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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

06/10/2021 Natural Capital Finance & Investment 2021 at Online 2 Days

Ecosystems Knowledge Network Contact: c-js.info/3xrISHa

In this fourth Natural Capital Finance & Investment Conference, we will unwrap what nature-based finance looks like in practice in the UK. Discover its central place in the climate transition and in green finance. Be part of the emergence of the UK and other locations such as the Bailiwick of Guernsey as a global leaders in the provision of scalable and replicable models for investment in the natural environment.

06/10/2021 Balancing nature and health for the future at Online 1 Day

European Centre for Environment and Human Health Contact: c-js.info/2YlQGyp

The European Centre for Environment and Human Health (ECEHH) is celebrating 10 years of conducting world-class research.  For a decade the European Centre for Environment and Human Health has worked to put the complex relationships between people and the environment at the top of local, national and international agendas.

06/10/2021 Natural Capital Finance & Investment Conference at Online 2 Days

Ecosystems Knowledge Network Contact: c-js.info/3zb7NQ8

The Natural Capital Finance & Investment Conference is a unique forum that brings together leading speakers and representatives from financial services and stewardship of the natural environment to catalyse the emerging nature-based finance and investment market in the UK. The 2021 Conference, taking place online on 6th-7th October, will bring you the full picture from this fast-emerging UK market. We will showcase the very best of the UK project pipeline and provide an unrivalled networking opportunity. Find out more and book now

08/10/2021 ORNI Webinar: Measuring the Value and Impact of Trails and Greenspace at Online 1 Day

Outdoor Recreation NI Contact: c-js.info/3CuaBuI

The importance of trails and greenspace, particularly for people’s health and wellbeing, has never been so apparent. To ensure that trails and greenspace remain high on the agenda and receive the investment warranted, it is important that as a sector we can quantify the impact and the value they bring and articulate this in an impactful manner in a way that is understood and resonates with policymakers.

15/10/2021 TVERC Autumn Recorders' Conference 2021 at Online 2 Days

Thames Valley Environmental Records Centre Contact: c-js.info/2X9Xyyh tverc@oxfordshire.gov.uk

Our Recorders' conferences offer a chance for the environmental recording community to come together to enjoy and share updates of projects, survey initiatives and information on what they are doing. Anyone who is interested in environmental recording and conservation is welcome to attend.

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

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

29/10/2021 National Bat Conference – online at Online 3 Days

Bat Conservation Trust Contact: c-js.info/2QVtr7w

Biggest event in the bat calendar – Great programme of talks, workshops, networking and some batty fun to celebrate BCT’s 30th anniversary. Keynote speaker – Prof Tigga Kingston. All online via Zoom.

24/11/2021 NBN Conference 2021: Biodiversity data - from collection to use at Online 1 Day

NBN Contact: c-js.info/3s0Hx92

Online Learning - Short Courses

27/09/2021 Natural History Illustration: Succulents

Online, Lifelong Learning - Aberystwyth University learning@aber.ac.uk c-js.info/3EnPbAf

Succulents often have a beautiful chalky blue bloom. This course will cover drawing with pencil, ink and watercolour to depict a range of succulents with accurate colours and techniques. (12 wk course)

Cost £50

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.

04/10/2021 Bats and Trees 2 hours (6pm-8pm) 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

04/10/2021 Bats and Trees 2 hours 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

04/10/2021 Introduction to Fungi

Online, Lifelong Learning - Aberystwyth University learning@aber.ac.uk c-js.info/3zgtazu

The Kingdom of Fungi is a fascinating, ancient and diverse one. In this introductory course, we delve into this world, looking at the vital ecological role fungi play in our forests and showing how species vary according to habitat - be this woodland or pasture. (8 wk course)

Cost £100

04/10/2021 How to Apply for Any Conservation Job 80 Days

Online, Conservation Careers c-js.info/3nIX4dK

Nearly 85% of job seekers suffer burn-out, and fall short of securing their dream jobs... ‘How to Apply for Any Conservation Job’ is a new course from Conservation Careers leading you through our proven step-by-step process for crafting successful job applications that land more interviews. Register by 26th September for 33% off!

Cost £195 (33% off regular price of £295)

05/10/2021 Peat and Peatlands

Online, Lifelong Learning - Aberystwyth University learning@aber.ac.uk c-js.info/3lug4tx

The course will begin with a review of how peat and peatlands form, their vegetational and structural history and the range of peatland types to be found in Wales today. (8 wk course)

Cost £100

06/10/2021 Field Survey Techniques

Online, Lifelong Learning - Aberystwyth University learning@aber.ac.uk c-js.info/3Ch5e0J

Studying field survey techniques is valuable for anyone involved or interested in land management as you learn key practical skills such as how to use the relevant landscape and regulatory frameworks, designations and policies relating to the historic environment. (8 wk course)

Cost £100

07/10/2021 Pollution Monitoring

Online, Lifelong Learning - Aberystwyth University learning@aber.ac.uk c-js.info/3ClEJXZ

Tackling the pollution we produce as well as mitigating its effects has become a vital, global mission. On this module, students will learn about different types of pollution and how to identify the various sources. (8 week course)

Cost £100

11/10/2021 Exploring Nature through a Lens

Online, Lifelong Learning - Aberystwyth University learning@aber.ac.uk c-js.info/3hGuMga

This course is an overview of how naturalists of the past 150 years have shaped extremely strong relationships with the natural world. From Victorian pioneers to the influence of TV age characters, we look at how wildlife documentary film makers have pushed the boundaries of what can be captured (8 wk course).

Cost £100

12/10/2021 A Guide to Environmental Impact Assessment

Online, Lifelong Learning - Aberystwyth University learning@aber.ac.uk c-js.info/3ki23Qy

Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is a process of evaluating the likely environmental effects of a proposed project or development, taking into account inter-related socio-economic, cultural and human-health impacts, both beneficial and detrimental. (8 wk course)

Cost £100

13/10/2021 Discovering British Birds: Coastal Bird Ecology Online Evening Course 7 Days

Online, Kent Wildlife Trust 01622662012 studydays@kentwildlife.org.uk c-js.info/3ErArQG

Discover Britain?s birds during a series of fun and interactive evening online classes. Dates: 13th, 27th Oct, 10th & 24th Nov 2021. 26th Jan, 9th & 23rd Feb 2022

Cost £85 per person

02/11/2021 GIS for Beginners: Guide & Application - Online 2 Days

Online, Surrey Wildlife Trust 01372 379523 adult.learning@surreywt.org.uk c-js.info/3fC4yKu

In this online course, learn how to capture and manipulate data using a Geographic Information System. The first day runs from 10am-3pm and the second day is a follow-up from 10am-noon.

Cost £67.00

02/11/2021 Introduction to Permaculture

Online, Lifelong Learning - Aberystwyth University learning@aber.ac.uk c-js.info/3tTcVY7

This module is an introductory but wide-ranging introduction to permaculture as an approach to designing sustainable ways of living and working. It will give a good grounding in the core elements of a permaculture design approach. (6 wk course)

Cost £50

08/11/2021 Nature friendly gardeners' Question Time (online course) 0.25 Day

Online, Kent Wildlife Trust 01622662012 studydays@kentwildlife.org.uk c-js.info/3zlsoCi

ONLINE COURSE - to ask the experts for advice and suggestions to help you improve your garden for biodiversity

Cost £5 per person donation

08/11/2021 UK Habitat Classification (UKHab) Online Training Course 1 Day

Online, Kent Wildlife Trust 01622662012 studydays@kentwildlife.org.uk c-js.info/3nDsHoV

An online training day on the UK Habitat Classification, a new comprehensive classification system for vegetation habitats used in conservation and land management

Cost £75 per person

30/11/2021 Pollinator friendly gardening (online course) 0.25 Day

Online, Kent Wildlife Trust 01622662013 studydays@kentwildlife.org.uk c-js.info/3yoaQnv

ONLINE COURSE - Learn how to encourage pollinators into your garden

Cost £5 per person donation


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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

15/12/2021 Transforming Environmental Data in R 2.5 Days

Online, UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, Lancaster University 01491 69 2225 UKCEHtraining@ceh.ac.uk c-js.info/317vCcn

The 2-day interactive online course will help you understand the benefits of data transformation tools. You will learn about auditable workflows, repeatability, time-saving, improving efficiency & reduced risk of dataloss. You will participate in practical data transformation exercises using real environmental datasets to combine & manipulate datasets for analysis-ready data.

24/01/2022 Applying a natural capital approach

Online, Ecosystems Knowledge Network c-js.info/3AkpcXX

Online CPD-level training for professionals involved in the management of rural land in England. This course provides familiarisation training for land agents, rural valuers and agricultural and rural business consultants in natural capital approaches. The next course will run over five sessions from 24th January to 2nd February 2022.

Various Wildlife Career Workshop 30 days Days

Online/Remote learning, Wildlifetek info@wildlifetek.com

Trying to get your foot in the door of your dream wildlife job? Our FREE Wildlife Career Workshop will help you to move forwards in your wildlife career. We'll be sharing our knowledge & experience from a range of wildlife sectors, and holding weekly live sessions on Clubhouse.

Cost £Free

Various ORCA Marine Mammal Surveyor Course 1 Day

Online, ORCA info@orcaweb.org.uk

During our one day course you will: - Learn how to identify and record cetaceans during offshore surveys and how to interpret their behaviour - Find out about the species encountered in European waters - Understand ORCA’s distance sampling survey protocol preparing you for travel at sea

Cost £89

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 Course for Rewilding at Ambios

Course starts:4/10/2021 for 8 weeks (part-time). 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 an online learning environment with live online workshops and additional learning materials.

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

Effective Camera Trapping for Rewilding at Ambios

Course starts: 4/10/21 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

Feeding Animals Self-Study Course at ACS Distance Education

Feeding Animals - self study short course. Learn the essentials of what is required to feed animals. The course has 10 lessons. Introduction to feeding animals, industry opportunities, composition of feed, forage, concentrates, feed additives, managing feed production and supply, feeding small companion animals, pets, livestock, wildlife, eating and nutritional disorders.

c-js.info/3DJIiJ5 info@acsedu.co.uk 01384442752

General plant ID support at Ptyxis Ecology

Starts May 2022: 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

Grant Writing for Wildlife Conservation at WildTeam

Why do this workshop? Career starters: Improve your chances of getting your dream conservation job by getting a qualification in a required skill for many conservation positions. Practitioners: Learn how to write more successful grant applications. What will I learn? This training workshop has been developed with input from funders and experienced practitioners to help conservationists create high quality grant applications. You will learn how to: - Select the grant that is right for your project; Gather the information needed to develop your grant application; Create content for the application; Enhance and refine that content to make sure your application stands out and is easy to understand; Process the application from submission to responding to the result. What will my learning experience be like? In this online training workshop, we do our best to recreate the best of the interactive and supportive classroom environment, while offering you the flexibility to learn when and where you want. You will be supported throughout by our expert trainers via email, Zoom and WildHub. The workshop is run over 6 weeks, with weekly live teaching sessions and pre-recorded training videos to work from in your own time. Where can I find out more? The next online training workshop in Grant Writing for Wildlife Conservation begins on the 20th September 2021. To find out more and sign up, go to www.wildteam.org.uk/online.

Beth@wildteam.org.uk

Grass identification & ecology at Ptyxis Ecology

Starts May 2022: 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

Landscape Photography at ACS Distance Education

Learn the techniques necessary to capture the individual expressions of each landscape. Learn about special affects, colour richness, photographic terms, & achieving sharpness. Develop your skill in creating different effects, and using different materials and equipment and see the difference show in your pictures. Distance learning. Start any time.

www.acsedu.co.uk info@acsedu.co.uk 01384442752

Level 2 Award in Forest Gardening at The Orchard Project

This popular online course teaches you everything you need to know about designing, planting and maintaining a flourishing forest garden! Starting in September 2021 and ending in January 2022, you will finish the course with a forest garden accreditation from the comfort of your own home.

c-js.info/3jzKGsI chris@theorchardproject.org.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

Gain skills to help you increase the impact and efficiency of any conservation project. What will I 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. What will my learning experience be like? In this online training workshop, we do our best to recreate the best of the interactive and supportive classroom environment, while offering you the flexibility to learn when and where you want. You will be supported throughout by our expert trainers via email, Zoom and WildHub. The workshop is run over 6 weeks, with weekly live teaching sessions and pre-recorded training videos to work from in your own time. Where can I find out more? The next online training workshop in Project Management for Wildlife Conservation begins on the 21st September 2021. To find out more and sign up, go to www.wildteam.org.uk/online. Who is providing this training? 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 77 countries.

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 2022: 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

Learn skills to help you design conservation projects that have more impact. What will I learn?
In this workshop you will be guided through each step in designing an effective strategy for achieving your conservation goals. You will learn how to: Engage stakeholders: ensure that the right groups are involved in developing your strategy; Conduct a situation analysis: understand the full range of issues to consider when developing your strategy; Define your goals: create a theory of change to clearly show what your project seeks to achieve; Plan the work: identify what you need to do to achieve your goals; Set your monitoring approach: document how you will measure progress towards achieving the desired impact; Adapt your strategy: develop the right strategy for your needs and situation. What will my learning experience be like? In this online training workshop, we do our best to recreate the best of the interactive and supportive classroom environment, while offering you the flexibility to learn when and where you want. You will be supported throughout by our expert trainers via email, Zoom and WildHub. The workshop is run over 6 weeks, with weekly live teaching sessions and pre-recorded training videos to work from in your own time. Where can I find out more? The next online training workshop in Strategy Development for Wildlife Conservation begins on the 15th September 2021. To find out more and sign up, go to www.wildteam.org.uk/online
About WildTeam UK: WildTeam UK is a not-for-profit charity that designs and delivers training in key skills which help conservationists to increase their impact. To date we have trained over 1000 conservationists from 77 countries.

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 2022: 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

Wildlifetek's Summer School at Wildlifetek

Are you a wildlife student or early career professional? Want to gain new skills using technology to further your wildlife career? Designed to help you develop the technical knowledge & skills, this 8-week course will show how you can use technology to help better understand & conserve wildlife. Starts 05-07-2021

info@wildlifetek.com