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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

August 2019

31/08/2019    Timber measuring     2 Days

Greenwood Centre, Ironbridge, Small Woods Association. Contact: 01952 432769 office@smallwoods.org 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


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


11/10/2019    Woodland Landscape History     1 Day

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

Learn the broad concepts of woodland history and how it has influenced today's landscape. Identify features within woodlands to interpret former use and activities. A range of topics will be covered to explain existing features, hidden gems and the type and management of woodlands we see today.

Cost £120.00


12/10/2019    Managing groups in woodlands    1 Day

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

The course is designed for woodland owners, managers and wildlife officers - who are considering working with volunteers and referral groups to run within woodlands. Identify task focused woodland activities, managing group dynamics, Leadership skills, motivating and managing conflict, Understanding the woodland needs, Identifying skills and strengths, Identifying and managing risks.

Cost £120.00


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


21/10/2019    Managing and Leading Conservation Projects    5 Days

Cambridge, Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust. Contact: 01534 860037 academy@durrell.org https://c-js.info/2X4M4Y4

This five-day course is designed to strengthen your leadership and management skills. The course draws on the theory and practice of management and leadership and applies it to the context of wildlife conservation projects through the use of case study scenarios, guest lectures from leading conservation professionals and practical tools to improve your work.

Cost £575.00


26/10/2019    Positive Environmental Planning for Woodlands     1 Day

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

A new course for woodland owners, woodland workers, and woodland managers. The course will clarify the development planning system, with particular focus on England, and practical steps you can take to present your woodland project in the most positive frame to the Local Planning Authority and others.

Cost £90.00


November 2019

16/11/2019    Practical Wooldand Management     2 Days

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

An introduction to the woodland tasks needed to manage a woodland. Good practice guidelines along with top tips and techniques established over many years. Tree selection and thinning High pruning to improve timber quality, Tree planting Safe moving of timber and extraction, Dealing with brash, Ride management.

Cost £160.00



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