If you have any queries about any courses, please get in touch via email at courses@wildwoodtrust.org.

ecology course

May 28th - Introduction to Ecology

Saturday 28th May 2022

10.00am - 4.00pm

Tutor: Anne Riddell

Spend a day in the woods, learning practical ecology skills and how to dissect and understand the different elements of the coppice woodland ecosystem. Count and assess woodland plants to work out why they grow where they do and wield a pooter to collect as many invertebrates as you can from the woodland floor to understand why they vary from place to place.

This field trip offers an opportunity to use standard field techniques, backed up by a short ecological statistics workshop to test your results and understanding to end the day.

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interp composite image landscape (sm)

June 14 and 15th - Wildlife Interpretation – Engaging Visitors with Conservation

Tuesday 14th and Wednesday 15th June

1.30pm - 5.00pm

Tutor: Will Hirstle

This online course will look at best practice in producing interpretation about wildlife in a range of contexts. It will be of interest to anyone communicating with the public about wildlife and conservation, and will be relevant to those working in a variety of settings, such as nature reserves, parks, green spaces, zoos and rewilding projects. It will cover self-guided media, both of the ‘traditional’ kind, (e.g. outdoor panels and printed leaflets), and those that use new technology (e.g. QR codes and mobile devices).

You will learn about the principles that guide interpretation and explore the qualities of effective communication with visitors. The tutor will then guide you through the process of creating interpretation – planning, generating content, design – looking at how those qualities can be applied. There will be lots of practical guidance and exercises, covering writing text, finding images and accessibility for people with disabilities, as well as technical advice on topics like digital images, materials and sustainability.

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ROBIN 1000 X72DPI

July 9th - A Beginner’s Guide to Birdwatching

Saturday 9th July 2022

10.00am - 4.00pm

Tutor: Simon Ginnaw

Spend the day with an ornithologist and international birdwatching guide and learn how to get the most out of watching our feathered friends. Find out about identification basics, why songs and calls are so important, bird migration, useful equipment and how watching birds can aid their conservation.

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phase 1 part 1

Oct 10th - UKHab Webinar Training Course

Monday 10th October

10am - 3.30pm    

Tutor: Lesley Mason PhD ACIEEM – Freelance Botanist & Ecologist - UKHab Accredited Trainer

The UK Habitat Classification (UKHab) is a new comprehensive classification system for vegetation habitats which has many uses in conservation and land management. UKHab is set to replace the Phase 1 Habitat Survey currently used by ecological consultants in Preliminary Ecological Appraisal (PEA) of development sites.

UKHab will also be used as part of the Biodiversity Net Gain metric calculation for new developments.

This one day course comprises 3 Zoom webinar sessions covering:

  • Introduction and overview of the UKHab
  • UKHab survey: How to code and map habitats
  • Using the UKHab Field Key to habitats (includes practical tasks)

Sessions will be 60 to 90mins each to allow time for participant interaction, questions and breaks. Limited to a maximum of 20 participants. Participants will be contacted via email to arrange webinar sessions.

NB. Participants may wish to download the UKHab documents in advance of the course from the website here: https://ukhab.org/

We will be practicing using the Field Key in session 3, so a printout of the key will be very useful.

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Important Information:

  • Minimum ages for all courses is 16years unless specified.
  • All courses must be paid for at the time of booking and are non-refundable unless cancelled by Wildwood.
  • For all online courses participants will need a webcam and microphone.