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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

23/04/2021 Nature Based Solutions: Opportunities in a time of biodiversity crisis and climate emergency at Online - Zoom 2 Days

CIEEM Contact: c-js.info/3dX56ux enquiries@cieem.net 01962 868626

Last year, Ireland and CIEEM declared a climate emergency and biodiversity crisis with Northern Ireland doing in early 2020. These declarations recognised that both crises are inextricably linked and cannot be addressed in isolation. It is vital, as never before, that the work of CIEEM, its members and our professions continue to be at the forefront of targeted action. We believe that Nature-based solutions (NbS) must play a key role and we are happy to announce this as the theme of the Irish Conference 2021.

05/05/2021 Free Webinar – Renewable energy: community and commercial at Online 1 Day

Centre for Alternative Technology Contact: c-js.info/3uDls0t meg.stuart@cat.org.uk

On 5 May, commercial renewable energy expert Bethan Edwards and community energy expert Rod Edwards will join forces to offer insights from the ground on how we can power a Zero Carbon Britain.

06/05/2021 NFBR 2021 Conference at Online 2 Days

National Forum for Biological Recording Contact: c-js.info/3uAybBX biolinks@field-studies-council.org 01743 852100

Outside the Honeypot: Wildlife Recording in the Urban World. The FSC is delighted to host the National Forum for Biological Recording’s 2021 Conference. This Conference will be hosted online, over Zoom.

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.

Online Learning - Short Courses

26/04/2021 Train the Trainer for Ecologists 3 Days

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

This unique course is specially designed for ecologists and environmental professionals and covers field as well as classroom tuition. The aim is for participants to develop their training skills towards designing and delivering courses to a professional standard of tuition.

26/04/2021 Bats: Assessing the Impact of Development on Bats, Mitigation & Enhancement 2 Days

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

This course covers impacts on bats of different types of development and various mitigation and enhancement requirements for planning. Course appropriate for all those undertaking professional bat work in the UK.

26/04/2021 Gardening with Nature Talk

Online, Sorbus Learning www.sorbuslearning.co.uk/

An online presentation in partnership with Dorking Minds about the benefits of gardening with nature for wildlife and people with a focus on mental well-being. [Book with Dorking Minds]

27/04/2021 Transforming Environmental Data in R 2 Days

Online, UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, Lancaster University 01491 69 2225 ingsch@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.

28/04/2021 Some Like It Hot: Butterflies in a changing climate (Natural History Live) 1 Day

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

Our climate is rapidly changing, but what does this mean for an insect? Marcus will be discussing his research on microclimate and its importance for butterflies, with reference to his studies of Silver-studded Blues on former mining sites in Cornwall.

28/04/2021 Discovering Earthworms (online) 4 Days

Online, FSC BioLinks 01743 852100 biolinks@field-studies-council.org c-js.info/2Y0kn5L

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.

28/04/2021 LtL Professional Accreditation - Transforming Spaces 5 Days

Remote/online, Learning through Landscapes 01786 465 934 mjackson@ltl.org.uk c-js.info/2QrSamA

This course is aimed at designers with a professional qualification, such as landscape architecture, looking to work with schools. It is not about teaching you how to design, it is about looking at how to develop the skills needed to provide schools with the best possible consultation and design service.

Cost £660

04/05/21 How to choose and use bat boxes 0.5 Day

Online training via zoom, Ecology Services UK Ltd 07842 694 618 janette@ecologyservice.co.uk c-js.info/2K7xg9M

Key pointers to help you make sensible and efficient choices about bat boxes.? We will help you to feel more organised and confident in your approach.

Cost £30+VAT

04/05/2021 Phase 1 Habitat Survey Techniques 1 Day

Online, TCV Scotland Scotland-training@tcv.org.uk c-js.info/3bVejlI

An online introduction to Phase 1 survey techniques and some of the most common UK habitats, suitable for beginners.

04/05/2021 Phase 1 Habitat Survey 5 hours Days

Online, TCV Scotland 01786 476170 Scotland-training@tcv.org.uk c-js.info/2R1xsEP

This online course is aimed at beginners and will provide attendees with a basic knowledge of how to carry out a Phase 1 habitat survey and how to use the handbook to classify different habitats. Book online here: http://c-js.co.uk/3tsBCsW

Cost £25

05/05/2021 Introduction to Nature Conservation Legislation in the UK (Scotland) 2 Days

Online via Zoom, CIEEM 01962 868626 enquiries@cieem.net c-js.info/3c5qtHk

In order to understand the changing landscape, this course provides an introductory level review of nature conservation legislation, looking at how the current framework translates to practical actions, and considering how effective it is in achieving its aims.

06/05/2021 Water Vole Ecology and Surveys 2 Days

ONLINE with in-person field visit (Gloucestershire), CIEEM 01962 868626 enquiries@cieem.net c-js.info/2OiFVrA

This is an introductory course on water voles. It will cover the background ecology of, and appropriate survey techniques for, water voles in the context of development projects.

07/05/2021 Phase 1 Habitat Survey 5 hours Days

Online, TCV Scotland 01786 479697 Scotland-training@tcv.org.uk c-js.info/3uRK4Ts

This online course is aimed at beginners and will provide attendees with a basic knowledge of how to carry out a Phase 1 habitat survey and how to use the handbook to classify different habitats. 

Cost £25

14/05/2021 Introduction to Qfield 5 hours Days

Online, TCV Scotland 01786 479697 Scotland-training@tcv.org.uk c-js.info/3e3fG1p

This introduction course will teach people how to set up QGIS for common types of ecological surveys, including Phase 1 habitat surveys and protected species surveys, and how to use the QField app to carry out surveys in the field.

Cost £25

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


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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!

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