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Countryside Management Techniques

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Short Training Courses

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Countryside Management Techniques

Typical courses include: Sustainable Woodland Management, Coastal Dune Management, Ponds for Wildlife, Managing for Biodiversity. 

Practical courses have separate pages and those requiring the use of machinery (eg chainsaw or brushcutter) are here

Typical courses include: Sustainable Woodland Management, Coastal Dune Management, Ponds for Wildlife, Managing for Biodiversity. 

Practical courses (chainsaw certificate etc) have a separate page

April 2019

20/04/2019    Ecology and Management of Woodlands     1 Day

Woods Mill, Henfield, West Sussex, Sussex Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01273 497544 michaelblencowe@sussexwt.org.uk sussexwildlifetrust.org.uk/whats-on/2019-04-20-ecology-and-management-of-woodlands-20042019

What could be more iconic than a Sussex woodland carpeted in bluebells? This course aims to give a broad overview of the deciduous woodland habitat and its ecology. It will touch on a wide variety of woodland topics including history, soils, woodland types and woodland wildlife, bringing them together to give you an understanding of the ecology of ancient woodland and how best to manage it for wildlife.

Cost £45.00


24/04/2019    Ancient Woodland Indicators    1 Day

South West England, CIEEM. Contact: 01962 868626 enquiries@cieem.net events.cieem.net/Events/EventPages/24042019000000AncientWoodlandIndicators.aspx

This one-day course focuses on ancient woodland indicators. This includes indicator plant species and a range of other features that can be used to establish whether a woodland is ancient or secondary. It will also outline threats to and the management of ancient woodlands.

Cost £unknown


May 2019

01/05/2019    Ignite: Woodfuel Quality Standards    1 Day

The Forest Centre, Marston Vale Millennium Country Park, Marston Moretaine, RDI Associates Ltd. Contact: 01765 609355 erica.spencer@ruraldevelopment.org.uk www.ruraldevelopment.org.uk/events

The Lantra Awards accredited Ignite: Woodfuel Quality Standards one day course introduces woodfuel suppliers and users to the full range of standards and quality assurance schemes in use in the supply chain and how to produce and specify the correct type of fuel.

Cost £180.00


02/05/2019    Ignite: Firewood Production and Supply    1 Day

The Forest Centre, Marston Vale Millennium Country Park, Marston Moretaine, RDI Associates Ltd. Contact: 01765 609355 erica.spencer@ruraldevelopment.org.uk https://c-js.info/2ato9gh

This Lantra Awards accredited course covers firewood as a renewable fuel, sources of timber for firewood, equipment to handle, produce and deliver firewood, units and conversion factors, markets and economics of the supply chain including calculating sales prices from wet and dry weight to loose and stacked volumes.

Cost £180.00


09/05/2019    Ignite: Woodfuel Quality Standards    1 Day

Strathearn Community Campus, Crieff, RDI Associates Ltd. Contact: 01765 609355 erica.spencer@ruraldevelopment.org.uk https://c-js.info/2ato9gh

The Lantra Awards accredited Ignite: Woodfuel Quality Standards one day course introduces woodfuel suppliers and users to the full range of standards and quality assurance schemes in use in the supply chain and how to produce and specify the correct type of fuel.

Cost £180.00


10/05/2019    Grading and measuring timber    1 Day

Whitney Sawmill, Old Station Yard, Hereford HR3 6EZ, Royal Forestry Society. Contact: https://c-js.info/2W1oRWC

An introduction to timber quality and grading. The course covers the basics of wood anatomy and the growth of high quality timber trees.Special features, such as ripple grain in sycamore, will be explained, as well as the various defects and types of decay that can influence wood quality.

Cost £unknown


15/05/2019    How to select and manage Deer Stalkers    1 Day

Wyre Forest at Uncllys Farm, Bewdley, Worcestershire. DY12 2LR, The Small Woods Association. Contact: 01952 432769 judithadams@smallwoods.org.uk www.smallwoods.org.uk

This course is designed to equip woodland owners to take control of deer management within their woods. Run in collaboration with The Deer Initiative and taught be experts in the field.

Cost £100.00


17/05/2019    Sustainable woodland management OCN Level 3    3 Days

Greenwood Centre, Ironbridge, Small Woods Association. Contact: 01952 432769 judithadams@smallwoods.org.uk www.smallwoods.org.uk

A course designed for woodland owners and managers who want to manage their woodlands to balance wildlife, economic and social benefits. Theory and definition of sustainability, Woodland types and structure, Practical woodland management, adding value with Woodland crafts and products, Woodland Biodiversity, undertaking the benefit of woodlands on human wellbeing.

Cost £240.00


June 2019

04/06/2019    Creation of reedbeds    1 Day

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

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.

Cost £unknown


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: https://c-js.info/2VZcwSw

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.

Cost £unknown


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

Learn about the deer currently living on the various Surrey Wildlife Trust sites and how we are managing them.

Cost £35.00


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: https://c-js.info/2QRANWR

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.

Cost £unknown


28/06/2019    Improving Meadows and Grasslands    1 Day

The Kingcombe Centre, Dorset Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01300 320684 kingcombe@dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk www.kingcombe.org

Find out how to create a wildflower meadow or restore your species-rich grassland using local seed and low-impact techniques.

Cost £68.00


July 2019

09/07/2019    Managing water margins and islands for biodiversity    1 Day

RSPB Middleton Lakes, Staffordshire, RSPB. Contact: 01767 693308 conservation-advice@rspb.org.uk

Or, how to get rid of bath tubs! Mineral site restoration can leave large waterbodies behind. This course will look at the best practice and practicalities, through theory, case studies and a site visit, to design lakes which offer a range of homes for nature, and how to construct them.

Cost £unknown


17/07/2019    An Introduction to Wet Grassland    1 Day

RSPB Otmoor, RSPB. Contact: 01767 693308 conservation-advice@rspb.org.uk

An introduction to lowland wet grassland and its management for wildlife – in particular breeding waders. During the morning session you will cover the ecology of key species, basics of hydrological control, the effect of soil types, sward management and grazing regimes - including discussing the management, restoration and creation of wet grassland. A site visit in the afternoon will follow.

Cost £unknown


18/07/2019    Advanced Lowland Wet Grassland    1 Day

RSPB Otmoor, RSPB. Contact: 01767 693308 conservation-advice@rspb.org.uk

A standalone, or a follow-on course from the ‘An introduction to wet grassland’. You will look in more detail at some of the advanced management solutions available for wet grassland, particularly climate mitigation and colonising species, and the outcomes they can deliver. We will also look at site assessment and monitoring techniques and take part in a practical session.

Cost £unknown


August 2019

01/08/2019    Winter ASSETT    4 Days

Minerva Mill – Large meeting room, Station Road, Alcester, Warwickshire, B49 5ET, Arbtech Consulting Ltd. Contact: jr@arbtech.co.uk https://c-js.info/2Sh57el

Help bridge the industry’s key failing: the gap between graduating in a relevant environmental subject & undertaking professional work as a consultant. Course dates: 1 August, 29 August, 12 September & 3 October 2019. Fees can be paid upfront or offset by the paid work the candidates will do for Arbtech, once the course is completed. £300 inclusive of VAT.

Cost £300.00


September 2019

03/09/2019    An Introduction to Reedbeds    1 Day

RSPB Leighton Moss, RSPB. Contact: 01767 693308 conservation-advice@rspb.org.uk

An introduction to reedbeds & their management for wildlife, focusing on reedbed specialist species. During the morning session you will cover the ecology of key species & the basic reedbed vegetation types, plus hydrology & management techniques. As well as discussing management, we will also touch on reedbed restoration & creation. There will be a site visit in the afternoon.

Cost £unknown


04/09/2019    Advanced Reedbed Management    1 Day

RSPB Leighton Moss, RSPB. Contact: 01767 693308 conservation-advice@rspb.org.uk

You will go into more detail on some of the advanced and dynamic management solutions available for old or degraded reedbeds, and the outcomes they can deliver. We will also look at the more practical elements of management, including climate mitigation, survey techniques and monitoring and take part in a practical session.

Cost £unknown


09/09/2019    Endangered Species Recovery    12 Days

Jersey, Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust. Contact: 01534 860037 academy@durrell.org https://c-js.info/2GW3s9X

The Endangered Species Recovery (ESR) course is a two week introduction to the issues and practical skills involved in saving threatened species from extinction. The course is perfectly suited for those wanting an up to date summary, and has also proved invaluable to those considering a career change to conservation as a profession.

Cost £1000.00


10/09/2019    An introduction to wetland site assessment techniques     2 Days

RSPB Leighton Moss, RSPB. Contact: 01767 693308 conservation-advice@rspb.org.uk

This two-day course looks at the tools, resources and skills needed to assess wetland sites. Including theory and outdoor practical activities, it suits those new to wetland sites or looking to refresh their skills. Topics include: levels surveys and kit, digital resources, assessment frameworks, soil assessment and water quality testing, and site design.

Cost £240.00


13/09/2019    Measuring trees & woods (mensuration)    1 Day

Askham Village Hall, Askham and Lowther Estate nr Penrith, Cumbria, Royal Forestry Society. Contact: https://c-js.info/2QT7EL1

Learn to undertake basic woodland measurements for guiding future management activities. Understand the principles and how they can be applied via theory and practical outdoor sessions taking measurements on standing trees. Covers key tree measurement and surveying techniques used to assess many aspects of a woodland including regeneration and growth.

Cost £unknown


17/09/2019    Grazing Animals for Habitat Management    2 Days

The Kingcombe Centre, Dorset Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01300 320684 kingcombe@dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk www.kingcombe.org

Learn about the benefits, challenges and management techniques of using animals to improve a variety of wildlife habitats across Dorset.

Cost £188.00


18/09/2019    Woodland creation and establishment    1 Day

Aggregate Industries Bardon Hill Quarry, Leicestershire, RSPB. Contact: 01767 693308 conservation-advice@rspb.org.uk

This Nature After Minerals (NAM) training course will cover the principles of mineral site restoration to appropriate woodland habitat, including consideration of wet woodland, planting mixes, open spaces, scrub establishment and deadwood, and how to optimise their biodiversity value. We will also look at the aftercare required, and the needs of specialist woodland species. There will be a site visit in the afternoon.

Cost £unknown


October 2019

05/10/2019    An Introduction to Rewildling     1 Day

Woods Mill, Henfield, West Sussex, Sussex Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01273 497544 michaelblencowe@sussexwt.org.uk sussexwildlifetrust.org.uk/whats-on/2019-10-05-an-introduction-to-rewilding-05102019

Although a relatively recent concept rewilding is now a major force in the conservation movement. This new course aims to give you an introduction to the main topics around the subject, looking at examples from around the world as well as examples here in Sussex.

Cost £unknown


15/10/2019    Delivering biodiversity through minerals planning    1 Day

Tarmac Thrislington Quarry, County Durham, RSPB. Contact: 01767 693308 conservation-advice@rspb.org.uk

With many species in rapid decline, & vital habitats being lost at an alarming rate, biodiversity enhancement which is integrated into mineral site restoration through the planned creation & management of priority habitats can provide a vital lifeline. This NAM course will showcase best practice examples of how minerals planning can facilitate the delivery of significant biodiversity net-gains, particularly at a landscape scale.

Cost £unknown



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