Training Directory: Events

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Events (Conferences, fairs etc)


Professional events, conferences, fairs etc. held for the countryside, arboriculture, wildlife, ecology and conservation sectors.

03/10/2023 EUROPARC Conference 2023 - Tribute to our landscape, where nature and people meet in harmony at Netherlands 4 Days

Europarc Contact:

The EUROPARC Conference is the event of the year for Protected Area and Natura 2000 professionals. By bringing together experts in the field, the conference wants to support Protected Areas in creating a better, greener, sustainable and climate-proof Europe.

03/10/2023 Rewilding and Nature Restoration: The Human Dynamic at Online 0.5 Day

Dialogue Matters Contact: 01233 813875

In this interactive conference, we want to inspire those working in rewilding projects by sharing insights from those working on the human side of nature restoration. Learn how approaches from psychology, conflict resolution, consensus building and participatory practice can increase your projects chances of success.

03/10/2023 Bat Workers Forum at Zoom 0.5 Day

Bat Conservation Trust Contact:

The Bat Workers Forum (BWF) is an annual meeting held online open to anyone interested in bats, regardless of whether the interest is professional or voluntary and regardless of experience. 

04/10/2023 Webinar on the IBPES Invasive Species Assessment at Online 0.5 Day

GB Non-native Species Secretariat Contact:

The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) has published the results of its four-year Assessment on Invasive Alien Species and their Control. Join the GB Non-native Species Secretariat and co-chair of the Assessment, Professor Helen Roy, to learn about the report and its findings.

04/10/2023 Annual red squirrel conservation update - Red Squirrel Awareness Week at Online 2 hours Days

UK Squirrel Accord Contact:

Join the UK Squirrel Accord for our Red Squirrel Awareness Week webinars on 04 October 2023 - which is also World Animal Day. 10:00-12:00 - Red squirrel conservation update Our annual update on red squirrel conservation progress across the four countries from key individuals in the sector... Wales - Chris Tucker - Natural Resources Wales Scotland - Nicole Still - Saving Scotland's Red Squirrels Northern Ireland - Katy Bell - Ulster Wildlife Trust England - Rebecca Isted - Forestry Commission Register here:

04/10/2023 Red squirrel monitoring techniques - Red Squirrel Awareness Week at Online 2 hours Days

UK Squirrel Accord Contact:

Join the UK Squirrel Accord for our Red Squirrel Awareness Week webinars on 04 October 2023 - which is also World Animal Day. 14:00-16:00 - Red squirrel monitoring techniques Discover different methods used to monitor red squirrels... Bioacoustics - William Cresswell - Bristol University Radio tracking - Louise de Raad - Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust Hair tubes, wildlife cameras & live trapping - Emma Roberts - University of Galway Register here:

05/10/2023 Team PollinATE: Feeding People and Pollinators at Online 1 Day

Biological Recording Company Contact:

Over one third of all the food we eat relies on insects for pollination. We currently know very little about pollinator populations in urban areas. Learn about a recent study collecting data on bees, beetles, butterflies and flies that pollinate fruit and vegetable crops in urban areas.

05/10/2023 Horticulture, The Conference: Growing a Greener Future! at The ICC, Birmingham B1 2EA 1 Day

The Horticultural Trades Association Contact:

We are delighted to bring together horticulture enthusiasts, professionals, and visionaries from around the UK horticultural industry.

09/10/2023 Slipping Under the Radar: Recording Slugs in British Gardens at Online 1 Day

Biological Recording Company Contact:

Slugs are widely known as a problem for gardener's, but surprisingly little recording has been done in UK gardens for them. Learn about the citizen science research in-depth study of the British garden slug fauna and how over 22,000 new slug records made by the public helped inform our understanding.

09/10/2023 CMA Annual Conference 2023 - 'Achieving Nature Recovery' at YHA Ilam, Hall Ilam, Ashbourne, DE6 2AZ 3 Days

Logo: Countryside Management Association

Countryside Management Association Contact:

Nature Recovery has become the cornerstone policy for improving nature, its benefit to people and its capacity to be the natural solution to environmental issues such as climate change. One of its main elements is the improving, increasing and joining up of land at a landscape level. The CMA’s annual conference addresses what is meant by Nature Recovery, what does it look like in practice and how can it be resourced.

11/10/2023 2023 Forestry Conference - Next generation: Securing our future at Newbury Racecourse, The Racecourse, RG14 7PN 1 Day

CLA, Forestry Commission and Grown in Britain, Contact:

The CLA, Forestry Commission and Grown in Britain’s annual Forestry Conference will be held at Newbury Racecourse in Berkshire on Wednesday, October 11, supported by Pryor & Rickett Silviculture. The theme is “Next generation: Securing our future” and tickets include talks, Q&A sessions, networking opportunities, lunch and refreshments.

14/10/2023 Institute for Outdoor Learning Conference 2023 - ‘Shared Vision for a Better World’ at Online 1 Day

Institute for Outdoor Learning Contact:

On this day we are asking you to join us in conference and in developing, sharing and envisaging standards in Outdoor Learning that will make a positive difference now, and in the future. We are inviting you to contribute to creating our shared vision for a better outdoor learning world.

14/10/2023 TVERC Autumn Recorders' Conference at Reading 1 Day

Thames Valley Environmental Records Centre Contact: 01865815451

A great opportunity for our biological recording community to come together and share updates and information on what we've all been up doing in Berkshire and Oxfordshire at Oracle, Thames Valley Park, Reading or online for our Autumn Recorders Conference 2023!

18/10/2023 AVM Conference 2023 at Online 2 Days

Association of Volunteer Managers Contact:

Now in its 16th year, AVM’s annual conference is highly regarded as one of the best events for volunteer managers, leaders and heads of volunteering. The conference will provide delegates with the opportunity to gain insights from industry experts, share best practices and network with a wide variety of people from across the volunteer management sector.

18/10/2023 NHS Forest conference 2023: Trees and woodlands on the NHS estate at Zoom 1 Day

The Centre for Sustainable Healthcare Contact:

Our online NHS Forest conference explores the potential of trees and woodlands on the NHS green estate. In their Green Plans, many NHS trusts identify tree planting as an action, alongside improving the quality of, and access to, those spaces for the health and wellbeing of patients, staff and the wider community.

26/10/2023 Saving Species Conference at Paignton 1 Day

Conservation Chat UK Ltd Contact: 07712296990

This event will bring together a range of guest speakers that are involved in species conservation. If you are passionate about the environment, be sure to join us. The day will be filled with presentations, discussions and networking opportunities and will be aimed at those who work in the conservation sector, students, early career researchers, and anyone with a passion for the environment.

26/10/2023 From Springtails to Pauropods: Soil Biodiversity Monitoring in the UK at Online 1 Day

Biological Recording Company Contact:

Beneath our feet, soils are home to a diverse variety of invertebrates. These range from familiar animals such as earthworms to less familiar organisms such as pauropods. Delve into the underground world of soil biodiversity and learn how scientists are monitoring the microarthropods that most people don't even know.

31/10/2023 The Net Zero Festival 2023 at Business Design Centre, London 2 Days

BusinessGreen Contact:

The Net Zero Festival will bring together over 1,000 senior business executives, investors, entrepreneurs, policymakers, and campaigners over two days to explore how to navigate the defining economic, political, and technological trend of the age and work together to accelerate the net zero transition.

02/11/2023 Gardening For Earthworms: Mutual Benefits of Earthworm-friendly Gardening at Online 1 Day

Biological Recording Company Contact:

Understanding the different ecological groups of earthworms is key to improving your little patch of our planet. Earthworms are vital for maintaining healthy soils and provide a host of other benefits to garden habitats. Learn few tips on how you can improve the earthworm diversity and abundance within your garden.

03/11/2023 Environmental Improvement Plan 2023 Conference at London 1 Day

Westminster Insight Contact:

In January 2023, the Government published the UK’s Environmental Improvement Plan 2023 (EIP 23) – the first revision to the 25-Year Environment Plan aiming to stop decline in nature and reverse it. Together with the Environmental Act, the Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill, Green Finance Strategy, revised national air quality strategy and the new Plan for Water, the EIP presents opportunities for central and local government, farmers, land managers, water companies, planners, developers, businesses and investors to work together to halt harmful effects of agricultural management, climate change, urbanisation, air, water and soil pollution and invasion of non-native species.

04/11/2023 Wales Bat Worker's Day at Centre for Alternative Technologies near Machynlleth 1 Day

Bat Conservation Trust Contact:

The Wales Bat Worker's Day is aimed at anyone with an interest in bats! It provides a good opportunity for meeting with others who are involved with bat work as well as developing knowledge and skills that can support local bat conservation.

07/11/2023 National Tree Officers Conference 2023 at Reading, Berkshire 1 Day

Institute of Chartered Foresters Contact:

Building on the success of seven previous events, we’re delighted to announce the National Tree Officers Conference (NTOC) will return on the 7 November 2023. Proudly hosted by the Association of Tree Officers (ATO), Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF), London Tree Officers Association (LTOA) and the Municipal Tree Officers’ Association (MTOA), this year’s conference will take place in Reading, Berkshire. 

11/11/2023 The National Dormouse Conference – Dormice in a Changing World at University of Reading 1 Day

Logo: PTES

People's Trust for Endangered Species Contact:

PTES manage the NDMP and the dormouse reintroduction programme. The National Dormouse Conference will coincide with the release of the State of Britain’s Dormice 2023 to give an update of the status of this enigmatic species and to consider the future conservation strategy.

13/11/2023 Where Sports and Nature meet International Networking & Learning Symposium of the SEE Project at Burg Schwaneck, Munich 3 Days

Europarc Federation Contact:

The SEE Project aims to enhance the protection of natural landscapes through education in and through sport with special focus on responsible outdoor behaviour and skills development for outdoor sports leaders, trainers, guides, or instructors.

14/11/2023 Communicate: Together for Nature at Online, Bristol, Manchester and London 3 Days

The Natural History Consortium Contact: 01173252891

Communicate is the UK’s leading conference for environmental communicators, bringing together a diverse group of delegates to develop their skills, share best practice and debate issues in science communication, conservation and engaging people with the natural world. Taking place 14th-16th November online, hybrid and live in Bristol, London, and Manchester.

15/11/2023 Can Satellite Imagery Data Be Used For Biodiversity Net Gain? at Zoom 0.5 Day

Biological Recording Company Contact:

This free webinar will explore the potential pros and cons of using satellite imagery for assessing and monitoring Biodiversity Net Gain. Featuring data scientist and ecologist speakers and a panel discussion with a live audience of ecologists, record centres, conservations, developers, landscapers and more!

16/11/2023 Annual Conference 2023 – Access, inclusion and safety in parks: A path to a greener future at The Chester House Estate, Little Irchester, Wellingborough, NN8 2DH 1 Day

Midlands Parks Forum Contact:

Access to the outdoors and nature-based experiences should be available to everyone, regardless of age, ability and circumstance. Location, socio-cultural factors, physical barriers, personal safety, communication, design and engagement are all critical factors in creating inclusive spaces, but when absent, the outdoors can amplify existing barriers of safety and discrimination, resulting in a ‘barricade of barriers.’

20/11/2023 The Downland and Dung Beetle Project: The Story of Onthophagus joannae at Online 1 Day

Biological Recording Company Contact:

Dung beetles are vital to healthy soil systems. They perform a variety of ecosystem services and are, in turn, food source for other species. New researches show that only a quarter of UK dung beetles remain in a state of 'least concern' with the rest considered regionally extinct.

23/11/2023 American Signal Crayfish: A Losing Battle? at Online 1 Day

Biological Recording Company Contact:

American Signal Crayfish (Pacifastacus leniusculus) have been widely established in the UK since the 1970's and have had many adverse impacts including the near extinction of the native White Clawed Crayfish (Austropotamobius pallipe). This presentation discusses efforts to control this invasive species in south west England.

27/11/2023 State of the UK's Butterflies: Are Conservation Efforts Working? at Online 1 Day

Biological Recording Company Contact:

The UK's butterflies are in trouble with half of them listed as threatened and 80% having decreased in abundance and distribution since the 1970s. This talk will present the latest assessment of the UK's butterflies, drawing on decades of data from citizen science recording and monitoring.

30/11/2023 2023 CLA Rural Business Conference - Competing visions: the future of the land at QEII Centre, Broad Sanctuary, SW1P 3EE 1 Day

CLA Contact:

The 2023 CLA Rural Business Conference takes place on Thursday 30 November at the QEII Centre ​in central London. Don't miss this important opportunity to learn from those who can help you succeed ‑ take advantage ​of special prices for ​CLA members and secure your place today.

04/12/2023 British Society of Soil Science Annual Conference at Assembly Buildings Conference Centre, Belfast, Northern Ireland 2 Days

British Society of Soil Science / Soil Science Society of Ireland Contact:

The British Society of Soil Science and the Soil Science Society of Ireland’s Joint Annual Conference 2023 will take place from Monday 4 – Tuesday 5 December in Belfast. The overall conference theme is Soil Management and Monitoring. The packed two-day event, set in the historic Assembly Buildings Conference Centre in the heart of Belfast, will provide delegates with a fantastic opportunity to see the latest research and developments within soil science.

04/12/2023 SmartRivers: Using Freshwater Invertebrates to Monitor River Health at Online 1 Day

Biological Recording Company Contact:

Rivers are facing an unprecedented threat from human disturbance but it can be challenging to identify the pollutants that are driving biodiversity loss in a particular location through traditional water testing methods. Hear about how SmartRivers is empowering communities and organisations to use freshwater invertebrate populations to monitor river health.

05/12/2023 Yellow Meadow Ants: An Important Contributor To Biodiversity In Grasslands at Zoom 0.5 Day

Biological Recording Company Contact:

Explore the subterranean world of the Yellow Meadow Ant with Dr Tim King (Oxford University) and learn how their mounds and the surrounding habitat support diverse ecological communities, including specialist plant, aphid and other invertebrate communities.

18/12/2023 Waking The Dead: Inside the Insect Collection at National Museums Scotland at Online 1 Day

Biological Recording Company Contact:

The insect collections held in our museums are a vital resource for understanding how species are related to one another and how they are changing over time. Ashleigh will delve into the insect collections of National Museums Scotland and showcase how their collections are contributing to scientific research.

26/06/2024 Forest School Research Symposium at University of Liverpool 3 Days

Forest School Association Contact:

The Forest School Association (FSA) and the University of Liverpool look forward to welcoming you to the world’s first International Research Symposium of Forest School. The Forest School Research Symposium is being developed in partnership with the University of Liverpool. It will take place at the University of Liverpool, in the Hub on the 26th – 28th June 2024.

26/06/2024 The Regenerative Agriculture Festival at Lannock Manor Farm, Hertfordshire, SG4 7EE 2 Days

Groundswell Agriculture Ltd Contact:

The Groundswell Festival provides a forum for farmers, growers, or anyone interested in food production and the environment to learn about the theory and practical applications of regenerative farming systems.

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