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Training Directory - Short Courses
Countryside Management Techniques

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Short Training Courses

(10 day consecutive maximum) Many of the providers have further details on the Centres and Providers pages.
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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

March 2019

02/03/2019    Practical Woodland Management     2 Days

Derbyshire Eco Centre, Derbyshire Eco Centre. Contact: 01629 533038 ecocentre@derbyshire.gov.uk www.derbyshire.gov.uk/ecocentre

Learn how to fell small trees safely using hand tools and find suitable uses for the timber.

Cost £78.00


15/03/2019    Digital Forest Management using MyForest    1 Day

Room LR1, Shuttleworth College, Shuttleworth Business Centre, Old Warden Park, Biggleswade SG18 9DX, Royal Forestry Society. Contact: https://c-js.info/2VYo1tG

The course takes participants through the process of undertaking woodland to the production of management plans that can be approved by the FC. Learn to create a myForest account, map a woodland area, add attribute data and generate a management plan and associated maps.

Cost £unknown


16/03/2019    Timber measuring    2 Days

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

Designed for woodland owners, managers, agents and contractor's ability to calculate accurately timber volumes in standing trees, woodland compartments and road side stacks. Including: measurement conventions, useful equipment, calculate the height and volume of a standing tree, stratification and sampling principles, yield class, Tariff and abbreviated tariff measurements, stack measurements

Cost £160.00


April 2019

04/04/2019    Deer Awareness - An introduction to Deer Management    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

Cost £100.00


06/04/2019    Introduction to Small Woodland management    2 Days

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

In line with Forestry Commission guidelines the course will give you the background knowledge to manage a woodland sustainably. Including: Assessing the resource, Protecting the resource, Managing the resource, Producing timber, Keeping it legal, Thinking about the future. The course is classroom based with visits to different local woodlands.

Cost £180.00


12/04/2019    Tree Health - pests & diseases    1 Day

Hockeridge & Pancake Woods and The Old School, Ashley Green, Bucks, Royal Forestry Society. Contact: https://c-js.info/2QT0pTu

This course is designed to provide delegates with the skills and understanding to identify the common tree pests and diseases in the UK and to provide options and discussion on ways we can mitigate damage against them.

Cost £unknown


15/04/2019    Woodland Management    2 Days

Cotehele, Lynher Training Ltd. Contact: 01822 832902 admin@lynher.com www.lynher.com

Classroom and outdoor session looking at tree identification, type & growth characteristics with a view to planning & managing a woodland..

Cost £unknown


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

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

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


September 2019

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



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