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Details of professional events and training that are held online, participation is via video conferences, also information on recorded lectures and seminars that can be viewed online and / or downloaded.

Online Events

19/05/2021 Red Squirrel Conservation: Protecting Merseyside’s Red Squirrel Stronghold at Virtual 1 hour Days

Field Studies Council Contact: c-js.info/3uMjJXi

The FSC is delivering a series of Natural History Live Webinars. These events comprise of a 30-40 minute talk from a guest speaker, followed by a Q&A session. We host them on Zoom and we will send out joining instructions on the day of the event.

25/05/2021 9th European Pond Conservation Network (EPCN) Conference at Online 2 Days

Freshwater Habitats Trust Contact: c-js.info/3cGQr5B

Responding to the considerable need to conserve European ponds, the conference will combine pond biology, hydrology, function and landscape ecology with pond conservation practice and welcomes both scientists and conservation practitioners to the meeting.

26/05/2021 Slimy, Sticky & Unloved: Slugs in Britain at Virtual 1 hour Days

Field Studies Council Contact: www.field-studies-council.org/biolinks-courses/ biolinks@field-studies-council.org

Slugs are not a popular group with many people, especially those who are keen gardeners. However, they have fascinating life histories, behaviours and not all consume live plants. In this free virtual talk by Imogen Cavadino we’ll explore the fauna of slugs within Britain and Ireland.

02/06/2021 The Weird and Wonderful World of Wildflowers at Virtual 1 hour Days

Field Studies Council Contact: c-js.info/3fcgt0I

The FSC is delivering a series of Natural History Live Webinars. These events comprise of a 30-40 minute talk from a guest speaker, followed by a Q&A session. We host them on Zoom and we will send out joining instructions on the day of the event.

25/10/2021 Anthropology and Conservation Virtual Conference at Online 5 Days

Royal Anthropological Institute Contact: c-js.info/3tu555f

Online Learning - Short Courses

17/05/2021 Beginners QGIS for Ecologists and Conservation Practitioners (Ireland) 2 Days

Online via Zoom, CIEEM 01962 868626 enquiries@cieem.net

The course is designed to enable you to become a competent GIS operator with a practical focus on producing survey maps and analysing data derived from your surveys.

17/05/2021 Rights of Way Law and Practice 6 half days Days

Virtual, IPROW 07396 548331 training@iprow.co.uk

Learning outcome: awareness of law and practice essential to ensuring good practice and avoiding costly errors.

Cost £630 Members, £739 Non-members

20/05/2021 Water Vole Mitigation 2 Days

Online via Zoom, CIEEM 01962 868626 enquiries@cieem.net c-js.info/38ag504

This course covers the impacts of different types of development on water voles and the options for mitigation. This course is aimed at experienced practitioners (intermediate or advanced level) which complements our practical training on 'Water Vole Live Trapping, Care and Restoration'.

21/05/2021 Zero Carbon Britain: Live online – Local energy solutions 1 Day

Online, Centre for Alternative Technology 01654 704966 courses@cat.org.uk c-js.info/3tl6hbT

Explore how to set up a community or local energy project. Through expert presentations and case studies from community projects, we’ll cover why renewable and local energy models are important, which options to go for, what you need to consider and how to get the community on board.

Cost £Waged £65; low waged/concession £45

22/05/2021 BSBI Identifying Wildflower Families Workshop 1 Day

Online, Botanical Society of Britain & Ireland 07917152580 jim.mcintosh@bsbi.org c-js.info/2S9BCRf

This online beginners' workshop aims to help you learn to identify wild flowers through recognising their families. We will introduce you to keys and to Field Guides with keys and finish off with advice on how to continue to develop your interest.

Cost £15 (£10 for students)

25/05/2021 Bats and Trees 2 hours (10am-12pm) Days

online, Tragus Training tragustraining@gmail.com

The workshop will discuss the way in which bats use trees, with special emphasis on roosting behaviour. We will look at different tree features that can form roosting opportunities and discuss how they can be identified. The basics of surveying trees for bat roosts will also be covered.

Cost £25


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09/06/2021 Bitesize Bats 3, 3.5 hour daytime workshops run over sequential weeks Days

Online, Tragus Training tragustraining@gmail.com

A collection of workshops designed to work as both a complete programme and as stand-alone sessions, suitable for licence trainees and interested individuals: ‘Introduction to British Bats’, ‘Bats and the Law’, ‘Bat ID’, ‘Roosts and Signs’, ‘Training for a Licence’. 20% of profit donated to the Bat Conservation Trust.

Cost £100

12/06/2021 BSBI Grass ID - fresh specimen workshop 1 Day

Online, Botanical Society of Britain & Ireland 07917152580 jim.mcintosh@bsbi.org c-js.info/2Sga8JR

If you have a good basic knowledge of plant identification but have yet to get to grips with grass ID - this workshop is for you! We will concentrate on the 20 grass species most likely in neutral grassland and the workshop will get you off a flying start!

Cost £30 with reductions for students & members

22/06/2021 QGIS: Advanced (Online) 12 hours Days

Online, GeoData, University of Southampton +44 (0)23 8059 2719 training@geodata.soton.ac.uk c-js.info/2PvT68q

This course is intended for those who have either completed our Introduction to QGIS course or have equivalent knowledge and experience. Delegates are introduced to advanced analysis techniques using both raster and vector data. The course is run via a series of zoom video calls.

Cost £425

28/06/2021 Lantra Brushcutters & Trimmers 2 Days

Stirling, TCV Scotland 01786 479697 Scotland-training@tcv.org.uk c-js.info/3dk2qGz

This course will teach you all you need to know about Brushcutters and Trimmers and will lead to a LANTRA certificate.

30/06/2021 Lantra Pedestrian Mower 1 Day

Stirling, TCV Scotland 01786 479697 Scotland-training@tcv.org.uk c-js.info/3doZKYx

A wide range of mowers are used across horticultural and landscape businesses. With proper training, most pose little risk to either the user or anyone near to the machine. Our course will give you that training, ensuring you can operate a pedestrian mower safely and efficiently.

01/07/2021 Wildlifetek Summer School: Online Wildlife Technology Certification Course 6 weeks (42 days) Days

Online, Wildlifetek info@wildlifetek.com c-js.info/37ArSDs

In this 6-week online course you'll learn how you can use technology to help better understand & conserve wildlife. This course has been designed to help you gain the technical knowledge & skills you need for your wildlife career.

Cost £197

Various Unlocking your wildlife career

Online, Dr Kayleigh Fawcett Williams c-js.info/3izM2lQ

Are you a wildlife student or early career wildlife professional? Are you struggling to get a paid or long term wildlife role? Do you want to stop feeling stuck & learn what you can do to move forward in your wildlife career? YES? This free webinar is for you!

13/07/2021 Discovering Earthworms Online 5 weeks Days

Virtual, Field Studies Council biolinks@field-studies-council.org c-js.info/3tR94sN

Find out how different types of earthworm perform different ecological roles and be surprised at some of the natural processes that earthworms contribute to. The course will arm beginners with the underpinning knowledge of earthworm biology, ecology, behaviour and basic collection methods in order to embark on their earthworm journey.

Cost £20-60

28/07/2021 A Primer on the IUCN Red List 1.5 hours Days

Virtual, Field Studies Council biolinks@field-studies-council.org c-js.info/2Y0kn5L

The IUCN Red List is arguably the most influential conservation tool today, helping to inform conservation planning, management, monitoring and decision making. Attendees will learn about the IUCN Red List and what it aims to do, how the criteria and categories broadly work, and how it is compiled and used.

Cost £10

11/08/2021 Protected Invertebrate Species in the UK 11/08/2021 Days

Virtual, Field Studies Council biolinks@field-studies-council.org c-js.info/2Y0kn5L

We will look at the subject of protection for the UK’s invertebrate fauna and our responsibilities towards ensuring their conservation. By the end of the webinar learners will have a better understanding of the protection of invertebrates within the UK and what this means for their management and reporting.

Cost £10

01/09/2021 Lantra Hand Held Hedgetrimmer 1 Day

Stirling, TCV Scotland 01786 479697 Scotland-training@tcv.org.uk c-js.info/3doZKYx

Our one-day course will teach you to use the machine safely and correctly, as well as maintenance specific to the hedge trimmer.

02/09/2021 Lantra Brushcutters & Trimmers 2 Days

Stirling, TCV Scotland 01786 479697 Scotland-training@tcv.org.uk c-js.info/3dlcyz6

This course will teach you all you need to know about Brushcutters and Trimmers and will lead to a LANTRA certificate.


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21/09/2021 QGIS: Advanced (Online) 12 hours Days

Online, GeoData, University of Southampton +44 (0)23 8059 2719 training@geodata.soton.ac.uk c-js.info/2PvT68q

This course is intended for those who have either completed our Introduction to QGIS course or have equivalent knowledge and experience. Delegates are introduced to advanced analysis techniques using both raster and vector data. The course is run via a series of zoom video calls.

Cost £425

29/09/2021 The Tanyptera Project (Natural History Live) 1 Day

Online, FSC BioLinks c-js.info/2Y0kn5L

An introduction to the different aspects of the Tanyptera project, including what’s being done to promote and facilitate entomology in North West England and how to get involved. Some of the Nationally Rare and Endangered invertebrates found as part of project’s survey work will also feature.


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14/12/2021 QGIS: Advanced (Online) 12 hours Days

Online, GeoData, University of Southampton +44 (0)23 8059 2719 training@geodata.soton.ac.uk c-js.info/2PvT68q

This course is intended for those who have either completed our Introduction to QGIS course or have equivalent knowledge and experience. Delegates are introduced to advanced analysis techniques using both raster and vector data. The course is run via a series of zoom video calls.

Cost £425

Online Learning - Longer Courses

Also have a look at Distance Learning courses and providers.

Botanical Identification & using Keys at Qualiteach Education and Ecology Training

A flexible online course with mentor support in plant identification and using botanical keys. The course covers identification of plant components such as reproductive organs, stem, leaf, hairs, flowers, seeds, sepals and bracts and also includes identification of trees and ferns. The course also covers using botanical keys.

c-js.info/2K8CEHI contact@qualiteach.co.uk 07743712020

Botany and its Role in the Ecosystem at Qualiteach Education and Ecology Training

A modular course in plant science, ecology and botanical identification designed for anyone who is keen to learn how to use plant features for accurate identification. The course helps provide a well rounded view of plant science and symbiosis, botanical identification, naming structures and hierarchies (taxonomy), habitats and habitat indicators

c-js.info/2K8CEHI contact@qualiteach.co.uk 07743712020

Ecological monitoring: How to design a successful scheme at Ptyxis Ecology

Starts October 2021: You choose your own site to use as a case study and the course takes you through designing a monitoring scheme, step by step using five key principles. No prior knowledge of scientific monitoring or statistics is needed and the course does not cover how to statistically analyse monitoring data.

www.ptyxis.com/courses.php enquiries@ptyxis.com 01435 321199

Ecology 1 at Aberystwyth University

Ever wondered why some plants won't grow in your garden and why the 'weeds' (and slugs) thrive? Ecology explains the patterns we see in the natural world and the ways in which people have changed them. This is an essential core topic for any field or conservation ecologist.

c-js.info/30UBk1Q learning@aber.ac.uk

Effective Bird Identification (Distance Learning Course) at Ambios

Course starts: 26/04/2021 for 8 weeks. Starting from your current understanding of birds, this course will enable you to become more effective with your bird I.D., increasing your field and note taking skills and therefore enhancing your employability/CPD. You’ll be given access to a online learning environment with live online workshops and additional learning materials.

c-js.info/3vymcFD info@ambios.net 01803 732747

Effective Camera Trapping (Distance Learning Course) at Ambios

Course starts: 26/04/21 for 6 weeks (part-time). This course will enable you to increase your field skills, become confident using camera trapping technology, produce photos fit for purpose and enhance your employability/continuing professional development. Unique to this course is the fact that we lend you the camera trap equipment! £345 + £100 returnable camera trap deposit

c-js.info/2Qhpv3M info@ambios.net 01803 732747

General plant ID support at Ptyxis Ecology

Starts May 2021: This is a general ID support package, rather than a formal course. Suitable for early-career ecologists who could do with ongoing support with their plant ID, or more experienced ecologists who want to develop their ID skills further with more difficult plant groups such as grasses, sedges, ferns or bryophytes

www.ptyxis.com/courses.php enquiries@ptyxis.com 01435 321199

Grass identification & ecology at Ptyxis Ecology

Starts May 2021: This course will enable you to identify grasses in flower and vegetatively by focusing on the key ‘must know’ species for professional ecologists. The course is in 5 units (about 3-4 hours study per unit). Suitable for building experience after an initial face-to-face course, or for complete beginners.

www.ptyxis.com/courses.php enquiries@ptyxis.com 01435 321199

Habitats and Habitat Indicators at Qualiteach Education and Ecology Training

This short online course covers habitat types in the UK, soil types and indicator plants, as well as exploring effects of pollution on freshwater habitats (eutrophication). The course looks at environmental conditions for growth, habitat types (freshwater, coastal, mountainous, bog, fen, woodland), habitat Indicators and plants for phytoremediation.

c-js.info/2K8CEHI contact@qualiteach.co.uk 07743712020

Identifying bryophytes in the field at Ptyxis Ecology

Starts October 2021: This course works best as a follow-on to an introductory bryophyte course and assumes that you have had some practice with observing features of bryophytes using a hand lens. The course concentrates on the 'top 100' common indicator species for BAP priority habitats and NVC communities.

www.ptyxis.com/courses.php enquiries@ptyxis.com 01435 321199

Introduction to Permaculture at Aberystwyth University

This course is a wide-ranging introduction to permaculture as an approach to designing sustainable ways of living and working. It will give a grounding in the core elements of a permaculture design approach including the ethical framework that underpins it and the principles from nature that it draws on.

c-js.info/3188MCh learning@aber.ac.uk

Plant Science: biology, physiology and symbiosis at Qualiteach Education and Ecology Training

This short online course covers the importance of botany, including plant structure, biology and physiology, growth and reproduction and its role within an ecosystem, exploring symbiosis between plants and fungi, bacteria and insects. The course also covers the food web and plant transport systems (xylem, phloem, transpiration and photosynthesis).

c-js.info/2K8CEHI contact@qualiteach.co.uk 07743712020

Project Management for Wildlife Conservation at WildTeam

About WildTeam UK: WildTeam UK is a not-for-profit charity that designs and delivers training in key skills that help conservationists to increase their impact. To date we have trained over 1000 conservationists from 73 countries.
What is this workshop?: An online training workshop, run over 6 weeks, with weekly live teaching sessions and pre-recorded training videos to work from in your own time. Using modern video communications software, we do everything we can to recreate the best of the interactive classroom environment, while offering you the flexibility to learn when and where you want.
What will you learn?: Working with our highly qualified and experienced team, you will learn how to manage conservation projects of any type or size, by: Applying a set of practical and ethical principles to guide your project; Assigning roles to clarify team structure and decision-making, and improve internal communication and coordination; Splitting projects into clear phases, to manage a project from start to finish; Using control processes to monitor the progress of your work and adapt to new information and changing conditions; Establishing administrative processes to help conduct effective internal meetings and develop high-quality project documents; Standardising reporting to record, evaluate and share the impact of your work, both internally and externally.
Why do this workshop?: Increase the efficiency and impact of any conservation project; Acquire a qualification and certificate in conservation project management; Get expert training and support from our team via email, Zoom and WildHub; Have the flexibility to learn when and where you want.
The detail: Where: Anywhere (online). When: 5th May to 9th June 2021 (3 hours learning each week). 2 live sessions available each week, to fit with your schedule: 10am or 6pm [BST]
How much: £180 (standard rate: bursaries available). See the online training page of our website for more details.

www.wildteam.org.uk/online Beth@wildteam.org.uk

RHS Master of Horticulture at Royal Horticultural Society (RHS)

The RHS Master of Horticulture (MHort) is a degree-level award designed for those who wish to grow their career in a flexible way. Studied over three years, it provides an affordable and high-quality study experience, linking candidates to a range of professional networks and provides improved business and managerial skills.

c-js.info/3rKg49U masterofhorticulture@rhs.org.uk

Sedge identification & ecology at Ptyxis Ecology

Starts May 2021: This course is largely based around a new, user-friendly key to the 56 most common species from the sedge family in Britain. The course has five units with structured field assignments encouraging you to seek out and identify a wide range of common sedge species.

www.ptyxis.com/courses.php enquiries@ptyxis.com 01435 321199

Sphagnum identification & ecology: Field & microscopic identification at Ptyxis Ecology

Starts October 2021: This course works best as a follow-on from an introductory Sphagnum course and assumes that you have practiced observing Sphagnum stem leaves in the field, using a hand lens. This version of the course includes two field-based units, plus two microscope units

www.ptyxis.com/courses.php enquiries@ptyxis.com 01435 321199

Sphagnum identification & ecology: Field identification only at Ptyxis Ecology

Starts October 2021: This course also works best as a follow-on from an introductory Sphagnum course. This version of the course is for those who do not have access to microscopes and only includes the two field-based units from the longer course

www.ptyxis.com/courses.php enquiries@ptyxis.com 01435 321199

Strategy Development for Wildlife Conservation at WildTeam

This is an online training workshop, run over 7 weeks (3 hours/week), with weekly live teaching sessions and pre-recorded training videos to work through in your own time. Working with our experienced team you will learn the skills to design conservation strategies that have more impact. Details as follows: 10th May- 21st June 2021 (3 hours learning each week) 2 live sessions available each week: 10am or 6pm [BST] £180 full price - bursaries available.

www.wildteam.org.uk/online Beth@wildteam.org.uk

Taxonomy: Plant Naming Rules and Structure at Qualiteach Education and Ecology Training

A short online course in plant naming rules (taxonomy) and hierarchical structure (family, genus and species) covering binomials, subspecies and hybrids and the meaning behind scientific names.

c-js.info/2K8CEHI contact@qualiteach.co.uk 07743712020

Understanding & using the NVC at Ptyxis Ecology

Starts May 2021: This course is designed to follow-on from an introductory NVC course to support you with using the NVC system. We concentrate on how to analyse quadrat data and work with floristic tables to work out what NVC types you have, rather than on how to do a field survey.

www.ptyxis.com/courses.php enquiries@ptyxis.com 01435 321199