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Suffolk Wildlife Trust

Suffolk Wildlife Trust is the largest provider of environmental training in Suffolk offering in-person courses on topics such as woodland management, bird ID and wildflower ID; accredited courses such as Forest School Levels 1-3, Wild Beach Leader, Green Woodworking for Forest School and Wild Foods Forest School; plus Webinars.

Long Courses

Level 4 Botanical Drawing and Painting at Suffolk Wildlife Trust

A unique opportunity to study botanical illustration within Carlton Marshes nature reserve with experienced botanical artist and illustrator, Ruth Wharrier. This level 4 certificate in Botanical Drawing and Painting provides learners with the knowledge and skills required to develop a wide range of skills in botanical painting and illustration.

c-js.info/3FzKenU botanical.illustration@suffolkwildlifetrust.org 01473 890089

Short Courses

12/03/2024 Award in Forest School Ethos and Principles - Level 1 2 Days

Lackford Lakes Nature Reserve, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP28 6HX, Suffolk Wildlife Trust 01473 890089 accredited.training@suffolkwildlifetrust.org c-js.info/48PXhjK

This course is aimed at those who are interested in learning more about the Forest School approach to learning and who would like to help out at an existing Forest School. It can also be used as a first step for those considering taking Forest School Leader training at a later date.

Cost £250

12/03/2024 Wildlife Live Webinar - Martlesham Wilds 0.5 Day

Online, Suffolk Wildlife Trust 01473 890089 wild.learning@suffolkwildlifetrust.org c-js.info/3UdOoMs

Having secured the purchase of Martlesham Wilds nature reserve in October 2023 thanks to over 2,300 individual donations, plans to restore the 289 acres are now underway. Join Suffolk Wildlife Trust staff on this special webinar for an update on our findings from 16 months of stewardship and how our plans are taking shape for the benefit of wildlife and people.

Cost £3/5/10

20/03/2024 Wildlife Live Webinar - March Hares 0.5 Day

Online, Suffolk Wildlife Trust 01473 890089 wild.learning@suffolkwildlifetrust.org c-js.info/3UdOoMs

Local photography, Stephen Harper will share his March Hares photography project, which captures the beauty, energy and magic of these wonderful creatures. Stephen will guide us through the photography skills he used to achieve the perfect photo of hares in action and at rest. He'll provide insights into field craft and lighting as well the enthralling behaviour of the favourite wildlife subject for his lens.

Cost £3/5/10

26/03/2024 Leader in Outdoor Learning - Level 2 3 Days

Redgrave and Lopham Fen National Nature Reserve, Low Common Road, South Lopham, Diss, Suffolk, IP22 2HX, Suffolk Wildlife Trust 01473 890089 accredited.training@suffolkwildlifetrust.org c-js.info/424ZMfJ

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.

Cost £380

18/04/2024 Wildlife Live Webinar - Composting 0.5 Day

Online, Suffolk Wildlife Trust 01473 890089 wild.learning@suffolkwildlifetrust.org c-js.info/3UdOoMs

Are you interested in learning how to turn your food scraps and garden waste into nutrient-rich compost for your garden? Join us for an upcoming webinar on an Introduction to Composting! During this one-hour session, Master Composters Jodi and Naomi will reveal the benefits of composting and how you can take simple steps in your garden or local public space to compost effectively.

Cost £3/5/10

22/04/2024 Wildlife Live Webinar - Suffolk's ancient woodland 0.5 Day

Online, Suffolk Wildlife Trust 01473 890089 wild.learning@suffolkwildlifetrust.org c-js.info/3UdOoMs

Hannah Alred, biological records officer for the Suffolk Biodiversity Information Service (SBIS), has some interesting findings to share with us from her research into Suffolk's Ancient Woodland Inventory (AWI).

Cost £3/5/10

22/04/2024 Award for Forest School Assistants - Level 2 5 Days

Foxburrow Farm, Saddlemakers Lane, Melton, Suffolk, IP12 1NA, Suffolk Wildlife Trust 01473 890089 accredited.training@suffolkwildlifetrust.org c-js.info/3HqCt6o

A five day course, accredited by AIM qualifications, designed for individuals wishing to assist with the delivery of a forest school programme.

Cost £620

22/04/2024 Forest School Leader - Level 3 10 Days

Foxburrow Farm, Saddlemakers Lane, Melton, Suffolk, IP12 1NA, Suffolk Wildlife Trust 01473 890089 accredited.training@suffolkwildlifetrust.org c-js.info/3HnOObz

A ten day course certified by AIM Qualifications and Assessment Group aimed at individuals who wish to lead a Forest School programme. Based on a stunning nature reserve.

Cost £1199

28/05/2024 Wild Cordage 1 Day

Bradfield Woods, Felsham Rd, Bury Saint Edmunds IP30 0AQ, Suffolk Wildlife Trust 01473 890089 accredited.training@suffolkwildlifetrust.org c-js.info/35jNH7N

Spend a day in the woods collecting & preparing plants for fibre and making natural cordage. Enjoy a fun and relaxed day learning how to prepare a variety of plant fibres for cordage.? Discover the different methods of cordage making and what you could do with you hand-made string.

Cost £50

06/06/2024 Forest School Training - Level 2-3 Top up 5 Days

Foxburrow Farm, Saddlemakers Lane, Melton, Suffolk, IP12 1NA, Suffolk Wildlife Trust 01473 890089 accredited.training@suffolkwildlifetrust.org c-js.info/48XM7cr

The Level 2 to Level 3 top up qualification is a way for Forest School Level 2 Assistants to upgrade their existing qualification to become Forest School Leaders.

Cost £785

19/06/2024 Knots & lashings Forest School Skills Course 1 Day

Foxburrow, Woodbridge IP12 1NA, Suffolk Wildlife Trust 01473 890089 accredited.training@suffolkwildlifetrust.org c-js.info/35jNH7N

Course for adults working with children & young people to help develop skills used in Forest School sessions. Explore different knots and lashings to enable you to make a variety of play structures at Forest school and create an obstacle course with the individual pieces constructed.

Cost £50

02/07/2024 Leader in Outdoor Learning - Level 2 3 Days

Foxburrow Farm, Saddlemakers Lane, Melton, Suffolk, IP12 1NA, Suffolk Wildlife Trust 01473 890089 accredited.training@suffolkwildlifetrust.org 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.

Cost £380

16/07/2024 Wild Beach Leader Training - Level 3 3 Days

Sizewell Beach, Sizewell, Leiston, Suffolk, IP16 4UH, Suffolk Wildlife Trust 01473 890089 accredited.training@suffolkwildlifetrust.org 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.

Cost £400

05/08/2024 Forest School Leader - Level 3 10 Days

Bradfield Woods National Nature Reserve, Flesham, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP30 0AQ, Suffolk Wildlife Trust 01473 890089 accredited.training@suffolkwildlifetrust.org c-js.info/48IfnEr

A ten day course certified by AIM Qualifications and Assessment Group aimed at individuals who wish to lead a Forest School programme. Based on a stunning nature reserve. Takes place outside term time.

Cost £1199

11/09/2024 Wild Foods Forest School Certified Course 1 Day

Foxburrow, Woodbridge IP12 1NA, Suffolk Wildlife Trust 01473 890089 accredited.training@suffolkwildlifetrust.org c-js.info/35jNH7N

A quality endorsed course for adults working with children & young people to help develop skills used in Forest School sessions. Identify common autumn wild food plants, nuts, berries and poisonous lookalikes; learn different fire lighting techniques using natural tinders and discover how these can safely be used with students.

Cost £60

20/09/2024 Forest School Training - Level 2-3 Top up 5 Days

Lackford Lakes Nature Reserve, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP28 6HX, Suffolk Wildlife Trust 01473 890089 accredited.training@suffolkwildlifetrust.org c-js.info/3vDAA3M

The Level 2 to Level 3 top up qualification is a way for Forest School Level 2 Assistants to upgrade their existing qualification to become Forest School Leaders.

Cost £785

07/10/2024 Forest School Leader - Level 3 10 Days

Bradfield Woods National Nature Reserve, Flesham, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP30 0AQ, Suffolk Wildlife Trust 01473 890089 accredited.training@suffolkwildlifetrust.org c-js.info/3vG2f42

A ten day course certified by AIM Qualifications and Assessment Group aimed at individuals who wish to lead a Forest School programme. Based on a stunning nature reserve.

Cost £1199

07/10/2024 Award for Forest School Assistants - Level 2 5 Days

Knettihsall Heath Nature Reserve, Thetford, Suffolk, IP22 2TQ, Suffolk Wildlife Trust 01473 890089 accredited.training@suffolkwildlifetrust.org c-js.info/3HqCtmU

A five day course, accredited by AIM qualifications, designed for individuals wishing to assist with the delivery of a forest school programme.

Cost £620

19/10/2024 16 Hour Forest School and Paediatric First Aid Course 2 Days

Foxburrow Farm, Saddlemakers Lane, Melton, Suffolk, IP12 1NA, Peritia training 01473 890089 accredited.training@suffolkwildlifetrust.org c-js.info/3vJWMcI

This 2 day, outdoor and paediatric course has been designed specifically to meet the needs of Forest School Leaders.

Cost £180

29/10/2024 Green Woodworking for Forest School Certified Course 1 Day

Bradfield Woods, Felsham Rd, Bury Saint Edmunds IP30 0AQ, Suffolk Wildlife Trust 01473 890089 accredited.training@suffolkwildlifetrust.org c-js.info/35jNH7N

Quality endorsed by AIM, this is a course for adults working with children & young people in the outdoors. Learn to use woodworking tools, eg saw, knife, froe, drill, spoon/hook knife to make simple items; select suitable woods; techniques for cutting, splitting, joining and shaping wood; tool safety and maintenance.

Cost £60

11/11/2024 Forest School Training - Level 2-3 Top up 5 Days

Bradfield Woods National Nature Reserve, Flesham, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP30 0AQ, Suffolk Wildlife Trust 01473 890089 accredited.training@suffolkwildlifetrust.org c-js.info/48DUhqH

The Level 2 to Level 3 top up qualification is a way for Forest School Level 2 Assistants to upgrade their existing qualification to become Forest School Leaders.

Cost £785

15/11/2024 Forest School in the Early Years of Childhood 1 Day

Knettishall Heath, Thetford IP22 2TQ, Suffolk Wildlife Trust 01473 890089 accredited.training@suffolkwildlifetrust.org c-js.info/35jNH7N

Certificated course for adults working with young children in Forest School sessions - endorsed by AIM. Explore how to adapt skills from Forest School training into both parent and child Forest School and Early Years Forest School, using magic, play structures, songs and story to engage both parent and child.

Cost £75

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