latte levy. Charging for plastic bags worked to change behaviour and we need to do the same with single use plastic. It’s also vital that producers take an active role in the design and recyclability of packaging. It’s time to act now and #STOPtheplastictide.”

Spring Statement: Chancellor fiddles while planet burns - Friends of the Earth

Climate change should be at heart of economic policy, not consigned to the margins

Reacting to measures outlined in today’s Spring Statement to help combat climate change, Friends of the Earth’s head of political affairs, Dave Timms said: “Instead of putting climate change at the heart of economic policy-making, the Chancellor is merely fiddling in the margins while the planet burns. The nation's children are calling out for tough action to cut emissions, Mr Hammond must listen harder to the lesson they’re teaching him. “With the government enthusiastically backing more runways, more roads and fracking, it’s little wonder the UK is likely to miss future climate targets. The Chancellor should have announced a massive programme of investment in home insulation and public transport, instead of pushing the false solution of carbon off-setting for aviation.”


Land and Countryside Management including marine.

Hopeful signs of limited Rum wildfire damage - Scottish Natural Heritage

A wildfire on the Isle of Rum last April has been assessed as having a low to medium impact, according to a report published by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH).

The fire, which began at about 1pm on 4 April 2018, raised concerns about the impact it would have on the habitat and animals in the area.  A helicopter was deployed which slowed the spread of the fire, with the flames eventually going out during the night as temperatures dropped and some rain fell.

The report found there were mainly low to medium impacts with less than 1% of the 7km2 area suffering any high impacts.  Thirty-five percent of the habitat was judged to have suffered low impact, and 58%, medium impact.

Rum NNR wildfire spread from helicopter ©Lorne Gill/SNHRum NNR wildfire spread from helicopter ©Lorne Gill/SNH

SNH was concerned that potential loss of habitat quality since April could affect ground-nesting birds, reptiles, mammals and insects - but so far, signs are promising.  Sea eagles have continued to nest close the area of the fire, breeding of red-throated divers has been similar to other years, and other birds which are monitored regularly have shown no noticeable changes.  In fact, some birds, such as merlin, had more breeding territories in 2018 than in previous years. 

However, the report also found the habitats will take anywhere from 5 to 20 years to recover.  Although the severity of this fire was low to medium, wildfires like this can still increase the risk of soil erosion, encourage less desirable plant species, dry out naturally wet habitats, and inhibit natural processes such as carbon storage in bogs.

SNH used satellite imagery and Geographic Information System (GIS) technology to determine the effect of a fire on habitat for the first time, and hopes to apply the methods that have been developed elsewhere in the future.  While a ground impact assessment was also completed, satellite analysis gave more efficient and complete mapping, showing the areas that need more attention to recover.

Access the report.


Farmer Confidence Drops as Agri-Environment Schemes Fail to Deliver - Tenant Farmers Association

The Tenant Farmers Association (TFA) has expressed its deep concern that confidence in agri-environment schemes amongst tenant farmers in England is waning due to poor administration by Natural England and the Rural Payments Agency (RPA).

TFA Chief Executive, George Dunn said, “There have been many different types of agri-environment scheme since they were first launched in England just over 30 years ago.  They have always been well supported by the farming community, which has welcomed working in partnership with the Government to deliver outcomes for landscape and biodiversity.  However, that partnership is now been placed under tremendous strain due to the shambolic way that Natural England and the RPA are administering schemes currently”.

With some 14,000 historic Environmental Stewardship payments remaining outstanding and around 8000 Countryside Stewardship payments for 2018 awaiting processing, many farmers are losing patience.

“People are trying to run businesses and are working to tight budgets and cash flows.  It is particularly galling when DEFRA talks about the need for farmers to enhance their productivity when its own agencies are unable to fulfil contractual requirements for payments.  It is especially important for tenant farmers to be paid on time given the absolute requirement upon them to make regular rent payments to their landlords,” said Mr Dunn.


England's National Parks receive ‘Outstanding Contribution’ award – National Parks UK

Broads by Kayak (c) Daniel Wildey Broads by Kayak (c) Daniel Wildey

England's National Parks have received the ‘Outstanding Contribution’ award by VisitEngland.

A tourism programme aimed at telling the stories of England’s National Parks to new international audiences has received one of the country’s top tourism accolades.

The English National Park Experience Collection – a collaboration between National Parks, experience and accommodation providers to offer a taste of life across the very best of the English countryside – received the ‘Outstanding Contribution to Tourism’ award, given by VisitEngland’s Advisory Board in the award’s 30th anniversary year.

Previous winners include BBC Countryfile, Sir Paul McCartney and Her Majesty the Queen.

The programme, supported through VisitEngland’s Discover England Fund, has seen National Parks across the country come together to offer immerse experiences as diverse as living like a roman, gin making, kayaking and treading in the footsteps of National Park Rangers as they look after some of England’s most treasured landscapes.


UK takes step forward in global marine protection - Defra

UK Government backs plans by Ascension Island to designate over 150,000 square miles of its waters as a fully protected no-take Marine Protected Area.

More than half of the UK’s global waters are set to be within Marine Protected Areas, putting the UK at the forefront of calls to protect 30 per cent of the world’s ocean by 2030.

The UK Government has backed plans by Ascension Island to designate over 150,000 square miles of its waters as a fully protected ‘no-take’ Marine Protected Area (MPA) – closing the off-shore area to any fishing activity and safeguarding important marine habitats for future generations.

When protected, the new no-take zone around Ascension Island would bring the total percentage of MPAs in the UK’s territorial waters, Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies to over 50%. This comes as Environment Secretary Michael Gove has reiterated his call for 30% of the world’s ocean to be protected by 2030 and called on other nations to follow the UK’s lead.


Beavers arrive in Essex to play their part in flood prevention – Environment Agency

After an absence of 400 years, the Eurasian beaver is back in Essex, with a pair now released into an enclosure on a historic country estate.

The mixed pair of beavers are now getting to know their new home - a fenced enclosure covering 4 hectares of woodland (image: Environment Agency)(image: Environment Agency)

The mixed pair of beavers are now getting to know their new home - a fenced enclosure covering 4 hectares of woodland on the Spains Hall estate in Finchingfield, near Braintree.

It is hoped the beavers, sourced from an established fenced colony in Devon, will help reduce the risk of flooding in the village by building dams along the brook flowing through the enclosure.

The beavers are expected to get to work quickly, but the results of their labour may take a few months to be felt downstream.

Their enterprising activities are being complemented by a man-made natural flood management scheme on a second strand of Finchingfield Brook, which features a ‘leaky dam’ approach. This consists of securing tree branches or trunks across a watercourse, which helps slow the flow after heavy rain. The scheme should also create wetland that will release water in drier periods.

Eventually, using data collected by Environment Agency equipment stationed along the watercourses and other sensors installed around individual leaky dams and the beaver enclosure, scientists will be able to establish if this approach is more successful than more conventional flood prevention methods.


Urban meadow trial to reach new sites – Rugby Borough Council

A more environmentally friendly way of managing grasslands introduced to parts of Rugby last year has seen significant improvements for wildlife and is to be extended to more parts of Rugby.

Boughton Road urban meadow (Rugby Borough Council)Urban meadows that were created in Rugby last year saw new species of plants, moths, butterflies and dragonflies on the sites for the first time, and now the council is to create urban meadows in other areas of the town.

Boughton Road urban meadow (Rugby Borough Council)

Cllr Lisa Parker, Rugby Borough Council portfolio holder for the environment and public realm, said: “While regularly mowed areas of short grass are appropriate for roadside verges and parks, longer grass and meadow areas are better for the environment and support wildlife. On some of the sites we will leave longer grass around the edge of the site, while at other sites we will create larger grassland meadows with pathways cut through to follow footpaths and desire lines. We hope that this new approach will help support wildlife such as insects, bees and hedgehogs, many of which have had a hard time in our towns and cities in recent years.”


The Guardian reports that the UK will miss almost all its 2020 nature targets, according to an official report

The UK will miss almost all the 2020 nature targets it signed up to a decade ago, according to a report by the government’s official advisers JNCC


Planning and Development

Minsmere’s status as “most important bird reserve in the UK” at risk from Sizewell C - RSPB

Award set for renewal on condition that Sizewell C will not be detrimental to flagship RSPB nature reserve

Minsmere nature reserve’s status as one of Europe’s most important areas for nature and biodiversity could be at risk if EDF fails to adequately mitigate adverse impacts from Sizewell C, the RSPB has revealed.

The renewal of Minsmere’s European Diploma for Protected Areas has been approved in draft on the condition that “the construction of the new reactor will not be at the detriment of the Minsmere Reserve.”

The European Diploma for Protected Areas is a prestigious international award granted since 1965 by the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe. It recognises natural and semi-natural areas and landscapes of exceptional European importance for the preservation of biological, geological and landscape diversity and which are managed in an exemplary way.

Minsmere is one of only five sites in the UK to have been awarded the European Diploma. The others are Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve, Fair Isle National Scenic Area, Peak District National Park, and Purbeck Heritage Coast. The Council of Europe’s website describes Minsmere as “the most important bird reserve in the United Kingdom.”

The RSPB’s flagship nature reserve on the Suffolk Coast was first recognised with the award in 1979. Earlier that decade the extinction of the marsh harrier as a breeding bird in the UK had been prevented thanks to a single pair nesting at Minsmere in 1971.


Public fears for countryside and environment over devastating Oxford-Cambridge development plan - CPRE

River Ivel in Bedfordshire (image: Derry Brabbs)Three-quarters (74%) of residents living on a corridor between Oxford and Cambridge believe that plans for major new development across the region will lead to damage of the local countryside and environment, according to new public polling published today (21 March) by the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE).

River Ivel in Bedfordshire (image: Derry Brabbs)

The poll, which was carried out by research company Survation on the behalf of the countryside charity, interviewed 1,500 residents across five counties (Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Northamptonshire, Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire) on development proposals known as the Oxford-Cambridge Arc. The plans could see one million new homes built across the region by 2050.

A CPRE analysis from last year demonstrated that in order to build the one million new houses, an area of countryside greater than the size of Birmingham would be lost to development. Despite the scale of the development, the government has given the project its backing without a formal public consultation, or weighing up its impact on the countryside, people’s health, and climate change.


CIEEM and RSPB advise against netting on hedges and trees – CIEEM

CIEEM and the RSPB are aware of the recent rise in the use of netting on trees and hedges to prevent birds from nesting in vegetation needing to be removed from development sites during the breeding season. Whilst not illegal, we have considerable concerns about the use of this practice and we advise against its use.

Netting is an overly simplistic approach that has become more prominent recently. There is an understandable negative reaction from both the public and from professional ecologists to the real and potential harm that it may cause to wildlife.

Forward planning and early engagement of a competent ecologist by developers can often mitigate the circumstances that require netting to be used and avoid unnecessary delays to development projects. In line with planning guidelines, developers should be aiming to retain trees and hedges in the landscape design of their develop projects wherever possible. In the first instance vegetation should be removed outside the nesting bird season and should be checked by a competent ecologist. Where this is not possible, the developer should seek to compensate any removal by planting replacements.


Natural England in firing line for loss of unique wildlife site - Buglife

Buglife is set to challenge Natural England on its extraordinary failure to protect West Tilbury Marshes, a wildlife site,  within the Thames Estuary Important Invertebrate Area, that it has described as “irreplaceable” and claimed was being added to its SSSI designation pipeline.

Tilbury Fort Road (c) Matt ShardlowThe way our supposed protector of the natural environment has acted means it is not practicable to challenge Chris Grayling’s recent decision as Secretary of State at the Department of Transport to consent the development of a port at Tilbury, Essex on land considered to be of SSSI quality for endangered species of insects.

Tilbury Fort Road (c) Matt Shardlow

Buglife considers the huge destruction of endangered insect life associated with the port development to be illogical and immoral, but lawyers have advised the charity that the highly restricted grounds available to challenge such decisions under the process of judicial review would make it difficult to show that the decision to grant consent was as such unlawful, so legal action would be unlikely to save the site from destruction.

The approval of the port development was partly based on a “mitigation plan” for this incredible site that relies on unproven and untested methods that experts do not believe will save the endangered species, and is also planned to be carried out on a site that is already due to be converted into wildflower habitat as part of the restoration plan for a landfill site (the “mitigation” site is managed by Essex Wildlife Trust who were not consulted on the proposal). So even if the methods work it will be a case of double counting. 

“We are deeply, deeply saddened not to be able to challenge the gross environmental harm that this development will cause, we are mortified and feel as if we are abandoning these endangered species, but we must listen to advice: if we cannot feasibly challenge the decision, it would be a waste of resources to try. However we are now fully determined to take Natural England to task here. They have been complicit in the destruction of Thames Gateway wildlife sites that were home to huge numbers of exceptionally rare species. This must stop and we need a plan that can sustain the remaining threatened species.”, said Matt Shardlow, Buglife CEO.


Trees and Woodlands

Volunteers plant 3,500 trees in six week as National Park celebrates Year of Green Action - North York Moors National Park

Staff and volunteers plant trees near Danby (image: NYMNPA)Volunteer groups in the North York Moors are planting more than 3,500 trees in six weeks, as the National Park marks the start of the government’s ‘Year of Green Action’.

Before the end of March, volunteer groups made up of members of the public, youth groups, corporate teams and National Park staff will be creating a new native woodland near Danby, Whitby, by planting a mixture of oak, silver birch, hazel, rowan, crab apple, wild cherry, hawthorn and blackthorn.

The mammoth task comes at the start of the government’s ‘Year of Green Action’, which calls for people across the country to join together to improve the natural world.

Staff and volunteers plant trees near Danby (image: NYMNPA)

Alasdair Fagan, Woodland Creation Officer at the North York Moors National Park Authority, said: “As well as helping to combat climate change by removing carbon from the atmosphere, mixed deciduous woodland provides a rich habitat for so many of our native species. It will be decades before these trees reach full maturity, but through careful consideration of the site and of the types of trees we plant, we can do our utmost to maximise  the chances of these trees living for 100 years plus.”


New hedgerows boost Montgomery Canal wildlife - Canal and River Trust

Dormice, squirrels, birds and other wildlife along the Montgomery Canal are being given a major habitat boost thanks to our hedgerow-laying project.

Hedge-laying training group (image: CRT)In an initiative funded by players of People’s Postcode Lottery, Trust staff, volunteers and a volunteer group from Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust spent a weekend on the Guilsfield Arm of the canal, near Arddleen in Powys, learning the ancient art of hedge-laying. 

Hedge-laying training group (image: CRT)

This training will now equip them with the knowledge and skills to re-invigorate hundreds of yards of overgrown vegetation boundaries between canal towpaths and farmers’ fields which are in need of some TLC.

The Guilsfield Arm of the canal has not been used for boating for many decades and is now designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and Special Area of Conservation (SAC) due to the number of rare species of flora and fauna which have colonised it. protecting wildlife is a key priority for the Trust.

Trust ecologist Stuart Moodie explained: “The Montgomery Canal is one of Britain’s most important canals for wildlife. The creation of verdant, healthy hedges is vital for protecting wildlife habitats as well as providing an effective stock-proof barrier between agricultural land and the canal towpath.


Magic million – and over 61,000 in Wales! - Woodland Trust

Woodland Trust hits free tree milestone, and 61,755 of these trees will be planted by 356 organisations throughout Wales this planting season.

The Woodland Trust (Coed Cadw) will give away one million trees to schools and communities for the first time in a single season, with the millionth tree hitting the ground in the first two weeks of March.

The Trust says it highlights a growing desire amongst the public to plant trees and to care for the environment. 

Contents of the tree packs (Photo: WTML)Contents of the tree packs (Photo: WTML)

Beccy Speight, Chief Executive of the Woodland Trust said: “We’ve been close to hitting one million free trees for schools and community groups for several years, but this is the first time we’ve ever sent out that magic number in a single season. It’s a real milestone for the Trust and we’re proud to have achieved such a momentous task. Sending out one million trees has been a huge task but it’s one that our team and the tree nursery fully embraced and were delighted to achieve. Our network of woodland creation champion volunteers play a vital role in the delivery of projects such as this; extending our reach by engaging with communities, inspiring and educating them on how to plant and tend to trees to ensure they survive. We’re ready to take on the challenge of sending out even more free trees next season, helping even more people make a change for the better where they live.”

If you would like to apply for free trees in the coming season get your application in soon, as the scheme is once again proving to be extremely popular. Tree packs are allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. You can apply for between 15-420 trees depending on the space you have available and your requirements. Packs are: hedge, copse, wild harvest, year round colour, working wood, wildwood, wildlife, and urban.

Apply for your trees at www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/freetrees


Found: Europe’s largest collection of ancient oak trees… and it’s in Oxfordshire! – Woodland Trust

Ancient oak in Blenheim's grounds (Photo: Blenheim Palace)Conservation charity the Woodland Trust is challenging people across the UK to find and map ancient trees, after its Ancient Tree Inventory project helped confirm the biggest collection of ancient oak trees in Europe.

Ancient oak in Blenheim's grounds (Photo: Blenheim Palace)

Staff at Blenheim Park have been surveying oak trees for several years, and have recorded an astonishing 291 living oak trees with a girth of at least 5m. 220 of these veterans stand in High Park, a fragile Site of Special Scientific Interest which is currently closed to the public. 71 can be seen elsewhere in Blenheim Park. This data – collected primarily by Kew’s oak researcher Aljos Farjon – has been compared with other records on the Woodland Trust’s ancient tree inventory, revealing that the collection ranks highest across all of Europe.

It is vital that ancient trees are mapped; ancient and veteran trees were recently given the same protection as built heritage under the National Planning Policy Framework – but if they are left unidentified, they cannot be protected.

Anyone can search for and record trees on the inventory – which has been running for over a decade. There are already 160,000 trees listed, but thousands more to add.

Kylie Harrison-Mellor, citizen science officer for the Woodland Trust, said: “Ancient and veteran trees are the fattest, knobbliest, and most fascinating specimens of trees. They have countless stories to tell and support huge networks of native flora and fauna. They were recently given better protection under the National Planning Policy Framework... but unless we know where they are, we can’t campaign against their damage and destruction. By recording with the ancient tree inventory, members of the public can take an active part in defending some of our most valuable habitats. We know there are thousands out there we haven’t found yet – who knows, there could still be a bigger collection of ancients waiting to be discovered.”


Animal and wildlife news.

Rare Seahorse found in Fal fishery – proof that sustainable oyster fishing has a bright future - Cornwall Wildlife Trust

Short-snouted seahorse (Hippocampus hippocampus) found during a survey, by Matt SlaterShort-snouted seahorse (Hippocampus hippocampus) found during a survey, by Matt Slater

Seahorses are extremely rare in Cornish waters, and very rarely recorded. Cornwall Wildlife Trust’s Marine Officer, Matt Slater, came face to face with one while helping on a survey of the Fal oyster beds being run by Cornwall Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority (IFCA).

The annual oyster survey monitors the catch rates of oysters and other shellfish giving an indication of the health of the estuary. Finding a rare seahorse adds to growing evidence that the Fal estuary, with its well managed sustainable fishery, is still productive and in reasonable health.

Matt Slater says, “I had heard that oyster fishers occasionally see seahorses but didn’t want to even hope that we might see one as the chances are so small. However, just an hour into the survey and Cornwall IFCA’s, Principle Scientific Officer Colin Trundle, yelled out ‘seahorse!’ and sure enough this little beauty had come up in the dredge. We were all amazed!”

The seahorse was identified as a female, short-snouted seahorse (Hippocampus hippocampus). It was photographed and then swiftly returned unharmed to the sea in the same position that it was found.


Badger, Ratty, Mole and Toad strike out for a wilder future - The Wildlife Trusts

Stars speak up for wildlife in new film trailer hitting cinemas this weekend (30 March 2019)

Sir David Attenborough, Stephen Fry, Catherine Tate, Alison Steadman and Asim Chaudhry have backed a new campaign from The Wildlife Trusts that calls for a wilder future and for nature’s recovery in the UK. The conservationist and actors have starring roles in a new The Wind in the Willows film trailer which brings to life the 21st century threats facing the much-loved characters from Kenneth Grahame’s children’s classic. The animated trailer calls on everyone to help bring our wildlife back before it’s too late, so that we can all enjoy a wilder future.

The film trailer shows how the lives of Badger, Ratty, Mole and Toad are disrupted by roads, river pollution and intensive agriculture – many habitats have been destroyed and others have been broken up. Toad hangs a picture of a puffin entangled in plastic on the wall in Toad Hall. “Farewell old friend” he says.

Watch the trailer and help us create a Wilder Future.

Kenneth Grahame wrote The Wind in the Willows just over a hundred years ago. Since then, many of the UK’s wild places and the plants and animals that depend on them have been lost. For example: 97% of lowland meadows and the beautiful wildflowers, insects, mammals and birds that they supported have disappeared; 80% of our beautiful purple heathlands have vanished – with their blaeberries, sand lizards and the stunning nocturnal birds, nightjars. Rivers are in deep trouble too: only 20% are considered as healthy and 13% of freshwater and wetland species in Great Britain are threatened with extinction.


Humane trapping standards: March 2019 update - defra

The Agreement on International Humane Trapping Standards has come into force and will now apply across England, Scotland and Wales.  

A number of animal species in Great Britain will be better protected from today as new international humane trapping standards regulations come into force.

The Agreement on International Humane Trapping Standards (AIHTS) seeks to improve the welfare of fur-bearing animals trapped for their pelts as well as for conservation and pest control purposes.

It sets out clearly-defined minimum trap humaneness standards and trap testing procedures, creating an internationally recognised benchmark for trap welfare.

The government supports this objective and shares the British public’s high regard for animal welfare.

Since the consultation closed in July 2018 the government has moved to implement the AIHTS via the Humane Trapping Standards Regulations 2019 and from Thursday 28 March a number of species will be protected from any trap or snare under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.

A licence will now be required to trap any of these species: otter, badger, beaver, pine marten

Any trap used under the authority of a licence must be certified as meeting the international trap humaneness standards and suitable for the humane live capture of the above species. 


Rare snail’s profile boosted and communities engaged with freshwater life through successful ‘Marvellous Mud Snails’ project - Buglife

Marvellous Mud Snails, a Heritage Fund - funded community engagement project by Buglife Scotland, concludes two successful years on 31st March.  A rare freshwater species, the Pond mud snail (Omphiscola glabra), has been the focus of the project.

 Pond mud snails (Scott Shanks / Buglife) Pond mud snails (Scott Shanks / Buglife)

Over the course of the project, Marvellous Mud Snails has directly engaged with over 2,130 people through public events, talks, school sessions, habitat creation days and workshops across Central Scotland. 350 pupils from 9 schools were involved in a schools learning programme with the project, the majority of which also took part in a captive breeding programme by looking after Pond mud snails in their classrooms. Feedback from the sessions highlighted that children strongly valued the opportunity to observe and interact with live specimens, enhancing their learning experience and understanding of the natural world. 

Joanna Lindsay, Buglife Scotland Conservation Officer said: “Marvellous Mud Snails has been a fantastic project which has allowed people to connect with their local environment and discover the wondrous world of freshwater life, all while contributing to the conservation of a rare and threatened species in Scotland. Raising awareness of the small things and how they are equally, if not more, important than bigger, more charismatic species is a core part of our work at Buglife and Marvellous Mud Snails has been an excellent example of this.”


UK wild newt species free from flesh-eating fungus for now… - Zoological Society of London

Private amphibian traders urged to prevent Bsal fungus from infecting wild populations.

T. helveticus © ZSL - Ben Tapley

T. helveticus © ZSL - Ben Tapley

The UK’s wild newt populations seem to be free from a flesh-eating lethal fungus known to be prevalent in privately-owned amphibians across Western Europe, a nationwide investigation has found.

Scientists from ZSL and our research partners, are now urging private amphibian owners to enforce strict biosecurity measures to protect the UK’s wild newt population from the catastrophic devastation that Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans (or Bsal) could cause.

The research, conducted by ZSL, The University of Exeter and the Amphibian and Reptile Groups of the UK, published in Scientific Reports today combined data gathered from skin swabbing more than 2,400 wild newts in ponds across the UK, along with data from newt deaths reported to ZSL’s Garden Wildlife Health project. The results of the investigations revealed Bsal was not present in the samples collected.

In 2010, the deadly fungus was responsible for a 99% decline in a monitored population of fire salamanders (Salamandra salamandra) in the Netherlands, with population declines expanding into Belgium and Germany, and led to the extinction of local populations within months of being introduced.


New strategic licensing for developers in Cheshire to better protect great crested newts - Natural England

An innovative approach by Natural England to protect great crested newts and support sustainable development was today (28 March) launched in Cheshire.

Developers in Cheshire can now apply for a licence under District Level Licensing for great crested newts. This follows our announcement of a nationwide roll-out of great crested newts District Level licensing in 2017, which was officially launched in Kent last month. District Level Licensing is now available across 23 local planning authority areas, including in Woking and the South Midlands.

Whilst great crested newts are found throughout lowland England, the species needs suitable ponds to thrive. Although strictly protected by law, great crested newt populations continue to decline - over the last century there has been a dramatic decline in ponds within the UK. Approximately 50 per cent of ponds in the UK have been lost, and 80 per cent of current ponds are in a poor state leading to large declines in great crested newt populations.

The previous licensing system was focused on preventing harm to great crested newts on individual development sites rather than addressing the wider health of newt populations. Through District Level Licensing, developers can invest in mitigating the impact of a development by restoring and creating offsite compensatory ponds in areas of the county suitable for newts, rather than the species being squeezed in around the margins of a development. Importantly, this means the species benefits from an overall increase in breeding grounds to better support their populations over time.



roe deer skulls tangled in discarded rope (image: Martyn Horbrough / BDS)Waste Dumping Proves Fatal to Deer - British Deer Society

Waste dumping is becoming an increasing problem in our UK countryside. While some people may simply see this as an eyesore, it presents a very real danger to our wildlife.

One of our members Martyn Hobrough was recently out enjoying his local area when he discovered a most distressing scene.  Martyn explains: “There are three roe buck skulls entangled in this pile of discarded rope and the whole “package” is caught in a barbed-wire fence. The remains of the carcasses are scattered around the site... These animals will have died the most slow and horrific death.”  Martyn contacted us to highlight the issue and provide photographs that the BDS could use to raise awareness and assist with both training and education.

roe deer skulls tangled in discarded rope (image: Martyn Horbrough / BDS)

Fencing of all types - string, rope, electric fence tape, and round bale plastic wrapping or tennis court nets can cause enormous damage when wild animals like deer become entangled or enmeshed in them.

Careless disposal of materials can be prevented through more awareness of the impact these have on the environment and greater care in there use and removal. 

Read more about field fencing hazards to deer


Did someone say cheese? – The Mammal Society

Woodmouse shut that door by Roy Rimmer Small mammal wins biggest prize in this year’s Mammal Photographer of the Year competition

The results of the Mammal Society’s annual photography competition are in. The winner of Mammal Photographer of the Year 2019 is Roy Rimmer from Lancashire with his atmospheric photograph “Woodmouse Shut that Door”.

Woodmouse shut that door by Roy Rimmer

Roy explains how he managed to capture the perfect shot “…I baited the entrance of the shed door and placed one flash outside the entrance to replicate the moonlight and one flash inside the entrance which I diffused just enough in order to keep a rim light. I struggled for several nights to get the mice in the right place so I decided to smear chocolate near the bottom of the door. This encouraged the mice to stand for a while whilst it licked the bait giving me the opportunity to create the image.”

MPOY judge, nature and conservation photographer Peter Cairns said of the winning photograph “This image stood out for me as soon as I set eyes on it. It’s great to see an under-represented species so creatively captured. The lighting is spot on and, perhaps more importantly, there’s a story delivered with a splash of humour.”


The Wildlife Trusts call for more investment in badger vaccination - The Wildlife Trust

The Wildlife Trusts' response to new figures released by the government.

Today (Thursday 21 March) the government released figures on the numbers of badgers vaccinated last year, in 2018. Their figures show that 641 were vaccinated – with half of these through the Badger Edge Vaccination Scheme (BEVS), the government-sponsored badger vaccination programme.

There is robust scientific evidence to prove that badger vaccination reduces the transmission of bTB in badgers. Several studies demonstrate that vaccinating badgers reduces the progression, severity and the likelihood that the infection would be passed on, once a badger is infected.

Whilst the data released today indicates progress of sorts, when compared to the numbers of badgers culled in 2018 – at least 32,602 – it represents a very small proportion. Vaccination has the potential to reduce bTB infection prevalence in the badger population, and hence bTB risks to cattle, without the harmful effects associated with culling such as increased prevalence of TB in badgers plus spreading the disease.

Much more needs to be done – and The Wildlife Trusts have demonstrated that badger vaccination is do-able. Twelve Wildlife Trusts across England and Wales conducted badger vaccination programmes between 2011-2015. In this time, we vaccinated more than 1500 badgers. The largest programme is run by Derbyshire Wildlife Trust who also hosted training for lay vaccinators carried out by the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) in 2018.



Woodcock making a comeback - Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust

(image: GWCT)Numbers of woodcock were higher than expected across most of Britain this winter, with parts of southern England recording numbers well above average.

(image: GWCT)

This comes as a surprise as there were fears of a poor breeding season after the dry summer of 2018.

It is possible that conditions in spring on the main breeding grounds in Russia and Scandinavia may have resulted in better chick survival immediately after hatching, when the young are vulnerable to cold, wet weather, and that this could have compensated for higher mortality during the dry weather later in the summer.

Summer conditions were also variable across Europe, with central Russia not experiencing the high temperatures recorded in Scandinavia, resulting in regional differences in woodcock breeding success.

The woodcock influx this year coincided with sudden, widespread snowfall in Russia during the third week of November, coupled with easterly winds from central Europe.

Dr Andrew Hoodless, a woodcock expert from the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT), said: “It appears that most areas of southern Britain experienced good numbers of woodcock. It may have been a slightly different situation in the north – with reports from Scotland being more mixed. The contrast between north and south may reflect different winter weather conditions, but it seems likely that it also reflects the fates of different breeding populations: with Scotland’s wintering population consisting of a higher proportion of woodcock from Scandinavia rather than Russia. It was good to see woodcock numbers bounce back quickly after the relatively poor season of 2017/18 and many shoots waiting until at least December to assess numbers before deciding on whether to have a day at woodcock.”


Illegal songbird trapping in Cyprus at ten year low on UK military base – RSPB

  • Latest report suggests a continued decline in the number of birds being illegally killed on British military base in Cyprus.
  • The continued reduction is due in large part to work by the RSPB, BirdLife Cyprus and the Sovereign Base Area Administration using covert surveillance methods to catch trappers in the act, leading to stronger court sentences.
  • Killed songbirds are sold via the black market to restaurants in the Republic of Cyprus for diners to eat, with criminal gangs earning hundreds of thousands of Euros from this illegal activity.

An estimated 121,000 songbirds, such as blackcaps and robins, are estimated to have been illegally killed on a British military base in Cyprus last autumn, according to a new report by BirdLife Cyprus and the RSPB. However, this number was down from 260,000 in 2017 and 880,000 in 2016.

The success in the reduction of illegal trapping on the base is believed to be primarily due to the impact of covert surveillance work undertaken by the RSPB and BirdLife Cyprus with the Sovereign Base Area (SBA) Administration. Since the work started in 2016, some 21 trappers have been caught on camera and prosecuted, with courts imposing three years suspended jail sentences and fines as high as 6000 Euros. More individuals caught in 2018 are due to appear in court later this year. The Committee Against Bird Slaughter (CABS) have also continued to provide crucial support in identifying trapping sites as highlighted by TV Presenter and campaigner, Chris Packham, during the last three autumns.

Along with increased enforcement and heavier sentences, the SBA authorities are also using a range of civil and criminal sanctions against the trappers meaning they now face a double deterrent.

Songbirds are illegally trapped and killed to provide restaurants with the main ingredient for the local and expensive delicacy of ambelopoulia - a plate of cooked songbirds. Organised criminal gangs are driving this illegal activity on a huge scale and it is estimated they earn hundreds of thousands of Euros every year from the songbirds they kill on British territory.


Peak District National Park bird of prey project wins National Lottery support - RSPB

A nature conservation project aimed at reversing the fortunes of birds of prey in the Peak District National Park has received National Lottery support.

The National Lottery Heritage Fund has awarded a development grant of £91,900 to a partnership made up of the RSPB, National Trust, Derbyshire Wildlife Trust, Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust and Peak District National Park Authority. This funding will enable the partnership to progress plans for the Upland Skies project and apply for a full National Lottery grant next year.

Birds of prey should be a common sight on the hills and moors of the Peak District National Park but they are in trouble. For some species - most notably peregrines, goshawks and hen harriers - there is mounting evidence showing that illegal persecution is an important factor affecting these birds. 

For other birds of prey such as merlin and owls, the picture is less clear with declines potentially linked to habitat quality and climate change.

Taking place in Sheffield and the Peak District National Park, Upland Skies will raise public awareness of the threats these birds face and inspire local people and visitors to take action to help increase the numbers of birds of prey in the Peak District National Park. The project will inspire, educate and engage children and young people about this precious wildlife, the landscapes on their doorstep.  Upland Skies will also champion positive land management techniques, which will provide habitats to help birds of prey thrive once again.


Cutting edge technology to provide new insight into lives of Scotland’s Golden Eagles – Cairngorms National Park Authority

An innovative new type of satellite tag has been designed to provide a boost to understanding raptor movements and behaviour, as well as help understand the fate of birds which die in the Cairngorms National Park and more widely across Scotland.

(c) Lorne Gill/SNH(c) Lorne Gill/SNH

Over the next 18 months some young Golden Eagles in and around the Cairngorms National Park will be fitted with a novel ‘Raptor Tracker’ tag, as part of a trial which will provide key information on movements and behaviour, such as whether a bird is feeding or resting. Most importantly, it will provide an instant fix on any birds which die.

Tags in current use are limited in what information they can provide on the exact location of any bird which dies.  This new tag uses the ‘geostationary Iridium’ satellite network and ensures that signal information is always available.  Crucially, it has been developed with multiple sensors;  these immediately send a ‘distress’ signal, with an exact location, back to base if unusual behaviour is detected. This early warning system has the added benefit of helping to rapidly identify and recover birds which have died.

Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham said: “This is great news for improving our understanding of eagle behaviours, and in the fight against wildlife crime. The tags should make a real difference in deterring would-be criminals, as well as playing a key role in establishing exactly what happened, should any of these magnificent birds of prey disappear or die in unusual circumstances.”


Stone-curlews still vulnerable even after decades of recovery - RSPB

The RSPB has warned that the East Anglian population of one of the UK’s rarest breeding birds, the stone-curlew, remains vulnerable despite decades of recovery.

Numbers of the rare migratory wading bird nesting in the East have fallen in recent years after reaching a peak of around 290 breeding pairs in 2012.

Last year, possibly as few as 202 pairs are thought to have nested in the East of England. The majority – around 165 pairs – in the Brecks, with a small number of birds breeding in other parts of the region, including the Suffolk Coast close to RSPB Minsmere nature reserve.

Tim Cowan, RSPB Eastern England stone-curlew project manager, said: “The fall in breeding numbers of stone-curlew in the last six years is a troubling trend. To lose up to 30% of the breeding pairs is a major setback to decades-long conservation efforts.

“The weather played a significant part in 2013, when a late cold snap sadly wiped out a lot of birds that had arrived back early from migration, but more worrying is the failure of the population to recover from that bad winter. The fact that a one-off weather event like this can leave the population still struggling to bounce back years later highlights the precarious situation the UK’s stone-curlews are still in.”


Project will see the birds return to the Isle of Wight after an absence of almost 240 years - Forestry England

Plans to return white-tailed eagles to the South of England have taken a step forward after a licence was issued by the Government’s wildlife licensing authority, Natural England.  The licence to reintroduce Britain’s largest bird of prey was granted to The Roy Dennis Wildlife Foundation and Forestry England who will undertake a five year reintroduction programme based on the Isle of Wight.

White-tailed eagles were once widespread across Southern Britain until the eighteenth century when persecution and human activity lead to the birds being wiped out.  The last known breeding place in the region was recorded at Culver Cliff on the Isle of Wight in 1780.

The project could give a significant boost to the Island economy after a similar scheme on The Isle of Mull was found to have boosted its local economy by up to £5 million a year.

Roy Dennis, Founder of The Roy Dennis Wildlife Foundation said “White-tailed eagles were once a common sight in England and southern Europe but were lost centuries ago. This project aims to reverse that situation by restoring the eagles to their ancestral nesting places. I can remember as a lad walking along Culver Cliffs to see where the eagles had once lived. It is incredible now to be able to play a part in returning these birds back to their home. We look forward to working with a range of organisations on the Island, and in the Solent area, to help make this exciting project a success.”

Bruce Rothnie, South Forest Management Director, at Forestry England, said, “Our woodlands provide a haven for wildlife and we hope that they will become home to these incredible birds on the Isle of Wight. This long term project is a great opportunity to help to restore the white-tailed eagle to the South Coast of England and we are proud to be involved in helping to bring back this rarest of birds to Britain.” 

Reintroducing these birds is a priority in the Government’s 25 Year Environment Plan. Implementation of the licence will be closely monitored by Natural England. Public support for the project has been high with 76 per cent of local people surveyed supporting the reintroduction of the birds to the area.



Last chance for Sussex butterfly – Butterfly Conservation

Hundreds of Sussex schoolchildren and college students have joined forces to save a rare butterfly from local extinction, wildlife charity Butterfly Conservation (BC) can reveal.

Volunteers aged from six to 18 are creating new habitat for the rapidly declining White-letter Hairstreak at Lancing College near Shoreham airport.

The butterfly, identified by a distinctive ‘W’ marking on the underside of its wing, has experienced a 93% decline in numbers across the UK since the 1970’s and is at risk because its caterpillar will only feed on elm.

Millions of elm have been lost across Sussex and other parts of the country over the last 40 years due to Dutch elm disease, an infection first brought over to the UK on imported logs from Canada.

At least 550 disease-resistant elm trees will be planted to help the White-letter Hairstreak as part of the Elms for Adur Hairstreaks project by BC’s Sussex Branch, with support from the South Downs Volunteer Ranger Service and local young people.

Children from Sussex primary schools, special educational needs schools, cubs and scouts groups, college students and teenagers working towards their Duke of Edinburgh’s Award will all be involved in tasks from planting to learning more about the butterfly.


Caged flowers could save rare bee in one of its last strongholds – Bumblebee Conservation Trust

A first-of-its kind project offering hope for one of the UK’s rarest bumblebees has been launched on the Peak District moors near Sheffield this month, with support from the National Lottery.

Picture: Sally Cuckney, Project Manager and Rebecca Wood (Ass Warden Eastern Moors Partenership)Picture: Sally Cuckney, Project Manager and Rebecca Wood (Ass Warden Eastern Moors Partenership)

The Bumblebee Conservation Trust and the Eastern Moors Partnership – a joint initiative between the National Trust and the RSPB – aim to boost populations of the threatened Bilberry bumblebee by planting 1,000 bilberry plants inside specially designed grazing-proof metal cages on Hathersage Moor.

Bilberry is a vital food source for the declining bumblebee. It flowers in the spring and early summer, before heathers and other moorland plants, and is essential for the bees and their larvae as the nests are established.

Sally Cuckney, Pollinating the Peak Project Manager for the Bumblebee Conservation Trust, said: “Grazing animals such as sheep and deer find tender young bilberry plants especially tasty, and their constant browsing stunts the plants’ growth. That’s bad news for the Bilberry bumblebee. If grazing is reduced, bilberry does much better. This hands-on project is the first attempt to help Bilberry bumblebees and bilberry plants survive and thrive together like this.”

This month, bilberry has been planted across 60 acres of Hathersage Moor, then protected by cages built by Bumblebee Conservation Trust and Eastern Moors volunteers and youth rangers.


Volunteers and Citizen Science.

Survey enables better understanding of pressures on UK’s plant species - Centre for Ecology and Hydrology

The dedication of volunteers across the UK is creating an impressive resource on plant communities, thereby assisting scientific investigations into changes to our countryside.

Bluebells are the most frequently-seen wildflower in the woodlands surveyed as part of the National Plant Monitoring Scheme Picture: Beth Newman/PlantlifeBluebells are the most frequently-seen wildflower in the woodlands surveyed as part of the National Plant Monitoring Scheme (Picture: Beth Newman/Plantlife)

The National Plant Monitoring Scheme, run by a partnership of organisations including the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, relies on hundreds of people across the country – including walkers, amateur wildlife enthusiasts and mountaineers – recording the different wildflowers they see in their local area. It oversees the UK’s biggest wild plant survey, taking place from the Spring Equinox – which this year is March 20 – to the end of September.

Although the National Plant Monitoring Scheme (NPMS) was only set up four years ago, the early records collected by members of the public are already helping to improve scientists’ understanding of the environmental pressures on plants and habitats.

The annual survey covers about 30 types of habitat found in the UK, from woodland and hedgerows to blanket bog, flushes, heathland and streams, plus more than 400 species of wildflowers.

Dr Oli Pescott, an ecologist at the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH), says: “The National Plant Monitoring Scheme helps us to detect pressures on habitats and may also allow us to understand how these vary across time and space. Early findings are already providing much-needed data on the abundance of wild plants at local levels. We very much hope that, over time, the NPMS will allow us to understand more about how our wild flora is changing in response to pressures such as nitrogen pollution and invasive species.”


NE Scotland reaches 1.5 m wildlife records - Scottish Natural Heritage

A speckled wood butterfly has become the 1.5 millionth wildlife record logged in North East Scotland.

Spotted by a local butterfly recorder near Banchory, the speckled wood butterfly has increased by more than 30 percent in its distribution and geographical spread across the UK in the last 40 years, and can now be widely seen across Aberdeenshire. 

Speckled Wood (image: Stuart Graham - W Argyll via SNH)Speckled Wood (image: Stuart Graham - W Argyll via SNH)

Glenn Roberts, North East Scotland Biological Records Centre (NESBReC) Coordinator, said: “This is a phenomenal achievement for our many ‘citizen scientists’ in North East Scotland. We’re so fortunate to have such a wide variety of wildlife in the area, and we’re grateful to everyone who contributed. People are often surprised to hear about the many kinds of animals that can be found in the area, from owls to whales to rare fungi. With spring soon to begin there are invertebrates, such as some butterflies and bumblebees, coming out of hibernation, emerging from dusty sheds, garages and holes in the ground. Hedgehogs will also be coming out of hibernation – look out for them in your gardens, in woodland and on our country roads – even a record of roadkill is useful.”

Denise Reed, Scottish Nature Heritage’s (SNH’s) Tayside & Grampian unit manager, added: “I’d encourage everyone to submit their animal sightings. Every record is important: this information is invaluable to help us learn about and protect animals in the North East.” 


Pollution, sustainablity and climate.

Microplastics found in reef-dwellers off Scotland’s west coast - Marine Conservation Society

Scientists have discovered tiny plastic fibres inside starfish and sea worms at the remote Mingulay Reef Complex off the west coast of Scotland.

The find was made in the East Mingulay Marine Protected Area, which was designated in 2012. Researchers from the University of Edinburgh, who looked at preserved specimens from the last 16 years, says it highlights how widespread ocean littering has become.

Calum Duncan, MCS Head of Conservation Scotland, said: “These latest shocking results highlight the scale of the challenge of preventing plastic getting into the ocean, and of trying to eventually remove all the plastic already there”.

Laura La Beur, a research student based at the University of Edinburgh’s, School of GeoSciences, said: “It’s really surprising to see the amount and range of microplastics in these deep reefs. We don’t yet know what impact small microfibres will have on the deep oceans, but caution is needed to prevent putting the seas under more stress.”


Public Health England publishes air pollution evidence review

The review aims to create a ‘clean air generation’ of children, and make sure new developments are clean by design.

Public Health England (PHE) has today, Monday 11 March 2019, published a review of evidence on how to improve air quality in the United Kingdom.

The review informs local and national government on actions to improve outdoor air quality and health.

Air pollution is the biggest environmental threat to health in the UK, with between 28,000 and 36,000 deaths a year attributed to long-term exposure. There is strong evidence that air pollution causes the development of coronary heart disease, stroke, respiratory disease and lung cancer, and exacerbates asthma.

Professor Paul Cosford, Director of Health Protection and Medical Director at PHE, said: “Now is our opportunity to create a clean air generation of children, by implementing interventions in a coordinated way. By making new developments clean by design we can create a better environment for everyone, especially our children.”

Response: Public Health England’s air quality review a significant step forward – Sustrans

Today Public Health England has published air quality interventions evidence review, which outlines a set of recommendations on how the Image: Sustransgovernment can improve air quality, including banning cars outside schools, investing more in clean public transport and foot and cycle paths as well as introducing road pricing.

Image: Sustrans

Dr Andy Cope, Director of Insight, Research & Monitoring at Sustrans, the walking and cycling charity, who has contributed to the Review said: “This review is a significant step forward in providing clear guidance to tackle all forms of air pollution, including road transport emissions. We need radical changes in the way we travel. There is a growing body of evidence that shows investing in and encouraging walking and cycling can make a major contribution to reducing roadside air pollution. The challenge now is to connect the evidence to legislative changes, and to practical measures.”


Keep Scotland Beautiful endorses global commitment to end plastic pollution - Keep Scotland Beautiful

We are calling time on plastic waste and pollution by endorsing the Ellen MacArthur Foundation's New Plastics Economy Global Commitment.

The New Plastics Economy looks for businesses and organisations to endorse the commitment to reduce our single-use plastic use, innovate so all plastics we do need are designed to be safely reused, recycled or composted, and to contribute to a truly circular economy.

Our work at Keep Scotland Beautiful goes a long way to forcing a change in our habits concerning single-use plastic items already, and our ambition for this Global Commitment is that we can encourage organisations across Scotland to join is in ending plastic waste and pollution today.

Through our campaigns such as our Cup Movement, we are encouraging people to not just change their littering behaviour, but encourage them to think of sustainable alternatives to plastic and call on businesses to aid in the recovery and recycling of single-use items.


Rivers of plastic: Photographs reveal UK river wildlife habitats invaded by plastic pollution – Greenpeace

A new collection of photographs show iconic British wildlife like otters, voles and kingfishers surrounded by plastic pollution in UK rivers;

Common Kingfisher perched above discarded litter near Deptford Creek, London. © Tomos BrangwynCommon Kingfisher perched above discarded litter near Deptford Creek, London. © Tomos Brangwyn

Greenpeace is carrying out the most thorough survey of plastic in UK rivers to date – testing river water in 13 rivers nationwide and analysing the plastics found with state of the art technology;

Campaigners, scientists, actor Bonnie Wright and 70,000 members of the public are urging the government to set and enforce reduction targets for single-use plastics  

The world has seen the impacts of plastic pollution on our oceans – turtles eating plastic, seabirds feeding plastic to chicks. Now a new collection of photographs published today (Monday 18 March) by Greenpeace UK shows that plastic pollution is also invading the habitats of Britain’s most iconic river wildlife.

The pictures – some of them new, some rarely-seen or previously unpublished – show otters swimming through plastic bottles, voles eating plastic, and swans, moorhens and coots with plastic in their nests.

The images are released as Greenpeace is carrying out the most thorough survey of plastic in UK rivers to date. Campaigners are gathering water samples from 13 rivers across the UK and scientists will be analysing the plastics found using state of the art infrared technology at the University of Exeter.


World's largest study to monitor air quality exposure of 250 children – Kings College London

A new study by King's scientists will monitor air quality exposure of 250 children on their way to school and in the classroom. The announcement was made today (19 March 2019) at Haimo Primary School in Greenwich by the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, who is funding the study.

Image: Kings College LondonImage: Kings College London

Led by Dr Ben Barratt from the Environmental Research Group at King's, the study will use state-of-the-art toxic air monitoring backpacks developed by Dyson, to help monitor and better understand the levels of toxic air young Londoners are exposed to during their journeys to school and in the classroom.

250 pupils from five London primary schools, situated across five boroughs (Southwark, Richmond, Greenwich, Haringey and Hammersmith and Fulham) will take part in the project, wearing specially adapted backpacks to and from school for a week.

Weighing just over 1kg, the sensors fit into lightweight bags and measure particulate matter (PM2.5 and PM10) and nitrogen dioxide (NO2) levels. The children involved will use the backpacks like a normal bag (the monitor takes up one pocket, leaving plenty of room for school equipment), allowing the monitors to record pollutant levels on each child’s journey to school and throughout the school day.

The data from this study will allow King’s scientists to analyse at which point of their journey to school (or which part of their school day) children are exposed to the most pollution. They will also be able to the compare the exposure of children who have similar journeys but take different routes and travel modes and then make recommendations of how children can reduce their exposure in future.


Phase-out single-use plastics by 2025 not 2042 – Wildlife and Countryside Link

19 organisations are calling on Government to phase-out single-use plastics by 2025 not 2042 to stop 4,000 billion more single-use plastic items being thrown away.

The Government must phase-out all non-essential single-use plastics by 2025 to tackle the scourge of plastic pollution, say 19 leading environment charities, coordinated by Wildlife and Countryside Link. This could save more than 4,000 billion pieces of unnecessary single-use plastic waste being consumed in the UK between 2026 - 2042, helping to slash the ‘toxic plastic soup’ ending up in our oceans, rivers and countryside.
In a joint report published today (22 March), 19 organisations concerned with the impact of plastic pollution on the environment and wildlife, are calling for a wholesale transition away from single-use plastic. This, they say, must be an urgent priority if the government truly wants to fulfil its pledge to be a global leader in tackling plastic pollution.
Dr Sue Kinsey of Marine Conservation Society said: ‘Plastic pollution is an environmental emergency and Government needs to treat it as such. The damage our ‘throwaway’ culture has done to our seas is clear. We urgently need to reduce the amount of plastic we produce and use if we’re to lead the way in turning the plastic tide. This is essential to create a genuine circular economy system in the UK where ‘waste’ is valued as a resource and used time and time again rather than polluting our countryside, coasts and seas.’
A full copy of the embargoed report is available here


Highlighting social identity and peer group norms can increase water conservation – University of East Anglia

New research suggests that targeted use of behavioural ‘nudges’ can encourage people to conserve water.

Researchers at the University of East Anglia (UEA) found that rather than giving people general information about the importance of saving water, emphasising the water conserving actions of others in the same social group - for example university students or local residents - encourages similar behaviour changes and reduces water demand.

Water scarcity is a growing global issue and within the UK water shortages are recognised as one of the greatest climate change-related threats. This week the UK’s Environment Agency warned that England will not have enough water to meet demand within 25 years.

The new study explored the use of social norms in campaigns to motivate people to save water. Previous research has found that these behavioural-based approaches, or ‘nudges’ can impact on other pro-environmental behaviours, for example around saving energy and encouraging recycling.


Single-use plastics ban across EU member states by 2021 - Marine Conservation Society

A ban on a whole range of single-use plastic items will come into force by 2021 following a vote approving a new, wide ranging law in the European parliament 

Among those items set to be banned are single-use plastic cutlery (forks, knives, spoons and chopsticks), plastic plates, straws, cotton bud and balloon sticks. Oxo-degradable plastics and food containers and expanded polystyrene cups are also included in the list.

Plastic straws found on beachclean © Natasha Ewins / MCSPlastic straws found on beachclean © Natasha Ewins / MCS

According to the European Commission, more than 80% of marine litter is plastics. The products covered by this new law constitute 70% of all marine litter items. Almost 30% of the litter found during the MCS Great British Beach Clean last September came from the public – including these items, whilst almost 50% of litter was ‘non-sourced’ - that’s stuff that’s too small to be identified but much of which will almost certainly have originally started life as many of the items on this list.

Dr Laura Foster, MCS Head of Clean Seas, says it’s great news to see the overwhelming approval by the parliament on the single use plastic directive: “The directive was a direct result of the monitoring of beach litter over a number of years which clearly showed that measures needed to be taken to tackle it. It also highlights the value of the data collected by our volunteers and how this can result in huge changes.”

Member states will also have to achieve a 90% collection target for plastic bottles by 2029, and plastic bottles will have to contain at least 25% of recycled content by 2025 and 30% by 2030. 


New edition of good practice guide to prevent diffuse pollution in forests - Forestry Commission Scotland

A 2nd edition of a hugely popular on-the-ground guide for forest workers has been released, to help protect Scotland’s rivers and streams from pollution.

The pocket sized booklet called ‘Know the Rules’ conveys straightforward messages for all those who work in forests to protect water quality. It is accompanied by a 2nd edition of the ‘Keep your Distance’ vehicle sticker.

These useful reminders aim to get operators to raise the bar on how forestry operations are planned, communicated and managed in order to minimise diffuse pollution risk and protect the water environment. The key message is prevention rather than cure.

The straightforward messages remind all forest workers about minimum legal and UK Forestry Standard requirements, which all those working in forests should comply with.

Download the guides free here: www.forestrywaterscotland.com 


Scientific Research, Results and Publications.

Scotland’s natural capital worth £273 billion – Scottish Government

An Experimental Statistics Publication for Scotland.

A comprehensive assessment has been carried out for the first time of the monetary value of Scotland’s natural capital.

The assessment has discovered that in 2015 the asset value of Scottish natural capital was an estimated £273 billion.

This figure equates to 34% of the total UK asset valuation for natural capital.

A quarter of the asset value was attributable to items not directly captured in gross domestic product, namely carbon sequestration, pollutant removal and recreation.

The assessment includes information on ten ecosystem services: agricultural biomass, fish capture, timber, water abstraction, mineral production, oil and gas production, renewable energy generation, carbon sequestration, air pollutant removal, and recreation.

Accounting for natural capital is important as many of the most valuable services it provides are intangible. This means that they are often not captured in conventional measures of economic activity.

Other results include:

  • Fish capture in Scottish waters rose by over two-thirds between 2003 and 2016.
  • Scottish timber production nearly doubled from 1997 to 2017.
  • During 2017 water abstraction for public water supply in Scotland fell to its lowest level in the series history, partly due to less leakage.
  • In 2017 oil and gas production in Scotland more than halved from 1998 levels.
  • In 2017 five times as much energy was produced from renewable sources in Scotland than was produced in 2000.
  • Between 2009 and 2017 annual outdoor recreation time spent per person was 56 hours (65%) higher in Scotland than the UK average.
  • Average spend per visit on outdoor recreation in Scotland was £1.14 between 2009 and 2017, 43% lower than the UK (£1.99).

Response: Trust welcomes publication of natural capital accounts – Scottish Wildlife Trust

The value of Scotland’s natural environment has been estimated for the first time. © Mark Hamblin / 2020 VisionThe value of Scotland’s natural environment has been estimated for the first time. © Mark Hamblin / 2020 Vision

The Trust has welcomed the publication by the Scottish Government and the Office of National Statistics of estimates of the quantity and value of ten services being supplied by Scottish natural capital.

Our Chief Executive Jonny Hughes said: “The Scottish Government and Office for National Statistics should be congratulated on this important piece of work. We now have detailed information that will help the Scottish Government deliver on its commitment to protect and enhance our natural capital, and meet international obligations including the Sustainable Development Goals. This new data provides useful insights into how everyone in Scotland benefits from our natural assets, including forests, wetlands and green spaces. For the first time we can see that even the partial value of natural capital in Scotland is more than £270 billion – a third of the UK’s total. A quarter of this value is found in non-material benefits that are not captured in traditional economic measures such as Gross Domestic Product.”


Mass amphibian extinctions globally caused by fungal disease - The Australian National University

An international study led by ANU has found a fungal disease has caused dramatic population declines in more than 500 amphibian species, including 90 extinctions, over the past 50 years.

The disease, which eats away at the skin of amphibians, has completely wiped out some species, while causing more sporadic deaths among other species. Amphibians, which live part of their life in water and the other part on land, mainly consist of frogs, toads and salamanders.

The deadly disease, chytridiomycosis, is present in more than 60 countries - the worst affected parts of the world are Australia, Central America and South America.

Lead researcher Dr Ben Scheele said the team found that chytridiomycosis is responsible for the greatest loss of biodiversity due to a disease.  Dr Scheele said improved biosecurity and wildlife trade regulation were urgently needed to prevent any more extinctions around the world. "We've got to do everything possible to stop future pandemics, by having better control over wildlife trade around the world."  Dr Scheele said the team's work identified that many species were still at high risk of extinction over the next 10-20 years from chytridiomycosis due to ongoing declines. "Knowing what species are at risk can help target future research to develop conservation actions to prevent extinctions."

The study is published in Science and was supported by the Threatened Species Recovery Hub of the Australian Government's National Environmental Science Programe


Fifty-year study shows climate change is pushing UK wildlife 'out of sync' – Rothamsted Research

Climate change has advanced the breeding season of many species in the UK – but just how much varies markedly across the country.

The first in-depth analysis into the seasonal timing of certain bird and insect behaviours has confirmed that spring is indeed getting earlier each year – but that exactly how much earlier these events now start depends on where in the UK and in which habitat they occur.

The authors of the report have warned these trends could have serious ramifications for ecosystems, as significant variation between groups of animals in the rates of advance means populations are becoming “out of sync” with the life cycles of their prey.

The fifty-year study into natural cycles of egg laying and migration has also dashed environmentalists’ hopes that shaded habitats such as forests are shielding some populations from the destabilising effects of global warming.

Lead author Dr James Bell, who heads up the Rothamsted Insect Survey, said: “There was already good evidence that spring is coming earlier each year, but what we didn’t expect to find was that it was advancing as much in forests as it is in open areas such as grassland. Equally, in areas where we’d expect to see much greater acceleration, such as urban parkland, the rates of advance appear to be the same. This all points to a complex picture emerging under climate change, which makes ecosystem responses hard to predict, and even harder for conservationists to prepare for.”

An earlier study by the group looking at a 30-year period had shown the average rate of advance varied from about a week earlier for birds and a month earlier for aphids, but this new paper reveals an even more complex picture.

Read the publication: Spatial and habitat variation in aphid, butterfly, moth and bird phenologies over the last half century


Climate Change Threat to Dolphins’ Survival – University of Zurich

An unprecedented marine heatwave had long-lasting negative impacts on both survival and birth rates on the iconic dolphin population in Shark Bay, Western Australia. Researchers at UZH have now documented that climate change may have more far-reaching consequences for the conservation of marine mammals than previously thought.

Dolphin mother with her calf (Sonja Wild)Dolphin mother with her calf (Sonja Wild)

Shark Bay in Western Australia in early 2011: A heatwave causes the water temperatures to rise to more than four degrees above the annual average. The extended period caused a substantial loss of seagrass, which drives the Shark Bay ecosystem, in this coastal area, a UNESCO world heritage site.

Researchers from UZH have now investigated how this environmental damage has affected survival and reproduction of dolphins. They used long-term data on hundreds of animals collected over a ten-year period from 2007 to 2017. Their analyses revealed that the dolphins’ survival rate had fallen by 12 percent following the heatwave of 2011. Moreover, female dolphins were giving birth to fewer calves – a phenomenon that lasted at least until 2017. 

Negative influence of the heatwave is unprecedented

“The extent of the negative influence of the heatwave surprised us,” says Sonja Wild, former PhD candidate at the University of Leeds and first author of the study. “It is particularly unusual that the reproductive success of females appears to have not returned to normal levels, even after six years.” There are several possible explanations for this phenomenon, for instance neglect of calves, increased newborn mortality, delayed sexual maturity or a combination thereof, but researchers have not yet been able to investigate them in detail.


Trees & plants

Tree killer hiding: Novel insect vectors and host trees harbor the Dutch elm disease - Natural Resources Institute Finland

Researchers from the Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke) and the University of Krakow have revealed novel and unexpected insect vectors and host trees for the Dutch elm disease, a deadly and devastating fungal disease of elm trees. Global trade and climate change enhance the risk of new exotic insect and fungi introductions.

The researchers conducted the most comprehensive survey thus far on the fungal associates of hardwood-infesting beetles in Central Europe, and found Dutch elm disease pathogen (Ophiostoma novo-ulmi) from the elm-infecting beetles as well as from beetles on European ash (Fraxinus excelsior) and oak (Quercus robur). The result was unexpected, because until now only Scolytus bark beetle species attacking elm trees have been considered the main vectors of the disease.

“This study shows that the Dutch elm disease pathogen is hiding in a plain view, in association with such vector insects and host trees that have been neglected in previous studies. Our results suggest that the pathogen host and vector range in forest ecosystems in Europe is much broader than previously thought. It is clear that this finding complicates the Dutch elm disease eradication and control attempts even further,” highlights Dr. Riikka Linnakoski from Luke.

Access the paper: Robert Jankowiak, Beata Strzałka, Piotr Bilański, Magdalena Kacprzyk, Piotr Wieczorek, Riikka Linnakoski, Ophiostomatoid fungi associated with hardwood-infesting bark and ambrosia beetles in Poland: Taxonomic diversity and vector specificity, Fungal Ecology, Volume 39, 2019, Pages 152-167, ISSN 1754-5048,  doi:10.1016/j.funeco.2019.02.001



Overland migration of Arctic Terns revealed – Newcastle University

Data from a landmark study of the world’s longest migrating seabird reveals how overland migration is an integral part of their amazing journey.

Image: Newcastle UniversityImage: Newcastle University

Analysing the data from electronic tags retrieved from 47 Arctic Terns, the Newcastle University-led team has been able to characterise in unprecedented detail the route and stop-off points during this record-breaking bird’s 90,000 km annual migration.

This includes:

  • An 8,000km, 24-day, non-stop flight over the Indian Ocean, feeding on the move
  • An overland detour from the Farne Irelands to the Irish Sea and over Ireland to the Atlantic
  • A short stay on the New Zealand coast before completing the final leg of their journey
  • A stop-off at Llangorse Lake, in the Brecon Beacons National Park, during their return journey in the Spring

47 tags retrieved

Led by scientists at Newcastle University in collaboration with BBC’s Springwatch, 53 adult birds nesting on the Farne Islands off the Northumberland coast were fitted with geolocators over a three year period.

Weighing just over 100 g the Arctic Tern has the longest migration of any bird, travelling all the way to Antarctica for the winter and back to the Farnes, which are owned and managed by the National Trust, to breed in the spring.

So far, 47 tags have been retrieved and the research team, led by Dr Chris Redfern of Newcastle University, are starting to analyse the data.

“Technology is revealing details of the movement and behaviour of these amazing birds in unprecedented detail,” says Dr Redfern, whose initial findings in collaboration with Dr Richard Bevan are published today (25 March) in the academic journal Ibis. “Arctic Terns feed on surface fish and other marine animals so it has always been assumed they would migrate via a coastal route, down the North Sea and through the English Channel. But instead our data has shown their regular route is to travel overland across the UK to the Irish Sea and some are going even further crossing Ireland to the North Atlantic.”

Access the Paper: ‘Overland movement and migration phenology in relation to breeding of Arctic Terns, Sterna paradisaea’ Chris Redfern and Richard Bevan. Ibis DOI: DOI:10.1111/ibi.12723


Study suggesting widespread illegal killing of hen harriers on English grouse moors published – Natural England

Image of a brown he harrier flying across a field (image: Natural England)Research published today (Tuesday 19 March) in Nature Communications shows the likelihood of hen harriers dying, or disappearing is ten times higher in areas covered by grouse moor

Image of a brown hen harrier flying across a field (Natural England)

A new study reveals that young hen harriers in England suffer abnormally high mortality compared to populations in Orkney and mainland Scotland and the study provides compelling evidence that the most likely cause is illegal killing in areas associated with grouse moor management.

Published today in Nature Communications this paper represents the culmination of a 10-year Natural England study involving 58 satellite tagged hen harriers. The analyses have been led by the University of Cape Town and Aberdeen University with the provision of land use data by the RSPB.

The study showed the likelihood of hen harriers dying, or disappearing, was ten times higher within areas predominantly covered by grouse moor, compared to areas with no grouse moor. The study revealed that 72% of tagged harriers were either confirmed or considered very likely to have been illegally killed.

Response: No viable alternative land uses for Scotland’s grouse moors, says BASC

BASC has welcomed the results of a study which shows there are serious limitations to alternative uses of land currently used for driven grouse shooting in Scotland.

The association was involved in the research project commissioned by the Scottish Government to examine the socioeconomic and biodiversity impacts of driven grouse moors in Scotland.

BASC Scotland director Dr Colin Shedden said the research, carried out by the James Hutton Institute and Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC), showed that the land, identified in the study by the presence of grouse butts associated with driven grouse shooting, has a low capability for agricultural use.

He said: “Sheep grazing on unimproved pasture could be considered but is unlikely to be feasible. Improving the land for permanent pasture would be expensive and could be in conflict with the many conservation designations associated with heather moorland used for grouse shooting. The other alternative land uses for grouse moors that are frequently referred to are commercial forestry and rewilding, but the report clearly states that ‘the areas considered unsuitable for trees with any expectation of delivering harvestable timber are substantially greater than the areas considered as having very little agricultural value’. It also states that there is limited evidence of the socio-economic benefit of rewilding”.

Read the paper: Megan Murgatroyd, Stephen M. Redpath, Stephen G. Murphy, David J. T. Douglas, Richard Saunders & Arjun Amar Patterns of satellite tagged hen harrier disappearances suggest widespread illegal killing on British grouse moors (open access) Nature Communications volume 10, Article number: 1094 (2019)


Results Day: Records smashed in 2019 Big Farmland Bird Count – Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust

A fantastic effort from farmers have helped secure a best-ever year for the Big Farmland Bird Count (BFBC).

Results show 1,400 people – a 40% increase on last year – recorded 140 species over 1 million acres in the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT) initiative which took place between February 8th to 17th.

Encouragingly, a total of 30 red-listed species were recorded, with 5 appearing in the most-commonly seen species list. These included fieldfares, starlings, house sparrows, yellowhammers and song thrushes, with the first four seen by over 30% of the farms taking part.

The five most abundant birds seen were woodpigeons, starlings, lapwings, black-headed gulls and rooks. A total of 148,661 were found, making up nearly 50% of the total number of birds recorded.

“It’s brilliant to see an increase in the number of participants,” said Jim Egan, who has co-ordinated the count for the past six years. “I’m particularly pleased by the way the facilitation funds and farmer clusters have worked together to embrace this across a landscape scale. The fact that in, many cases, farmers and birders have worked together and inspired each other shows the power of sharing our skills and knowledge.  A huge congratulations to everyone involved.”

To view the results in full, visit www.bfbc.org.uk/2019results



Widespread losses among pollinating insects in Britain – Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

Many insect pollinator species are disappearing from areas of Great Britain, a new study has found.

The research, led by the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, measured the presence of 353 wild bee and hoverfly species across the country, from 1980 to 2013. It showed one third of species experienced declines in terms of areas in which they were found, while one tenth increased. For the remainder of species, their distribution was either stable or the trend was inconclusive.

A positive but unexpected finding of the study was the increase in key bee species responsible for pollinating flowering crops, such as oil-seed rape. This could be in response to the large increases of mass-flowering crops grown during the study period and government-subsidised schemes that encourage farmers to plant more of the wildflowers they feed on.

The research, published in the journal Nature Communications, also showed that on average, the geographic range of bee and hoverfly species declined by a quarter. This is equivalent to a net loss of 11 species from each 1km square.

Overall losses were more notable for pollinator species found in northern Britain. This may be a result of climate change, with species that prefer cooler temperatures reducing their geographical spread in response to less climatically suitable landscapes.

Access the paper: Gary D. Powney, Claire Carvell, Mike Edwards, Roger K. A. Morris, Helen E. Roy, Ben A. Woodcock and Nick J. B. Isaac. 2019. Widespread losses of pollinating insects in Britain. Nature Communications (open access). DOI: 10.1038/s41467-019-08974-9



New study models the proposed reintroduction of the Eurasian lynx to Scotland - University of Stirling media release circulated by Bangor University 

Experts have used an innovative approach to model the proposed reintroduction of the Eurasian lynx to Scotland.

Researchers used state-of-the-art tools to help identify the most suitable location for lynx reintroduction in Scotland – and how this choice might affect the size of a population and its expansion over subsequent decades. Significantly, they believe their model will inform and enhance decision-making around large carnivore reintroductions worldwide.

The Eurasian Lynx.: Magnus Johansson [CC BY-SA 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)]The Eurasian Lynx.: Magnus Johansson [CC BY-SA 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)]

The work was led by Tom Ovenden who said: “Reintroducing large carnivores is often complicated and expensive, meaning that getting things right first time is extremely important. Therefore, advances in modelling approaches, as utilised during our study, are extremely valuable. Our research considered several proposed reintroduction sites, showing how these models can be used as a safe and relatively inexpensive way of assessing the suitability of reintroduction proposals and providing the evidence required to inform decision-making at an early stage. Recent advances in both ecological theory and modelling approaches have made the incorporation of individual species’ complex behaviours in novel environments more realistic. We applied this approach to the potential reintroduction of Eurasian lynx in Scotland – and demonstrated the power of this new, sophisticated model. Our research demonstrates the potential of this approach to be applied elsewhere to help improve reintroduction success in large carnivores, from the safety of a modelling environment.”

The results showed that Scotland possesses sufficient, connected habitat to offer a realistic chance of population establishment and that some sites are more suitable than others.

Access the paper:  Thomas S. Ovenden, Stephen C.F. Palmer, Justin M.J. Travis, John R. Healey, Improving reintroduction success in large carnivores through individual-based modelling: How to reintroduce Eurasian lynx (Lynx lynx) to Scotland, Biological Conservation, Volume 234, 2019, Pages 140-153, ISSN 0006-3207, doi: 10.1016/j.biocon.2019.03.035.


Feeding red squirrels peanuts may make natural diet a tough nut to crack – University of York

Red squirrel Photo by NON on UnsplashNew research suggests a population of red squirrels on the Lancashire coast may have developed weaker bites after snacking on peanuts.

The researchers suggest that the changes in bite strength of the squirrels in Formby could have been brought about by their softer diets, reducing their ability to gnaw through the tough-to-crack nuts they eat naturally – such as pine cone seeds, hazelnuts and beech nuts.

The findings have important implications for conservation efforts for red squirrels, which were once widespread across mainland Britain. They have suffered severe population decline from the 1920s onwards due to a loss of woodland as well as viruses and competition from grey squirrels.

Photo by NON on Unsplash

The researchers, from the University of York and National Museums Scotland, compared the lower jaws of red squirrels from surviving population pockets in the UK (which are mainly in northern areas and on offshore islands) as well as a sample from central Europe.

Their analysis has indicated that Formby squirrels, which are managed by the National Trust and the Lancashire Wildlife Trust, appear to have a less efficient temporalis muscle than all the other red squirrel populations. In rodents this muscle is used for rapid closing of the jaws to generate a powerful bite force.


Scientific Publications

Van Strien, A. J., van Swaay, C. A. M., van Strien-van Liempt, W. T. F. H., Poot, M. J. M. & WallisDeVries, M. F.  Over a century of data reveal more than 80% decline in butterflies in the Netherlands (open access) Biological Conservation. DOI: 10.1016/j.biocon.2019.03.023


Humann-Guilleminot, S., Binkowski, Ł. J., Jenni, L., Hilke, G.,  Glauser, G. & Helfenstein, F. A nation-wide survey of neonicotinoid insecticides in agricultural land with implications for agri-environment schemes. Journal of Applied Ecology. DOI: 10.1111/1365-2664.13392


Rodríguez-Muñoz Rolando, Boonekamp Jelle J., Fisher David, Hopwood Paul ,and Tregenza Tom Slower senescence in a wild insect population in years with a more female-biased sex ratio (open access) Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences http://doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2019.0286


Riebel Katharina, Odom Karan J., Langmore Naomi E. ,and Hall Michelle L. New insights from female bird song: towards an integrated approach to studying male and female communication roles (open access) Biology Letters http://doi.org/10.1098/rsbl.2019.0059


Downie, JR, Larcombe, V, Stead, J. Amphibian conservation in Scotland: A review of threats and opportunities. Aquatic Conserv: Mar Freshw Ecosyst. 2019; 1– 8. https://doi.org/10.1002/aqc.3083


Both, C. , Ubels, R. and Ravussin, P. (2019), Life-history innovation to climate change: can single-brooded migrant birds become multiple breeders?. J Avian Biol. Accepted Author Manuscript. doi:10.1111/jav.01951


Gemma Jerome, Danielle Sinnett, Sarah Burgess, Thomas Calvert, Roger Mortlock, A framework for assessing the quality of green infrastructure in the built environment in the UK. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, 2019, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ufug.2019.04.001


Andreas Lang, Franz Kallhardt, Marina S. Lee, Jacqueline Loos, Mikael A. Molander, Iulia Muntean, Lars B. Pettersson, László Rákosy, Constantí Stefanescu, Antoine Messéan, Monitoring environmental effects on farmland Lepidoptera: Does necessary sampling effort vary between different bio-geographic regions in Europe?, Ecological Indicators, Volume 102, 2019, Pages 791-800, ISSN 1470-160X, doi: 10.1016/j.ecolind.2019.03.035.


Ziter, C., Pederson, E. J., Kucharik, C. J. & Turner, M. G. Scale-dependent interactions between tree canopy cover and impervious surfaces reduce daytime urban heat during summer. PNAS. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1817561116


Dayer, A. A. et al. Observations at backyard bird feeders influence the emotions and actions of people that feed birds (open access) People & Nature. DOI: 10.1002/pan3.17


Pettorelli, M. W., Barlow, J., Cadotte, M. W., Lucas, K., Newton, E., Nuñez, M. A. & Stephens, P. A.  Applied ecologists in a landscape of fear (open access) Journal of Applied Ecology. DOI: 10.1111/1365-2664.13382


Holmes ND, Spatz DR, Oppel S, Tershy B, Croll DA, et al. (2019) Globally important islands where eradicating invasive mammals will benefit highly threatened vertebrates (open access). PLOS ONE 14(3): e0212128. doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0212128


Finch, T., Green, R. E., Massimino, D., Peach, W. J. & Balmford, A. Bird conservation and the land sharing-sparing continuum in farmland-dominated landscapes of lowland England. Conservation Biology. DOI: 10.1111/cobi.13316


Smith, K. E., Weis, D., Amini, M., Shiel, A. E., Lai, V. W. M. & Gordon, K. Honey as a biomonitor for a changing world. Nature Sustainability (2019). DOI: 10.1038/s41893-019-0243-0 

Hill, R. et al. Biocultural approaches to pollinator conservation. Nature Sustainability. DOI: 10.1038/s41893-019-0244-z


Jetz, W. et al. Essential biodiversity variables for mapping and monitoring species populations (open access) Nature Ecology & Evolution (2019). DOI: 10.1038/s41559-019-0826-1  


Gillian Gilbert, Fiona S. MacGillivray, Helen L. Robertson & Nicholas N. Jonsson Adverse effects of routine bovine health treatments containing triclabendazole and synthetic pyrethroids on the abundance of dipteran larvae in bovine faeces. (open access) Scientific Reports 10.1038/s41598-019-40800-6


C.N.Scholten, A.J.Kamphuis, K.J.Vredevoogd, K.G.Lee-Strydhorst, J.L.Atma, C.B.Shea, O.N.Lamberg, D.S.Proppe Real-time thermal imagery from an unmanned aerial vehicle can locate ground nests of a grassland songbird at rates similar to traditional methods. Biological Conservation. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biocon.2019.03.001


Termaat, T. et al. Distribution trends of European dragonflies under climate change (open access) Diversity & Distributions DOI: 10.1111/ddi.12913


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https://delegate.brighton.ac.uk/Content/CMS/Images/logos(2).pngConnecting children and teenagers with local nature: UK research showcase and networking event.

Where: University of Brighton, Grand Parade (Central) Campus, Brighton
When: Mon 17th & Tues 18th June 2019

This interdisciplinary and inclusive event is open to academics, practitioners, educators/teachers and students. It will provide an exciting and unique opportunity to:

  • Showcase and share best-practice on research, interventions (activities) and impact evaluation related to connecting children with nature on their doorstep, and the multiple benefits that can arise from this (e.g. biodiversity, educational, health and wellbeing).
  • Facilitate collaborations and identify demand-driven, scalable and cost-effective interventions.

Registration is open for this two-day event (17-18th June) at Grand Parade. Proposals for posters are still being accepted. (title and 250 word abstract). The event will consist of round-table discussions, exhibits, poster sessions and talks.

Further details can be found on the event’s website https://delegate.brighton.ac.uk/YoungNatureUK and via #YoungNatureUK on Twitter.

Any questions and poster proposals should be sent to: Dr Rachel White (r.white2@brighton.ac.uk) and Dr Deborah Harvey (d.harvey@rhul.ac.uk).

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



04/06/2019   SocEnv Annual World Environment Day Awards and Lectures -    1 Day

Lady Lisa Sainsbury Lecture, Theatre Jodrell Laboratory Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, London, TW9 3DS, Society for the Environment. Contact: phil.underwood@socenv.org.uk https://c-js.info/2TEZzLh

A Spotlight on Net Gain” with expert lectures. Celebrate the work of environmental professionals, network with a delegate list from across the environmental sector, learn from insightful lectures and discover how to register as a CEnv or REnvTech - all on the eve of World Environment Day 2019. Plus, it's our 15 year anniversary!

17/06/2019   Connecting Children & Teenagers with Local Nature   2 Day

University of Brighton, Grand Parade Campus, University of Brighton. Contact: southcoastevents@brighton.ac.uk https://c-js.info/2TiCqyc

  Dr Rachel White and Dr Deborah Harvey are looking forward to hosting this symposium in Brighton with what will be an exciting programme featuring plenary, 15-minute and lightning talks, poster sessions, exhibits and round-table discussions - all focusing on children and teenagers from 5-18 yrs  

19/06/2019   Evolving the Forest   3 Day

Dartington Hall, Devon, England, TQ9 6EL, art.earth, Royal Forestry Society and Timber Strategies. Contact: https://c-js.info/2yMSAYy

A three-day international gathering bringing together creative thinkers and doers to explore the forest and how we live with trees. Evolving the Forest is convened by art.earth, the Royal Forestry Society and Timber Strategies. The event incorporates the 2019 Annual Conference of the Royal Forestry Society.

28/06/2019   Permaculture Scotland Gathering   3 Day

Rubha Phoil, Skye, Permaculture Association. Contact: 07787376475 scotland@permaculture.org.uk https://c-js.info/2SWGbsX

A fascinating programme including walks, talks, workshops, practicals and music. Join us for a weekend of inspiring permaculture, campfires, music and dancing. Sliding scale £48-£120


Access and Rights of Way

01/06/2019   Taster day in dry stone walling   One day Day

Rhyd y Creuau Field Studies Centre near Betws y Coed , Wales Branch of the Dry Stone Walling Association. Contact: 01766 513213 pasmyth@btinternet.com http://www.drystonewalling.wales

A one day course set in the beautiful grounds of the Field Studies Centre

11/06/2019   Law and Practice   3 Day

Knuston Hall, Northants, IPROW. Contact: training@iprow.co.uk https://iprow.co.uk/training/law-and-practice/

Modification Orders, Public Path Orders, Maintenance, Enforcement. £730 members, £831 non-members


Administrative and Office Skills

04/06/2019   Management Training - Edinburgh   1 Day

The Melting Pot, 5 Rose St. Edinburgh, EH2 2PR, Talk Action. Contact: 0207 324 4775 training@talkaction.org http://www.talkaction.org/training/management-scotland/

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.

04/06/2019   QGIS Foundation Training   2 Day

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

06/06/2019   MapInfo Intermediate Training   1 Day

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

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

07/06/2019   Using Bioacoustics for Field Survey   1 Day

Wales, CIEEM. Contact: 01962 868626 enquiries@cieem.net https://events.cieem.net/Events/EventPages/07062019000000UsingBioacousticsforFieldSurvey.aspx

This course will cover the use of acoustic recording for other species and groups, such as birds, amphibians, invertebrates and mixed animal communities. The training will introduce and explain a range of hardware, software and methodological approaches, that will allow attendees to understand how they might be able to use bioacoustics within their own practice.

08/06/2019   Introduction to GIS (Geographic Information Systems)   1 Day

Nature Discovery Centre, Thatcham, RG19 3FU, Thames Valley Environmental Records Centre. Contact: 01865 815451 tverc@oxfordshire.gov.uk http://www.tverc.org/cms/content/tverc-training

GIS are systems for storing, managing and analysing spatial data. This course is designed to introduce you to GIS and spatial data and enable you to display, manipulate and interrogate spatial data.

11/06/2019   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

11/06/2019   Calculating and Using Biodiversity Units   1 Day in North West England

CIEEM. Contact: 01962 868626 enquiries@cieem.net https://events.cieem.net/Events/EventPages/11062019000000CalculatingandUsingBiodiversityUnits.aspx

This course provides training on biodiversity unit calculations based on Defra's guidance. It is for individuals wishing to develop or enhance skills in undertaking and using biodiversity unit calculations.

11/06/2019   Flying high - Drones for Ecology and Land Management   2 Day in South East England


The course, co-delivered by Paul Losse and Cameron Crook, will consider the uses and potential uses of drones for ecological and land management work in the UK.

Above two courses with CIEEM. Contact: 01962 868626 enquiries@cieem.net

11/06/2019   QGIS: Introductory   2 Day

This course introduces the underlying principles of Geographical Information Systems and examines the processes involved in the capture, storage, analysis and presentation of spatial data. This course is intended for those who have little or no GIS knowledge and who wish to use FREE software developed by the Open Source community.

18/06/2019   QGIS: Advanced   2 Day

In this course delegates are introduced to advanced analysis techniques using both raster and vector data. The course includes a basic introduction to server database PostgresSQL/PostGIS. The course is designed for existing users of QGIS that want to expand their knowledge and carry out higher-level analysis.

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

18/06/2019   Arc Foundation Training   2 Day


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

25/06/2019   Arc Intermediate Training   2 Day


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

27/06/2019   QGIS Intermediate Training   1 Day


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

Above three courses: exeGeSIS SDM Ltd, Talgarth, South Wales. Contact: 01874 713066 Carolbateman@esdm.co.uk


Community Engagement and Environmental Education

03/06/2019   Course for Schools: Developing and Reviewing Active Learning   1 Day

M Shed, Bristol, CLOtC. Contact: 07545 696881 events@lotc.org.uk http://www.lotc.org.uk/developing-and-reviewing-active-learning-a-course-for-schools/

05/06/2019   Facilitation Training - Edinburgh   1 Day

The Melting Pot, 5 Rose St. Edinburgh, EH2 2PR, Talk Action. Contact: 0207 324 4775 training@talkaction.org http://www.talkaction.org/training/facilitation-scotland/

Gain the practical tools and techniques to make your facilitation engaging and productive.

06/06/2019   An Introduction to Nature and Dementia   1 Day

Botley, Southampton, Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01489774400 courses@hiwwt.org.uk https://shop.hiwwt.org.uk/product/an-introduction-to-nature-and-dementia/

07/06/2019   Deaf Awareness Workshop   0.5 Day

Glossop Adult Education Centre, Derbyshire Adult Community Education Service. Contact: 01629 535895 glossop.ace@derbyshire.gov.uk https://c-js.co.uk/2TBrMYq

Develop skills to minimise everyday barriers experienced between Deaf people and the hearing world. 10am to 1pm.

12/06/2019   Stakeholder Engagement Training - London   1 Day

St. Luke's Community Centre, 90 Central St, EC1V 8AJ, London, Talk Action. Contact: 0207 324 4775 training@talkaction.org http://www.talkaction.org/training/Effective_Stakeholder_Engagement/

This training will help you engage your key stakeholders in a way that is inclusive, innovative and inspiring. These could be your supporters, staff, service users, volunteers or trustees – along with funders, policy makers and commissioners.

17/06/2019   NOCN Level 3 Coastal School Leader   2 Day

Margrove Heritage Centre, Boosbeck, Saltburn TS123BZ, Tees Valley Wildlife Trust and North Yorkshire Forest School Training. Contact: 07814791671 information@forestschooltraining.com https://www.teeswildlife.org/discover-learn/for-schools/coastal-schools/

This course provides the skills and confidence to lead innovative and engaging learning sessions for children and young people in coastal locations.

22/06/2019   Forest School Level 2 -3 top-up course   5 Day

Lawshall, Bury St Edmunds, 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

24/06/2019   LtL Professional Accreditation (Transforming Learning or Transforming Spaces)   2 Day

University of Leicester Oadby Student Village, Leicester LE2 2LG, Learning through Landscapes (LtL). Contact: 01786 465 934 gfl@ltl.org.uk https://www.ltl.org.uk/resources/results.php?id=912

The LTL Professional Accreditation Scheme is the leading award for school grounds designers, consultants and outdoor learning trainers. If you have at least two year’s experience, at consultant or design level, and would like to build a career on this, then this is the training and Accreditation for you.

29/06/2019   Woodland Activity Leader Training   6 Day

Findhorn, Wild things!. Contact: 01309 690450 enquiries@wild-things.org.uk https://wild-things.org.uk/our-events/woodland-activity-leader-training-walt/


Countryside Management Techniques

04/06/2019   Creation of reedbeds   1 Day

RSPB Langford Lowfields, Nottinghamshire,, RSPB. Contact: 01767 693308 conservation-advice@rspb.org.uk http://

This Nature After Minerals (NAM) training course introduces the principles behind the design and establishment of new reedbeds, from concept through to practical considerations and the requirements of target species. This will be followed by case studies about creating new reedbeds on former extraction sites, and a site visit.

12/06/2019   Essential guide to caring for your wood   1 Day

St Mary's Hall, 8 High Street, Overton, Hampshire RG25 3HA, Royal Forestry Society. Contact: http://www.rfs.org.uk/events/2019/june/essential-guide-to-caring-for-your-wood-rfs-one-day-training-course/

An excellent introduction for those who new to woodland ownership or interested in the practical aspects of caring for a woodland. The course will cover some of the key concepts of forestry and conservation and includes a guided tour of the tutor’s own plantation in the afternoon.

12/06/2019   Deer on Surrey Wildlife Sites   1 Day

Nower Wood, Mill Way, leatherhead KT22 8QA, Surrey Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01372379523 adult.learning@surreywt.org.uk http://Surrey Wildlife Trust

Learn about the deer currently living on the various Surrey Wildlife Trust sites and how we are managing them.


First Aid, Risk Assessment and other Health & Safety Related Courses

04/06/2019   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

06/06/2019   RSPH Level 2 Award in Pest Management   7 Day

This qualification provides the essential knowledge relating to the training of pest control operatives. It is aimed at both existing technicians and individuals looking to enter the field of pest control. The course covers Vertebrates and Invertebrates, as well as Health, Safety and Legal Aspects of Pest Management.

06/06/2019   RSPH Level 2 Certificate in Pest Management   7 Day

This qualification provides the knowledge relating to the training of pest control operatives and is aimed at both existing technicians and individuals looking to enter the field. The course covers both theory and practical aspects of Vertebrates and Invertebrates, as well as Health, Safety and Legal Aspects of Pest Management.

Above two courses contact Pest Solution, Bury St Edmunds, 01284 766362 info@pestsolution.co.uk http://www.pestcontroltraining.co

08/06/2019   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.

10/06/2019   Outdoor First Aid for Forest Schools   2 Days at Bonaly Outdoor Centre

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.

15/06/2019   Outdoor First Aid   2 Days at Mugdock Country Park, Glasgow

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.

20/06/2019   Outdoor First Aid   2 Days at Lochore Meadows Country Park

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.

24/06/2019   Outdoor First Aid for Forest Schools   2 Days at Fives, Hamilton

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 courses with First Aid Training Cooperative.  Contact: 07585723763 courses@firstaidtrainingcooperative.co.uk http://www.firstaidtrainingcooperative.co.uk


Identification and Field Survey Skills - Herpetology, Fish and Invertebrates

01/06/2019   Early Summer Butterflies and Moths   5 Day

The Kingcombe Centre, Dorset Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01300 320684 kingcombe@dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk http://www.kingcombe.org

Discover the diversity of early summer butterflies and moths across Dorset’s famed landscape of chalk downlands, pastures, woodlands and coast.

01/06/2019   Daytime Moths of Worcestershire   1 Day

Bishops Wood, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01299 250513 enquiries.bw@field-studies-council.org http://c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

This one-day course will be for people of all abilities from beginner to much more advanced. We will be searching for moths in the very varied habitats of Bishops Wood by day using techniques such as sweeping, pheromones, beating netting and searching plants for larvae, eggs and mines etc.

06/06/2019   Part 2 - Planning surveys and interpreting data for great crested newts   2 Day

Overton, CA Ecology . Contact: 07933941470 claire@caecology.co.uk http://www.caecology.co.uk

This course is for people who have completed part 1 and wish to further their knowledge and experience and are working towards a licence.

07/06/2019   Identifying Bees with Steven Falk   2 Day

Malham Tarn, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01729 830331 enquiries.mt@field-studies-council.org http://c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

An opportunity to learn how to record and critically identify bees with Steven Falk, author Field Guide to Bees of Britain and Ireland. The course will provide an introduction to bees, then a chance to identify them under the microscope using the dichotomous keys and images in Steven's field guide.

08/06/2019   Introduction to Moths and Moth Trapping   1 Day

Greenwich Park, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01306 734501 enquiries.ldn@field-studies-council.org http://c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

An introduction to moth life-cycles and lifestyles. Around dusk, you will help set up a light-trap and watch it in action, before returning the following morning to examine the catch and participate, with Tim, in the identification session. Based in Greenwich Park.

08/06/2019   Stoneflies and Mayflies   1 Day

Amersham, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01494 721054 enquiries.am@field-studies-council.org http://c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

Stoneflies (Plecoptera) and mayflies (Ephemeroptera) are two diverse orders of insects with fascinating life cycles and morphology and provide a vital source of food within aquatic ecosystems. This course will enable participants to identify key families from the aquatic nymph stage and have a good understanding of their ecology.

09/06/2019   Beginners Beekeeping NEW   1 Day

Tyland Barn, Kent Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01622662012 studydays@kentwildlife.org.uk https://www.kentwildlifetrust.org.uk/events/2019-06-09-beginners-beekeeping-new

An introductory course for anyone interested in learning more about bees and the craft of beekeeping. Normal fee - £33 per person per day.Concessionary fee - KWT volunteers, senior citizens, unemployed and students £5 off.

10/06/2019   Beekeeping for Beginners 1 Day Workshop   1 Day

Langtoft, near Peterborough, Bees for Business. Contact: 01778 487924 pa@beesforbusiness.com https://c-js.co.uk/2DEnYfS

Our 5-star rated workshop teaches anyone interested in keeping bees how to do so confidently and safely - you'll learn everything you need to know including how to spot for disease, handle the bees and harvest honey!

10/06/2019   Delamere Forest's dragonflies   1 Day

Delamere Forest, Cheshire Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01948 820728 kfeeney@cheshirewt.org.uk https://www.cheshirewildlifetrust.org.uk/events/2019-06-01-water-vole-surveying

This slow pace, two-hour walk will take you to some of the best dragonfly spotting locations in Delamere Forest and will give you some basic identification knowledge.

14/06/2019   Bumblebees; ecology and identification   1 Day

Martin Down, Hampshire, Species Recovery Trust. Contact: 01722 322539 bookings@speciesrecoverytrust.org.uk https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/bumblebees-ecology-and-identification-tickets-50523941469

A 1 day course giving participants an introduction to the recognition, identification and ecology of bumblebees.

14/06/2019   Solitary Bees   3 Day

Preston Montford, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01743 852040 enquiries.pm@field-studies-council.org http://c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

This course will introduce participants to the identification and ecology of solitary bees including nesting and foraging requirements, hosts and associated aculeate nest parasites. Introduction to the genera and species will be through a combination of presentations, field visits and microscope workshops using keys and prepared specimens. *MMU

15/06/2019   Larger Micro-Moths of Worcestershire   1 Day

Bishops Wood, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01299 250513 enquiries.bw@field-studies-council.org http://c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

An introductory course on larger micro-moths in a secluded countryside setting, aimed at anyone familiar with macro-moth species who would now like expert help with the identification of micros. It is aimed at total beginners as well as people with more advanced knowledge of micro-moths.

15/06/2019   Identification and Natural History of Bumblebees & Other Bees   1 Day

Woods Mill, Henfield, West Sussex, Sussex Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01273 497544 michaelblencowe@sussexwt.org.uk https://sussexwildlifetrust.org.uk/whats-on/2019-06-15-identification-and-natural-history-of-bumblebees-and-other-bees-15062019

Bumblebees are the most frequently recognised bees; however there are, altogether, over 200 different species of bee in Britain and trying to tell the species apart can awkward. The course will introduce the main groups of bees and provide guidance for recognising these groups, as well as a few, very distinctive, individual species.

15/06/2019   An introduction to hoverflies and their identification   1 Day

Holly Bank House, Cheshire Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01948 820728 cmeredith@cheshirewt.org.uk https://www.cheshirewildlifetrust.org.uk/events/2019-06-15-introduction-hoverflies-and-their-identification

Steve Holmes will talk to you about the identification of Hoverflies before having a walk around Gowy Meadows to find some.

18/06/2019   Dragonflies   1 Day

Sevenoaks , Kent Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01622662012 studydays@kentwildlife.org.uk https://www.kentwildlifetrust.org.uk/events/2019-06-18-dragonflies

Life cycles, habitats and aids to identification. Presentations in the centre and field studies of adult dragonflies.   Normal fee - £33 per person per day.Concessionary fee - KWT volunteers, senior citizens, unemployed and students £5 off.

21/06/2019   Identifying and Recording Juvenile and Adult Caddisflies   3 Day

Malham Tarn, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01729 830331 enquiries.mt@field-studies-council.org http://c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

This course is intended to encourage an interest in the life cycle of Caddisflies, their ecology and life histories, where and when to survey for them and their habitat requirements in all life stages. A variety of techniques will be used to survey and record caddis at adult and larval stages.

22/06/2019   Introduction to Bumblebees   1 Day

Bishops Wood, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01299 250513 enquiries.bw@field-studies-council.org http://c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

This bumblebee identification day course will be field-based. Bees will be caught and studied in the field to enable correct identification, where possible, and then released. To start the day a presentation will be given to introduce the genus and their ecology.

22/06/2019   An Introduction to Britain's Spiders   1 Day

Amersham, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01494 721054 enquiries.am@field-studies-council.org http://c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

This course provides an opportunity to learn about Britain's spiders with an emphasis on the field identification of families and genera. Following an introductory session indoors, the range of habitats at Amersham will be sampled for spiders and other arachnids and various collecting techniques will be demonstrated.

22/06/2019   Ecology of Bumblebees and their Identification for Beginners   1 Day

Tyland Barn, Kent Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01622662012 studydays@kentwildlife.org.uk https://www.kentwildlifetrust.org.uk/events/2019-06-22-ecology-bumblebees-and-their-identification-beginners

Learn about the ecology of these attractive insects, how to identify our most common and rarest species and practise skills in the field including an update on Bombus subterraneus reintroduction. Normal fee - £33 per person per day.Concessionary fee - KWT volunteers, senior citizens, unemployed and students £5 off.

22/06/2019   An Introduction to Dragonflies and Damselflies   1 Day

Woods Mill, Henfield, West Sussex, Sussex Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01273 497544 michaelblencowe@sussexwt.org.uk https://sussexwildlifetrust.org.uk/whats-on/2019-06-22-an-introduction-to-dragonflies-and-damselflies-22062019

An Introduction to the adult stage of these wonderful insects where the following topics will be covered: Basic dragonfly biology, Habitats and management, Distribution in the UK and in Sussex, Techniques in Identification, Dragonfly field guides and identification aides.

23/06/2019   Dragonfly Identifcation   1 Day

Potteric Carr Nature Reserve, Doncaster, Wildscapes. Contact: 01904 659570 info@ywt.org.uk http://www.ywt.org.uk/events

On this study day we hope to help you appreciate these insects at a deeper level and learn how to contribute to their conservation. We will examine the lifestyle of the ‘Odonata’ and learn to recognise the adults of local species. Booking essential.

23/06/2019   Identifying Solitary Bees   1 Day

Bishops Wood, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01299 250513 enquiries.bw@field-studies-council.org http://c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

This short course is for anyone who would like to learn about the identification and ecology of these solitary insects. Time will be spent in the field observing and discussing the requirements of a variety of genera found around the Centre grounds.

27/06/2019   Grasslands Species Identification Day   1 Day

Ivythorn Youth Hostel, Street, Somerset, Countryside Management Association. Contact: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/grasslands-species-identification-day-with-guest-appearance-from-the-large-blue-butterfly-hopefully-tickets-47989504901

Take a day out to scratch up on your grassland species identification with National Trust Assistant Wildlife & Countryside Advisor, Stephen Beale. We will look at the vast array of species at Ivythorn Meadows then hop across the road to hunt for the enigmatic Large Blue Butterfly with the Somerset National Trust team.

29/06/2019   Bees, Hoverflies and Flowers: Pollinators and Pollination   1 Day

Bushy Park, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01306 734501 enquiries.ldn@field-studies-council.org http://c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

This course introduces the insects that play a role in pollination, helping you to recognise them, understand how they interact with flowering plants, and find out how to play your part in conserving them. Based in Bushy Park. Fee includes FSC foldout chart Guide to Bees of Britain.

29/06/2019   Discovering Freshwater Invertebrates and Ecology   1 Day

Epping Forest, Field Studies Council. Contact: 020 8502 8500 enquiries.ef@field-studies-council.org http://c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

Bushy Park is home to a network of ponds and streams supporting a wide range of species from insect larvae to amphibians. This course will provide an introduction to freshwater pond habitats with a focus on sampling and identifying freshwater invertebrates in the field.

29/06/2019   Dragonflies and Damselflies   1 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

FREE event for ages 15-25.


Identification and Field Survey Skills - Mammals

01/06/2019   Water vole surveying   1 Day

Holly Bank House, Cheshire Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01948 820728 cmeredith@cheshirewt.org.uk https://www.cheshirewildlifetrust.org.uk/events/2019-06-01-water-vole-surveying

Learn how to identify and survey for mammals that live around our rivers and waterbodies and the signs they leave behind, with a particular focus on water voles.

04/06/2019   Bat Echolocation & Social Calls Workshop   3 Day

NTS Threave Estate, Castle Douglas, BatAbility Courses & Tuition. Contact: 07877570590 neil.middleton@batability.co.uk https://batability.co.uk/events/

Intro to Echolocation, Species ID, Call Structure & Habitat Influences, Workshop Sessions - Your Own Preferred Software, Bat Social Calls, Confusing Non-Bat Sounds, Practical Dusk Sessions, Hints & Tips

06/06/2019   Otter Survey, Impacts and Mitigation   1 Day in Scotland


This course will provide cover topics including otter legislation, licensing, ecology, survey, as well as impacts to otter and mitigation and compensation options when impacts to otters are anticipated.

11/06/2019   Otter Ecology and Surveys   1 Day in West Midlands https://events.cieem.net/Events/EventPages/11062019000000OtterEcologyandSurveys.aspx

The course will cover relevant aspects of the background ecology of otters, focusing on the use of resting sites, field survey techniques, legislation and licensing for surveys. The field visit will allow those attending to put the theory into practice, searching for and identifying field signs of otters in different types of habitat. For beginners and those with some previous experience.

12/06/2019   Otter Mitigation   1 Day in West Midlands https://events.cieem.net/Events/EventPages/12062019000000OtterMitigation.aspx

A one-day course on otters, including a field visit and classroom sessions to explore the impacts of different types of development on otters and the options for mitigation, focusing on highway schemes.

Above three courses with CIEEM. Contact: 01962 868626 enquiries@cieem.net

12/06/2019   Field Signs Of British Riparian Mammals    2 Day

Midhurst, John Rhyder. Contact: 01730816299 info@woodcraftschool.co.uk http://www.woodcraftschool.co.uk/courses/bushcraft-nature-courses/track-sign-workshop.html

In this workshop covers the sign of riparian mammals with special attention given to protected species otters, polecat and water vole and those animals easily confused with them in particular. These include sign of cats, dogs, foxes and badgers commonly confused with otters and rodents commonly confused with water vole

13/06/2019   Eurasian Beavers Expedition   4 Day

Bamff Estate, Blairgowrie, Wild Intrigue. Contact: info@wildintrigue.co.uk http://wildintrigue.co.uk/expeditions/eurasian-beavers/

Join Wild Intrigue for a memorable, practical insight into Eurasian Beaver ecology. You will have the opportunity to see wild Beavers during ethically guided crepuscular watches, and will be introduced to the wider ecosystem influences of the species through moth trapping, bat detecting, camera trapping, freshwater invertebrate studies and more.

15/06/2019   Bat Handling and Identification   1 Day

South East England, CIEEM. Contact: 01962 868626 enquiries@cieem.net http://events.cieem.net/Events/EventPages/15062019000000BatHandlingandIdentification.aspx

An introduction to British bat ecology followed by species identification, handling and sexing, including health and safety precautions. The training includes a practical session where attendees will practice handling permanent captive bats and identifying preserved specimens.

19/06/2019   Dogs in conservation talk and demonstration   1 Day

Bickley Hall Farm, Cheshire Wildlife Trust. Contact: 07807784332 eraine@cheshirewt.org.uk https://www.cheshirewildlifetrust.org.uk/events/2019-06-19-dogs-conservation-talk-and-demonstration

Learn how 'man's best friend' is now being used to help with conservation.

20/06/2019   Bat Identification and an Introduction to Handling   1 Day

Overton, CA Ecology. Contact: 07933941470 claire@caecology.co.uk http://www.caecology.co.uk

For those wishing to improve their ID skills this course covers identification of bats in the hand and provides an introduction to handling for those wishing to progress to level 2 class licence (survey or research). The course will include sections on: taxonomy ;species identification in the hand; production of an Identification key; determining age, sex and reproductive status; and handling demonstration and practice.

21/06/2019   Identification of Bats   3 Day

Preston Montford, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01743 852040 enquiries.pm@field-studies-council.org http://c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

Bats make up almost a quarter of the world's mammals, with over 1300 species, found on all continents, except Antarctica. In Britain we have 18 resident species, of which 17 are breeding here. All British bats are considered vulnerable or endangered and are protected by law. *MMU

24/06/2019   Survey Techniques for Protected Species   2 Day

Nr Exeter, Acorn Ecology Ltd. Contact: 01392 366512 training@acornecology.co.uk https://c-js.co.uk/2xSEjfq

An introductory level course about ecological survey techniques, relevant to both conservation and consultancy. This 'hands-on' course includes a dormouse nest-tube survey, a walkover otter survey, a visit to a badger sett, identification of mammal tracks and signs, basic bat ecology and a bat walk.

25/06/2019   Water Vole Ecology & Surveys   1 Day in East Midlands http://events.cieem.net/Events/EventPages/25062019000000WaterVoleEcologyandSurveys.aspx

A one-day introductory course on water voles, including a field visit and classroom sessions. The course will cover relevant aspects of the background ecology of water voles and appropriate field survey techniques, particularly aimed at development scenarios, following the guidance in the Water Vole Mitigation Handbook.

26/06/2019   Water Vole Mitigation   1 Day in East Midlands http://events.cieem.net/Events/EventPages/26062019000000WaterVoleMitigation.aspx

A one-day course covering the impacts of different types of development on water voles and the options for mitigation. The course will have a particular focus on determining the most appropriate approach to relocating water voles following the guidance published in April 2016.

Above two courses with CIEEM. Contact: 01962 868626 enquiries@cieem.net

28/06/2019   MS Mammal Identification   2 Day

Kindrogan, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01250 870 150 enquiries.kd@field-studies-council.org http://c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

Suitable for all levels of experience, this two and a half day course in beautiful surroundings is an excellent, in depth introduction to the mammals of Britain and Ireland and the techniques used to spot them in their habitat including sightings, calls and field signs

29/06/2019   Hazel Dormouse Handling and Survey Methods   1 Day

South East England, CIEEM. Contact: 01962 868626 enquiries@cieem.net http://events.cieem.net/Events/EventPages/29062019000000HazelDormouseHandlingandSurveyMethods.aspx

This one day course provides a basic introduction to dormouse ecology, with more detailed information on survey and handling techniques. The training includes practical sessions on dormouse handling and nibbled nut identification.

30/06/2019   Marine Mammal and Bird Surveys   5 Day

Millport, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01475 531420 enquiries.mil@field-studies-council.org http://c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

With significant amounts of time spent on our research vessel and undertaking surveys from the shore, this course focuses on developing the practical skills needed to undertake marine mammal and marine bird surveys. Time in the field and back in the laboratory will also be spent developing identification skills.


Identification and Field Survey Skills - Ornithology

14/06/2019   Identifying and Monitoring Birds of Prey   3 Day

Malham Tarn, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01729 830331 enquiries.mt@field-studies-council.org http://c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

This course is aimed at those with limited or no experience of observing birds of prey in the wild and will introduce you to the different British birds of prey, their ecology and behaviours as well as various ways of monitoring them.

23/06/2019   All About Barn Owls in Kent    1 Day

Bough Beech, Kent Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01622662012 studydays@kentwildlife.org.uk https://www.kentwildlifetrust.org.uk/events/2019-06-23-all-about-barn-owls-kent

Find out about barn owl ecology and habitat management. Includes practical sessions for instance studying barn owl pellets and small mammal trapping. Normal fee - £33 per person per day.Concessionary fee - KWT volunteers, senior citizens, unemployed and students £5 off.


Identification and Field Survey Skills - Plants and Habitats

01/06/2019   Introduction to Wild Flowers   1 Day in Bushy Park

An informal guide to flowering plants in Bushy Park, one of London's Royal Parks. During the day you will see a variety of species in our flower-rich meadows and on the grazed acid grassland learning how to identify wildflowers and be aware of where to find further information.

01/06/2019   Tree Identification: Summer   1 Day in Regents Park

The course will be based on practical observation with the aim to sharpen our observational skills. At the end of the course, you should feel comfortable identifying the genus of many of the trees and also a number of species. Fee includes FSC foldout chart Tree Name Trail.

Above two courses with Field Studies Council. Contact: 01306 734501 enquiries.ldn@field-studies-council.org http://c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

01/06/2019   Mountain Plants of North Wales   3 Day

Rhyd-y-creuau, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01690 710494 enquiries.rc@field-studies-council.org http://c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

A fascinating introduction to the ecology of some of Britain's rarest and most ancient plant communities. Arctic alpines now survive in just a few shady upland refuges such as the spectacular mountains of Snowdonia. Suitable for beginners or experienced botanists.

01/06/2019   Introduction to Woodland Ecology   2 Day

Greenwood Centre, Ironbridge, Smallwoods Association . Contact: 01952 432769 judithadams@smallwoods.org.uk http://www.smallwoods.org.uk

This course is designed to provide an understanding of woodland ecology to support woodland management decisions. The course will include: principles of ecology, identifying woodland vegetation types and associated key woodland species, species inter-dependency, population dynamics, biotic and abiotic threats, Woodland monitoring to benefit woodland management.

01/06/2019   Phase One Habitat Survey and Preliminary Ecological Appraisal Workshop   2 Day

Stirling, TCV Scotland. Contact: 01787 476170 Scotland-training@tcv.org.uk http://tcvscotland.eventbrite.com

This popular 2 day course will benefit ecologists, land managers, rangers, planners, environmental consultants and students. You will learn how to correctly assess a habitat type using the Phase 1 survey methodology, to map and write this up competently and to understand how to read Phase 1 habitat maps

02/06/2019   Top 10 Plant Families   1 Day

Preston Montford, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01743 852040 enquiries.pm@field-studies-council.org http://c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

Plant identification is fun and rewarding, adding interest to countryside visits. Getting to grips with plant families helps anyone to make a start and name that plant. This course is classroom-based to help you understand the layout in flower guides and inspire confidence in field identification.

05/06/2019   Introduction to Wild Flowers for absolute beginners   1 Day

Sevenoaks , Kent Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01622662012 studydays@kentwildlife.org.uk https://www.kentwildlifetrust.org.uk/events/2019-06-05-introduction-wild-flowers-beginners

Learn how to identify and classify flowers and the use of an identification book. Practise new skills by using keys to identify flowers collected from habitats in the reserve. Normal fee - £33 per person per day.Concessionary fee - KWT volunteers, senior citizens, unemployed and students £5 off.

05/06/2019   Grasses for Phase One Habitat Survey   2 Day

South East England, CIEEM. Contact: 01962 868626 enquiries@cieem.net http://events.cieem.net/Events/EventPages/05062019000000GrassesforPhaseOneHabitatSurvey.aspx

This is an intensive 'kick-start' course for the complete novice covering the key 'must know' species, and includes distinguishing improved, semi- & unimproved grasslands. The training concentrates on the top 10 grass indicator species relevant to Phase 1.

06/06/2019   Field Identification Skills Certificate   1 Day

Tyland Barn, Kent Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01622662012 studydays@kentwildlife.org.uk https://www.kentwildlifetrust.org.uk/explore/education/wildlife-study-days/field-identification-skills-certificate

Take an assessment of your botanical survey skills and receive a certificate from the Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland

07/06/2019   Plant Diversity   3 Day

Denmark Farm Conservation Centre, Betws Bledwrs, Lampeter, SA48 8PD, Denmark Farm Conservation Centre4. Contact: 01570493358 info@denmarkfarm.org.uk http://www.denmarkfarm.org.uk

Find out the science behind sorting out members of the Plant Kingdom. (The secret is in their life cycles and structure of their reproductive organs!) 

07/06/2019   Identifying Difficult Higher Plants   3 Day

Preston Montford, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01743 852040 enquiries.pm@field-studies-council.org http://c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

This course is designed to give a scientific introduction to the identification of higher plants and also an analytical approach to the use and presentation of higher plant distribution data. *MMU(M)

07/06/2019   Phase One Habitat Survey - Part 1   1 Day

Tyland Barn, Kent Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01622662012 studydays@kentwildlife.org.uk https://www.kentwildlifetrust.org.uk/explore/education/wildlife-study-days/phase-one-habitat-survey-days

An introduction to Phase 1 Habitat Survey methodology as used by professional ecologists to map and record sites. Learn to identify key indicator plant species that will help you recognise and distinguish broad habitat types and gain confidence in writing target notes on habitat features. One day fee £55 per person. For both days (7th and 21st June) £100 per person.

07/06/2019    Wild flower identification for beginners   1 Day

Winnall Moors, Winchester, Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01489774400 courses@hiwwt.org.uk https://shop.hiwwt.org.uk/product/wild-flower-identification-for-beginners-2/

08/06/2019   Wild Orchids of South East England 1   1 Day

Juniper Hall, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01306 734501 enquiries.jh@field-studies-council.org http://c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

This course will cover the identification, ecology and distribution of orchids as well as the astonishing pollination mechanisms which have evolved. The field excursions will provide plenty of opportunities for photography. No previous knowledge is necessary; this is a course for anyone interested in wild orchids.

08/06/2019   Field Identification of Common and Upland Grasses   1 Day with Field Studies Council

This one-day field course is designed to help you get to grips with the field characters of both common and the upland grasses. Most of the day will be spent in the field, using both vegetative and floristic keys to identify around 20 to 30 grasses in mostly upland communities.

08/06/2019   BLS Introducing Lichens   1 Day with Field Studies Council and BLS

Discover the world of lichens through this one-day course which requires no previous knowledge. The day will offer both classroom and site fieldwork to introduce what lichen are and recognise some of the more common species.

Above two courses at Preston Montford, contact 01743 852040 enquiries.pm@field-studies-council.org http://c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

08/06/2019   Wild Food Foray   1 Day

Sherwood Pines, Kings Clipstone, Forestry England formerly Forestry Commission. Contact: 0300 067 5467 lindsey.mcculloch@forestryengland.uk http://www.forestryengland.uk

Join expert, Patrick Harding, for illustrated talks and forest forays to learn how to identify edible and medicinal plants. From sorrel soup to nuts in May; from skin creams to digestive remedies - we will learn that plants have so much to offer.

09/06/2019   Wild Orchids of South East England 2   1 Day

Juniper Hall, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01306 734501 enquiries.jh@field-studies-council.org http://c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

This course will cover the identification, ecology and distribution of orchids as well as the astonishing pollination mechanisms which have evolved. The field excursions will provide plenty of opportunities for photography. No previous knowledge is necessary; this is a course for anyone interested in wild orchids.

10/06/2019   Phase 1 Habitat Survey   2 Day

Denmark Farm Conservation Centre, Betws Bledwrs, Lampeter, SA48 8PD, Denmark Farm Conservation Centre4. Contact: 01570493358 info@denmarkfarm.org.uk http://www.denmarkfarm.org.uk

Phase 1 produces a baseline for further survey work as well as a foundation for developing management plans and monitoring schemes. Ecological consultancies use Phase 1 to identify habitats threatened by development and guide mitigation proposals.

10/06/2019   Grasses, Sedges and Rushes   2 Day

Old Sarum and Figsbury Ring and the New Forest, Species Recovery Trust. Contact: 01722 322539 bookings@speciesrecoverytrust.org.uk https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/grasses-sedges-and-rushes-2-day-course-tickets-50440072615

Grasslands and Meadows (day 1) and Heathlands and Bogs (day 2). A 1 or 2 day course giving participants the skills and confidence to identify a wide range of grasses, sedges and rushes. £85 (1 day), £160 (2 day)

13/06/2019   Introduction to Sedge Identification   1 Day

Otter Estuary, Devon Biodiversity Records Centre. Contact: 01392 274128 DBRC@dbrc.org.uk http://www.dbrc.org.uk/training-course-2/

One day field-based introduction to sedge identification for beginners wishing to gain familiarity with this ecologically important plant family. The emphasis will be on developing field recognition skills, identification resources and habitats. Participants will encounter and familiarise themselves with a range of species in the context of their natural habitats. £55 plus VAT/£65 plus VAT

13/06/2019   Herbs for Health   1 Day

Glossop Adult Education Centre, Derbyshire Adult Community Education Service. Contact: 01629 535895 glossop.ace@derbyshire.gov.uk https://c-js.co.uk/2TBrMYq

Discover more about the plants around us and how they can be used as medicines. 10am to 3pm.

13/06/2019   Grass and Sedge Identification - Neutral and Calcareous Grasslands    1 Day

South East England, CIEEM. Contact: 01962 868626 enquiries@cieem.net https://events.cieem.net/Events/EventPages/13062019000000GrassandSedgeIdentificationNeutralandCalcareousGrasslands.aspx

This one day course will give participants the confidence to identify a wide range of grasses and sedges commonly encountered in lowland grassland habitats (including waste ground and road verges) using a combination of non-flowering and flowering features.

14/06/2019   Identifying Woodland Plants   3 Day

Preston Montford, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01743 852040 enquiries.pm@field-studies-council.org http://c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

This course is for botanists wishing to develop their skills in woodland plant identification, including trees and the more colourful flowering plants, but also on the traditionally difficult groups such as woodland grasses, sedges and ferns as well as providing an introduction to mosses and liverworts. *MMU

14/06/2019   Fern Identification   3 Day

Kindrogan, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01250 870 150 enquiries.kd@field-studies-council.org http://c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

This three-day course provides an introduction to fern identification and is suitable for the specialist as well as the keen amateur. Visits are made to woodland, moorland, montane scree and flushes, encountering over 30 species of ferns, horsetails and clubmosses.

14/06/2019   Botanical Surveying for Professional Ecologists   2 Day

Malham Tarn, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01729 830331 enquiries.mt@field-studies-council.org http://c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

This course will equip participants with the skills and knowledge frequently required in the fields of ecology and conservation. We will cover botanical anatomy and terminology, common families, the use of flora keys, indicator species, Phase 1 survey methodology and an introduction to the National Vegetation Classification (NVC).

14/06/2019   Advanced Botanical Identification   2 Day

Preston Montford, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01743 852040 enquiries.pm@field-studies-council.org http://c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

Troubled by the Yellow 'Dandelion' look-alikes, mixing up your Cow Parsleys, wanting an introduction to Ferns, or help in tackling some of the trickier Sedge groups. This course is for those botanists and ecologists looking to extend their botanical knowledge further and wanting an introduction to the more challenging groups of flowering plants.

14/06/2019   Phase 1 habitat survey (part 2)   1 Day

Canterbury, Wildwood Trust. Contact: 01227 711 471 courses@wildwoodtrust.org http://c-js.co.uk/2FkPHUO

Aimed at those who are already familiar with Phase 1 habitat survey basics as covered in day 1 (either in 2018 or a previous year) or who have learnt basic phase 1 elsewhere but want to learn more about indicator plant species for different habitat types.

15/06/2019   Wild Flowers of Chalk Grasslands   1 Day

Amersham, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01494 721054 enquiries.am@field-studies-council.org http://c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

Chalk grassland is a very attractive and species-rich plant community and we are lucky to have fine examples in the Chilterns. This course will introduce the characteristic species and give training in the identification of grassland species in general.

15/06/2019   Wildflower ID: Top 10 Flower Families   1 Day

Bishops Wood, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01299 250513 enquiries.bw@field-studies-council.org http://c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

This course is classroom based to help you understand the layout in flower guides. The course builds from the basics starting with understanding plant families and how each plant is classified by taxonomists into the relevant grouping which helps the beginner to recognise how plants are placed in families.

15/06/2019   Common British and Irish Plant Families 2: Pea, Grass, Rush and Sedge   1 Day

Regents Park, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01306 734501 enquiries.ldn@field-studies-council.org http://c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

This is one of four sessions, each of which will focus on 3-5 common wild plant families. Participants will be introduced to each family and their main vegetative and floral characteristics and then practice their identification skills, using keys, and examine the plants in the field.

15/06/2019   Identification of Grasses, Sedges and Rushes 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

Broaden your basic botanical knowledge and widen your expertise to include grasses, sedges and rushes on this course. Over two intensive days you will learn how to use illustrated keys and synopses for identification (devised by the tutor) using the wide range of habitats in Epping Forest and the Roding Valley.

15/06/2019   BLS Introducing Lichens   1 Day

Malham Tarn, Field Studies Council and BLS. Contact: 01729 830331 enquiries.mt@field-studies-council.org http://c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

Discover the world of lichens through this one-day course which requires no previous knowledge. The day will offer both classroom and site fieldwork to introduce what lichen are and recognise some of the more common species.

15/06/2019   Broad-leaved trees and shrubs in Summer   1 Day

Tyland Barn, Kent Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01622662012 studydays@kentwildlife.org.uk https://www.kentwildlifetrust.org.uk/events/2019-06-15-broad-leaved-trees-and-shrubs-summer

Learn to identify trees and shrubs from their foliage. Normal fee - £33 per person per day.Concessionary fee - KWT volunteers, senior citizens, unemployed and students £5 off.

15/06/2019   Cotswold Wildflower ID   1 Day

Cheltenham, Glos, Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01452 383333 info@gloucestershirewildlifetrust.co.uk https://www.gloucestershirewildlifetrust.co.uk/events/2019-06-15-course-cotswold-wild-flower-identification

Explore the wildflowers of Cotswold limestone grassland with friendly expert Ian Stevenson. After an indoor introduction, you will spend most of the day at the stunning Kilkenny nature reserve learning to survey, identify and record beautiful wildflowers. 09:30 - 16.00.

15/06/2019   Identifying Wild Flower Families Workshop   1 Day

Mar Lodge Stables, Braemar, Botanical Society of Britain & Ireland. Contact: faithanstey@gmail.com https://www.tickettailor.com/events/botanicalsocietyofbritainireland/237493/

This practical workshop aims to teach early beginners to identify wild flowers through recognising their families. It will also introduce students to keys and will build confidence using them.

15/06/2019   An introduction to grasses, sedges and rushes   1 Day

New Ferry Butterfly Park, Cheshire Wildlife Trust. Contact: 07855053210 hilary.j.ash@ntlworld.com https://www.cheshirewildlifetrust.org.uk/events/2019-06-15-introduction-grasses-sedges-and-rushes

An introduction to the identification of grasses, sedges and rushes.

15/06/2019   NVC: What you need to know   1 Day

West Midlands, CIEEM. Contact: 01962 868626 enquiries@cieem.net https://events.cieem.net/Events/EventPages/15062019000000NVCWhatYouNeedtoKnow.aspx

This one day course covers theory and practice of the National Vegetation Classification (NVC) and includes classroom and field based sessions.

16/06/2019   Orchids of Slad   1 Day

Stroud, Glos, Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01452 383333 info@gloucestershirewildlifetrust.co.uk https://www.gloucestershirewildlifetrust.co.uk/events/2019-06-16-course-orchids-slad

Beautiful Slad Valley is well known for rare and unusual orchids such as fragrant, fly and frog orchid. GWT Reserve Manager George Griffiths leads an exploration of orchid identification on Swift's Hill and will help you discover the remarkable relationships orchids have with pollinators. 09:30 - 16.00.

17/06/2019   Habitat Indicator Species (Phase 1 and NVC)   2 Day

Old Sarum and the New Forest, Salisbury, Species Recovery Trust. Contact: 01722 322539 bookings@speciesrecoverytrust.org.uk https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/habitat-indicator-species-phase-1-and-nvc-grasslands-and-heathlands-tickets-50586329072

Grasslands & Heathlands (day 1) & Heathlands, Bogs & Acid Grassland (day 2). A 1 or 2 day course giving participants the skills & confidence to assess habitats, both in terms of type & quality, ability to identify indicator species, an overview of some key Phase I & NVC communities, a chance to do quadrat sampling & share ideas with colleagues & a chance to see a broad range of lowland habitat types. £85 (1 day), £160 (2 day)

17/06/2019   Aquatic Plants   7 Day

Kindrogan, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01250 870 150 enquiries.kd@field-studies-council.org http://c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

The course will concentrate on the identification and ecology of aquatic and vascular plants and stoneworts in a wide range of habitats around Kindrogan, including ponds, lakes and rivers. It will cover all groups of water plants including swamp and fen plants growing around the edges of water bodies.

18/06/2019   Heathland Plants   1 Day

Preston Montford, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01743 852040 enquiries.pm@field-studies-council.org http://c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

Explore the spectacular heathland of the Stiperstones National Nature Reserve. You will be shown a rich variety of moorland species. Learn how to identify the different Heathers and Heaths, Bilberry, Cowberry and Crowberry as well as some of the dominant grasses and sedges of these areas.

19/06/2019   Tree ID   1 Day

Bristol, Acorn Ecology Ltd. Contact: 01392 366512 training@acornecology.co.uk https://c-js.co.uk/2xSEjfq

This one-day course introduces the trees which are native to the British Isles, as well as common non-native species, and focuses on the techniques used to identify them.

19/06/2019   Beginners guide to the NVC   1 Day

North West England, CIEEM. Contact: 01962 868626 enquiries@cieem.net http://events.cieem.net/Events/EventPages/19062019000000BeginnersGuidetotheNVC.aspx

This course provides an introduction to the theory and practice of the National Vegetation Classification (NVC) system; a standardised method for identifying and describing many UK plant communities.

20/06/2019   Grassland Plant ID Course   2 Day

Woodah Farm, near Exeter, Devon Biodiversity Records Centre. Contact: 01392 274128 DBRC@dbrc.org.uk http://www.dbrc.org.uk/training-course-2/

Introduction to grassland plant identification, grassland ecology and survey particularly using vegetative features. Includes: survey of a variety of grassland habitat types; identification of range of grass, rush, sedge and herbaceous species; identification of unimproved, semi-improved and improved swards; effect of physical features e.g. hydrology, pH etc on sward composition. £180 plus VAT/£220 plus VAT

20/06/2019   Using Indicator Species for Habitat Assessment (Phase I and NVC) - Grasslands   1 Day

South East England, CIEEM. Contact: 01962 868626 enquiries@cieem.net https://events.cieem.net/Events/EventPages/20062019000000UsingIndicatorSpeciesforHabitatAssessmentPhaseIandNVCGrasslands.aspx

A one day course covering the basics of habitat assessment and the key indicator species that can be used to help assess and classify a range of habitats.

21/06/2019   Phase 1 Habitat Survey - Part 2   1 Day

Marden Meadow, Kent Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01622662012 studydays@kentwildlife.org.uk https://www.kentwildlifetrust.org.uk/explore/education/wildlife-study-days/phase-one-habitat-survey-days

Further practice in plant identification with an emphasis on key indicator species for each habitat and discussion of useful features for target notes. One day fee £55 per person. For both days (7th and 21st June) £100 per person.

21/06/2019   Exploring Grasses   2 Day

Rainton Meadows and Herrington Hill Nature Reserves, Verde-ecology Consultancy. Contact: 07875544635 juliageno@verde-ecologyconsultancy.com http://www.verde-ecologyconsultancy.com

Hands on workshop for beginners and improvers that want to know “what that grass is” and why certain grasses prefer different habitats.

22/06/2019   Limestone Flora of the Oswestry Hills   1 Day

Preston Montford, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01743 852040 enquiries.pm@field-studies-council.org http://c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

This course will enable you to identify flowers found on limestone, many of which are unique to this part of the county and include seven members of the Orchidaceae. You will spend most of the day in Dolgoch and Blackbridge quarries with their limestone cliffs and relics of past quarrying.

22/06/2019   How To Use a Botanical Key   1 Day at Bushy Park

"Keying out" is a daunting but essential skill for anyone interested in Botany. This one-day introduction will explain how dichotomous keys work, how to find your way around them, and will guide you through their use and application - and their limitations. Fee includes FSC foldout chart Tree Name Trail.

22/06/2019   Discovering Veteran Trees   1 Day at Greenwich Park

The historic parkland of Greenwich Park, much of it on steep slopes giving stunning views across the Thames estuary, is also the setting for an array of veteran trees. We will survey their ecology and importance as a habitat and look at the development of the parkland within its landscape.

22/06/2019   Meadows and Grassland Plants   1 Day at Regents Park

Learn about hay meadows, their history and management, and identify some common plants and grasses. Using the diverse habitats in The Regent's Park we will look at what needs to be considered when creating a wildflower grassland or lawn, and how then to manage the meadow.

Above 3 courses with Field Studies Council. Contact: 01306 734501 enquiries.ldn@field-studies-council.org http://c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

24/06/2019   Discovering and Identifying Wild Flowers   4 Day

Kindrogan, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01250 870 150 enquiries.kd@field-studies-council.org http://c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

This course will be an introduction to the flowers of the many exciting habitats close to the Centre. It is aimed at anyone who loves plants and would like to know more about them, how and where they live, how to use keys and what books to use.

24/06/2019   Wildflower Identification - Neutral and Calcareous Grassland   1 Day

South East England, CIEEM. Contact: 01962 868626 enquiries@cieem.net https://events.cieem.net/Events/EventPages/24062019000000WildflowerIdentificationNeutralandCalcareousGrassland.aspx

This training day will familiarise participants with wild flowers commonly encountered in the countryside, as well as the more specialist species associated with species-rich calcareous grassland. No keys will be used, but we will aim to get a handle on the main families of flowering plants in the UK, to help identification skills.

25/06/2019   Wildflowers, Orchids and Grasses Identification Workshop   3 Day

The Kingcombe Centre, Dorset Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01300 320684 kingcombe@dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk http://www.kingcombe.org

Learn to identify the diverse flowers and grasses of Kingcombe Meadows Nature Reserve, with Leif Bersweden.

25/06/2019   Wildflower Identification and Survey - Neutral and Calcareous grasslands   1 Day

Old Sarum and Figsbury Ring, Species Recovery Trust. Contact: 01722 322539 bookings@speciesrecoverytrust.org.uk https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/wildflower-identification-and-survey-tickets-52262811476

A one-day course giving participants the ability to identify the wildflowers in semi-improved neutral and calcareous grasslands using simple features, a good understanding of key indicator species and an introduction to yellow composites

26/06/2019   Chalk Grassland Flowers    1 Day

Sevenoaks , Kent Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01622662012 studydays@kentwildlife.org.uk https://www.kentwildlifetrust.org.uk/events/2019-06-26-chalk-grassland-flowers

Learn identification of chalk grassland flowers.   Also about key plants starting at Sevenoaks and visiting other local reserves. Normal fee - £33 per person per day.Concessionary fee - KWT volunteers, senior citizens, unemployed and students £5 off.

27/06/2019   Grasslands Species Identification Day   1 Day

Ivythorn Youth Hostel, Street, Somerset, Countryside Management Association. Contact: https://g4g.us12.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e5bbf407d2eac7e4da347b4c5&id=861d2a2f7c&e=b1002c14da

We will look at the vast array of species at Ivythorn Meadows then hop across the road to hunt for the enigmatic Large Blue Butterfly with the Somerset National Trust team. Collard Hill is the second best place in the world to see this butterfly…so hopefully we’ll be in with a good chance!

27/06/2019   Introduction to soil identification for foresters   1 Day

Main conference room, Alice Holt Research Station, Forest Research, Alice Holt Lodge, Farnham, Surrey GU10 4LH, Royal Forestry Society. Contact: http://www.rfs.org.uk/events/2019/june/introduction-to-soil-identification-for-foresters-rfs-one-day-training-course/

Understand the importance of soil recognition in forest management; how to use published geological and soil information to help in soil type identification; how to approach soil investigation in the forest or field and understand the principles behind the FC’s Ecological Site Classification (ESC) System.

28/06/2019   Improving Meadows and Grasslands   1 Day

The Kingcombe Centre, Dorset Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01300 320684 kingcombe@dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk http://www.kingcombe.org

Find out how to create a wildflower meadow or restore your species-rich grassland using local seed and low-impact techniques.

28/06/2019   Limestone Flora   3 Day

Malham Tarn, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01729 830331 enquiries.mt@field-studies-council.org http://c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

A weekend for building botanical skills with the specialist flora of limestone habitats amid the magnificent scenery of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Excursions will cover grasslands, flushes, woodlands and limestone pavement to identify a wide range of species in the field. *MMU

29/06/2019   Identification of Deciduous Trees in Summer   1 Day

Amersham, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01494 721054 enquiries.am@field-studies-council.org http://c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

Trees form an imposing and ecologically important part of the landscape of the British Isles: but they are much more interesting if we know their names! During this course we will look at features such as leaves, bark, flowers and fruits which can be used to identify.

29/06/2019   Botany Beginnings: Grasses, Sedges and Rushes   1 Day

Malham Tarn, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01729 830331 enquiries.mt@field-studies-council.org http://c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

This beginners course will cover anatomy and terminology, and will teach simple methods of identification in a relaxed and passionate manner. There will be many handy tips and plenty of indoor and outdoor practical activities to aid learning.

29/06/2019   Marshes and Mires   1 Day

Preston Montford, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01743 852040 enquiries.pm@field-studies-council.org http://c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

Wet grasslands and mires are amongst the richest of habitats. The hydrology will vary over a site and also change throughout the year which means that a variety of plants adapted to different hydrological conditions will grow in such places. The habitats will be home to numerous sedge species along with different grasses and rushes.

29/06/2019   Ecology of Chalk Grassland   1 Day

Steyning, West Sussex, Sussex Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01273 497544 michaelblencowe@sussexwt.org.uk https://sussexwildlifetrust.org.uk/whats-on/2019-06-29-ecology-of-chalk-downland-29062019

Chalk downland is one of Western Europe's richest wildlife habitats. It has up to 40 species of flowering plants per square metre, many of them chalk specialists, and 60% of the UK's butterflies including iconic 'blues' such as the Adonis and Chalk Hill Blues. In this one day course you'll all about this species-rich habitat; how it is created and managed and the species that thrive here.

29/06/2019   An introduction to identifying wildflowers   1 Day

New Ferry Butterfly Park, Cheshire Wildlife Trust. Contact: 07856053210 hilary.j.ash@ntlworld.com https://www.cheshirewildlifetrust.org.uk/events/2019-06-29-introduction-identifying-wildflowers

This workshop is a fantastic introduction to the main families of wildflowers. The setting of this course is the species rich award winning location of New Ferry Butterfly Park.

30/06/2019   Wildflower & Folklore   1 Day

Bough Beech, Kent Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01622662012 studydays@kentwildlife.org.uk https://www.kentwildlifetrust.org.uk/events/2019-06-30-wild-flowers-folklore-food-and-fantasy

An introduction to the folklore of plants.   Learn about the use of wild plants in our culture and everyday life as food and medicines, in healting and superstition. Normal fee - £33 per person per day.Concessionary fee - KWT volunteers, senior citizens, unemployed and students £5 off.



14/06/2019   Become an Expert Photographer   1 Day

Glossop Adult Education Centre, Derbyshire Adult Community Education Service. Contact: 01629 535895 glossop.ace@derbyshire.gov.uk https://c-js.co.uk/2TBrMYq

Experiment with various settings to get the most from your camera. 10am to 3pm.

15/06/2019   Digital Wildlife Photography Basics 1   1 Day


22/06/2019   Digital Wildlife Photography Basics 2   1 Day


Above two courses at Blashford Lakes, Ringwood with  Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01489774400 courses@hiwwt.org.uk

23/06/2019   Photography - Close-Up and Macro for Beginners   1 Day

Nower Wood, Mill Way, leatherhead KT22 8QA, Surrey Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01372379523 adult.learning@surreywt.org.uk http://Surrey Wildlife Trust

Using the beauty of Nower Wood as your backdrop, learn the basic techniques used when taking close-up and macro photographs. Beginners course.

29/06/2019   Digital Wildlife Photography Macro   1 Day

Blashford Lakes, Ringwood, Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01489774400 courses@hiwwt.org.uk https://shop.hiwwt.org.uk/product/digital-wildlife-photography-macro-3/


Practical Countryside Skills

01/06/2019   Dry Stone Walling - Beginners   2 Day

Tetbury, Gloucestershire, Cotswolds Conservation Board. Contact: 01451 862000 ruralskills@cotswoldsaonb.org.uk https://www.cotswoldsruralskills.org.uk/events/view/645/dry-stone-walling-beginners

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!

01/06/2019   Taster day in dry stone walling    1 Day at Rhyd y Creuau near Betws y Coed

A basic introduction to dry stone walling

29/06/2019   Dry stone walling course   2 Days at Pensychnant Conwy

29/06/2019   Dry stone walling course   2 Day at Rhyd y Creuau Field Studies Centre near Betws y Coed

Set in the beautiful grounds of the Field Studies Centre. Includes taking down a section of wall and rebuilding it.

Above three courses with Wales Branch of the Dry Stone Walling Association. Contact: 01766 513213 pasmyth@btinternet.com http://www.drystonewalling.wales


Practical Countryside Skills - Machinery

03/06/2019   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.

05/06/2019   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)

06/06/2019   Safe Use of Leaf Blowers NPTC / City and Guilds    0.5 Day

This course is being part funded through the Stories in Stone project. 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.

10/06/2019   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)

10/06/2019   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

11/06/2019   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.

12/06/2019   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.

17/06/2019   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.

18/06/2019   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.

19/06/2019   Aerial Cutting of Trees with a Chainsaw Using Free-Fall Techniques (formally CS39) NPTC / City and Guilds    2 Day

This course is being part funded through the Stories in Stone project. 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)

21/06/2019   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.

22/06/2019   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

24/06/2019   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.

24/06/2019   Emergency Tree Work Operations (formally CS50) NPTC / City and Guilds   3 Day

Three days training plus one day assessment, covering how to deal with emergency tree work operations. Techniques, winching and safe operation.

All above courses with Lowe Maintenance Training at 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


Bat Licence Training by Acorn Ecology Ltd        

Wildlife Conservation and Animal Behaviour and Wildlife Conservation with University of Wolverhampton


Land and Countryside Management       

12 week Nature Conservation Traineeships with Ambios


Environmental Education

Forest School Leadership Level 3 Certificate by Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust 


Training Centre / provider listings

Derbyshire County Council


CEH is a world-class research organisation. We train on land and freshwater ecosystems and hydrology and also transferable science skills. We run open training courses in Bangor (Wales), Wallingford nr. Oxford, Lancaster and Edinburgh. Bespoke courses are available at other locations. Our full training offer www.ceh.ac.uk/training


Brooksby Melton College is a Further and Higher Education provider in the East Midlands. The land-based Brooksby Campus is an 850-acre estate offering a range of full- and part-time courses in the land-based industries. Course areas include Agriculture, Horticulture, Countryside Management, Floristry and Land-Based Engineering. 01664850850 / courseenquiries@brooksbymelton.ac.uk / www.brooksbymelton.ac.uk


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Know any aspiring writers? The ‘green stories’ writing competition ask writers to check out sustainable solutions on the website http://www.greenstories.org.uk/  and integrate them into their story. There is a playwriting competition (deadline June 2019), a radio play/series competition (deadline July 2019), a novel competition (deadline August 2019) and other formats (film tv etc.). All are free to enter with prizes and routes to production/publication.


logo: Royal Holloway University of LondonEnhance a BioSciences Student’s professional Development through Royal Holloway’s award-winning Micro-placements Scheme

Interested in offering a 2-4 week summer placement, at no cost to you, to one of our talented BioSciences undergraduates under our award-winning micro-placements scheme?

The scheme, whose popularity amongst students is increasing every year, is an innovative way of improving students’ skills and employability and our placements team is currently looking for organisations based in and around London that are able to facilitate a micro-placement in the area of Ecology and Conservation, including animal welfare, fieldwork, research, environmental surveying and wildlife management.

Contact Royal Holloway’s placements team at careersplacements@royalholloway.ac.uk to find out more.


We are Big Wild Thought, a clothing brand based in Sheffield, which is located in the great county of Yorkshire. Here, we (Laura and Liam, Founders) decided that we were going to create a brand that allows people to wear and care at the same time. We love animals and we hate seeing the impact us as a species are having on them, so we wanted to get involved with some of the most amazing charities and support them as much as we can! We donate 10% of each sale to the relevant animal charity, and are now helping 7 different animal charities not only in the UK but Worldwide. Also, all our packaging is made from recycled cardboard and acid-free tissue paper, which is All recyclable! www.bigwildthought.co.uk


Stride into spring with the Step Count Challenge

Registration is now open for Paths for All’s spring Step Count Challenge, which begins on Monday 29th April. For eight weeks, teams of five from workplaces across Scotland will track and record their daily step count, take part in weekly competitions, and challenge themselves to walk more. 

Using pedometers, mobile apps and fitness trackers, participants track their steps whilst walking to work, going for a lunchtime stroll, and using the stairs instead of the lift. Participants record their steps online, collect badges for reaching weekly step goals, and track their team's progress on the leader board.

We love walking, it’s good for you and it’s good for business. Being physically active can help to lower your risk of Type 2 diabetes by 40%, cardiovascular disease by 35% and depression and dementia by 30%. Discover the benefits for yourself by signing up to the Step Count Challenge on our website: www.stepcount.org.uk

Have a question? Drop us an email at walkatwork@pathsforall.org.uk and we’ll do our best to help.


Share your TCV Story as part of our 60th Anniversary Celebrations

TCV, the community volunteering charity celebrates its 60th Anniversary this year. Since 1959, TCV has brought people together to create, improve and care for green spaces. From local parks and community gardens to nature reserves, school and hospital grounds, to waterways, wetlands and woodlands; TCV has connected people to the green spaces that form a vital part of any healthy, happy community.

As part of TCV's Anniversary celebrations, they would love to hear from those who have volunteered or worked with them over the last 60 years.

They have created a new website, where past and present volunteers and staff can share their TCV/BTCV story and also find out more about their history.

If you have volunteered with TCV or BTCV they would love to read and share your story and see photos too.

It's easy to leave a story and maybe your story will inspire the next generation of volunteers! Visit https://mystory.tcv.org.uk/

The next edition of CJS Professional will be published on: Thursday 9 May

Got something to share or want to advertise? The deadline is: 5pm Friday 3 May

Contact us by email: ranger@countryside-jobs.com

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