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CJS Professional: 9 May 2024

Contents: Click the headers to browse each section, or click on each item (or the [more] button)  

Jobs

16 adverts for paid posts included in this edition at time of publication.

Apprenticeships and Interns6 adverts for a range of placements and internships.

Please note adverts are deleted as they reach the closing date.
 

Volunteers

Need more hands? CJS has a huge range of free advertising available for all your volunteer activities. Here is a brief run down of what's available  [more]
  

CJS Updates and other useful information

Hard work but well worth it - the ins and outs of rural living for our Meet the Team series By Amy Worley, Features Commissioning Editor, Amy lives just up the hill from Goathland in a very small isolated hamlet, she talks about some of the realities of living in the countryside. [more]

We have again renewed our membership to the Climate Coalition [more]

CIEEM 2024 Awards Shortlist Revealed on their website. Congratulations to all of the shortlisted nominees  CJS is delighted to continue our association with the Awards; this year sponsoring the NGO impact award. [more]

We are a member of the Rural Services Network, renewed for 2024-25 [more]

 

Features and In Depth Articles

21 April was Curlew Conservation Day Curlew Conservation: it is not about the birds by Ellen Bradley, General Manager at Curlew Action

NatureScot – Working for Scotland’s Nature by Jennifer Deane, Nature Based Skills & Jobs Officer at NatureScot

Wildfires: Risk and Prevention by Rob Stacey – Wildfire Team Leader and Project Officer, Northumberland FRS 

For the International Day of Plant Health on 12 May Surveillance for Acute Oak Decline: Developing new methods to analyse and add value to volunteer reports by Nathan Brown, Matt Combes, Sandra Denman, Peter Crow, and Stephen Parnell at Forest Research

Job Profile: Biodiversity Officer at Leckford Estate - The Waitrose & Partners Farm

Job Profile: Education and Wellbeing Lead for a Rewilding project on a farm  

In case you missed it, 7 features worth revisiting

 

CJS Focus

Current Edition: CJS Focus on Volunteering in association with Chester Zoo. Published on 5 February 2024, read it here

Next Edition: CJS Focus on Visitor Management, in association with the Visitor Studies Group. Due for publication on 24 June 2024.  This edition will contain articles about working in this area, job profiles and anything associated with working in visitor management. [Find out more here]
  
Features from CJS Focus on Volunteering in Association with Chester Zoo

Unlocking the Potential: Nurturing Volunteer Management Skills for Conservation Professionals By: Brian Heppenstall, previous Countryside, Wildlife and Environment Course Manager, Kingston Maurward College  More information here or read the article here

Eat, sleep, breathe ecology: why I volunteer on top of a full time job - A personal viewpoint More information here or read the article here 

  

News from the month

  

Training and Events

Twice a year we remind training providers to send us their latest listings for inclusion in the CJS Training Directory, the spring reminder went out last month and there's been a lot of action on the Directory as new courses have been added and updates made.  Calendar of events and short courses occurring in July plus additions made over the past month.

Join SocEnv virtually for a special celebration of the environmental professional community. This exciting event is taking place on Tuesday 4th June 2024, starting at 2pm, in person places now sold out but booking is being taken for virtual attendance. [more]


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Jobs.


View all Online Jobs here. Please remember to say you saw the advert in CJS Professional.

Apprenticeships, Interns and paid trainee roles.

See all listings online at: https://www.countryside-jobs.com/volunteers/apprenticeships-and-interns

 

Volunteers.


See all listings online at: https://www.countryside-jobs.com/volunteers/intro

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

We have a wide range of articles focused on volunteering covering everything from the benefits of volunteering to how organisations can best set up volunteering programmes.

Browse the list here.

 

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CJS Focus on Volunteering in association with Chester Zoo

In case you didn't catch it the latest Focus looked at volunteering and was published in February, our annual focus on a large part of the conservation sector. Read more about the edition here 

CJS announcements, information and other articles of interest.


info grpahic stating members - REnewed for 2024- The Climate Coalition

We have again renewed our membership to the Climate Coalition

If everyone thinks about their impact on the planet and what they can do to reduce the damage caused by climate change then we will get somewhere and we will hopefully make life better for the animals and people currently being impacted the most.

If your organisation is thinking of recognising climate action why not get involved and join a growing number of people swapping ideas and actions in the fight against climate change.

Find out more about the organisation at https://www.theclimatecoalition.org and see all our Endorsements here.


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CIEEM 2024 Awards Shortlist Revealed

CIEEM has shared their 2024 awards shortlist on their website. Congratulations to all of the shortlisted nominees who will be invited to attend the prestigious luncheon and awards ceremony on Friday 28 June in London. Click here to see the shortlist.

We are delighted to continue our association with the Awards; this year sponsoring the NGO impact award. We work with many of the conservation NGOs and feel privileged to see the wonderful results of their hard work which all too often go unnoticed by the public and even fellow professionals, by sponsoring this award we are helping to promote and throw a spotlight onto some of their amazing achievements.

Well done to The Wildlife Trusts and our friends, Scottish Environment Link for their projects that are in the shortlist.


inforgraph stating. Members Renewed for 2024-25 Rural Services Network

We are a member of the Rural Services Network

The National Voice for Rural Areas - the Rural Services Network is a membership organisation and works on behalf of members as the national champion for rural services. They support member organisations through the sharing of best practice and rural expertise, and advocate on their behalf to ensure that the rural voice is raised up the agenda with parliamentarians and decision makers.

We thought it was a good idea to get involved so, we’ve taken out a further year of membership and hope the year will bring rural regeneration leading to rural jobs – and those jobs we’ll be sure to share with you.

Find out more about the organisation at https://www.rsnonline.org.uk and see all our Endorsements here.


Features and In Depth Articles.

In case you missed it: features worth revisiting.

CJS Focus.

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Current Edition: CJS Focus on Volunteering

In case you didn't catch it the latest Focus looked at volunteering and was published in February, our annual focus on a large part of the conservation sector.

Next Edition: CJS Focus on Visitor Management in association with Visitor Studies Group, due for publication 24 June More information about this edition here.

The Focus will contain articles about working in this area, job profiles and anything associated with working in visitor management.

Do you have a job to advertise, a training course that will help people get in to this type of work. Perhaps you run a support organisation? You have an app or website that would be useful to those managing and looking after visitors.

Even if you don't have any jobs at the moment, you can provide us with a free company profile to let readers know you work in visitor management.

Send us your free adverts by clicking here

Contact Amy on focus@countryside-jobs.com if you have any questions.

    News.

    Training Directory.

    If you'd like to see your training provision listed on the Directory you can find information here: https://www.countryside-jobs.com/advertise/training as it's CJS basic listings (50 words) are free. Or email Katie on training@countryside-jobs.com with your courses or for more information

    Browse the Training Directory online here for short courses (up to 10 days long), or here for longer courses, distance learning and centres and providers

    The Directory includes a wide range of courses providing certification in practical skills such as chainsaw use, need to learn how to identify dragonflies, or want to find out the best way to get the community involved in your project then this is the section to read. We include details of many professional courses in the online short courses pages. There are also sections for longer courses, training centres and other events (eg conferences).

    Search for your next CPD course here.


    Training Directory updates 

    As we begin to head outdoors to start the next round of practical land management and begin thinking about survey season or maybe the events and env ed sessions coming up you might suddenly realise that your certification also needs a top up and refresh. So whether that’s your first aid certs, chainsaw and brushcutter competency or GCN licences it’s time to find the time and a course for the qualifications you need.
    Twice a year we remind training providers to send us their latest listings for inclusion in the CJS Training Directory, the spring reminder went out last month and there's been a lot of action on the Directory as new courses have been added and updates made. Katie, our Training Directory Co-ordinator, has counted up and there are around 528 short courses currently listed including nearly 100 added since the middle of March when we sent the reminder and new entries are arriving every week. And if you still don't find what you're searching for there's a comprehensive list of Training Centres and Providers for you to browse through and contact with your requirements.

    logo: SocEnv - Society for the Environment

    Join SocEnv virtually for a special celebration of the environmental professional community

    Kindly sponsored by Crowberry Consulting, AECOM and Jacobs, The Society for the Environment’s annual event is back and this time it’s extra special, as we celebrate our 20-year anniversary. As our in-person event has sold out, we have now opened registration for virtual viewing, and we would be delighted to have you join us.

    During the event, we will celebrate the excellence of registered environmental professionals, announcing this year's awards winners and hosting panel discussions on our 20-year anniversary and World Environment Day theme which features the following expert voices on the topic of land restoration, desertification and drought resilience:

    • Dr Jane Rickson CEnv - Professor of Soil Erosion and Conservation, Cranfield University
    • Professor Ian Barker CEnv - Vice President Environment, Institute of Water
    • Dr Katie Medcalf CEnv - Environment Director, Environment Systems
    • Will Arnold CEnv – Head of Climate Action at Institution of Structural Engineers

    Register today

    This exciting event is taking place on Tuesday 4th June 2024, starting at 2pm BST, you can register to join the virtual delegates on our event listing here.

    Recently added online events and learning including calendar of short courses happening in July 2024.

    Events

       

    17/05/2024 Coastal change and shoreline management planning: lessons for coastal governance at Online 1 Day

    Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers) Contact: c-js.info/3y1nJcF

    Sponsored by the RGS-IBG’s Coastal and Marine Research Group, join us for a panel discussion in which six professionals will share their stories of working on the coast and debate how much progress the UK has made in dealing with coastal hazards, risks to populations, and coastal change.

    28/05/2024 Shellfish Association of Great Britain: 54th Annual Conference at The Crown Estate Offices, 1 St James’ Market, London 2 Days

    Shellfish Association of Great Britain Contact: c-js.info/4aWGAEF

    The conference is the annual occasion in the UK shellfish calendar, where the industry comes together to hear from Ministers (England, Wales and Scotland), amongst others, about market opportunities, management of stocks, the UK market for shellfish, international trade and more.

    12/06/2024 Green Halo Conference - National Parks for Health: A Natural Health Service at Beaulieu Road, Brockenhurst, SO42 7YQ 1 Day

    New Forest National Park Authority Contact: c-js.info/49WC2wH

    The Green Halo Partnership invites you to immerse yourself in the New Forest National Park at a major conference to highlight the value of nature to our health and wellbeing in the face of the climate, nature and health crises.

    17/06/2024 Sustainable Livelihoods: Regenerating Integrated Development through Innovative Communities at Atlantic Technological University Connemara, County Galway, Ireland 4 Days

    North Atlantic Forum Contact: http://northatlanticforum.org/about-conference/

    For the first time, the North Atlantic Forum (NAF) bi-annual international conference will take place in Connemara, Ireland from June 17th to 21st, 2024.

    20/06/2024 Species ID Skills Virtual Symposium at Zoom 0.5 Day

    Biological Recording Company Contact: c-js.info/4cZBVmF

    This virtual event will bring together conservationists, environmental educators, biological recording schemes and more to discuss the challenges and opportunities relating to developing species ID skills in both professional and non-professional audiences. We'll explore how training, ID guides, assessments and emerging technologies can be used to develop these skills.

    25/06/2024 Oceans Past X Conference at Penryn campus, University of Exeter, Cornwall 4 Days

    Oceans Past Initiative Contact: oceanspast.org/

    Historical perspectives on human-ocean interactions: deep understandings for informing ocean futures.

    25/06/2024 Access for All: A Celebration of What's Possible at Gisburn Forest 2 Days

    Forest of Bowland National Landscape Contact: c-js.info/3w6z7Ul

    The Forest of Bowland National Landscape and Access the Dales are delighted to be hosting a two-day celebration of inclusivity in the countryside. "Access for All: A Celebration of What's Possible," will be held on the 25th and 26th of June at Gisburn Forest – a Forestry England site in the Forest of Bowland. This exciting event is free to attend and promises a range of engaging activities for all participants.

    25/06/2024 CLA South East: Rural Professional Conference 2024 at Loseley Park, The Tithe Barn, GU3 1HS 1 Day

    Country Land and Business Association Limited (CLA) Contact: c-js.info/4aOmWul

    We are delighted to invite you to our Rural Professionals Conference, offering you the chance to hear updates and insight on a range of topical issues. CLA experts will outline the very latest developments and policy announcements, covering areas including residential tenancies, EPCs, environmental markets, tax, access, planning and infrastructure, plus a political and lobbying update.

    09/07/2024 How Can We Use Sound to Measure Biodiversity? 0.5 Day
    Zoom, Biological Recording Company. Contact: https://c-js.info/3Q9WCT3
    A bioacoustics specialist will introduce how the science of bioacoustics is used to monitor and measure biodiversity, delving into the current limitations and potential applications. We'll then hear a case study from a conservationist who is using cutting-edge bioacoustics to monitor and conserve the birds across their sites.

    10/07/2024 ReMeMaRe 2024 2 Days
    The Scarborough Spa, Scarborough, Ocean & Coastal Futures Ltd. Contact: https://c-js.info/3U5wBXB
    We look forward to welcoming you to the Restoring Meadow, Marsh and Reef (ReMeMaRe) 2024 conference. Bringing together restoration practitioners, Government bodies, environmental Non-Government Organisations (eNGOs), industry and businesses, from across the United Kingdom, with a shared vision to restore our estuaries and coasts.

    16/07/2024 CIEEM 2024 Summer Conference: Financing the Future: Using Green Finance to Drive Nature’s Recovery 1 Day
    Online via Zoom, CIEEM. Contact: 01962 868626 enquiries@cieem.net https://c-js.info/3Uofi2F
    Our summer conference will share examples of green finance initiatives in the UK and Ireland, evaluate the success of nature-related financial mechanisms, and highlight opportunities for ecologists and environmental managers to advise on and access funding to support nature’s recovery.

    17/07/2024 Hoverfly Lagoons Project: A Journey into the Past, Present and Future (entoLIVE) 0.1 Day
    Zoom, Biological Recording Company. Contact: https://c-js.info/3U0cKrz
    The Hoverfly Lagoons project was invented in 2016 as a citizen science project. The aim was to trial artificial habitats, essentially small water bodies designed for semi-aquatic hoverfly species. Dr Ellen Rotheray takes us through her lagoons journey - past, present, and plans for the future.

    19/07/2024 State of the UK's Invertebrates Virtual Symposium 0.5 Day

    Zoom, Biological Recording Company. Contact: https://c-js.info/49Km8oO

    This event will bring together a range of invertebrate specialists to showcase some of the innovative work that is being undertaken. We'll explore what is being done to improve our understanding of British invertebrate populations and what we can do to protect the species that are struggling.

    Webinar

       

    15/05/2024 CLA Webinar: Public rights of way 0.5 Day

    Online, Country Land and Business Association Limited (CLA) c-js.info/3JHwRpD

    On Wednesday 15 May at 12pm, the CLA will host an exclusive webinar, supported by Birketts, on what changes to the law governing public rights of way will mean for you and your business.

    Free Course

    15/05/2024 Green Jobs For Nature Webinar with UK Youth 4 Nature (UKY4N) and CIEEM 0.5 Day

    Online, CIEEM 01962 868626 enquiries@cieem.net c-js.info/3UGMKmD

    This webinar provides an introduction to a range of nature-based roles. It’s your chance to hear from young professionals working in the nature-based sector and discover the path they took to their current job, their top career tips and what they like about working in an ecological/environmental management role.

    16/05/2024 Reviewing your whole volunteering experience 0.5 Day

    Zoom, Heritage Insider 07507337513 inspireme@heritageinsider.co.uk

    Are volunteers essential to your organisation? Would you like to make sure your volunteering offer is relevant, inclusive and sustainable? Has your programme been running a while but has not had a review? Then this Masterclass is for you!

    Cost £135 + VAT

    21/05/2024 SSRS progress towards eradication in Aberdeen; successes to date and challenges ahead 0.5 Day

    Online, UK Squirrel Accord Group c-js.info/3UcjO5B

    Saving Scotland's Red Squirrels joins the UK Squirrel Accord to discuss progress on grey squirrel eradication in Aberdeen during Invasive Species Week 2024. Hear how success is allowing red squirrels to recolonise this Scottish urban location and what challenges lie ahead.

    29/05/2024 Considering reptiles when designing Biodiversity Net Gain 0.5 Day

    Online, CIEEM 01962 868626 enquiries@cieem.net c-js.info/49WbRpH

    Designing BNG? Join this webinar to learn about a new tool to design habitat creation and enhancement for BNG in ways that benefit reptiles.

    Short Courses


    Administrative and Office Skills

    01/07/2024 What is QGIS? (Online) Day
    Online, Field Studies Council. Contact: biodiversity@field-studies-council.org https://c-js.info/3G53yN9
    This introductory online QGIS course will introduce GIS and how it works, as well as an introduction to QGIS as an open software option. This course covers 2 topics, for which you will complete a variety of self-led online study content, activities, assignments and live Zoom sessions.

    03/07/2024 Field Electronics (BEGINNER) 1 Day
    Wallingford, UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology. Contact: 01491 69 2225 UKCEHtraining@ceh.ac.uk https://c-js.info/2PlEfgK
    The BEGINNER course introduces electronics for environmental sensors in the field. You will practice the use and understand the function of electric components by carrying out practical exercises on circuit prototyping breadboards. The course will help you understand and apply the electronics principles in the field. From £225.

    04/07/2024 Enhance Your Nature Writing: Exploration and Analysis (Online) Day
    Online, Field Studies Council. Contact: biodiversity@field-studies-council.org https://c-js.info/3VmVyeP
    This intermediate online course will introduce you to the roots of nature writing. Creative writers are taken through a series of exciting workshops where they take inspiration from the analysis of a variety of sources and hone their craft.

    04/07/2024 UK Wildlife and The Law ONLINE 0.5 Day
    Online, Species Recovery Trust. Contact: 01722 322539 bookings@speciesrecoverytrust.org.uk https://c-js.info/3SoX2oq
    A half-day online course getting participants to grips with UK Wildlife legislation and policy.

    04/07/2024 Field Electronics (ADVANCED) 1 Day
    UKCEHtraining@ceh.ac.uk https://c-js.info/2PlEfgK
    The ADVANCED course will build on the Beginners course. You will learn about data logging systems, sensors, communication protocols and remote data downloading. Learners will practice their knowledge and improve their skills in designing, testing and installing an environmental monitoring station. From £275.

    08/07/2024 Freshwater Phytoplankton Identification 4 Days
    https://c-js.info/40NnyLi
    Over 5 days - 4 days learning from Monday lunchtime to Friday lunchtime. By the end of this four-day interactive course, you will have experience with various methods for sampling and analysing freshwater algae, and have acquired practice and knowledge about microscopic identification.

    Above two courses at Wallingford with UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology. Contact: 01491 69 2225 UKCEHtraining@ceh.ac.uk

    15/07/2024 Young Darwin Scholarships 5 Days
    UK, Field Studies Council. Contact: youth.engagement@field-studies-council.org https://c-js.info/4aRTnbi
    If you're looking to learn new skills, meet like-minded people and gain experience for a future in the environmental sector, apply for the Young Darwin Scholarship! The Scholarship is open to anyone who is a UK resident and aged between 16- 25 with an interest in the natural world.

    15/07/2024 Statutory Biodiversity Metric Training 3 Days
    Online via Zoom, CIEEM. Contact: 01962 868626 enquiries@cieem.net https://c-js.info/3y7ACC4
    This course is based on the Statutory Biodiversity Metric issued for England's first phase of mandatory Biodiversity Net Gain for most developments seeking planning permission. It provides training on good practice for undertaking statutory biodiversity metric calculations for a development, including baseline and post-development calculations, both on-site and off-site.

    Community Engagement and Environmental Education

    02/07/2024 Leader in Outdoor Learning - Level 2 3 Days
    Foxburrow Farm, Saddlemakers Lane, Melton, Suffolk, IP12 1NA, Suffolk Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01473 890089 accredited.training@suffolkwildlifetrust.org https://c-js.info/3U0dWwF
    Learning outside of the classroom offers children and young people of all abilities and backgrounds opportunities to gain confidence and holistic skills through a series of hands-on learning experiences in school grounds and local green spaces.

    02/07/2024 Forest School Curriculum Based Outdoor Learning Practitioner 4 Days
    Bishop's Wood Countryside Centre, Caswell, Swansea, SA3 3 BS, Forest School Swansea Neath Port Talbot. Contact: 01792 367118 office@forestschoolsnpt.org.uk https://www.forestschoolsnpt.org.uk/training/
    This Agored Cymru accredited course will develop your skills and confidence in using your grounds for engaging and exciting outdoor curriculum delivery.

    16/07/2024 Wild Beach Leader Training - Level 3 3 Days
    Sizewell Beach, Sizewell, Leiston, Suffolk, IP16 4UH, Suffolk Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01473 890089 accredited.training@suffolkwildlifetrust.org https://c-js.info/48Zfsna
    Led by experienced Wild Beach and Forest School Leaders, this course, accredited by AIM qualifications is suitable for practitioners wishing to use the beach as a learning environment. Provides teachers, support staff, outdoor educators and?youth leaders?with the skills and confidence to make the most out of our beaches.

    17/07/2024 Somatic nature 1 Day
    This highly creative, dynamic workshop will explore the relationship between stories, storytelling & the natural world around us. Suitable for beginners and those who already work with stories; and ideal for anyone involved in working with groups (adults or children) in an educational setting.

    18/07/2024 Somatic nature 1 Day
    Over centuries different beliefs, societal structures and economics etc have created imbalances and harm between humans, and to the ecologies we are part of. As we facilitate reconnection with nature, how can we keep an awareness of the bigger picture? and how we might do things differently? Discussion/theory/exercises.

    Above two courses in Dartington, South Devon with WildWise Enterprises CiC. Contact: 01803 868269 info@wildwise.co.uk https://wildwise.co.uk/

    20/07/2024 Coastal Activity Leader Training 7 Days
    Findhorn, Wild Things. Contact: 01309 690450 training@wild-things.org.uk https://c-js.info/2Sa84AK
    This course is a unique alternative to Beach School which consolidates the most essential outdoor skills needed to lead your own exciting outdoor coastal sessions. CALT empowers educators with the skills, knowledge and expertise to deliver inspiring environmental education, tailored to the needs of your students, patients or clients.

    23/07/2024 Wild power, pride and prejudice 1 Day

    Dartington, South Devon, WildWise Enterprises CiC. Contact: 01803868269 info@wildwise.co.uk https://wildwise.co.uk/

    Have you facilitated a group and wondered how ethical your practice was? Or been part of a group and felt invisible? Using the wild world as a backdrop, we will explore some liberatory and inclusive ways of leading and facilitating groups. Learn to effectively hold space for everyone.

       
    Countryside Management Techniques

    02/07/2024 Certificate in Sustainable Land Management 6 Days at Allerton Project Visitor Centre / Online
    The Certificate in Sustainable Land Management provides a practical insight into the key legislation, principles, application of measures and understanding of on-farm and landscape scale opportunities for advisers and land managers, to carry out effective environmental land management.

    19/07/2024 Principles in Sustainable Land Management 1 Day at Allerton Project Visitor Centre
    The PSLM syllabus has been designed for farmers, land managers, advisers, agronomists and those working within the farmed landscape and in the supply chain. It is well suited to those that are looking for an introduction to sustainable land management.

    Above two courses with Allerton Project. Contact: 01572 494541 allertontraining@gwct.org.uk https://www.allertontrust.org.uk/

       

    Horticulture and Small Holding

    04/07/2024 Creating a drought tolerant garden 1 Day
    West Dean, West Dean College. Contact: 01243 818 300 option2 bookingsoffice@westdean.ac.uk https://c-js.info/3RIJMeB
    Learn about techniques to reduce the amount of water that your garden needs to not only survive but thrive and become a haven for insects.

    05/07/2024 Short course in Agroecology: The Agroecological Way 5 Days
    Tamarisk Farm, West Bexington, The Agroecological Way. Contact: theagroecologicalway@gmail.com https://c-js.info/3vvnzJF
    A foundation in the ecological processes, socio-political principles and farming methods central to agroecology, giving first-hand insight to a broad range of farm enterprises at Tamarisk Farm. Includes: Ecological principles and methods for agroecology in arable, livestock (sheep, cattle, hens) and horticulture; Sustainable fibre; The politics of agroecology and more...

       
    Identification and Field Survey Skills - Herpetology, Fish and Invertebrates

    03/07/2024 Working with Crayfish: Survey Methods, Ecology, Mitigation, Licensing and Invasive Species 3 Days
    The Knight's Table, Stainforth, CIEEM. Contact: 01962 868626 enquiries@cieem.net https://c-js.info/3y2apVK
    This popular course, now in its 21st year, provides a field-based introduction to a range of fieldwork with crayfish, in the marvellous setting of the Yorkshire Dales. An authoritative and practical review of crayfish ecology and field methods is presented, including both standing and flowing water sites.

    07/07/2024 How to conduct a dragonfly/damselfly survey 1 Day
    Bore Place, Kent, Bore Place. Contact: 01732 463255 volunteering@boreplace.org https://c-js.info/3Uet3CF
    A free training session to learn how to conduct a dragonfly/damselfly point count. Your new skills will enable you to join our citizen science programme and undertake dragonfly surveys for Bore Place (and elsewhere!) No knowledge or experience necessary, pre-booking essential, 18+ only.

    10/07/2024 Discovering Marine Invertebrates (Online) Day
    Online, Field Studies Council. Contact: biodiversity@field-studies-council.org https://c-js.info/3tgcJTg
    This beginner marine invertebrate course will explore marine invertebrate biology, ecology, and key identification features. By the end of the course, you will be able to classify the ten major phyla of marine invertebrates and describe common species.

    10/07/2024 Working with Crayfish: Survey Methods, Ecology, Mitigation, Licensing and Invasive Species 3 Days
    North Yorkshire, CIEEM. Contact: 01962 868626 enquiries@cieem.net https://c-js.info/44kCF1P
    This popular course, now in its 21st year, provides a field-based introduction to a range of fieldwork with crayfish, in the marvellous setting of the Yorkshire Dales. An authoritative and practical review of crayfish ecology and field methods is presented, including both standing and flowing water sites.

    12/07/2024 Identifying Insects Using Specimens and Microscopes (MMU) 4 Days
    Preston Montford, Shrewsbury, Field Studies Council. Contact: biodiversity@field-studies-council.org https://c-js.info/3Q6h5aN
    This course focuses on how to find and sample insects, how to prepare and curate specimens for identification purposes, and how to approach identification of your chosen species group. The course will be delivered through a combination of seminars, laboratory identification sessions and practical field work.

       
    Identification and Field Survey Skills - Mammals

    03/07/2024 Otter Ecology and Survey 1 Day
    This introductory course will provide you with the knowledge and skills to undertake otter surveys and provide reports in accordance with best practice guidance. Attendees should be comfortable with walking outdoors on rough terrain, as the course will include a visit to a watercourse used by otters.

    03/07/2024 Combined Otter Ecology and Survey with Development and Mitigation 2 Days

    04/07/2024 Otters and Development, including Mitigation Focusing on Highway Projects 1 Day
    Advanced course aimed at people who have attended our ?Otter ecology and survey? course or are already experienced in undertaking otter surveys and have a good understanding of otter ecology. Following attendance, you should be able to design appropriate survey and mitigation strategies and successfully apply for otter mitigation licences.

    Above courses with Richard Green Ecology Ltd, 9C Mill Park Industrial Estate, White Cross Road, Woodbury Salterton, Devon, EX5 1EL. Contact: 01395 239234 office@richardgreenecology.co.uk https://c-js.info/2HbeKd0

    12/07/2024 Dormouse Ecology and Conservation (in-person) 1 Day
    Callow Rock, Somerset Wildlife Trust, Mammal Society . Contact: 02380010981 training@themammalsociety.org https://c-js.info/423IPlI
    This one-day course runs from approximately 09:30 to 16:30 and is recognised as the definitive course on dormouse ecology, survey and monitoring. Ideal for those with a general interest, or working towards their Dormouse Handling Licence. The course includes information on relevant legislation, dormouse ecology and conservation, survey techniques and habitat management theory.

    17/07/2024 Beaver Ecology & Management 2 Days in Devon

    https://c-js.info/44nnFAa
    This course will provide an introduction to the ecology and history of this species, the implications of its return for ecological and hydrological systems and how beavers can be managed effectively to ensure co-existence in Britain.

    24/07/2024 Badger Ecology & Surveys 1 Day in Lincolnshire

    https://c-js.info/4blj6Zl
    This one-day training event (the first day of two days of badger training) provides a comprehensive introduction to badger ecology and surveys. The training includes an overview of badger ecology, relevant legislation, survey planning and techniques, field signs (including sett identification) and writing badger reports.

    25/07/2024 Badger Impacts and Mitigation 1 Day in Lincolnshire

    https://c-js.info/44E3Ox3
    This one-day training event (the second day of two days of badger training) provides a comprehensive introduction to assessing impacts on badgers, mitigation options, licence application preparation and procedures and implementation of mitigation measures.

    25/07/2024 Hazel Dormouse: Handling and Survey Methods 1 Day in Kent

    https://c-js.info/44lsYQy
    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.

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

    26/07/2024 Seal Field Skills to Inform Conservation - Online Day
    Online, Field Studies Council. Contact: biodiversity@field-studies-council.org https://c-js.info/43SzvAv
    Developed and led by leading seal conservation experts at the Seal Research Trust, this practical online course aims to equip participants with the knowledge and skills required to start recording and surveying seals to become an effective seal ambassador.

    30/07/2024 Tracks and Signs Workshop (in-person) 1 Day
    Totnes, Mammal Society . Contact: 02380010981 training@themammalsociety.org https://c-js.info/48Z4EoR
    This in-person tracks and signs workshop is designed to both introduce a prospective new tracker to the general concepts involved in interpreting tracks and signs and add to the knowledge of the more experienced naturalist. We will focus on the recognition of the tracks and signs left behind by the passing of mammals.

       
    Identification and Field Survey Skills - Ornithology

    23/07/2024 Discovering Garden Birds: Identification and Ecology (Online) Day
    Online, Field Studies Council. Contact: biodiversity@field-studies-council.org https://c-js.info/3AIJ3SP
    This beginner online bird course is aimed at bird enthusiasts who wish to learn more about their much-loved garden visitors and want to begin to be able to identify them and understand their biology and ecology.

       
    Identification and Field Survey Skills - Plants and Habitats

    01/07/2024 Midsummer Grass Identification 1 Day at Old Sarum
    A one-day course giving participants confidence in identifying key grasses of neutral and unimproved calcareous grassland and an overview of using grass indicator species for habitat assessment

    02/07/2024 Around Britain in 25 sedges ONLINE 0.5 Day
    Online course looking at the Rush family (Juncaceae) in the UK, with top tips on how to identify them, and where to find them.

    Above two courses with Species Recovery Trust. Contact: 01722 322539 bookings@speciesrecoverytrust.org.uk https://c-js.info/3SoX2oq

    02/07/2024 Identification of Grasses, Sedges and Rushes 1 Day at Linn Dean Scottish Wildlife Trust Reserve

    https://c-js.info/44kyzXB
    This one day beginner to intermediate level training course delivered by Ben Averis will equip delegates with the skills to identify common grasses, sedges and rushes.

    03/07/2024 Indicator Plants of Woodland, Wetland, Heath and Acid Grassland 1 Day at Castle Moffat https://c-js.info/44lsYjw
    This one day beginner to intermediate level training course delivered by Ben Averis will equip delegates with the skills to be able to recognise which plant species are good indicators of various types of woodland, wetland, heath and acid grassland.

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

    04/07/2024 Practical Re-wilding 2 Days
    Upcott Grange, Species Recovery Trust. Contact: 01722 322539 bookings@speciesrecoverytrust.org.uk https://c-js.info/3SoX2oq
    An immersive course covering the history & potential future of this alternative approach to nature conservation

    04/07/2024 Identification of Grasses, Sedges and Rushes 1 Day
    Lothian, Scotland, CIEEM. Contact: 01962 868626 enquiries@cieem.net https://c-js.info/4agIRJL
    This one day beginner to intermediate level training course delivered by Ben Averis will equip delegates with the skills to identify common grasses, sedges and rushes.

    04/07/2024 Plant & Habitat ID for Phase 1 & UKHabs Surveys (2 days) 2 Days
    Alloa, TCV Scotland. Contact: 07483 045 704 t.burden@tcv.org.uk https://c-js.info/3ODhq4F
    This 2 day course based on the popular TCV Phase 1 habitat survey course will benefit ecologists, land managers, foresters, rangers, planners, environmental consultants and students. You will be to introduced to Phase 1 and UKHabs terrestrial habitats and the plants that assist in the classification of such habitats.

    05/07/2024 Site Assessment Using Vegetation (MMU) 4 Days
    Preston Montford, Shrewsbury, Field Studies Council. Contact: biodiversity@field-studies-council.org https://c-js.info/3kEV3Ac
    The course will cover survey and recording techniques, data analysis and methods of evaluating sites including botanical species lists, phase 1 habitat survey, British plant communities, National Vegetation Classification (NVC), and how to put the information into context. There will be lectures, fieldwork and study sessions involving data analysis.

    05/07/2024 Indicator Plants of Woodland, Wetland, Heath and Acid Grassland 1 Day
    Scotland, CIEEM. Contact: 01962 868626 enquiries@cieem.net https://c-js.info/3y7AAtW
    This one day beginner to intermediate level training course delivered by Ben Averis will equip delegates with the skills to be able to recognise which plant species are good indicators of various types of woodland, wetland, heath and acid grassland.

    07/07/2024 A morning at Ham Fen 1 Day
    Ham Fen, Kent Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01622 662012 studydays@kentwildlife.org.uk https://www.kentwildlifetrust.org.uk/whats-on/wildlife-study-days
    An exciting opportunity to visit Kent's last remaining Fen.

    10/07/2024 Grasses, Sedges and Rushes Identification 1 Day
    Bristol, CIEEM. Contact: 01962 868626 enquiries@cieem.net https://c-js.info/3y7AAKs
    The course will focus on identifying native grass, sedge and rush species using key features such as flowers, leaves, ligules, structure and habitat. It will also outline indicator species of ancient woodlands. The course will be pitched at beginners who have some prior knowledge and understanding of plants including grasses/sedges/rushes.

    12/07/2024 Aquatic Plants (MMU) 4 Days
    Preston Montford, Shrewsbury, Field Studies Council. Contact: biodiversity@field-studies-council.org https://c-js.info/49160jD
    This course will introduce you to the identification of aquatic plants, the key features for discrimination, and the importance of these species for ecology, conservation, and recording. The course will be delivered through a combination of seminars, laboratory identification sessions and practical fieldwork.

    12/07/2024 The Geology of Reculver Country Park 1 Day
    Reculver, Kent Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01622 662012 studydays@kentwildlife.org.uk https://www.kentwildlifetrust.org.uk/whats-on/wildlife-study-days
    Discover the geological materials used in buildings and shore defences around Reculver and examine a classic coastal cliff section.

    13/07/2024 Start to Identify Sedges & Rushes 1 Day
    Kirkmichael Hall, Parkgate, Dumfriesshire, BSBI. Contact: chris.miles01@btinternet.com https://c-js.info/4alskEC
    This workshop aims to introduce identification of common sedges and rushes to beginners and improvers who already have a basic grasp of plant ID. There will be a mix of classroom study and fieldwork, much of it in small groups with expert tutors. Places are limited, booking essential.

    27/07/2024 Plant Families Workshop 1 Day
    Kilmallie Community Centre, Fort William, BSBI. Contact: aileenammeek@gmail.com https://c-js.info/4alskEC
    The Plant Families workshops are suitable for anyone who can tell a buttercup from a daisy but wants to learn more about plant identification within a structured framework. There will be a mix of classwork, small groups with expert tutors, and fieldwork, following the principle of 'finding the family first'. Places are limited, booking essential.

    29/07/2024 Nature Recovery and the River Dart Valley: 2-week experience 12 Days
    Lower Sharpham Farm, Ashprington, Totnes, TQ9 7DX, Ambios Ltd. Contact: info@ambios.net https://c-js.info/3wlfg3c
    Study the Dart Valley’s unique ecology and distinctive habitats, including peatlands, species-rich grasslands, saltmarsh, and reedbed. Canoe, swim, walk, and leave inspired with a sense of hope for the future, better informed about natural processes, their application to a landscape, and how crucial they are for the future of nature.

    31/07/2024 Arable Plant Identification and Ecology 1 Day

    Micheldever, Species Recovery Trust. Contact: 01722 322539 bookings@speciesrecoverytrust.org.uk https://c-js.info/3SoX2oq

    A course to help participants get to grips with arable plants, learn different conservation techniques and arable management options.


    Practical Countryside Skills

    14/07/2024 An Introduction to the Austrian Scythe 1 Day
    Winchester, Land Lore Consulting. Contact: 07745977403 rachel@landloreconsulting.com https://c-js.info/3xJBtbZ
    10am - 4:30pm The course will include: Safe use Scythe parts and how to set up for different cutting situations Movement and technique Sharpening Peening using a jig Cutting different types of grassland Mowing, including as part of a team

    27/07/2024 Dry Stone Walling for Beginners 2 Days
    Plattwood Farm, Disley, Cheshire, DSWA Cheshire Branch. Contact: 07415 107120 dswacheshire@gmail.com https://c-js.info/3I0STAH
    Strip out a wall, sort stone, build first lift, throughstones, second lift and coping the final wall


    Practical Countryside Skills - Machinery
    01/07/2024 Chainsaw Maintenance and Cross-Cutting 3 Days
    SO24, Arbsystem. Contact: 01962393121 info@arbsystem.co.uk https://arbsystem.co.uk/
    In this unit, students learn how to sharpen and maintain a chainsaw, how to start and check functionality and then how to cross-cut timber safely at the end of the course students wishing to obtain a certificate will be assessed independently.

    08/07/2024 Small Tree Felling 4 Days
    SO32, Arbsystem. Contact: 01962393121 info@arbsystem.co.uk https://arbsystem.co.uk/
    During this course, learners will get to grips with felling small trees, whether they are upright or leaning, and also how to deal with hung-up trees. Independently assessed.

    15/07/2024 Tree Climbing and Rescue 5 Days
    SO24, Arbsystem. Contact: 01962393121 info@arbsystem.co.uk https://arbsystem.co.uk/
    Learning to tree climb is one of the most physically demanding units, a good power to weight ratio and head for heights is essential. There is more legislation to learn relating to working at height and learning about the equipment being used. Aerial Rescue involves bringing a casualty out of the tree or off of a pole safely, the pole is carried out wearing climbing spurs/spikes. Assessment is independant for this unit.   

    Longer Courses

       

    Environmental Education

    Forest School Leadership by Kent High Weald Partnership

       
    Ecology

    MSc Conservation Leadership by UWE Bristol / Bristol Zoological Society

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