Research: Tips/Methods of Self Promotion – Marketing & Networking

As stated within my personal develop plan, I have assigned a variety of other practical consideration for independent photographic practice.

This was initially reinforced through our lectures with Richard Mefta in his discussion of first year of freelance photography work. One of the most significant points related to networking, marketing and self promotion.

Therefore, I started to think about useful tips/methods within these areas and find sources of research that would outline points to keep in mind when starting freelance photography work.

For this, I have highlighted various sites featuring relevant articles for beginning a photography business, the importance of self promotion, significance of marketing and branding, methods of networking and helpful social media tools.

I started with a broader example of tips for starting a photography business. An informative and reflective article from a photographer who discusses aspects in foresight that would’ve been useful to know when starting a photography business.

http://photographyconcentrate.com/26-things-i-wish-id-known-before-starting-my-photography-business-part-1/

I have listed some of most relevant extracts below:

If you’re starting and running your own business, you need to wear a baker’s dozen of hats. You are a photographer/customer service expert/book keeper/marketing director/social media whiz/branding dude/website creation person/secretary/treasurer/CEO/CFO/ and pretty much any other title you can think of.

It takes time to get good at photography. It takes time to get good at marketing. It takes time to get good at customer service. It takes time to get good at business organization. Basically, it takes time to get good at the dozens of things you need to be good at to run a wildly successful photography business.

Photography is a people business. Even if you’re a landscape shooter, your clients are people. And the better you can work with, and take care of, the people you do business with, the more success you’ll see.

I don’t even want to think about how much money we’ve wasted by buying gear that we didn’t really need. It all ended up collecting dust in our closet until we sold it for a serious loss. After a few years of that nonsense, we got wise and started being very, very, very thoughtful about purchasing anything. Our gear might not get many jealous stares from other photographers, but as long as it’s creating the images we want, that’s all that matters.

When it comes to your branding, creating something personal, unique and consistent is super valuable. It helps you stand out from other photographers, and communicates who you are.

But when it comes to ordering branded printed products, be careful. Don’t think that the huge order will save you money, because chances are you won’t ever use it all. This is especially true near the start of your career, when you’ll potentially change your branding a couple times before finding the right fit.

Word of mouth referrals are the most powerful sources of bookings for photographers. People are way more likely to trust the recommendation of a friend than an ad in a magazine. You need to be working hard to get referrals.

It took us a loooong time to realize that, in general, no one cares about what you’re doing. Unless you make them care about it.

And that, quite simply is what marketing is all about. Showing people that what you’re doing is interesting and valuable. You could have the most amazing photography in the world, but unless people know about it, you will not see any success.

So look at this way. Getting your business all set up with a website and name and logo and all that stuff — that’s what gets you to the starting point. Then the real work begins. You need to get out there and tell people about it, and market yourself!

One of the most valuable marketing assets you can create is a newsletter list. These days it’s really ridiculously easy to send out updates with emails, giving you a direct link to your best customers!

We never put enough effort into building a newsletter list for our photography business, and have always regretted it. We just didn’t realize how important it was. A great list can help you get more out of your marketing promotions, book sessions when you’re going out of town, get feedback on how to improve your business, and more.

The next point of reference I found was an article that discussed a list of potential methods to start marketing a business.

Self Promotion is NOT a Dirty Word – 11 Ways to Market Yourself

I have highlighted some of the most relevant extracts below:

  1. Website – Have a website that makes it clear what you do.  Then make sure you are picked up by search engines so that people looking for what you have online can find you (get educated on Search EngingeOptimiation – SEO – which will help you get picked up by search engines).
  2. Video – Posting online videos of you working, or of your product, whatever you’re selling, can be very effective.  People want to buy from people they know – and if they watch you on a video, they feel like they know you.
  3. Social Media – Connect with like-minded people and find your fans through Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and a handful of other sites for social networking. (Read this article by Lori McNee:  “Selling art on Facebook:  A success Story.”
  4. Newsletters – Build up a list of friends, family and fans and, with their permission, send out a quarterly or monthly newsletter with news of what you’re working on.  Keep it interesting enough so they read it.
  5. Press Releases – Learn how to send press releases to the media when you have something to announce.  List it online on websites like PRLOG.COM and other press release sites, so that there is a permanent record online.  (Also, Say Yes to all Opportunities with the Media!)
  6. Business Cards – This is the most simple, cost effective method of self-promotion.  Hand your business cards to people you meet, and make sure they know what you do and that you’re available should they need what you have!  Never leave home without them.
  7. Networking – Get out of your office and meet people in the flesh!  Go to trade shows, networking events and charity events.  Some of the best deals we’ve ever made were with people that we’ve met at events.  People like to do business with people they know.
  8. Trade Show Exhibits – This ties in with networking, but gives you an added exposure factor by setting up a booth showing your art or products at relevant trade shows.  Every industry has numerous trade shows that you can attend.
  9. Teach a Class – Give something of value to your local community, show off your knowledge, and gain a few new customers this way.   If you are a webmaster, give a two hour class on SEO or how to set up a website.  If you’re an artist, give art classes.  Share your expertise, and you’ll become known as the expert in your field.
  10. Volunteer at a Networking Event – This is actually quite effective.  If you volunteer to help greet people at an event, you’ll inevitably meet everyone there.  Help clean up after the event, and most likely you’ll be rubbing elbows with the movers and shakers (the leaders are always the ones making events happen – and they’re the ones helping in the clean up).
  11. Join a Meet-Up Group – There are numerous meet-ups or groups that get together on a regular basis on many different topics.  Go to Meetup.com, type in something you’re interested in (i.e.  “social media” or “business” or “writing”) and your zip code, and you’ll find many options.   This will expose you to new things to learn as well as new people that can lead you to opportunities.

The next area of research I considered for this was a reflective article highlighting a variety of tips for self promotion and spreading public awareness of your photography work.

http://www.fastcocreate.com/3027752/the-art-of-self-promotion-6-tips-for-getting-your-work-discovered
I have listed the most relevant extracts below:

YOU’RE ONLY AS GOOD AS YOUR LAST POST, SO SHARE SOMETHING EVERY DAY

When it comes to sharing, Kleon says, “The stakes are pretty low in a lot of cases.” If it’s not your best work, people will forget about it fairly quickly. That’s the ephemeral nature of the Internet. And putting up work that he’s not fully confident in has an upside: It can even serve as an impetus to create more. If you make something new, it pushes the old work off the page. “In some ways, you’re only as good as your last post, and I find that actually kind of heartening,” Kleon says. Even though the flip side is true–even good work is forgotten–it still inspires Kleon to produce more. “Be constantly working and moving. If you’re doing it right online, putting yourself out there should lead to more work.”

TAKE THINGS ONE DAY AT A TIME

Kleon says the daily routine is the only way he’s found to both get work done in the short term and be able to handle it in the long term. “Short term: ‘I have to get something in on Friday, and I have to work this much to get it in.’ The other part is, ‘Oh God, I have 50 years to work, but I’ll just take it one day at a time.’ It’s been the only way I can think about attacking a career in the short term and the long term. There’s a reason Alcoholics Anonymous adopted one day at a time, it’s just the way to get through life.”

SET BOUNDARIES TO AVOID BURNOUT

Kleon quotes John Cleese on the idea of boundaries. The Monty Python star said, “You have to create boundaries of space and then you have to create boundaries of time.” For Kleon this means “Having an actual work space that I go to”–his converted garage.

Kleon continues: “I have to go out the back door, I have to go into my garage, and turn the computer on, the ritual of going back and forth, that really helps. My wife has a line in the book, ‘if you never go to work, you never get to leave work.’ I make sure when I go into the studio, I’m going to work.

In this culture we don’t set enough boundaries. Here we are, we’ve got basically these augmented brains [with the Internet], and they’ve got us working more hours than we ever have. And I think for creative folks, it’s even worse. We’re fed this line, you’re doing what you love, you should do it all the time. I didn’t get into art so I could work all day and never see my family.”

BUILD UP A NETWORK BEFORE YOU HAVE A BIG PROJECT TO AVOID BEING HUMAN SPAM

“I feel particularly sensitive to [self-promotion] as a topic because I fear I am human spam with this book out. I am constantly sending out stuff,” Kleon says.

The way to avoid being “human spam” is that “before you have something to shill, you need to build up a network of goodwill,” Kleon explains. That way, when you’re sending out a Tweet about your latest radio appearance, your followers will think, “When he’s not on book tour, he’s giving me all these interesting things,” so I’ll understand it if he needs to be self-promotional when he has a big product out.

My next point of reference was a site discussing a more specific guide to networking, outline a personal insight into the process of networking and its significance.

The Ultimate Guide to Photography Networking

I have included the most relevant extracts below:

Networking is one of the best things you can do for your business. Period. People do business with people. Networking is a low-cost way to market your photography business, and if you put your heart (and brain) into it, your effort will pay off in spades. Many, many different methods of marketing have been tried, and networking is one of the very best — especially if you are trying to break in to the high-end market. Success won’t happen overnight, though; you have to take the time to build relationships with people.

The most important thing to remember about networking is that you have to make a genuine effort to meet people and get to know them. Simply showing up isn’t enough. Another no-no is shoving your portfolio in someone’s face while the person is enjoying a martini. Have a plan for what you want to accomplish and then take action. You likely will have to walk up to strangers and introduce yourself or ask friends for introductions.

Where to Network

  • MeetUp — search MeetUp.com for industry get-togethers
  • Chamber of Commerce
  • Local business owner groups
  • Local artist groups
  • Local Professional Photographers of America (PPA) groups
  • Local SmugMug groups
  • Local Pug (Pictage user) groups
  • Event and bridal magazines — get on their lists for invitations to their events

How to Network

Step 1: Prepare

Be sure you have a good supply of business cards and a couple of brochures with you. Figure out some business highlights (such as recent press, an interesting event or shoot you’ve recently photographed, or a conference you attended) that you can share when someone asks you about your company. Pick out clothing that makes a great first impression. Styles vary by region and group, so select something you might wear to a client consultation.

Step 2: Plan

What do you want to accomplish at this event? Set goals for yourself, such as meeting five new people or three planners. If there is an RSVP list available, you should review it prior to the event so you know who will be attending and who you want to greet.

Step 3: Attend an Event

This one is simple but can be difficult for many people. Walk right up to a stranger and introduce yourself when you’re at a networking event. That’s why you’re there in the first place. Don’t waste a great opportunity by standing around. Be confident and friendly; even if you are new to the industry, it doesn’t mean you fell off the turnip truck, as the saying goes. You have insight and experience from other fields, so take advantage of what you already now.

Be careful not to come off as too pushy. Avoid shoving your portfolio in people’s faces. And don’t focus the conversation too much on what you do; be sure to ask people you meet to tell you about their business, and ask intelligent questions. People love to talk about themselves! You never know what you might have in common that could lead to a business relationship.

Step 4: Follow Up

After the event is over, don’t forget to follow up with the new people you met in your industry. You can do nothing and hope to see them again in four months at the next event (and hopefully remember their names). Or you can follow up immediately and put in the time and effort to develop a new relationship. Here are some options for following up with a new contact:

  • Call them the next day to invite them for after-work drinks or lunch.
  • Send them a handwritten note with your brochure, letting them know you enjoyed meeting them and look forward to working with them in the future.
  • Email a note inviting them out to lunch or drinks in the near future.

New photographers should try to network with new event vendors. Unlike seasoned pros, newbies will be more willing to give you time and attention simply because they are in the same boat as you.

Think of other newbies as part of your graduating class. It’s a great opportunity to build relationships with your peers, and three or four years later you will have grown up together in the business. These kinds of people can become your fiercest advocates, your close friends and your colleagues. If you align yourself with industry professionals who are as ambitious and hungry for business as you are, over time those relationships might blossom into incredible partnerships.

Plan for Success

  • Set goals for the event — e.g., “meet two new planners.”
  • Review the RSVP list to make note of who you want to connect with.
  • Consider some talking points (toot your horn).
  • Have a glass of wine if it helps to relax, but don’t overdo it.

Icebreakers

  • Do you know many people here?
  • What’s been your favorite wedding or event you’ve worked on so far?
  • What other events are you attending?
  • How long have you been in the industry?

Ask a planner to keep you in the loop about networking opportunities. Planners get invited to ALL the events and are often willing to pass along invites if you ask. When you are at an event, ask people what other events they are planning to go to during the next few weeks. This is a natural subject to talk about and you likely will learn about upcoming events you might not otherwise hear about.

1. Wear something unique that will help you stand out from the crowd. A friend of mine always wears bright yellow, as that is her signature color (and the color of her logo). She stands out in a sea of black.

2. Expect to invest 6 to 12 months networking before you get to know people and start feeling comfortable. Initially you should attend as many events as you can. Some of them will be great; others will be duds. Eventually you’ll feel like certain groups are more of a match for you, and then you can become more selective about which ones you attend. As I’ve emphasized repeatedly, it will take time to grow these relationships — but you must plant the seeds first.

3. Set a goal to meet three new people who will help you grow your business. Simply walk over and introduce yourself to someone. I always think of myself as “helping out” another shy person, and I’ve made some great connections this way. If there’s an online RSVP list, I’ll review the list prior to the event to see who’s coming and whether there’s anyone who I specifically want to meet. Avoid falling into the trap of hanging out with the same people all the time. We tend to gravitate toward the familiar, but you need to meet new people if you’re going to achieve your goals.

4. Create a follow-up plan after each event. Take notes on who you met and any other details you can remember. The next day, send an email saying you enjoyed meeting them. You also might want to mail them a promo packet if the contact seemed like a good match. Invite them to be friends on Facebook. If you’ve worked together in the past, offer to send them images.

5. After-parties. Often people will go out for drinks or lunch together after the event. This is where the best networking happens, so take advantage of these opportunities. Take it a step further by initiating this yourself.

6. If you have a photography brochure, keep a small stash in your car for when the need arises. I purposely carry a larger-size purse at networking events for holding a few brochures. I don’t hand them out to everyone, but I will if it seems like a good connection.

7. For organized events where there is a speaker or presentation, the best (and often only) networking time is the first 30 minutes, so be sure to be on time to maximize the opportunity.

8. The very best networking is at the exclusive invite-only events. These are smaller and more intimate, and often they’re celebrations or grand openings for a studio or the like. In order to be invited to these, you have to expand your network. Attend as many events as you can and talk with people, and eventually you will start getting invites to the private events.

9. Magazine parties. Magazines often have yearly parties for advertisers or potential advertisers, so be sure to get yourself on these invite lists — be persistent and submit to them often. These annual events are great for building relationships with magazine editors. It can take a couple of times, but eventually they will remember you.

Another reference related to networking is from an article featured on the digital photography school site.

4 Reasons Why Networking Is Critical to Going Pro

I have listed the most relevant extracts below:

Photography for the love of the craft is about creating images you love and inspiring others with your art. Photography as a way to earn a living is about getting clients—which means marketing yourself and your services. Many successful pros will tell you that professional photography is 20% photography and 80% marketing.

If you are thinking about going pro, it’s time to consider how you’ll market yourself. Traditional advertising is great for building general brand recognition, but not so great for making the phone ring. As a professional photographer, you will need dozens or hundreds of new clients each year, not brand recognition by thousands of consumers that aren’t hiring you. So the marketing method you choose is key to your success.

That’s where networking comes in. As an artist, you need contacts and referrals to clients. Networking is all about finding those key contacts and building long-term relationships with people who can give you business.

Networking is one of the best ways to get out there quickly and connect with people interested in business relationships. If you want to succeed, it’s crucial.

1. People do Business with People

You’ve probably heard the saying “people do business with people,” and it couldn’t be more true with photography. Once you step outside the mall portrait studio environment, photography becomes a very personal service. Clients need to connect with the person behind the camera, so it makes sense that successful photographers rely on networking to get personal referrals.

Networking is all about doing business with people. It’s not about a slick marketing message, a great tagline, or even being the most talented photographer in the room. It’s about authentically connecting with people who can become your clients and/or refer clients to you.

The focus is on building great personal relationships with people for the purpose of doing business together. What’s great about networking is you don’t need a fancy website, brochure, or other expensive collateral, so even if you are just getting established, you can start networking immediately. The most important ingredients to great networking are active listening, being genuinely interested in others, and following up.

2. You are your Brand

As a photographer and artist, you are your brand. Your talent is your eyes, in the way you see the world. Your product is not the paper your images are printed on; your product is your vision.

Getting an ad in print might show your work, but it doesn’t show you. When someone recommends you, they aren’t simply recommending the final output; they are recommending you as a person, your passion, your talent, your vision.

It’s the relationship you have with people that will lead them to refer you.

3. It’s the most Cost-Effective Strategy

Unlike many advertising strategies, networking costs very little. Many networking events are free, and others cost a nominal fee to attend, which is great for beginners and starving artists. Check meetup.com, your local chamber of commerce, and industry-related associations for upcoming networking events you can attend.

I’ve wasted thousands on magazine ads and online advertising packages that didn’t make the phone ring a single time. Networking, on the other hand, has been the foundation of my business. Over 70% of my clients come from referrals, which all goes back to networking.

To make networking pay off, you do have to invest time to attend events and follow up with people. If you are hungry for business, time shouldn’t be a problem.

4. Relationships are the Foundation of a Successful Business

Most successful photographers cite referrals as their best source of clients. Relationships are the key to a h3 referral network.

Once you’ve met a potential partner, it doesn’t stop there; it starts there. This is where a lot of people get confused and give up on networking before seeing results. You don’t just go to the event to collect business cards. You go to get to know people and to identify potential partners you might do business with. After the event, follow up and build relationships. By follow up, I mean a phone call, a note card, an invitation to meet for drinks. Get to know each other.

Once you’ve established a great relationship, it can lead to repeat business for you. Business contacts who are fans of your work have the ability to send many clients, particularly if you maintain the relationship.

Another point of reference I found discussed a list of essential and popular social networking sites that could be useful when aiming to self promote and/or share visual work through.

http://webtrends.about.com/od/socialnetworkingreviews/tp/Social-Networking-Sites.htm

1. Facebook

Facebook

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Not surprisingly, Facebook is the top social network on the web. It’s a thriving beast of a social networking site on the web with its massive userbase, but theories suggest that it’s struggling to maintain the interest of younger users and may be losing them to newer apps and social networks. Despite these troubles, Facebook still remains number one… at least for now.

2. Twitter

Twitter

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Like Facebook, Twitter has also changed for the better over the years of its existence and continues to expand in popularity. Centered around microblogging and a 140-character text limit, Twitter has become a popular social network of choice for mobile web users who own smartphones and tablet computers.

3. YouTube

YouTube

Photo © YouTube, LLC

Good old YouTube. Nothing quite compares to YouTube when it comes to video sharing. Although owned by Google, YouTube is still recognized as a separate social network all its own, and one that revolves entirely around video production, vlogging, movie-making and music sharing.

4. Instagram

Instagram

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Instagram has grown to be one of the most popular social networks for photo sharing that the mobile web has ever seen. It used to be exclusively limited to the iOS platform, but has since expanded toAndroid and, Windows Phone also the web.

5. Tumblr

Tumblr

Photo © Tumblr, Inc.

Tumblr is another form of microblogging, but unlike Twitter, it is heavily influenced by image sharing. You can follow other users and be followed back. “Reblogging” and “liking” is a popular way to interact. If you post great content, you might be surprised to see how many followers you can attract.

6. Pinterest

Pinterest

Photo © Pinterest

Pinterest is a young one in the world of social networking, but it’s growing up super fast. As the fastest standalone site ever to reach 10 million monthly unique visits, its beautiful and intuitive pinboard-style platform is definitely turning heads online.

7. Google+

Google+

Photo © Google, Inc.

As it made its debut in the early summer of 2011, Google+ was the fastest growing social network the web has ever seen. It seems as if Google has finally created something that people are actually excited to use – unlike previously failed attempts at jumping on the social media bandwagon with projects like Google Wave and Google Buzz.

8. LinkedIn

LinkedIn

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Known as the social network where professionals can connect, LinkedIn is right behind Facebook and Twitter. Individuals can promote themselves and their businesses, make connections with other professionals, interact in group discussions, post job ads or apply for jobs.

9. Reddit

Reddit

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Reddit has a very strong and closely knit community. If you do nothing but promote your own stuff on Reddit, you probably won’t be making anyone very happy over there. Submitted links to content get voted up or down by users. Links that receive the most upvotes will get pushed to the first page where the potential for viewership is huge.

10. Foursquare

Foursquare

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Location-based social networking is hot right now, and Foursquare is where it’s all at. The idea here is to download the mobile app for iPhone or Android and check-in to venues that you visit. It’s a fun way to compete with you friends for points and badges, while also gaining the opportunity to save with some places that incorporate Foursquare deals into their business.

 

11. StumbleUpon

StumbleUpon

Photo © StumbleUpon

StumbleUpon is channel surfing for the web. You simply choose specific categories of interest and press “Stumble!” to load a new page or website for you to view. You can submit your own pages, like other pages, and growing a following.

12. Path

Path

Photo © Path, Inc.

Path is another little social network that as yet to catch on like some of the other big ones, but still has huge potential. As of now, it’s entirely mobile based. Path was designed to connect you to only your closest friends and family members.

The final reference I found was an article highlighting potentially useful social media marketing tools.

24 Must-Have Social Media Marketing Tools

I have highlighted some of the most relevant and potentially useful examples below:

#1: Unlock to Share Plugin

My favorite social marketing tool of all time is the unlock to share plugin. What is it? It’s a simple plugin that “unlocks” additional content when your web visitors share your stuff on FacebookTwitter or Google+.

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Make your site go viral by requiring the user to share your link to unlock content.

Why is this so valuable? Well, today everyone has a Like button on their site. But if you want your audience to share your stuff, you need to give them a little incentive! That’s exactly what this plugin does.

In my most recent experiment, I had 452 people land on a page where they hadaccess to royalty-free music they could use in their videos. If you shared the post, I gave you an additional five music tracks. Out of those 452 visitors, 379 shared to unlock those five extra songs!  That’s 84%!

These unlock to share plugins are everywhere. The one I used was found over onCodeCanyon.

#3: Commun.it

I use Commun.it to help build and nurture relationships with supporters, influencers and potential customers on Twitter.

The basic service, which is free, keeps track of your most valuable followers and interactions, rolling up the data into an action-driven dashboard. One glance and you’ll know whom to follow, whom to thank and to whom you need to respond—all of which you can do directly within the tool.

Another big plus: You can quickly spot your most active conversation buddies. Commun.it tallies up the number of exchanges between you and other Tweeters, indicating whether or not you’re following each other.

communit

Commun.it rolls up your data into an action-driven dashboard.

In addition to the dashboard, Commun.it has reporting functionality. I love the way it lists hard-to-find stats in one handy place, including new followers, the handles of who stopped following you, RTs of your content, direct messages and total reach.

Commun.it also records this social activity for your Twitter handle, so you can keep tabs on your own contributions and connections in the Twitterverse.

Shelly Lucas, senior marketing manager and leader of social media at Dun & Bradstreet.

#4: YouTube’s Audience Retention Report

You’ve probably read that YouTube search is now optimized for time watched. Effective YouTube marketing demands that we understand (and create better videos based on) how our videos are watched, at least as much as we “optimize” them for SEO, etc.  Those “gurus” who tell you to buy thousands of 5-second views to bump up your view count … yes, that does the search damage you always knew it would.

This is why audience retention is the new view count.

The new Audience Retention Report in YouTube is, without a doubt, the most important social media marketing tool to come around in a long time.  You can now see what kind of retention you’re getting from your videos and how it compares to everyone else’s.  Want to get to the top of the results?  Study this Audience Retention Report like a hawk and update your video making strategies accordingly.

#5: Cyfe

While there are a number of enterprise-level listening and monitoring tools available to assist brands, a new tool that I’ve been a fan of is Cyfe. It provides visibility into social channel and search metrics that typically only admins of those channels/tools have access to.

all in one business dashboard cyfe

Cyfe is an all-in-one dashboard that helps you monitor and analyze data scattered across all of your online services.

For example, we’re able to set up a visual real-time dashboard forGoToMeeting, which provides brand-specific Facebook Insights data, YouTube AnalyticsTwitter and Twitter Search information, SEOMozGoogle TrendsGoogle Analytics and a number of other social or search data points.

As a social media team, we’re often asked for such information from team members who are curious about the community, channel interactions and other related questions. Cyfe has enabled to us to make that data easily accessible to our team members.

Going one step beyond social and search, Cyfe also enables you to bring in your CRM, email marketing and blog data, with new integrations shipping on a regular basis.

Justin Levystrategic advisor on all social media activities at Citrix Online and editor-in-chief of Workshifting.com.

#6: Cloze

The newest tool that I’m most excited about is Cloze, recommended to me by Jascha Kaykas-Wolff of Mindjet.

Imagine an aggregation and curation system for your social network and that’s what Cloze provides. I’m able to view the activity of people by date in my network and then check them off, respond to them, like them or retweet them directly from the Cloze interface.

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Cloze helps you increase your interaction with those most important to you.

It’s absolutely genius and is already saving me tons of time, increasing my interaction with those most important to me and reducing the clutter and wasted time of having five channels open that I’m constantly trying to stay abreast of. This is the inbox of the future! Cloze is currently in beta.

Douglas Karr, founder and chief blogger at the Marketing Technology Blog, founder of DK New Media (an inbound marketing agency) and author of Corporate Blogging for Dummies.

#7: AgoraPulse

There is no shortage of social media marketing tools these days, that’s for sure. But despite the overwhelming number of tools out there, it’s still very difficult to find the ones that will really deliver while remaining accessible for a small-business budget.

When it comes to managing our Facebook Page, I’ve been very impressed withAgoraPulse. It focuses on Facebook (at least for now), but provides everything your Facebook Page will ever need.

In addition to contest and promotion applications that are a “must-have” for every Facebook Page, AgoraPulse offers unique features that really make a difference, such as:

  • Detailed benchmark with competitors
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    AgoraPulse shows you a detailed benchmark with your competitors.

  • Fan ranking and qualification
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    The fan management feature shows you fan ranking and qualification.

  • Advanced statistics and personalized content recommendations
    agorapulse

    You can also track average users reached by day of week.

They also offer a ton of other great features such as advanced statistics, automated moderation and even admin rights and workflow management. These are the kind of features that used to be only available in expensive enterprise-level solutions. Getting access to such advanced and useful features for a price that every small businesses can afford does make a big difference.

Aaron Kahlow, CEO of Online Marketing Connect and chairman and founder of the Online Marketing Summit and its related educational arm, the Online Marketing Institute.

#10: Reachli

Reachli (formerly known as Pinerly) is the hottest new Pinterest analytics tool. Similar to Facebook and Twitter apps such as Buffer and HootSuite, Reachli allows users to pre-schedule pins and view feedback data such as click-through rates and number of repins. Creating social campaigns on Reachli is easy with its clean and simplified design.

Although the site is optimal for Pinterest analytics, it also allows users to post on any social platform and benefit from similar analyses. Boasting comprehensive capabilities, Reachli is an ideal page-management tool for any brand or community manager.

pinerly analytics

Reachli helps you understand what works and what doesn’t to help you optimize your posts.

Social media analytics are essential in providing users with optimal content, as well as discovering hard data to support social initiatives. Offering real-time analytics and best practices data, Reachli helps you optimize your Pinterest content based on the analysis of click-through rates and repin feedback. This beneficial information can result in more effective scheduling and more engaging content.

For a low cost, brands can also employ Reachli advertising, a service that uses a unique algorithm to match content with its most relevant online audience across the social sphere. As Pinterest grows in popularity, brands will find the capabilities of Reachli to be extremely beneficial in most effectively leveraging the social platform.

Dave Kerpen, cofounder and CEO of Likeable, author of Likeable Social Media and the forthcoming Likeable Business.

#12: Buffer

Buffer is to social media marketers like what a wand is to Harry Potter—it’s one of the coolest and most useful social media tools I’ve ever used.

As you know, in order to benefit from social media platforms like FacebookTwitterand LinkedIn, you have to actively be posting things—an account with no life is not going to be very interesting to those who follow it. With Buffer, you can schedule your tweets and posts ahead of time and create a consistent social media presence on your accounts.

Often, I’ll schedule a week’s worth of tweets, which will automatically drive traffic back to my site or keep my audience engaged throughout the week, without lifting a finger.

Of course, it’s best practice to follow up with those who reply and you may have specific time-sensitive tweets to share in between your scheduled posts, but anything that allows me to be more efficient in my business and ensure that I am posting stuff when I might not have the time otherwise is gold in my opinion.

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With Buffer App, you can schedule your tweets and posts ahead of time and create a consistent social media presence on your accounts.

In addition, the team behind Buffer is always friendly, responsive and looking to improve, which speaks highly about the tool and what kind of company created it, and where it’s headed in the future.

Pat Flynn, founder of the Smart Passive Income Blog.

#13: SocialToaster

I’m excited to see some of the advancements in using social media to increase brand advocacy. SocialToaster is making great strides in combining gamification for sharing brand-related content with superfans to drive reach and engagement.

Brands like QuickenLoansJustFab and the Baltimore Ravens are leveraging these tools to connect with fans in an authentic and mutually beneficial way to increase brand loyalty and advocacy. It’s exciting to see social media used in a way that drives and enhances brand passion.

step by step social toaster

You can use SocialToaster to amplify your message.

Nichole Kelly, president of SME Digital, a division of Social Media Explorer and author of How to Measure Social Media: A Step-By-Step Guide to Developing and Assessing Social Media ROI.

#15: LinkedIn’s Skills and Expertise Page

What if there was a social media tool that could tell you:

  • The best keywords to use in your social profiles?
  • Who the key influencers are and how to get in touch with them?
  • The exact companies you should be targeting with your particular skill set? What kinds of groups you should join for optimal relationship-building?
  • What companies you should work for and who you know at those companies?

Of course by now you’ve probably guessed that I’m talking about LinkedIn. But the tool I’m talking about in particular is LinkedIn’s Skills and Expertise page. After entering “Facebook Marketing” in the search box there, this is what came up:

linked in skills

The LinkedIn Skills and Expertise page helps you find experts in different fields.

Keywords: “Related Skills” show up on the left-hand side of the Skills page when you search for a skill to add to your LinkedIn profile. Think of them as relevant keywords. LinkedIn will also show you the popularity of those particular keywords (the higher the number, the more people are using that skill) Hint: Use the less popular skills too!

Influencers: LinkedIn will show you the influencers in your particular skill set by name, picture and title. It will show you how you’re connected to them. If they are a first-degree connection, send them a message. For a second-degree connection, ask for an introduction. Outside of your immediate network? You can still reach them through InMail or a shared group. What a powerful way to build your network and find mentors or advisers!

Companies, Groups and Jobs: The Skills page will also highlight the companies, jobs and groups that are recognized by LinkedIn as being relevant to your skill set. This can save you an enormous amount of time when you’re looking for companies to offer your services to, for groups to engage with to build your strategic relationships or jobs that will suit you. And of course, because this is LinkedIn, you’ll see who is already in your network and can give you access to that company, group or job!

Skills is truly a doorway into stronger connections and better business.

Viveka von Rosen, known internationally as the “LinkedIn Expert” and author of LinkedIn Marketing: An Hour a Day.

#18: Crowdbooster

What if you had a system that informed you exactly when your best times to tweet are in order to reach the maximum audience, based on how your followers respond? And what if the system showed you the Klout scores of new influential followers so you can follow up? And how about spotlighting @mentions that you hadn’t responded to yet?

Look no further than Crowdbooster!

crowdbooster

Crowdbooster always shows your best times to tweet at the top of the dashboard. The times are adjusted as your followers respond.

But this awesome tool doesn’t just analyze Twitter. You can also dig into your Facebook Fan Page metrics to analyze your top posts, number of impressions, fan growth, top fans and more. You can even schedule posts via Crowdbooster for both Twitter and Facebook.

crowdbooster

Crowdbooster displays colorful “bubbles” showing how well your tweets (and Facebook posts) are doing. Hover over any bubble for more information as shown in the black box.

You get one Twitter account and one Facebook Page for free. Upgrade levels include up to 10 or 30 total social accounts (currently only Twitter and Facebook Pages) for a reasonable fee. Give it a try and see what you think.

crowdbooster

See at-a-glance metrics for follower growth, influential followers, retweets and more.

The nice thing about Crowdbooster is the team is super helpful, friendly and approachable… and they’re always iterating, so stay tuned for even more awesome features in the pipeline!

Mari Smith, leading social media strategist and premier Facebook marketing expert. Co-author of Facebook Marketing: An Hour a Day and author of The New Relationship Marketing.

#19: Lithium

We use Lithium for our new community platform. Its phenomenal capabilities allow for a lean team to rally users, influencers and our own associates to participate. From an organic growing knowledge base through the ability to reward frequent contribution, it is state of the art with WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) functionality and a truly object-oriented environment that makes it easy for a layman to customize.

lithium

Lithium helps companies unlock the passions of their customers to build brand advocacy, drive sales, reduce service costs and accelerate innovation.

Lithium also has the capability to do private moderation areas so we can all learn what FAQs need answers, solution creation both by us and by users to populate the knowledge base with good content and the ability to co-create content with guest bloggers.

Kat Smith, director of social media and commerce at Petco.

#22: Facebook Pages Manager App

My favorite social media tool is the Facebook Pages Manager App. This tool allows me to manage multiple pages while on the go. Not only can I post, comment and engage with my fans on multiple pages, but this app does so much more. I’m also able to create Facebook Offers directly from the app, which allows me to promote my programs and services anytime, anywhere.

In addition, I can instantly get a greater reach for my most important posts by buyingPromoted Posts on-the-go directly from my mobile phone.

facebook pages manager app

This is what it looks like to buy Promoted Posts via a mobile phone using the Facebook Pages Manager app.

With these features, I can make real-time decisions for my pages based on my fans activity and my current marketing goals. If you’re like me and often on the move, this app is one you don’t want to go without!

Amy Porterfield, co-author of Facebook Marketing All-in-One for Dummies and a social media strategist.

#23: Vocus

One of my favorite social media tools is Vocus. Vocus is a suite that helps manage your social media profiles, monitor what is happening in real time and other key functions.

One of the key elements that makes it different than other services is that it incorporates the very popular Help A Reporter Out (HARO) website. HARO is a site where reporters can post their requests for information and interviews anonymously, and where you can respond. If it’s a good fit, the reporter contacts you. It’s a great way to get additional free PR. Combined with the rest of Vocus’s platform capabilities, this provides a powerful one-two punch.

Michael Crossonfounder and publisher of SocialMediopolis.com and founder of the fourth-largest LinkedIn group, “The Social Media Marketing Group.” 

Overall, I feel that progression of these relevant insights has allowed to develop a significant level of information and ideas about approaches to self promotion, how this can be achieved and why it is important and other more specific areas of marketing such as branding, networking within which I found that there were a variety of potential sites and a variety of tools that be utilised to maximise an online presence.

As a result, I feel as though research has provided me with a variety of priorities and approaches to consider when undertaking this process and building my business plan.

Photos: Landscapes – Thirlmere

Another shoot in which I produced a variety of rural landscape images was during my visit to Thirlmere. Again, this was a rather large water source that supplies the North West with water.

Thirlmere is a location I’ve visited on multiple occasions, often when staying in the Lake District. Generally, it one of the quieter spaces in this area and at times was difficult to photograph due to limited parking spots or clearings.

However, during United Utilities recent changes to Thirlmere in a effort to boost its tourism, there has been a significant increase in its public accessibility through an increase of parking areas.

From this, I developed a variety of different compositions following different sides of the lake. Both cloudy and sunny in different intervals, lead to concentrated breaks in the clouds, encouraging a definitive light sources that highlighted different elements of the frame. In this, I tried to represent its geology, scale and flow.

Overall, I feel that this was a successful shoot for developing landscape images.

I will update my progress.

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Photos: Landscapes – Haweswater Reservoir

In the continuation of exploring rural areas during my NMP, I visited Haweswater Reservoir, an incredibly large water catchment in the Lake District that supplies most of the North West’s water usage.

For this, I produced a significant amount of landscape images representing the reservoirs distinctive physical attributes; scale, design, flow, rurality as well as its surrounding features within very favourable photographic conditions. This created very scenic backdrop for the subject matter, especially in terms of colour contrast – cool blues of the water against the warm colours of the local geological features and tree coverage.

The result was a series of landscapes that represented its organic beauty and separation from much of mankind’s influence, whilst acknowledging the man made characteristics that shape its function and purpose.

Overall, I think that this was a successful shoot in terms of developing landscape imagery.

I will update my progress.

 

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Photos: Landscapes – Wet Sleddale Reservoir/Shap Falls

Whilst visiting rural areas of Cumbria for my NMP, I undertook two different shoots of Wet Sleddale Reservoir.

I felt that this was location that might produce a fairly distinct series of landscape images for use in my portfolio.

My first shoot offered some limitations in terms of available light and weather conditions. This offered a defined backdrop for the falls but it didn’t reflect a great deal of detail upon the qualities of water source itself. As a result, the images didn’t quite have the impact I wanted.

However, my second shoot proved to be far more successful in this sense, representing a variety of distinct elements upon both sides of the falls and overall structure; interaction and scale (people), power and flow (overflow) as well as the design and function of the reservoir, as well as consideration for its surrounding environmental features (farmhouse, industrial mill). The generous lighting conditions proved to be far more complementary to the tones, colours and overall contrast of these features within each composition.

Overall, I think my second shoot offered a strong set of landscape images that might form part of my ongoing portfolio.

I will update my progress.

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Research: Potential Courses or Training Opportunities for Environmental/Conservation Work

For this post, I decided to consider another one of my intended objectives, considerations for potential courses, training or general events or opportunities that might further my knowledge of conservation and/or environmental areas.

Firstly, I found a very helpful website site that listed potential course or training opportunities related to varying environmental areas.

http://www.environmentjob.co.uk/

From this, I found a few potential options to consider for further refining my knowledge of ecology.

 

http://www.environmentjob.co.uk/course/48403-survey-techniques-for-protected-species

This position covered a broad scope of knowledge related to working with protected species and was available to entry level applicants.

Course: Survey Techniques for Protected Species

Organisation: Acorn Ecology Ltd
Location: Exeter
Course type: Other
Date: 2nd-3rd June 2014
Contact telephone: 01392 366512
Contact email: training@acornecology.co.uk

Our ‘Survey Techniques for Protected Species’ course is aimed at anyone who feels they lack the necessary field skills to succeed in an ecological job. The course gives an introduction into a range of survey techniques, relevant to both conservation and consultancy.

All of our beginner level courses are field based and are led by practicing ecologists.

During this course we will undertake the following activities.

• Reptile surveys
• Dormouse nest-tube survey
• Bat walk
• Badgers (visiting a sett)
• Walkover otter survey
• Mammal tracks & signs
• Presentation about water voles and great crested newts

Please visit our website for more information about this course and the other ecology courses that we run.

 

http://www.environmentjob.co.uk/course/49122-forest-skills-conservation

Another broader training position was this listing, which relates to forest ecology skills that range from variety of useful, practical principles when considering conservation work or identifying and/or tracking wildlife for photographic subjects.

 

Course: Forest Skills Conservation

Organisation: Trees for Life
Location: Scottish Highlands
Course type: Short Course
Date: Various: April – October 2014
Cost: £61 – £263
Website: www.treesforlife.org.uk
Contact name: Jo Fanning
Contact telephone: 01309 691292
Contact email: jo@treesforlife.org.uk

Trees for Life is expanding its popular Conservation Weeks programme with two exciting new specialist conservation skills courses. Forest Skills Weeks offer a unique opportunity to restore the Caledonian Forest whilst increasing your own knowledge and skills.

On Forest Ecology Weeks you will learn wildlife identification and survey skills from our expert instructors whilst gaining hands-on experience in practical conservation techniques. The course will include tree planting, identification of trees, bird song, wildlife tracks, scats and other field signs, and biodiversity surveys in the Glen Affric National Nature Reserve.

On our Forest Horticulture Week you will have the chance to help conserve some of our rarest species, from the woolly willow which only grows in 12 places in the UK, to dwarf birch, a little-known but important part of the montane shrub community in the Highlands. You will practise techniques such as sowing seed, pricking out seedlings and planting in root-trainer trays, and take part in experimental work to propagate rare species such as aspen and dwarf willows.

Whether you want to gain experience to kick-start a career in conservation, or just want to expand your ecological or horticultural knowledge, these weeks offer the perfect opportunity to get up close to nature and increase your skill base in the beautiful Scottish Highlands.

http://www.treesforlife.org.uk/tfl.ww_workforestskills.html

 

I also found another site that provided a few different courses and training opportunities to consider. This formed either long distance learning, part time, full time and online courses that would be flexible around other commitments.

http://www.trainingandcourses.com/

This covered a range of relevant subject areas:

Subject

  • All Conservation and Protection Of Specific Environments
  • Coastal Conservation and Protection
  • Habitat Management
  • Marine Wildlife Conservation and Protection
  • Marine and Coastal Conservation and Protection
  • Nature Conservation and Protection (Land)
  • Nature Reserve Management
  • Tropical Rain Forests Conservation and Protection
  • Wildlife Conservation and Protection

From this, I have highlighted a variety of examples which I felt were potential considerations for develop this knowledge or practical skill set, either in a broader sense or focused upon more specific aspects.

With this, I am also reflecting upon either methods of focusing upon particular core skill sets that feel would enable me greater access to environmental/conservation work or a means of narrowing down upon a specific subject area that interests me as a ecological field.

In addition, I am using this as exercise to see what is available to study and what costs are associated with such training, I will also need to consider how this might relate to available positions or opportunities.

 

Wildlife Conservation

Adl – Academy For Distance Learning

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Study level: Intermediate
Course description

There are 10 lessons:

  1. Introduction to Wildlife Conservation
    • Terminology
    • Biodiversity indicators
    • Threatening processes – habitat fragmentation, habitat degradation and loss, soil degradation, erosion, pollution, unsustainable harvesting, invasive species, climate change, population isolation and disease.
    • Important concepts – ecology, ecosystem, biome, conservation values, biological diversity, genetic drift, habitat, life span, wildlife movement and wildlife management.
    • The need for wildlife conservation
    • What is wildlife conservation
  2. Recovery of Threatened Species
    • Public involvement
    • Translocation
    • Captive breeding
    • Research a€“ population growth, habitat use and conservation genetics
    • Habitat Conservation a€“ identifying critical habitat and protecting habitat
    • Recovery of species and threat management
    • Species vulnerability to endangerment
    • Loss of species a categories of risk
  3. Habitat Conservation
    • The Role of Protected Areas a levels of protection, approaches to reserve selection and limitation of reserves.
    • The Role of GIS in Conservation
    • Habitat Rehabilitation a implementing a land management program, determining objectives, determining a program
    • Restoration Ecology a€“ creating habitat corridors, situating corridors, types of corridors, edge effects
    • Creating Habitats
    • Habitat Fragmentation
    • Species Richness
    • Habitat Use
    • Types of Habitat a eg. temperate and tropical forests, woodland, tundra and mangrove habitats
Entry requirements: None – Available to All

http://www.trainingandcourses.com/all/aquaculture-marine/53132688/details.html

Aquaculture – Marine

ACS Distance Education

Study level: Intermediate
Course description
There are 11 lessons in this course that contain: Aquaculture Production Systems – What is Mariculture, Purposes of mariculture, Classification of culture systems, Extensive production (Ep), Intensive production (Ip), Classifications based on system input, Open systems (off-shore and near-shore), Semi-closed systems, Closed systems (on shore), Common culture method for each marine category, Cage culture, Cage design: Floating flexible, floating rigid, semi-submersible and submersible, Hanging Culture: Raft and suspended trays, Long-line culture, Vertical or rack culture, Bottom culture: Bottom sowing and cultch lines, Stone, stake culture, net and umbrella culture, Semi-enclosed: flow through tanks, Closed Systems (CAS): Recirculating, raceways, and inland ponds; Starting a Marine Aquaculture (Mariculture) Business – Economics of establishing and running a farm, The need for a feasibility study, Economic analysis, Requisites for establishing a business, Factors to consider, Industry competition, Availability of leased and quotas, Economy of scale, Site selection and water quality, Properties of salt water, Water quality management, Environmental impacts, Food chain problems, Using wild broodstock, Nutrient pollution, Chemical pollution, Spreading pathogens, Escapes, Habitat effects, Managing environmental impacts, Improving the genetic quality of fish, Biotechnology; Choosing a Species – Choosing a marketable species, What information is available, Understand your competition before selecting a species, Common mariculture species, Selection criteria, Climate, Water resource, Finance, Scale of operation, Market demand and access, Availability of animals, Risk considerations, Product markets, Product, price and promotion; Finfish – Industry overview, Types of mariculture, Broodstock or seed supply, Growout, Commonly cultured species, Tuna, Atlantic salmon, Steelhead Salmon (Saltwater rainbow trout), Yellowtail like Japanese Amberjack, Sea Bass, Gilt-head sea bream, Water quality management; Crustaceans – Industry overview, Types of mariculture, Broodstock or seed supply, Growout, Commonly cultivated species, Penaeid shrimp (prawn), Graspid Crabs, Lobster; Molluscs and Echinoderms – Industry overview – mollusks, Types of bivalve culture, Broodstock or seed supply, Growout, Abalone, Oysters, Cultured mussels, Scallops, Giant clams, Industry overview – echinoderms, Types of mariculture, Breedstock or seed supply, Growout, Commonly cultivated species, Sea Urchins, Sea cucumbers; Seaweeds and Aquatic Algae – Industry overview, Types of mariculture, Broodstock or seed supply, Land-based cultivation systems, Tanks, Ponds, Sea cultivation, Farming methods, Vegetative cultivation, Cultivation involving a reproductive cycle, Commonly cultivated species, Laminaria japonica, Porphyra sp., Undaria sp, Eucheuma seaweed; Pharmaceuticals – Pharmaceutical value of marine organisms, Examples of species used in marine biotechnology, Sea urchin, Sea cucumber, Marine sponges, Seaweeds like algae; Diet Formulation and feeding – Feeding strategies, Nil input, Water fertilization, Supplementary feeding, Complete diet feeding, Fish feed, Feeding and feed components, Environmental problems associated with fish feeding, Mycotoxins in feeds, Aflatoxins, Ochratoxins, Fumonisins, Trichothecenes, Managing mycotoxins in prepared feeds; Health Management – Diseases and Parasites – Causes of disease, Health management and mitigation strategies, Treatment of diseases and parasites, General principles, Common signs that fish are unhealthy, Common diseases of finfish, Emerging pathogens, Common diseases of crustaceans, Common diseases of bivalves like molluscs; Harvest and Post Harvest Handling – Examples of product forms, Harvest or post harvest handling of selected species.
Entry requirements: None

Course options

Starting How long Days you attend Tutor Where Class info Price
Distance course
Any time
Variable – to suit the learner No attendance for this course
Gareth Pearce
This is a distance learning course

Not specified

£325.00
per course

 

http://www.trainingandcourses.com/all/level-3-conservation-award/50201094/details.html

Level 3 Conservation Award

Stonebridge College

Study level: Advanced
Course description
Man is creating an urban environment where so many goods are being concentrated that consumer desire, comparable to predatory instinct, is being over stimulated.From the moment a child can hear a radio or watch a television, this instinct is being stimulated and exploited by loud, noisy radio and television advertisements and garish neon signs and posters. These adverts do not merely beg person to buy, they aim to convince people that they need these things and cannot possibly live without them. This is the outcome of mass production that must find avenues to sell the goods. True, these methods create employment, but the fact remains, they are using up the earth’s animal and mineral resources at an alarming rate.

About Conservation

Conservation is the wise use of the earth’s resources, so that they can support, or sustain, the generations yet to come. This can be done in many ways and in different situations.

Entry requirements: None

Course options

Starting How long Days you attend Tutor Where Class info Price
Online course
Any time
Self paced No attendance for this course Self taught You study this on your computer

Not specified

£309.99
per course

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http://www.trainingandcourses.com/all/btec-level-3-subsidiary-diploma-diploma-routes-in-conservation-and-game-management/54625712/details.html

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma / Diploma (Routes in Conservation and Game Management)

Myerscough College

Study level: Advanced
Course description
The Subsidiary Diploma is a one-year, six-unit, course broadly equivalent to one A Level. Students can choose either to follow“habitat conservation” or a “game management” route. Both options follow the same first year units and provide a solid grounding in freshwater and wetland management, pest and predator control, estate skills, land-based machinery options and the principals of wildlife populations, ecology and conservation. An investigative project provides the opportunity to research a specific topic related to countryside management. Both options enable students to learn about fishery management as well as completing a work experience placement in the countryside sector.  Students who successfully complete the Subsidiary Diploma can, if they wish, progress directly to the second year of the Diploma.
Entry requirements: Students need 4 GCSEs at Grade C or above (including English Language), or an Intermediate Level course (e.g. Level 2 Diploma at Pass including at least one Key Skill at Level 2), or equivalent qualifications. A keen interest in countryside and the environment is also needed.

Course options

Starting How long Days you attend Tutor Where Class info Price
Mon 1st Sep 2014 1 year Full time Not specified Preston,
PR3 0RY

Not specified

Free
Please check with provider

http://www.trainingandcourses.com/all/camera-trapping-for-wildlife-conservation-and-management/55494020/details.html

Camera Trapping for Wildlife Conservation & Management

NatureSpy

Study level: Beginner
Course description

This course gives thorough knowledge of camera trapping for scientific and management uses, as well as how to organise projects and lead teams.
It is suitable for managers, project leaders, or those looking to run camera trap projects anywhere in the world. It is also open to students and individuals looking to work with camera traps now or in the future.
Course objective:
To provide managers and volunteer leaders working in the field of wildlife conservation and management with a good functioning knowledge of the theoretical and practical uses of cameras traps and to use this knowledge to lead and train their team.
Modules:
Pioneers & Early Development
Uses in Management & Conservation
Scientific Study by Camera Trap
How Camera Traps Work
Managing Health & Safety in Rural Locations
How to Lead Your Team
Practical module: Practical Use of Camera Traps
Entry requirements: No entry requirements

Finally, I also came across a very concise and helpful site, that looked specifically as short and long course training in environmental/conservation fields.

http://www.countryside-jobs.com/Training/short_courses.htm

Upon inspecting short courses, there was a very in depth categorisation from which to specify what aspects of training you wanted to consider:

Administrative and Office skills: This includes areas such as software training; guide to Planning; contract management skills; budgeting, wildlife legislation, fundraising techniques but not basic skills training (literacy and numeracy etc.).

Community Engagement and Environmental EducationThat’s being trained in how to deliver community events and environmental education not the actual events themselves

Country Craft Courses This section covers craft courses which can be anything using traditional skills.

Countryside Management Techniques: The theory behind the use of the technique, see the Practical Skills pages for courses in how to apply these techniques.

First Aid, Risk Assessment and other Health & Safety related courses.

Horticulture and Small Holding:  Practical and theoretical training in gardening, permaculture and small holding.

Identification and Field Survey Skills – Mammals: Practical training in how to find and identify mammals, also training in survey techniques and classifications.

Identification and Field Survey skills – Ornithology: Practical training in how to identify and handle birds, also training in survey techniques and classifications including ringing licences

Identification and Field Survey Skills – Plants and Habitats: Practical training in how to identify higher and lower orders of plants, how to classify vegetation groups, also survey techniques. This page details courses where a full habitat is considered.

Identification and Field Survey Skills – Herpetology, Fish and Invertebrates: Practical training in how to identify, classify and survey reptiles amphibians, fish and invertebrates.  This is sort of how to ID everything else not considered above!

Photography: Practical training and theoretical workshops on digital photography and image manipulation. With an emphasis on landscape photography and the use of photography as a tool in identification.

Practical Countryside Skills: Training in the practical aspects of countryside management techniques such as dry stone walling and hedge laying.

Practical Countryside Skills – Machinery: Courses on the use and maintenance of machinery, includes driving courses

Practical Work Days: Spend a day or more helping to manage an area, conserve a species, improve habitats and gain experience in the practical skills required.

At this stage, I decided to focus upon general examples of identification and field survey skills, as well as photography training days. I skipped ahead to May’s event or  later, as this is likely the first reasonable starting point I would have to implement or act upon these situations/training opportunities.

http://www.countryside-jobs.com/Training/short_IDmammal.htm

May 2014

09/05/2014    Riversearch – Water Voles    1 day

Abbotts Hall Farm,  Essex Wildlife Trust.   Contact:  01621 862960, admin@essexwt.org.ukwww.essexwt.org.uk

09/05/2014    Surveying Wildlife – an Introduction to Watching and Recording Wildlife for Survey Projects     1 day

FSC Epping Forest, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

09/05/2014    Ecology of the Hazel Dormouse    1 day

Wadhurst, Sussex Wildlife Trust.   Contact: 01273 497561,   www.sussexwildlifetrust.org.uk/whatson

10/05/2014    The Life & Times of the Badger    1 day

Rusper, Sussex Wildlife Trust.   Contact: 01273 497561,   www.sussexwildlifetrust.org.uk/whatson

10/05/2014 Hedgehog Ecology & Management for Practitioners 1 day

Brackenhurst Campus, Southwell,  PTES.    Contact:  020 7498 4533,   http://ptes.org/?page=488

12/05/2014    An evening with Bats    evening

Henfield,  Sussex Wildlife Trust.   Contact: 01273 497561,   www.sussexwildlifetrust.org.uk/whatson

14/05/2014    Protected species surveying techniques- Red Sqirrel    1 day

Perthshire The Conservation Volunteers    Contact: 01786 479697 http://bit.ly/TCVScotlandTrg

15/05/2014    Bat Ecology & Conservation    1 day

Juniper Hall FSC, Surrey, Bat Conservation Trust.   Contact: 020 7820 7165, training@bats.org.ukwww.bats.org.uk/training

15/05/2014    Dormouse Survey Course    1 day

Belfairs Visitor Centre, Essex Wildlife Trust.   Contact:  01621 862960, admin@essexwt.org.ukwww.essexwt.org.uk

16/05/2014    Water Vole Survey Techniques    1 day

Hampshire Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust    Contact: 01489 774406 courses@hiwwt.org.uk www.hiwwt.org.uk

16/05/2014    An evening with Bats    evening

Lewes, Sussex Wildlife Trust.   Contact: 01273 497561,   www.sussexwildlifetrust.org.uk/whatson

16/05/2014    Mammal Identification    3 days

FSC Juniper Hall, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

16/05/2014    Identification of Bats    4 days

FSC Preston Montford, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

16/05/2014    Understanding British Mammals I: Gnawers, Nibblers & Insect Crunchers (SELL)    3 days

Lampeter, Ceredigion, Denmark Farm.   Contact: http://www.denmarkfarm.org.uk/events/

17/05/2014    Open Your Ears – Identifying Bats using a Bat Detector    1 day

Egleton, Leicestershire & Rutland Wildlife Trust.   Contact: 01572 653024, sarahproud@rutlandwater.org.ukwww.rutlandwater.org.uk

20/05/2014    Using Bat Detectors    1 day

Clumber Park, Notts, Bat Conservation Trust.   Contact: 020 7820 7165, training@bats.org.ukwww.bats.org.uk/training

21/05/2014    Parc Slip Bat Walk    evening

Parc Slip Wildlife Trust Visitor Centre, Wildlife Trust of South & West Wales.   Contact: 01656 724100,  r.revera@welshwildlife.org,www.welshwildlife.org

21/05/2014    Bat Handling    2 days

Central Belt, Scotland, Echoes Ecology Ltd.   Contact: 0870 234 0002, http://echoesecology.co.uk/training.php

22/05/2014    Tracks & Signs Workshop    1 day

Midhurst, Acorn Ecology Ltd.   Contact: 01392 366512, training@acornecology.co.ukwww.ecologytraining.co.uk

30/05/2014    Understanding British Mammals II: Predators & Hunters (SELL)    3 days

Lampeter, Ceredigion, Denmark Farm.   Contact: http://www.denmarkfarm.org.uk/events/

 

June 2014

02/06/2014    Survey Techniques for Protected Species    2 days

Exeter, Acorn Ecology Ltd.   Contact:  01392 366512,  info@acornecology.co.ukwww.ecologytraining.co.uk

04/06/2014    Fenland Wildlife and the Beaver Project     1 day

Ham Fenn Nature Reserve near Sandwich, Kent Wildlife Trust.   Contact: 01622 662012, www.kentwildlifetrust.org.uk

05/06/2014    Bat Detectors and Sound Analysis    2 days

FSC Malham Tarn, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

05/06/2014    Bat Detectors and Sound Analysis    2 days

Malham Tarn FSC Centre, North Yorkshire, Bat Conservation Trust.   Contact: 020 7820 7165, training@bats.org.uk,www.bats.org.uk/training

06/06/2014    Bat Ecology    3 days

FSC Margam Discovery Centre / Canolfan Ddarganfod Margam, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

07/06/2014    Bat Handling and Identification     1 day

Herne Bay, CIEEM.   Contact: 01962 868626, http://www.cieem.net/training-events

08/06/2014    Skull Preparation Course    1 day

Herne Bay, Kent Wildwood Trust    Contact: 01227 711471 www.wildwoodtrust.org

09/06/2014    Water Vole Ecology and Surveying    1 day

Exeter, Acorn Ecology Ltd.   Contact:  01392 366512,  info@acornecology.co.ukwww.ecologytraining.co.uk

10/06/2014    Anabat Level One    1 day

Ampney Crucis Village Hall, Glos, Bat Conservation Trust.   Contact: 020 7820 7165, training@bats.org.ukwww.bats.org.uk/training

10/06/2014    Water Voles and Development    1 day

Exeter, Acorn Ecology Ltd.   Contact:  01392 366512,  info@acornecology.co.ukwww.ecologytraining.co.uk

11/06/2014    Mitigation    1 day

Ampney Crucis Village Hall, Glos, Bat Conservation Trust.   Contact: 020 7820 7165, training@bats.org.ukwww.bats.org.uk/training

12/06/2014    Parc Slip Bat Walk    evening

Parc Slip Wildlife Trust Visitor Centre, Wildlife Trust of South & West Wales.   Contact: 01656 724100,  r.revera@welshwildlife.org,www.welshwildlife.org

14/06/2014    Dormouse Handling & Surveying Workshop    1 day

Herne Bay, Kent Wildwood Trust    Contact: 01227 711471 www.wildwoodtrust.org

18/06/2014    Water Vole – Protected Species Survey Techniques    1 day

Glen Muick, Ballater, Aberdeenshire The Conservation Volunteers    Contact: 01786 479697 http://bit.ly/TCVScotlandTrg

19/06/2014    Dormouse Ecology and Conservation    1 day

Exeter, Acorn Ecology Ltd.   Contact:  01392 366512,  info@acornecology.co.ukwww.ecologytraining.co.uk

21/06/2014    Dormouse Ecology & Conservation    1 day

Herne Bay, Kent Wildwood Trust & the Mammal Society    Contact: 02380 237874 www.mammal.org.uk

23/06/2014    An Evening with Badgers    1 day

Rusper, Sussex Wildlife Trust.   Contact: 01273 497561,   www.sussexwildlifetrust.org.uk/whatson

27/06/2014    Stoats & Weasels – Biology, Ecology & Monitoring    1 day

Henfield,  Sussex Wildlife Trust.   Contact: 01273 497561,   www.sussexwildlifetrust.org.uk/whatson

27/06/2014    Mammal Identification     3 days

FSC Kindrogan, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

28/06/2014    Bat Ecology & Conservation    1 day

Herne Bay, Kent Wildwood Trust    Contact: 01227 711471 www.wildwoodtrust.org

 

July 2014

02/07/2014    An Evening with Badgers    1 day

Rusper, Sussex Wildlife Trust.   Contact: 01273 497561,   www.sussexwildlifetrust.org.uk/whatson

05/07/2014    The Life & Times of the Badger    1 day

Rusper, Sussex Wildlife Trust.   Contact: 01273 497561,   www.sussexwildlifetrust.org.uk/whatson

05/07/2014    Dormouse Handling & Surveying Workshop    1 day

Herne Bay, Kent Wildwood Trust    Contact: 01227 711471 www.wildwoodtrust.org

16/07/2014    Otter Ecology and Surveying    1 day

Exeter, Acorn Ecology Ltd.   Contact:  01392 366512,  info@acornecology.co.ukwww.ecologytraining.co.uk

18/07/2014    A Weekend on Bats    3 days

FSC Flatford Mill, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

19/07/2014    Summer Wildlife Watch    5 days

FSC Orielton, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

25/07/2014    Understanding British Mammals 1    3 days

Machynlleth, Centre for Alternative Technology.   Contact:  01654 704952,  courses@cat.org.ukhttp://courses.cat.org.uk/course-calendar

25/07/2014    Advanced Techniques for Studying Bats: An Introduction    3 days

FSC Slapton Ley, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

26/07/2014    A Natural History of Kent’s Mammals     1 day

Wildwood Trust, Herne, Kent Wildlife Trust.   Contact: 01622 662012, www.kentwildlifetrust.org.uk

29/07/2014    Bat Survey Methods (inc Echolocation Analysis)    4 days

Dumfries & Galloway, Echoes Ecology Ltd.   Contact: 0870 234 0002, http://echoesecology.co.uk/training.php

30/07/2014    Bat Handling and Identification     1 day

Herne Bay, CIEEM.   Contact: 01962 868626, http://www.cieem.net/training-events

30/07/2014    Surveying for Bats (Foundation Level)    2 days

FSC Nettlecombe Court, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

30/07/2014    Surveying for Bats 1    2 days

Nettlecombe FSC Centre, Somerset, Bat Conservation Trust.   Contact: 020 7820 7165, training@bats.org.ukwww.bats.org.uk/training

 

August 2014

02/08/2014    Dormouse Handling & Surveying Workshop    1 day

Herne Bay, Kent Wildwood Trust    Contact: 01227 711471 www.wildwoodtrust.org

04/08/2014    An Evening with Badgers    1 day

Rusper, Sussex Wildlife Trust.   Contact: 01273 497561,   www.sussexwildlifetrust.org.uk/whatson

04/08/2014    Interpreting Your Bat Surveys (Foundation Level)    2 days

FSC Nettlecombe Court, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

04/08/2014    Interpreting your Bat Surveys    2 days

Nettlecombe FSC Centre, Somerset, Bat Conservation Trust.   Contact: 020 7820 7165, training@bats.org.ukwww.bats.org.uk/training

08/08/2014    Mammal Identification     3 days

FSC Nettlecombe Court, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

10/08/2014    Discovering Bats    1 day

FSC Epping Forest, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

12/08/2014    Bat Handling    2 days

Central Belt, Scotland, Echoes Ecology Ltd.   Contact: 0870 234 0002, http://echoesecology.co.uk/training.php

13/08/2014    Hazel Dormouse – Handling and Survey Methods     1 day

Herne Bay, CIEEM.   Contact: 01962 868626, http://www.cieem.net/training-events

15/08/2014    Understanding British Bats: An Introduction (SELL)    3 days

Lampeter, Ceredigion, Denmark Farm.   Contact: http://www.denmarkfarm.org.uk/events/

16/08/2014    Dormouse Ecology & Conservation    1 day

Herne Bay, Kent Wildwood Trust & the Mammal Society    Contact: 02380 237874 www.mammal.org.uk

22/08/2014    Bats and Moths    3 days

FSC Juniper Hall, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

22/08/2014    Scottish Mammals     4 days

FSC Kindrogan, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

24/08/2014    Bats: A Workshop & Walk about Bat Identification    1 day

Egleton, Leicestershire & Rutland Wildlife Trust.   Contact: 01572 653024, sarahproud@rutlandwater.org.ukwww.rutlandwater.org.uk

27/08/2014    Explore the Fascinating World of Bats    1 day

Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve, Kent Wildlife Trust.   Contact: 01622 662012, www.kentwildlifetrust.org.uk

29/08/2014    Mammal Identification    3 days

FSC Castle Head, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

29/08/2014    Land Mammal Identification     4 days

FSC Preston Montford, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

29/08/2014    Understanding British Bats    3 days

Machynlleth, Centre for Alternative Technology.   Contact:  01654 704952,  courses@cat.org.ukhttp://courses.cat.org.uk/course-calendar

http://www.countryside-jobs.com/Training/short_IDbird.htm

Practical training in how to identify and handle birds, also training in survey techniques and classifications including ringing licences.

May 2014

10/05/2014    Birdwatching for Beginners & Improvers    1 day

RSPB Bempton Start Birding Contact:  07778 768719 linda.startbirding@gmail.com www.startbirding.co.uk

10/05/2014    Birds of the North Pennines with Keith Bowey – Classroom & practicals in multi habitats    4 days

North Pennines, North Pennines AONB Partnership.   Contact: 01388 528801,  samantha@northpenninesaonb.org.uk, http://www.northpennines.org.uk/Pages/WWEvents.aspx

10/05/2014    Birds of Woodland in Spring     1 day

Tudeley Woods RSPB Reserve, Kent Wildlife Trust.   Contact: 01622 662012, www.kentwildlifetrust.org.uk

10/05/2014 Birds of the North Pennines; Beginners – intermediate identification skills, waders, warblers to raptors 4 days

North Pennines North Pennines AONB Partnership Contact:  01388 528801 samantha@northpenninesaonb.org.uk http://www.northpennines.org.uk/Pages/WWEvents.aspx

10/05/2014    Birdwatching – improvers    1 day

Wirksworth, Derbyshire, Derbyshire Eco Centre.   Contact: 01629 533038,  ecocentre@derbyshire.gov.uk,http://www.ecocentreexchange.org.uk/#!/courses

11/05/2014    Bird Identification & Bird Survey Techniques    1 day

St Mary’s Hall, Dawlish, BTO.   Contact: www.bto.org/training

12/05/2014    Bird Identification & Bird Survey Techniques    1 day

The Kingcombe Centre, Dorchester, BTO.   Contact: www.bto.org/training

12/05/2014    Spring Birds    5 days

FSC Dale Fort, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

12/05/2014    Birdsong Study Day    1 day

Maidstone Mote Park    Contact: 01622 220232 parksandleisure@maidstone.gov.uk www.facebook.com/motepark

12/05/2014    An Evening with Nightingales    evening

Arlington, Sussex Wildlife Trust.   Contact: 01273 497561,   www.sussexwildlifetrust.org.uk/whatson

13/05/2014    Birdwatching for Beginners & Improvers    evening

Mickletown Ings Start Birding Contact:  07778 768719 linda.startbirding@gmail.com www.startbirding.co.uk

13/05/2014    An Evening with Nightingales    evening

West Grinstead, Sussex Wildlife Trust.   Contact: 01273 497561,   www.sussexwildlifetrust.org.uk/whatson

14/05/2014    Bird Identification    1 day

Minsmere, RSPB Reserve Westleton, BTO.   Contact: www.bto.org/training

14/05/2014    An Introduction to Warblers    1 day

Coldwaltham, Pulborough,  Sussex Wildlife Trust.   Contact: 01273 497561,   www.sussexwildlifetrust.org.uk/whatson

15/05/2014    Birdwatching for Beginners    1 day

Egleton, Leicestershire & Rutland Wildlife Trust.   Contact: 01572 653024,  sarahproud@rutlandwater.org.uk,  www.rutlandwater.org.uk

15/05/2014    Bird Identification    1 day

Minsmere, RSPB Reserve Westleton, BTO.   Contact: www.bto.org/training

16/05/2014    Birdwatching in the Dales    4 days

FSC Malham Tarn, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

17/05/2014    Birdwatching for Beginners & Improvers    1 day

St Ives Estate, Bingley Start Birding Contact:  07778 768719 linda.startbirding@gmail.com www.startbirding.co.uk

17/05/2014    The Dawn Chorus    1 day

Lyndon Visitor Centre, Rutland, Leicestershire & Rutland Wildlife Trust.   Contact: 01572 653024,  sarahproud@rutlandwater.org.uk, www.rutlandwater.org.uk

17/05/2014    Bird Identification    1 day

Minsmere, RSPB Reserve Westleton, BTO.   Contact: www.bto.org/training

18/05/2014    Bird Identification    1 day

Minsmere, RSPB Reserve Westleton, BTO.   Contact: www.bto.org/training

20/05/2014    Birdwatching for Beginners & Improvers    evening

Gledhow Valley Woods Start Birding Contact:  07778 768719 linda.startbirding@gmail.com www.startbirding.co.uk

21/05/2014    An Evening with Nightingales    evening

Henfield,  Sussex Wildlife Trust.   Contact: 01273 497561,   www.sussexwildlifetrust.org.uk/whatson

23/05/2014    Bird Survey Techniques    3 days

Lagganlia Centre for Outdoor Learning, Kingussie, BTO.   Contact: www.bto.org/training

23/05/2014    Bird Identification    3 days

Lagganlia Centre for Outdoor Learning, Kingussie, BTO.   Contact: www.bto.org/training

23/05/2014    Upland Birds of North Wales    4 days

FSC Rhyd-y-creuau, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

24/05/2014    Birdwatching for Beginners & Improvers    1 day

Calverley Woods Start Birding Contact:  07778 768719 linda.startbirding@gmail.com www.startbirding.co.uk

26/05/2014    Coastal Birds of North Wales    3 days

FSC Rhyd-y-creuau, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

27/05/2014    Bird Surveying and Identification    1 day

Norfolk WT Hickling Nature Reserve Norfolk Wildlife Services    Contact: 01603 625540 abig@norfolkwildlifetrust.org.ukwww.norfolkwildlifeservices.co.uk

27/05/2014    Birdwatching for Beginners & Improvers    evening

Spring Wood and Farnely Beck Start Birding Contact:  07778 768719 linda.startbirding@gmail.com www.startbirding.co.uk

27/05/2014    So you think you might like Birdwatching?    1 day

Three Oaks, Sussex Wildlife Trust.   Contact: 01273 497561,   www.sussexwildlifetrust.org.uk/whatson

28/05/2014    Birds by Character for Improvers    5 days

FSC Kindrogan, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

28/05/2014    Bird Identification & Bird Survey Techniques    1 day

Avalon Marshes Centre, BTO.   Contact: www.bto.org/training

29/05/2014    Bird Identification & Bird Survey Techniques    1 day

Farm to Fork Classroom, Cirencester, BTO.   Contact: www.bto.org/training

29/05/2014    Breeding Bird Survey, Bird Survey Techniques & BirdTrack    1 day

The Solwath Centre, Mersehead RSPB reserve, BTO.   Contact: www.bto.org/training

30/05/2014    Spring Wader Identification    1 day

Egleton, Leicestershire & Rutland Wildlife Trust.   Contact: 01572 653024,  sarahproud@rutlandwater.org.uk,  www.rutlandwater.org.uk

30/05/2014    BTO Bird Survey Techniques    3 days

FSC Rhyd-y-creuau, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

31/05/2014    British Bird Identification    1 day

Cardiff, Acer Ecology.   Contact: 02920 410036, info@acerecology.co.ukwww.acerecology.co.uk

31/05/2014    Birdwatching for Beginners & Improvers    1 day

Bolton Abbey and Barden Scale Start Birding Contact:  07778 768719 linda.startbirding@gmail.com www.startbirding.co.uk

June 2014

04/06/2014    Bird id skills- songbirds    1 day

Duddinston Loch The Conservation Volunteers    Contact: 01786 479697 http://bit.ly/TCVScotlandTrg

04/06/2014    Birdwatching for Beginners & Improvers    3 days

Northumberland and Borders Start Birding Contact:  07778 768719 linda.startbirding@gmail.com www.startbirding.co.uk

05/06/2014    An evening with Nightjars    evening

Hartfield, Sussex Wildlife Trust.   Contact: 01273 497561,   www.sussexwildlifetrust.org.uk/whatson

06/06/2014    BTO Bird Identification    3 days

FSC Rhyd-y-creuau, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

10/06/2014    Birdwatching for Beginners & Improvers    evening

RSPB St Aidan’s Start Birding Contact:  07778 768719 linda.startbirding@gmail.com www.startbirding.co.uk

10/06/2014    An evening with Nightjars    evening

Graffham, Sussex Wildlife Trust.   Contact: 01273 497561,   www.sussexwildlifetrust.org.uk/whatson

14/06/2014    Birds of the North Pennines with Keith Bowey – Classroom & practicals in multi habitats    4 days

North Pennines, North Pennines AONB Partnership.   Contact: 01388 528801,  samantha@northpenninesaonb.org.uk, http://www.northpennines.org.uk/Pages/WWEvents.aspx

14/06/2014    Birdwatching for Beginners    1 day

Egleton, Leicestershire & Rutland Wildlife Trust.   Contact: 01572 653024,  sarahproud@rutlandwater.org.uk,  www.rutlandwater.org.uk

14/06/2014    Birdwatching for Beginners    1 day

Bough Beech Visitor Centre, Kent Wildlife Trust.   Contact: 01622 662012, www.kentwildlifetrust.org.uk

17/06/2014    Birdwatching for Beginners & Improvers    evening

Townclose Hills, Kippax Start Birding Contact:  07778 768719 linda.startbirding@gmail.com www.startbirding.co.uk

19/06/2014    Barn Owls – Surveying and Reporting     1 day

Tamworth, CIEEM.   Contact: 01962 868626, http://www.cieem.net/training-events

20/06/2014    Midsummer Birdwatching Weekend: Minsmere and Flatford    3 days

FSC Flatford Mill, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

21/06/2014    Birdwatching for Beginners & Improvers    1 day

Teesdale Start Birding Contact:  07778 768719 linda.startbirding@gmail.com www.startbirding.co.uk

24/06/2014    Birdwatching for Beginners & Improvers    evening

Rodley Nature Reserve Start Birding Contact:  07778 768719 linda.startbirding@gmail.com www.startbirding.co.uk

28/06/2014    Birdwatching for Beginners & Improvers    1 day

Harewood Circular Start Birding Contact:  07778 768719 linda.startbirding@gmail.com www.startbirding.co.uk

July 2014

03/07/2014    Birdwatching for Beginners    1 day

Egleton, Leicestershire & Rutland Wildlife Trust.   Contact: 01572 653024,  sarahproud@rutlandwater.org.uk,  www.rutlandwater.org.uk

August 2014

08/08/2014    An Introduction to Bird Ringing    3 days

FSC Slapton Ley, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

15/08/2014    Birds and Wildlife of South Devon    8 days

FSC Slapton Ley, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

http://www.countryside-jobs.com/Training/short_IDplant.htm

Practical training in how to identify higher and lower orders of plants, how to classify vegetation groups, also training in survey techniques.  This page also details courses where a full habitat is considered.

 

May 2014

08/05/2014    Phase 1 Habitat Surveying (inc Reporting & Mapping)    2 days

Polmont, Falkirk, Echoes Ecology Ltd.   Contact: 0870 234 0002 http://echoesecology.co.uk/training.php

08/05/2014    Advanced Bryology Laboratory Course    5 days

FSC Preston Montford, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

09/05/2014    Field Survey Techniques (SELL)    3 days

Lampeter, Ceredigion, Denmark Farm.   Contact: http://www.denmarkfarm.org.uk/events/

09/05/2014    Big Tree Country: Introduction to Tree Identification     3 days

FSC Kindrogan, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

09/05/2014    Botany for Beginners    3 days

FSC Margam Discovery Centre / Canolfan Ddarganfod Margam, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

09/05/2014    Exploring Gardens, Historic Landscapes and Trees    4 days

FSC Margam Discovery Centre / Canolfan Ddarganfod Margam, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

09/05/2014    NVC: Grasslands    4 days

FSC Preston Montford, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

10/05/2014    Broad-Leaved Trees in the Park    1 day

FSC London, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

11/05/2014    Big Tree Country: Tree Identification for Improvers     5 days

FSC Kindrogan, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

12/05/2014    Beginner’s Guide to Plant Identification    1 day

Bute Park Education Centre, Cardiff, Acer Ecology.   Contact: 02920 410036, info@acerecology.co.ukwww.acerecology.co.uk

12/05/2014 Identification of Key Woodland Species 2 days

Wootton Bridge,  PTES.    Contact:  020 7498 4533,   http://ptes.org/?page=488

12/05/2014    Introduction to Phase 1 Habitat Surveys    2 days

Newcastle, Ptyxis Ecology.   Contact: 01434 321199, enquiries@ptyxis.comwww.ptyxis.com/training.html

13/05/2014    Early season/vegetative grass and sedge identification    1 day

Old Sarum, Salisbury The Species Recovery Trust Contact:  01722 322539 bookings@speciesrecoverytrust.org.ukwww.speciesrecoverytrust.org.uk

13/05/2014    Introduction to Bryophytes as Indicator Species    2 days

Haltwhistle, nr Carlisle, Ptyxis Ecology.   Contact: 01434 321199, enquiries@ptyxis.comwww.ptyxis.com/training.html

13/05/2014    Identifying Coastal Plants    4 days

FSC Dale Fort, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

15/05/2014    Early Season Grass and Sedge Identification     1 day

Salisbury,  CIEEM.   Contact: 01962 868626, http://www.cieem.net/training-events

15/05/2014    Introduction to Phase 1 Habitat Mapping and Plant Identification     2 days

Newark, CIEEM.   Contact: 01962 868626, http://www.cieem.net/training-events

16/05/2014    NVC: Woodlands    4 days

FSC Kindrogan, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

16/05/2014    Dales Spring Wild Flowers    4 days

FSC Malham Tarn, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

16/05/2014    Identifying Woodland Plants    4 days

FSC Preston Montford, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

16/05/2014    Identifying Lichens    4 days

FSC Preston Montford, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

17/05/2014    Introduction to Orchids     1 day

Tyland Barn and visits to sites in Mid Kent, Kent Wildlife Trust.   Contact: 01622 662012, www.kentwildlifetrust.org.uk

17/05/2014    Spring Wild Flowers    1 day

FSC London, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

17/05/2014    Introducing Lichens     1 day

FSC Preston Montford, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

18/05/2014    Getting to know the Wildflowers of West Sussex – Meadows    1 day

Heyshott, Sussex Wildlife Trust.   Contact: 01273 497561,   www.sussexwildlifetrust.org.uk/whatson

18/05/2014    Wild flower identification – woodland flowers    1 day

Wirksworth, Derbyshire, Derbyshire Eco Centre.   Contact: 01629 533038,  ecocentre@derbyshire.gov.uk,http://www.ecocentreexchange.org.uk/#!/courses

20/05/2014    BEACON Volunteer Surveyors Workshop    1 day

Wilmslow BEACON – Bollin Environmental Action and Conservation     Contact: 07825 115303 sally.potts@nationaltrust.org.ukwww.facebook.com/BollinNonNatives

20/05/2014    Grasses, Sedges & Rushes for Phase 1 Habitat Survey    2 days

Frosterley, nr Durham, Ptyxis Ecology.   Contact: 01434 321199, enquiries@ptyxis.comwww.ptyxis.com/training.html

22/05/2014    Introduction to Flowers – halfday course    1 day

Natural History Museum, London The Species Recovery Trust Contact: 01722 322539 bookings@speciesrecoverytrust.org.ukwww.speciesrecoverytrust.org.uk

22/05/2014    Introduction to Grasses  – halfday course    1 day

Natural History Museum, London The Species Recovery Trust Contact: 01722 322539 bookings@speciesrecoverytrust.org.ukwww.speciesrecoverytrust.org.uk

23/05/2014    Broad Habitat survey & classification    1 day

Linlithgow, Central Scotland Forest Trust.   Contact: 01501 824791, emilie.wadsworth@csft.org.ukwww.csft.org.uk

23/5/14 (tbc)    Intertidal Investigations Life along the shore    1 day

Reculver, Kent Wildlife Trust.   Contact: 01622 662012, www.kentwildlifetrust.org.uk

23/05/2014    Getting to Know Wild Flowers    3 days

FSC Juniper Hall, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

23/05/2014    Arctic Alpines     4 days

FSC Rhyd-y-creuau, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

23/05/2014    Tree Identification    4 days

FSC Rhyd-y-creuau, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

23/05/2014    Arctic Alpines     4 days

FSC Rhyd-y-creuau, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

23/05/2014    Woodland Plants    4 days

FSC Slapton Ley, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

23/05/2014    Ethnobotany    1 day

Midhurst, Acorn Ecology Ltd.   Contact: 01392 366512training@acornecology.co.ukwww.ecologytraining.co.uk

24/05/2014    Geology of the Country around Sevenoaks     1 day

Sevenoaks area, Kent Wildlife Trust.   Contact: 01622 662012, www.kentwildlifetrust.org.uk

24/05/2014    The Mountain Environment    1 day

North Wales, Natures Work.   Contact: 07813 727414,  info@natureswork.co.ukwww.natureswork.co.uk

25/05/2014    Getting to know the Wildflowers of East Sussex – Meadows    1 day

Old Heathfield, Sussex Wildlife Trust.   Contact: 01273 497561,   www.sussexwildlifetrust.org.uk/whatson

25/05/2014    Wild Flower Identification    1 day

Abbotts Hall Farm, Essex Wildlife Trust.   Contact:  01621 862960, admin@essexwt.org.ukwww.essexwt.org.uk

25/05/2014    Alpine Flowers of Snowdonia    1 day

North Wales, Natures Work.   Contact: 07813 727414,  info@natureswork.co.ukwww.natureswork.co.uk

26/05/2014    Using A Flora    5 days

FSC Slapton Ley, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

27/05/2014    BEACON Volunteer Surveyors Workshop    1 day

Nether Alderley BEACON – Bollin Environmental Action and Conservation    Contact: 07825 115303 sally.potts@nationaltrust.org.ukwww.facebook.com/BollinNonNatives

27/05/2014    Wild Flowers for Beginners: The Top 20 Flower Families    4 days

FSC Flatford Mill, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

28/05/2014    Top 10 Plant Families    1 day

Shrewsbury Manchester Metropolitan University    Contact: 01743 355137 e.hopkisson@mmu.ac.uk www.sste.mmu.ac.uk/recording

28/05/2014    How to Survey a Hedgerow    1 day

Henfield,  Sussex Wildlife Trust.   Contact: 01273 497561,   www.sussexwildlifetrust.org.uk/whatson

28/05/2014    Invasive Non-native Species Identification Control    1 day

Clyde Valley, Central Scotland Forest Trust.   Contact: 01501 824791, emilie.wadsworth@csft.org.ukwww.csft.org.uk

28/05/2014    Introduction to Grasses     1 day

Settle, CIEEM.   Contact: 01962 868626, http://www.cieem.net/training-events

28/05/2014    Ancient Woodland Plants    1 day

FSC Preston Montford, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

28/05/2014    Identifying British Trees    1 day

FSC Preston Montford, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

28/05/2014    Ancient Woodland Plants    1 day

FSC Preston Montford, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

30/05/2014    Trees and Tree Identification in Summer    3 days

FSC Flatford Mill, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

30/05/2014    Sedges    4 days

FSC Malham Tarn, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

30/05/2014    More About Lichens in Somerset    3 days

FSC Nettlecombe Court, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

30/05/2014    The Mountain Environment    1 day

North Wales, Natures Work.   Contact: 07813 727414,  info@natureswork.co.ukwww.natureswork.co.uk

31/05/2014    Alpine Flowers of Snowdonia    1 day

North Wales, Natures Work.   Contact: 07813 727414,  info@natureswork.co.ukwww.natureswork.co.uk

31/05/2014    Know which tree to use    1 day

Totton Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust    Contact: 01489 774406 courses@hiwwt.org.uk www.hiwwt.org.uk

 

June 2014

01/06/2014    The Glaciation of Wales    1 day

North Wales, Natures Work.   Contact: 07813 727414,  info@natureswork.co.ukwww.natureswork.co.uk

01/06/2014    Discovering Wild Flowers    1 day

FSC Epping Forest, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

04/06/2014    Wildflower Identification for Beginners     1 day

Hampshire Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust    Contact: 01489 774406 courses@hiwwt.org.uk www.hiwwt.org.uk

04/06/2014    Orchids in East Kent     1 day

Visits to Reserves in East Kent, Kent Wildlife Trust.   Contact: 01622 662012, www.kentwildlifetrust.org.uk

04/06/2014    Grass and Sedge Identification – Neutral and Calcareous Grassland     1 day

Salisbury,  CIEEM.   Contact: 01962 868626, http://www.cieem.net/training-events

05/06/2014    Grass, Sedge and Rush Identification – Heaths, Acid Grassland and Bogs     1 day

New Forest,  CIEEM.   Contact: 01962 868626, http://www.cieem.net/training-events

06/06/2014    Geology Weekend in Kent     3 days

Folkestone Warren and Thanet, Kent Wildlife Trust.   Contact: 01622 662012, www.kentwildlifetrust.org.uk

06/06/2014    Introducing Grass Identification and Ecology    3 days

FSC Flatford Mill, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

06/06/2014    Wild Orchids of South East England    3 days

FSC Juniper Hall, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

06/06/2014    NVC: Woodlands    4 days

FSC Preston Montford, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

07/06/2014    Identification of Grasses, Sedges and Rushes    2 days

FSC Epping Forest, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

07/06/2014    Introduction to Wild Flowers in Bushy Park    1 day

FSC London, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

07/06/2014    Top 10 Plant Families    1 day

FSC Preston Montford, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

08/06/2014    Recognition of Common Grasses and Sedges    1 day

Hampshire Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust    Contact: 01489 774406 courses@hiwwt.org.uk www.hiwwt.org.uk

08/06/2014    Grasses for Beginners    1 day

Tyland Barn, Kent Wildlife Trust.   Contact: 01622 662012, www.kentwildlifetrust.org.uk

08/06/2014    Sedges and Rushes for Beginners     2 days

Tyland barn and local reserves, Kent Wildlife Trust.   Contact: 01622 662012, www.kentwildlifetrust.org.uk

09/06/2014    Phase 1 habitat & Extended Phase 1 & Report Writing    3 days

Edinburgh The Conservation Volunteers    Contact: 01786 479697 http://bit.ly/TCVScotlandTrg

09/06/2014    Lichen Identification for Beginners    1 day

New Forest The Species Recovery Trust Contact: 01722 322539 bookings@speciesrecoverytrust.org.uk www.speciesrecoverytrust.org.uk

10/06/2014    Marine non-native species: a one day workshop    1 day

School of Ocean Sciences (Bangor University)The Marine Biology Association     Contact: 01752 633335 cwo@mba.ac.uk 

11/06/2014    Crucifer Identification    1 day

Shrewsbury Manchester Metropolitan University    Contact: 01743 355137 e.hopkisson@mmu.ac.uk www.sste.mmu.ac.uk/recording

11/06/2014    Wildflower Identification for Beginners     1 day

Hampshire Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust    Contact: 01489 774406 courses@hiwwt.org.uk www.hiwwt.org.uk

11/06/2014    Wild Flower Identification    1 day

Abbotts Hall Farm, Essex Wildlife Trust.   Contact:  01621 862960, admin@essexwt.org.ukwww.essexwt.org.uk

11/06/2014    Introduction to Grass Identification    2 days

Settle, CIEEM.   Contact: 01962 868626, http://www.cieem.net/training-events

12/06/2014    Invasive Non-native Species Identification Control    1 day

Clyde Valley, Central Scotland Forest Trust.   Contact: 01501 824791, emilie.wadsworth@csft.org.ukwww.csft.org.uk

12/06/2014    Grasses and Sedges – Grasslands and Meadows    1 day

Old Sarum and Figsbury Ring, Salisbury The Species Recovery Trust Contact:  01722 322539 bookings@speciesrecoverytrust.org.ukwww.speciesrecoverytrust.org.uk

13/06/2014    Grasses, Sedges and Rushes – Heathlands and Bogs    1 day

New Forest The Species Recovery Trust Contact: 01722 322539 bookings@speciesrecoverytrust.org.uk www.speciesrecoverytrust.org.uk

13/06/2014    Wildflower Identification for Beginners     1 day

Wirksworth,  CIEEM.   Contact: 01962 868626, http://www.cieem.net/training-events

13/06/2014    Identifying the Brassicaceae    3 days

FSC Juniper Hall, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

13/06/2014    Evolution and Identification of Flowering Plants    8 days

FSC Kindrogan, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

13/06/2014    Identifying Sedges and Sedge-like Plants    3 days

FSC Preston Montford, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

13/06/2014    Identifying Difficult Higher Plants    4 days

FSC Preston Montford, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

14/06/2014    Field Guide to Grass Identification    1 day

FSC Preston Montford, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

14/06/2014    The Mountain Environment    1 day

North Wales, Natures Work.   Contact: 07813 727414,  info@natureswork.co.ukwww.natureswork.co.uk

15/06/2014    Recognition of Common Grasses and Sedges    1 day

Hampshire Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust    Contact: 01489 774406 courses@hiwwt.org.uk www.hiwwt.org.uk

15/06/2014    Alpine Flowers of Snowdonia    1 day

North Wales, Natures Work.   Contact: 07813 727414,  info@natureswork.co.ukwww.natureswork.co.uk

15/06/2014    Microfungi on Land Plants    1 day

FSC Juniper Hall, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

16/06/2014    Ecological Survey Techniques    2 days

Exeter, Acorn Ecology Ltd.   Contact:  01392 366512,  info@acornecology.co.ukwww.ecologytraining.co.uk

17/06/2014    Introduction to Grasses    1 day

FSC Preston Montford, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

17/06/2014    Learning Meadow Grasses    1 day

Farthing Downs, South London The Species Recovery Trust Contact:  01722 322539 bookings@speciesrecoverytrust.org.ukwww.speciesrecoverytrust.org.uk

18/06/2014    Learning Meadow Flowers    1 day

Farthing Downs, South London The Species Recovery Trust Contact: 01722 322539 bookings@speciesrecoverytrust.org.ukwww.speciesrecoverytrust.org.uk

18/06/2014    Introduction to Wild Flowers    1 day

Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve, Kent Wildlife Trust.   Contact: 01622 662012, www.kentwildlifetrust.org.uk

19/06/2014    Identifying British Native Trees – halfday course    1 day

Natural History Museum, London The Species Recovery Trust Contact:  01722 322539 bookings@speciesrecoverytrust.org.ukwww.speciesrecoverytrust.org.uk

20/06/2014    Plant Communities of Mountain and Moorland    8 days

FSC Kindrogan, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

20/06/2014    Freshwater Algae    8 days

FSC Kindrogan,     Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

20/06/2014    Aquatic Plants    8 days

FSC Kindrogan, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

20/06/2014    Limestone Flora    4 days

FSC Malham Tarn, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

20/06/2014    Using a Flora    5 days

FSC Preston Montford, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

20/06/2014    Identifying the Cyperaceae     4 days

FSC Rhyd-y-creuau, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

21/06/2014    Mustard and Cress – Identifying the Brassicaceae     1 day

Tyland Barn, Kent Wildlife Trust.   Contact: 01622 662012, www.kentwildlifetrust.org.uk

21/06/2014    Wild Flowers of the Limestone – the Flora of Llanymynech    1 day

FSC Preston Montford, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

24/06/2014    Wildflower Identification, folklore & foraging    1 day

Linlithgow, West Lothian The Conservation Volunteers    Contact: 01786 479697 http://bit.ly/TCVScotlandTrg

24/06/2014    Wild Orchids of Scotland    5 days

FSC Kindrogan, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

25/06/2014    Using a Flora    5 days

FSC Juniper Hall, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

25/06/2014    Grass & Rush Ecology    1 day

Abbotts Hall Farm, Essex Wildlife Trust.   Contact:  01621 862960, admin@essexwt.org.ukwww.essexwt.org.uk

26/06/2014    Grassland Plant ID course    2 days

Exeter, Devon Biodiversity Records Centre.   Contact: 01392 274128, hgibbons@devonwildlifetrust.orgwww.dbrc.org.uk

26/06/2014    Fantastic Ferns    1 day

Lampeter, Ceredigion, Denmark Farm Conservation Centre.   Contact: 01570 493358,  mara@denmarkfarm.org.uk,www.denmarkfarm.org.uk

27/06/2014    Identifying Flowering Plants    3 days

Lampeter, Ceredigion, Aberystwyth University School of Education & Lifelong Learning.   Contact: 01570 493358,  learning@aber.ac.uk,www.aber.ac.uk/en/sell/lifelong-learning/

27/06/2014    Discovering Mountain Flowers    4 days

FSC Kindrogan, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

28/06/2014    Aquatic Plants of the Montgomeryshire Canal    1 day

FSC Preston Montford, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

28/06/2014    Wild flower identification – limestone grassland flowers    1 day

Wirksworth, Derbyshire, Derbyshire Eco Centre.   Contact: 01629 533038,  ecocentre@derbyshire.gov.uk,http://www.ecocentreexchange.org.uk/#!/courses

29/06/2014    Getting to know the Wild Flowers of East Sussex – Shingle & Saltmarsh    1 day

Seaford, Sussex Wildlife Trust.   Contact: 01273 497561,   www.sussexwildlifetrust.org.uk/whatson

29/06/2014    Wildflowers – Folklore, Food and Fantasy.    1 day

Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve, Kent Wildlife Trust.   Contact: 01622 662012, www.kentwildlifetrust.org.uk

30/06/2014    Phase 1 Habitat Survey     1 day

Exeter Acorn Ecology Ltd    Contact: 01392 366512 training@acornecology.co.uk www.ecologytraining.co.uk

30/06/2014    Basic Tree Identification – Lantra Awards    1 day

Dorking, Surry Land Skills Training & Assessments Ltd    Contact: 01306 876404 office@landskillstraining.co.ukwww.landskillstraining.co.uk

30/06/2014    Discovering and Identifying Wild Flowers    5 days

FSC Kindrogan, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

30/06/2014    Identifying Grasses, Sedges & Rushes (SELL)    3 days

Lampeter, Ceredigion, Denmark Farm.   Contact: http://www.denmarkfarm.org.uk/events/

30/06/2014    Introduction to the National Vegetation Classification     1 day

Chester,  CIEEM.   Contact: 01962 868626, http://www.cieem.net/training-events

 

July 2014

01/07/2014    Phase 1 habitat & Extended Phase 1 & Report Writing    2.5 days

TCV Scotland The Conservation Volunteers     Contact: 01786 479697 http://bit.ly/TCVScotlandTrg

01/07/2014    Cow Parsleys and other Umbellifers: Identifying the Apiaceae    1 day

FSC Preston Montford, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

02/07/2014    Wildflower Identification for Improvers  1 day

Hampshire Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust     Contact: 01489 774406 courses@hiwwt.org.uk www.hiwwt.org.uk

02/07/2014    Arable Plant Identification and Ecology    1 day

Micheldever, Hampshire The Species Recovery Trust Contact: 01722 322539 bookings@speciesrecoverytrust.org.ukwww.speciesrecoverytrust.org.uk

03/07/2014    Grassland Plant ID course    2 days

Exeter, Devon Biodiversity Records Centre.   Contact: 01392 274128, hgibbons@devonwildlifetrust.orgwww.dbrc.org.uk

04/07/2014    Grasses, Sedges & Rushes    2 days

Henfield,  Sussex Wildlife Trust.   Contact: 01273 497561,   www.sussexwildlifetrust.org.uk/whatson

04/07/2014    Grass Identification    8 days

FSC Kindrogan, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

04/07/2014    Fern Identification     4 days

FSC Kindrogan, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

04/07/2014    Identifying Flowering Plants    3 days

Machynlleth, Centre for Alternative Technology.   Contact:  01654 704952,  courses@cat.org.ukhttp://courses.cat.org.uk/course-calendar

05/07/2014    Moorland Plants    1 day

FSC Preston Montford, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

06/07/2014    Getting to know the Wild Flowers of West Sussex – Coasts    1 day

Chichester, Sussex Wildlife Trust.   Contact: 01273 497561,   www.sussexwildlifetrust.org.uk/whatson

07/07/2014    Beginner’s Botany    2 days

Nr Winchester, Hants, Acorn Ecology Ltd.   Contact:  01393 366512, info@acornecology.co.ukwww.ecologytraining.co.uk

07/07/2014    Wildflower Identification – Grasslands and Meadows     1 day

Salisbury,  CIEEM.   Contact: 01962 868626, http://www.cieem.net/training-events

08/07/2014    Wildflower Identification – Heaths, Acid Grassland and Bogs     1 day

New Forest,  CIEEM.   Contact: 01962 868626, http://www.cieem.net/training-events

08/07/2014    Introduction to Sedges    1 day

FSC Preston Montford, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

09/07/2014    Wildflower Identification for Improvers     1 day

Hampshire Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust     Contact: 01489 774406 courses@hiwwt.org.uk www.hiwwt.org.uk

09/07/2014    Chalk Grassland Flowers     1 day

Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve, Fackenden Down and possibly also Lullingstone Park, Kent Wildlife Trust.   Contact: 01622 662012,www.kentwildlifetrust.org.uk

09/07/2014    Wildflower Identification    1 day

Livingston, Central Scotland Forest Trust.   Contact: 01501 824791, emilie.wadsworth@csft.org.ukwww.csft.org.uk

10/07/2014    Wildflower Identification – Grasslands and Meadows    1 day

Old Sarum and Figsbury Ring, Salisbury The Species Recovery Trust Contact:  01722 322539 bookings@speciesrecoverytrust.org.ukwww.speciesrecoverytrust.org.uk

11/07/2014    Wildflower Identification – Heathland, Acid Grassland and Bogs    1 day

New Forest The Species Recovery Trust Contact: 01722 322539 bookings@speciesrecoverytrust.org.uk www.speciesrecoverytrust.org.uk

11/07/2014    Tree Identification in the Lake District National Park    3 days

FSC Blencathra, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

11/07/2014    Discovering the Flora of Chalk Grasslands and Woodlands    3 days

FSC Juniper Hall, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

11/07/2014    Grasses, Sedges and Rushes    3 days

FSC Juniper Hall, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

11/07/2014    Introduction to Grasses, Rushes and Sedges    3 days

FSC Margam Discovery Centre / Canolfan Ddarganfod Margam, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

11/07/2014    Ferns and Fern Allies    3 days

Machynlleth, Centre for Alternative Technology.   Contact:  01654 704952,  courses@cat.org.ukhttp://courses.cat.org.uk/course-calendar

12/07/2014    The Wildlife of Hampshire’s Chalk Downlands    1 day

Hampshire Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust    Contact: 01489 774406 courses@hiwwt.org.uk www.hiwwt.org.uk

12/07/2014    Dandelions,  Daisies and Thistles    1 day

Tyland Barn and Mid Kent, Kent Wildlife Trust.   Contact: 01622 662012, www.kentwildlifetrust.org.uk

12/07/2014    Urban Botany    1 day

FSC London, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

14/07/2014    Midsummer grass and sedge identification    1 day

Old Sarum and Figsbury Ring, Salisbury The Species Recovery Trust Contact: 01722 322539 bookings@speciesrecoverytrust.org.ukwww.speciesrecoverytrust.org.uk

14/07/2014    Sedge Identification    1 day

Kenfig National Nature Reserve, Acer Ecology.   Contact: 02920 410036, info@acerecology.co.ukwww.acerecology.co.uk

14/07/2014    Beginner’s Botany    2 days

Exeter, Acorn Ecology Ltd.   Contact:  01392 366512, info@acornecology.co.ukwww.ecologytraining.co.uk

15/07/2014    Plants of Bogs and Mosses    1 day

FSC Preston Montford, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

17/07/2014    Aquatic Plant Identification: Beginners    1 day

FSC Epping Forest, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

17/07/2014    Using indicator species for habitat assessment (Phase I and NVC) – Grasslands    1 day

Old Sarum and Figsbury Ring, Salisbury The Species Recovery Trust Contact:  01722 322539 bookings@speciesrecoverytrust.org.ukwww.speciesrecoverytrust.org.uk

18/07/2014    Using indicator species for habitat assessment (Phase I and NVC) – Heathlands and Acid Grassland    1 day

New Forest The Species Recovery Trust Contact:  01722 322539 bookings@speciesrecoverytrust.org.uk www.speciesrecoverytrust.org.uk

18/07/2014    Wildlife Training Day: Plant Identification    1 day

Axe Estuary Wetlands, Devon, East Devon District Council Countryside Team.   Contact: 01395 517557, countryside@eastdevon.gov.uk,

18/07/2014    Aquatic Plant Identification: Advanced    1 day

FSC Epping Forest, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

18/07/2014    Introduction to NVC    4 days

FSC Kindrogan, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

18/07/2014    Grass Identification    4 days

FSC Malham Tarn, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

18/07/2014    Grasses, Sedges and Rushes    4 days

FSC Preston Montford, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

18/07/2014    Aquatic Plants    4 days

FSC Preston Montford, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

18/07/2014    Grasses, Sedges and Rushes in Uplands and Lowlands    3 days

FSC Rhyd-y-creuau, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

18/07/2014    Identifying Asteraceae    4 days

FSC Slapton Ley, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

19/07/2014    Grass Identification    4 days

FSC Orielton, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

20/07/2014    Summer tree identification    1 day

Wirksworth, Derbyshire, Derbyshire Eco Centre.   Contact: 01629 533038,  ecocentre@derbyshire.gov.uk,http://www.ecocentreexchange.org.uk/#!/courses

20/07/2014    Trees and Woodland in the British Landscape    6 days

FSC Flatford Mill, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

21/07/2014    Beginners Botany    2 days

Exeter Acorn Ecology Ltd    Contact: 01392 366512 training@acornecology.co.uk www.ecologytraining.co.uk

21/07/2014    Summer Tree Id    1 day

Edinburgh The Conservation Volunteers    Contact: 01786 479697 http://bit.ly/TCVScotlandTrg

21/07/2014    NVC: Grasslands    4 days

FSC Kindrogan, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

21/07/2014    Identification of Marshland Plants     4 days

FSC Slapton Ley, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

22/07/2014    Identifying Mosses and Liverworts    5 days

FSC Orielton, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

24/07/2014    Wildflower Identification for Improvers     1 day

Wirksworth,  CIEEM.   Contact: 01962 868626, http://www.cieem.net/training-events

25/07/2014    Coastal Plants    3 days

FSC Slapton Ley, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

25/07/2014    Aquatic Plants     3 days

FSC Slapton Ley, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

26/07/2014    Identifying Non-Native Invasive Plants    1 day

FSC London, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

26/07/2014    Introduction to Mosses    1 day

FSC Preston Montford, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

27/07/2014    Getting to know the Wild Flowers of East Sussex – Chalk Downland    1 day

Seaford, Sussex Wildlife Trust.   Contact: 01273 497561,   www.sussexwildlifetrust.org.uk/whatson

28/07/2014    Identifying Plants: Using Botanical Keys with Confidence    4 days

FSC Flatford Mill, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

29/07/2014    Identification of Invasive Alien Plants (Schedule 9 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act)     1 day

Dorking,  CIEEM.   Contact: 01962 868626, http://www.cieem.net/training-events

 

August 2014

01/08/2014    Identifying Difficult Plants     4 days

FSC Flatford Mill, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

01/08/2014    NVC: Heathlands    4 days

FSC Kindrogan, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

01/08/2014    Plants of Bogs and Mires    4 days

FSC Preston Montford, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

02/08/2014    Invasive Plant Species of the UK    1 day

Parc Slip Wildlife Trust Visitor Centre, Wildlife Trust of South & West Wales.   Contact: 01656 724100, m.lindley@welshwildlife.org,http://bit.ly/1bft6P1

03/08/2014    Bryophytes and National Vegetation Classification (NVC)    6 days

FSC Rhyd-y-creuau, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

04/08/2014    Identifying Sedges and Rushes    6 days

FSC Kindrogan, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

08/08/2014    Fern Identification    4 days

FSC Rhyd-y-creuau, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

09/08/2014    Urban Botany    1 day

FSC London, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

09/08/2014    Identifying Mosses and Liverworts    5 days

FSC Preston Montford, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

11/08/2014    Fens and Bogs: Plants and Processes    5 days

FSC Malham Tarn, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

11/08/2014    Using a Flora: Plants of North Wales     5 days

FSC Rhyd-y-creuau, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

12/08/2014    Botany for Gardeners    4 days

FSC Flatford Mill, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

12/08/2014    Daisies, Dandelions and Thistles-Identifying Asteraceae    1 day

FSC Preston Montford, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

15/08/2014    Docks and Goosefoots: Identifying the Polygonaceae and Chenopodiaceae (Amaranthaceae)     3 days

FSC Flatford Mill, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

15/08/2014    Rushes, Cyperaceae and a few Wetland Grasses    4 days

FSC Malham Tarn, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

15/08/2014    Introduction to Phase 1 Habitat Surveys    3 days

FSC Rhyd-y-creuau, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

16/08/2014    Fern Identification    1 day

Parc Slip Wildlife Trust Visitor Centre, Wildlife Trust of South & West Wales.   Contact: 01656 724100, m.lindley@welshwildlife.org,http://bit.ly/1ehnMON

16/08/2014    Dive into Pembrokeshire    5 days

FSC Dale Fort, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

16/08/2014    Fieldwork Techniques     1 day

FSC Epping Forest, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

17/08/2014    Getting to know the Wild Flowers of East Sussex – Heathland    1 day

Forest Row, Sussex Wildlife Trust.   Contact: 01273 497561,   www.sussexwildlifetrust.org.uk/whatson

17/08/2014    Getting to know the Wild Flowers of West Sussex – Chalk Downland    1 day

Singleton, nr Chichester, Sussex Wildlife Trust.   Contact: 01273 497561,   www.sussexwildlifetrust.org.uk/whatson

17/08/2014    The Fern Guide        6 days

FSC Blencathra, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

18/08/2014    Lichens, Fungi and Bryophytes – Ecology, Survey Techniques and Mitigation     1 day

Cleeve,  CIEEM.   Contact: 01962 868626, http://www.cieem.net/training-events

18/08/2014    Mosses and Liverworts of Wetland and River Habitats    5 days

FSC Malham Tarn, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

18/08/2014    A Visual Exploration of the Yorkshire Dales Landscape    5 days

FSC Malham Tarn, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

19/08/2014    Field Guide to Fern Identification     1 day

FSC Preston Montford, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

20/08/2014    Using the Vegetative Key to the British Flora     1 day

Shrewsbury Manchester Metropolitan University    Contact: 01743 355137 e.hopkisson@mmu.ac.uk www.sste.mmu.ac.uk/recording

22/08/2014    Native Tree Identification    1 day

Falkirk, Central Scotland Forest Trust.   Contact: 01501 824791, emilie.wadsworth@csft.org.ukwww.csft.org.uk

22/08/2014    Lichens in the Dales: An Introductory Course    4 days

FSC Malham Tarn, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

26/08/2014    Limnology: the Science of Lakes    1 day

FSC Malham Tarn, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

27/08/2014    Introduction to Aquatic Plant Ecology and Identification    3 days

FSC Margam Discovery Centre / Canolfan Ddarganfod Margam, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

27/08/2014    Late Summer Limestone Flowers at Llanymynech     1 day

FSC Preston Montford, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

29/08/2014    Native Tree Identification    1 day

New Lanark,  Central Scotland Forest Trust.   Contact: 01501 824791, emilie.wadsworth@csft.org.ukwww.csft.org.uk

29/08/2014    Identifying Lichens at Intermediate Level     3 days

FSC Flatford Mill, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

29/08/2014    Vegetative Plant Identification    3 days

FSC Margam Discovery Centre / Canolfan Ddarganfod Margam, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  nquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

30/08/2014    The Mountain Environment    1 day

North Wales, Natures Work.   Contact: 07813 727414,  info@natureswork.co.ukwww.natureswork.co.uk

31/08/2014    Extreme Coastal Environments    1 day

North Wales, Natures Work.   Contact: 07813 727414,  info@natureswork.co.ukwww.natureswork.co.uk

31/08/2014    Seashore Foraging    1 day

Herne Bay, Kent Wildwood Trust    Contact: 01227 711471 www.wildwoodtrust.org

 

http://www.countryside-jobs.com/Training/short_IDinvert.htm

Practical training in how to identify, classify and survey reptiles, amphibians, fish and invertebrates.  This is sort of an ‘everything else’  section! 

May 2014

10/05/2014    Lives of British Amphibians    1 day

FSC Preston Montford, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

14/05/2014    Reptile Survey Techniques    1 day

FSC Juniper Hall, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

15/05/2014    Great Crested Newt Ecology and Surveying    1 day

Nr Studland, Dorset, Acorn Ecology Ltd.   Contact:  01392 366512,  info@acornecology.co.ukwww.ecologytraining.co.uk

16/05/2014    Great Crested Newts and Development    1 day

Nr Studland, Dorset, Acorn Ecology Ltd.   Contact:  01392 366512,  info@acornecology.co.ukwww.ecologytraining.co.uk

16/05/2014    Reptiles and Amphibians    4 days

FSC Preston Montford, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

17/05/2014    Identification of Shieldbugs    1 day

FSC Preston Montford, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

18/05/2014    Introduction to River & Pond Invertebrates    1 day

Ringwood Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust    Contact: 01489 774406 courses@hiwwt.org.uk www.hiwwt.org.uk

18/05/2014    Great Crested Newts Training Day    1 day

FSC Epping Forest, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

19/05/2014    Identifying Freshwater Invertebrates    5 days

FSC Kindrogan, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

21/05/2014    Freshwater Invertebrate Identification & Ecology – Ponds    1 day

Abbotts Hall Farm, Essex Wildlife Trust.   Contact:  01621 862960, admin@essexwt.org.ukwww.essexwt.org.uk

24/05/2014    An Introduction to the Butterflies of West Sussex    morning

Singleton, nr Chichester, Sussex Wildlife Trust.   Contact: 01273 497561,   www.sussexwildlifetrust.org.uk/whatson

27/05/2014    Butterfly and Moth Identification    7 days

FSC Blencathra, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

27/05/2014    Identifying Freshwater Invertebrates for Biological Surveying and Recording    4 days

FSC Flatford Mill, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

28/05/2014    Finding, Identifying & Surveying Invertebrates    1 day

Henfield,  Sussex Wildlife Trust.   Contact: 01273 497561,   www.sussexwildlifetrust.org.uk/whatson

30/05/2014    Hoverflies, Soldierflies and Robberflies: an Introduction to Diptera    3 days

FSC Flatford Mill, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

30/05/2014    Identifying Bumblebees    4 days

FSC Flatford Mill, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

30/05/2014    Bumblebees and Solitary Bees    3 days

FSC Rhyd-y-creuau, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

30/05/2014    The Diversity of Invertebrates in West Wales    3 days

Machynlleth, Centre for Alternative Technology.   Contact:  01654 704952,  courses@cat.org.ukhttp://courses.cat.org.uk/course-calendar

June 2014

03/06/2014    Amphibian ID, ecology & surveying    1 day

Gartcosh Nature Reserve, Central Scotland Forest Trust.   Contact: 01501 824791, emilie.wadsworth@csft.org.ukwww.csft.org.uk

04/06/2014    An Introduction to Dragonflies & Damselflies    1 day

West Grinstead, Sussex Wildlife Trust.   Contact: 01273 497561,   www.sussexwildlifetrust.org.uk/whatson

04/06/2014    Reptile Identification, Surveying and Handling     1 day

Clyst St Mary, CIEEM.   Contact: 01962 868626, http://www.cieem.net/training-events

04/06/2014    An Introduction to the Study of Bumblebees    1 day

Thurrock Thameside Nature Park Visitor Centre, Essex Wildlife Trust.   Contact:  01621 862960, admin@essexwt.org.uk,www.essexwt.org.uk

06/06/2014    Identifying Difficult Invertebrates    4 days

FSC Preston Montford, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

06/06/2014    Identifying Ladybirds and Shieldbugs     3 days

FSC Preston Montford, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

07/06/2014    Shingle Spiders at Rye Harbour    1 day

Rye, Sussex Wildlife Trust.   Contact: 01273 497561,   www.sussexwildlifetrust.org.uk/whatson

07/06/2014    Moth Trapping for Beginners    evening

Hastings, Sussex Wildlife Trust.   Contact: 01273 497561,   www.sussexwildlifetrust.org.uk/whatson

07/06/2014    Introduction to Bumblebees    1 day

FSC Preston Montford, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

13/06/2014    Entomology – The Larger Insects of Wales (SELL)    3 days

Lampeter, Ceredigion, Denmark Farm.   Contact: http://www.denmarkfarm.org.uk/events/

13/06/2014    Introduction to Bumblebees and Solitary Bees    3 days

FSC Preston Montford, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

14/06/2014    Habitat Conservation for Insects    1 day

FSC Epping Forest, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

17/06/2014    An Introduction to Dragonflies & Damselflies    1 day

Three Oaks, Sussex Wildlife Trust.   Contact: 01273 497561,   www.sussexwildlifetrust.org.uk/whatson

18/06/2014    Reptile Surveying and Handling    1 day

Exeter, Acorn Ecology Ltd.   Contact:  01392 366512,  info@acornecology.co.ukwww.ecologytraining.co.uk

20/06/2014    Butterfly and Moth Photography    3 days

FSC Flatford Mill, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

21/06/2014    Pond Ecology and Habitat: The Basics    1 day

FSC Epping Forest, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

21/06/2014    Introduction to Insects    1 day

FSC London, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

25/06/2014    Dragonflies    1 day

Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve, Kent Wildlife Trust.   Contact: 01622 662012, www.kentwildlifetrust.org.uk

27/06/2014    Spiders: An Introduction to their Identification    4 days

FSC Kindrogan, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

28/06/2014    Bumblebee identification & conservation    1 day

Helix, Falkirk, Central Scotland Forest Trust.   Contact: 01501 824791, emilie.wadsworth@csft.org.ukwww.csft.org.uk

28/06/2014    Hovering & Flying: A Workshop on Hoverfly Identification    1 day

Egleton, Leicestershire & Rutland Wildlife Trust.   Contact: 01572 653024, sarahproud@rutlandwater.org.ukwww.rutlandwater.org.uk

28/06/2014    Identifying Ants    1 day

FSC Preston Montford, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

29/06/2014    Wildlife Training Day: Dragonflies    1 day

Axe Estuary Wetlands, Devon, East Devon District Council Countryside Team.   Contact: 01395 517557, countryside@eastdevon.gov.uk,

30/06/2014    Bumblebees; ecology and identification    1 day

Martin Down, Hampshire The Species Recovery Trust Contact: 01722 322539 bookings@speciesrecoverytrust.org.ukwww.speciesrecoverytrust.org.uk

July 2014

03/07/2014    Reptile Handling & Surveying    1 day

Exeter Acorn Ecology Ltd    Contact: 01392 366512 training@acornecology.co.uk www.ecologytraining.co.uk

04/07/2014    Identifying Dragonflies and Damselflies    3 days

FSC Flatford Mill, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

04/07/2014    An evening with Glow Worms        evening

Hove, Sussex Wildlife Trust.   Contact: 01273 497561,   www.sussexwildlifetrust.org.uk/whatson

05/07/2014    The Moths of Sussex    evening

Henfield,  Sussex Wildlife Trust.   Contact: 01273 497561,   www.sussexwildlifetrust.org.uk/whatson

05/07/2014    Moths and Butterflies    1 day

FSC London, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

06/07/2014    An Introduction to the Butterflies of East Sussex    morning

Eridge Green, Sussex Wildlife Trust.   Contact: 01273 497561,   www.sussexwildlifetrust.org.uk/whatson

07/07/2014    Surveying for Reptiles    1 day

Pamber Forest Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust    Contact: 01489 774406 courses@hiwwt.org.uk www.hiwwt.org.uk

10/07/2014    Introduction to Beetles    1 day

Stirling, Central Scotland Forest Trust.   Contact: 01501 824791, emilie.wadsworth@csft.org.ukwww.csft.org.uk

11/07/2014    Identifying Moths and Butterflies     3 days

FSC Flatford Mill, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

11/07/2014    Dragonflies, Butterflies and Moths of South Wales    3 days

FSC Margam Discovery Centre / Canolfan Ddarganfod Margam, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

17/07/2014    Introduction to White-clawed Crayfish     1 day

Windermere,  CIEEM.   Contact: 01962 868626, http://www.cieem.net/training-events

18/07/2014    Working with Crayfish – Survey, Ecology and Mitigation     3 days

Malham Tarn, CIEEM.   Contact: 01962 868626, http://www.cieem.net/training-events

18/07/2014    Identifying Butterflies, Moths and Dragonflies    4 days

FSC Flatford Mill, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

18/07/2014    Bees and the Natural World    3 days

FSC Flatford Mill, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

18/07/2014    Identifying Leafhoppers    3 days

FSC Preston Montford, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

18/07/2014    Moths, Dragonflies, and Butterflies of Bogs and Uplands    4 days

FSC Rhyd-y-creuau, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

18/07/2014    Butterflies and Moths    4 days

FSC Slapton Ley, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

18/07/2014    Dragonflies    4 days

FSC Slapton Ley, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

19/07/2014    Introduction to Odonata    1 day

Parc Slip Wildlife Trust Visitor Centre, Wildlife Trust of South & West Wales.   Contact: 01656 724100, m.lindley@welshwildlife.org,http://bit.ly/1ePiEjw

19/07/2014    Ecology of Bumblebees and their Identification for Beginners    1 day

Tyland Barn, Kent Wildlife Trust.   Contact: 01622 662012, www.kentwildlifetrust.org.uk

19/07/2014    London’s Butterflies    1 day

FSC London, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

19/07/2014    Identifying Micro Moths    4 days

FSC Orielton, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

22/07/2014    An Introduction to Surveying and Identification of Dragonfly and Damselflies (Odonata)     1 day

FSC Rhyd-y-creuau, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

23/07/2014    Dragonflies and Damselflies: Surveying and Identification of Larvae, Cast Larval Skins and Remains of Predation    1 day

FSC Rhyd-y-creuau, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

25/07/2014    Identifying Micro Moths     4 days

FSC Flatford Mill, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

28/07/2014    Butterflies and Moths     5 days

FSC Malham Tarn, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

28/07/2014    Introduction to Freshwater Invertebrates    5 days

FSC Malham Tarn, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

28/07/2014    A Beginners Guide to the Maze of British Invertebrates.    5 days

FSC Slapton Ley, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

August 2014

01/08/2014    Ecology of Bumblebees and their Identification for Intermediates    1 day

Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve, Kent Wildlife Trust.   Contact: 01622 662012, www.kentwildlifetrust.org.uk

01/08/2014    Identifying Beetles    4 days

FSC Slapton Ley, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

02/08/2014    Bee Workshop: Male & Female Differences & Cuckoo Species    1 day

Egleton, Leicestershire & Rutland Wildlife Trust.   Contact: 01572 653024, sarahproud@rutlandwater.org.ukwww.rutlandwater.org.uk

03/08/2014    An Introduction to Bumblebee Identification    1 day

Rye Harbour, Sussex Wildlife Trust.   Contact: 01273 497561,   www.sussexwildlifetrust.org.uk/whatson

04/08/2014    Butterflies and Moths    5 days

FSC Preston Montford, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

08/08/2014    Identifying Hoverflies    4 days

FSC Preston Montford, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

08/08/2014    Introduction to Dragonflies and Damselflies    3 days

FSC Preston Montford, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

13/08/2014    Rocky Shore Invertebrates    4 days

FSC Dale Fort, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

15/08/2014    An Introduction to Leaf-Mining Moths    3 days

FSC Flatford Mill, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

16/08/2014    Kentish Butterflies     1 day

Tyland Barn and Local Reserves, Kent Wildlife Trust.   Contact: 01622 662012, www.kentwildlifetrust.org.uk

16/08/2014    Highland Butterflies and Moths     8 days

FSC Kindrogan, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

18/08/2014    Invertebrate Surveying Techniques    6 days

FSC Kindrogan, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

19/08/2014    Practical Microscopy: Making Whole Mounts of Insects    4 days

FSC Flatford Mill, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

23/08/2014    Discovering Moths    1 day

FSC Epping Forest, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

30/08/2014    Mad about Moths    Overnight

Lampeter, Ceredigion, Denmark Farm Conservation Centre.   Contact: 01570 493358,  mara@denmarkfarm.org.uk,www.denmarkfarm.org.uk

If can become more flexible in commuting and narrowing the most relevant areas of specialisation/interest, there will be a variety of short training opportunities in identification and survey skills to relate to my intended practice.

I then started to look at photography event/training days that might refine my nature, wildlife, environmental and landscape photography skills.

http://www.countryside-jobs.com/Training/short_photo.htm

This section covers photography. Practical training and theoretical workshops on digital photography and image manipulation. With an emphasis on landscape photography and the use of photography as a tool in identification.

May 2014

07/05/2014    The Art of Nature Photography     6 days

FSC Orielton, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

15/05/2014 Water Vole, Dipper & Kingfisher Wildlife Safari in Gloucestershire 1 day

Wotton-Under-Edge,  PTES.    Contact:  020 7498 4533,   http://ptes.org/?page=488

19/05/2014    Introduction to Digital Photography    1 day

Hampshire, Hawk Conservancy Trust.   Contact: 01264 773850, info@hawkconservancy.orgwww.hawkconservancy.org

23/05/2014    New Shoots: Capture the Beauty of Spring in Close-Up    3 days

FSC Flatford Mill, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

24/05/2014    Close Up Natural History Photography Course    1 day

Egleton, Leicestershire & Rutland Wildlife Trust.   Contact: 01572 653024, sarahproud@rutlandwater.org.ukwww.rutlandwater.org.uk

24/05/2014    Creative Photography in FSC Epping Forest,     1 day

FSC Epping Forest, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

31/05/2014    Wildlife Digital Photography for Beginners    1 day

Tyland Barn, Kent Wildlife Trust.   Contact: 01622 662012, www.kentwildlifetrust.org.uk

 

June 2014

06/06/2014 Summer on the Somerset Levels 1 day

Glastonbury,  PTES.    Contact:  020 7498 4533,   http://ptes.org/?page=488

13/06/2014    Late Spring Photography     8 days

FSC Kindrogan, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

20/06/2014    Butterfly and Moth Photography    3 days

FSC Flatford Mill, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

22/06/2014    Digital Photography – Intermediate Course    1 day

Hampshire, Hawk Conservancy Trust.   Contact: 01264 773850, info@hawkconservancy.orgwww.hawkconservancy.org

28/06/2014    Photography – Nature & Landscape    2 days

Assington, Suffolk, Assington Mill.   Contact: 01787 229955, info@assingtonmill.comwww.assingtonmill.com

28/06/2014    Beginning Nature Photography    2 days

Henfield,  Sussex Wildlife Trust.   Contact: 01273 497561,  www.sussexwildlifetrust.org.uk/whatson

 

July 2014

05/07/2014    Introduction to Natural History Photography    1 day

Egleton, Leicestershire & Rutland Wildlife Trust.   Contact: 01572 653024, sarahproud@rutlandwater.org.ukwww.rutlandwater.org.uk

05/07/2014    Wildlife Digital Photography for Improvers    1 day

Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve, Kent Wildlife Trust.   Contact: 01622 662012, www.kentwildlifetrust.org.uk

12/07/2014    Beginners Wildlife Photography    1 day

Herne Bay, Kent Wildwood Trust    Contact: 01227 711471 www.wildwoodtrust.org

18/07/2014    Wildlife Digital Photography (SELL)    3 days

Lampeter, Ceredigion, Denmark Farm.   Contact: http://www.denmarkfarm.org.uk/events/

18/07/2014    Introducing Digital Photography    3 days

FSC Flatford Mill, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

19/07/2014    Wildlife Photograhy Day    1 day

Devon/Cornwall border, Acorn Ecology Ltd.   Contact:  01392 366512,  info@acornecology.co.ukwww.ecologytraining.co.uk

21/07/2014    ‘See and Shoot’: Capturing Your Creativity in the Lake District    5 days

FSC Blencathra, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

25/07/2014    Digital Photography – the Basics and Beyond    3 days

FSC Slapton Ley, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

27/07/2014    Digital Nature and Wildlife Photography: The Whole Picture    6 days

FSC Slapton Ley, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

 

August 2014

01/08/2014    Invertebrate Macro Photography (SELL)    3 days

Lampeter, Ceredigion, Denmark Farm.   Contact: http://www.denmarkfarm.org.uk/events/

01/08/2014    Understanding your DSLR: A Guide for the Beginner    3 days

FSC Slapton Ley, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

03/08/2014    Beginners Guide to Close-up and Macro Digital Photography    6 days

FSC Slapton Ley, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

11/08/2014    The Art of Photography: Nature and Landscape in ‘Constable Country’     5 days

FSC Flatford Mill, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

11/08/2014    Insect Photography Workshop    5 days

FSC Preston Montford, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

16/08/2014    Macro and Micro Digital Photography Workshop    5 days

FSC Dale Fort, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

17/08/2014    Autumn Nature Photography    8 days

FSC Kindrogan, Field Studies Council.   Contact: 0845 345 4071,  enquiries@field-studies-council.orgClick Here for Website

 

Finally, I considered long or distanced courses that might be relevant to environmental and/or conservation fields at a later stage.

http://www.countryside-jobs.com/Training/Long_courses_Ecology.htm

Long Training Courses: Ecology, Biodiversity and survey techniques

Courses longer than 10 days in length providing specialist ecological training, gain qualifications in biodiversity conservation and ecological consultancy this section also covers courses such as Evolutionary Biology and behavioural ecology

Foundation Degree in Wildlife Conservation and Habitat Management with Leeds City College

A course that combines practical work to build and survey a variety of habitats with knowledge and skills in wildlife management from identification to rehabilitation.  Contact: lLaura.overton@leedscitycollege.ac.uk0113 216 2414  www.leedscitycollege.ac.uk

Acorn Ecology Certificate in Ecological Consultancy with Acorn Ecology Ltd

This course comprises a series of field-skills courses & tutorials, combined with an element of career planning & goal-setting aimed at launching your ecological consultancy career. The course is designed to fit around working full time & is a real practical alternative to a Master’s course. www.ecologytraining.co.uk

http://www.countryside-jobs.com/Training/Distance_Learning.htm

Distance Learning Courses.

Information about distance learning courses in countryside, conservation, wildlife and ecology subjects.

It’s not always possible to commit to a full or part time college course.  Distance learning provides a viable alternative, giving you the option to learn in your own time at home. Also remember to check the providers page.


Field Techniques for Surveying Vegetation with University of Oxford, Department for Continuing Education

Five-week short-course taught online starting 17 Sept 2014 with Dr Jocelyne Hughes. Expert training for professionals, practitioners and researchers seeking to enhance their surveying skills and knowledge. Can be taken with or without academic accreditation, a special student rate is also available. Contact: 01865286952, est@conted.ox.ac.uk or visit www.conted.ox.ac.uk/vegetation


Field Techniques for Surveying Mammals and Reptiles with University of Oxford, Department for Continuing Education

Five-week short-course taught online starting 07 Jan 2015 with Dr Chris Newman.  Expert training for professionals, practitioners and researchers seeking to enhance their surveying skills and knowledge. Can be taken with or without academic accreditation, a special student rate is also available. Contact: 01865286952, est@conted.ox.ac.uk or visit www.conted.ox.ac.uk/mammals


Field Techniques for Surveying Birds with University of Oxford, Department for Continuing Education

Five-week short-course taught online starting 11 Feb 2015 with Dr Damien Farine.  Expert training for professionals, practitioners and researchers seeking to enhance their surveying skills and knowledge. Can be taken with or without academic accreditation, a special student rate is also available. Contact: 01865286952, est@conted.ox.ac.uk or visit www.conted.ox.ac.uk/birds


Field Techniques for Surveying Fish and Amphibians with University of Oxford, Department for Continuing Education

Five-week short-course taught online starting 25 Mar 2015 with Dr Jon Shrives.  Expert training for professionals, practitioners and researchers seeking to enhance their surveying skills and knowledge. Can be taken with or without academic accreditation, a special student rate is also available. Contact: 01865286952, est@conted.ox.ac.uk or visit www.conted.ox.ac.uk/fish


Field Techniques for Surveying Invertebrates with University of Oxford, Department for Continuing Education

Five-week short-course taught online starting 29 Apr 2015 with Dr Roger Key.  Expert for professionals, practitioners and researchers seeking to enhance their surveying skills and knowledge. Can be taken with or without academic accreditation, a special student rate is also available. Contact: 01865286952, est@conted.ox.ac.uk or visit www.conted.ox.ac.uk/invertebrates


Data Analysis in Ecology: Statistics for Field Biologists with University of Oxford, Department for Continuing Education

Five-week short-course taught online starting 29 Oct 2014 and 25 Feb 2014 with Dr Thomas Hesselberg.  Provides a thorough introduction to the key statistical principals and methods used by ecologists and field biologists with the open source software QED statistics and R.

Contact: 01865286952, est@conted.ox.ac.uk, or visit www.conted.ox.ac.uk/dataanalysis


Certificate in Global Ecology and Wildlife Conservation – Distance Learning with University of Leicester

Aims to provide students with an understanding of the principles which underpin contemporary ecological science, wildlife conservation and habitat management.

         2 year course – part-time

         Flexible entry requirements

Further information: Call: 0116 229 7599  Visit: http://www2.le.ac.uk/departments/lifelong-learning/parttime/ecology Email:sl172@le.ac.uk


Distance Learning Course in Marine Biology with Newcastle University
Newcastle University’s 6 month course in Marine Biology commences 1st March.

Aimed at enthusiasts who wish to extend their understanding of the marine world, learning is done from the comfort of your own home, with a one-week fieldcourse at Newcastle.  For further information: www.ncl.ac.uk/marine/delvedeeper

City & Guilds Level 2 Diploma in Countryside and Environment from The College of Animal Welfare

One year, online/distance learning course, ideal for those interested in the environment around them, whether already working in the sector or looking to do so in the future. For details: 01480 422060 or visit http://www.caw.ac.uk/courses/ce/cel2.aspx

Habitat Management – Self-study Course

Self-study course designed to give foundation knowledge of habitat management in the UK – an ideal starting point if you are considering working in the conservation/reserve management sector. Course covers the reasons for habitat management, surveying and monitoring, management planning and management prescriptions for some specific habitats and species. www.ecologytraining.co.uk

Introduction to Ecology with Acorn Ecology

Enrol at your convenience on this self-study course and receive one of ten modules by email each week. You will gain foundation knowledge of ecological principles and be guided to further reading and web links to explore. At the end of each module are quiz questions for you to complete. 01392 366512 info@acornecology.co.uk

Compass Education Ltd has been offering quality assured distance learning courses for over 14 years & now has students all over the world. It has gained a reputation for being a market leader for the provision of animal related studies from an introductory level to the equivalent of a Foundation Degree. Domestic & wild animal courses are available studying all aspects of care, training, behaviour & conservation. Courses have no particular start date & students progress at their own pace with the support of a personal tutor. For a free prospectus contact Compass at compass.ed@btinternet.com or call 0845 4585981

Overall, I believe that this area of research was successful start to considerations for courses and training opportunities that might offer me greater knowledge, application and accessibility to environmental and conservation areas that I hope will enable me to become involved in projects, produce relevant imagery and network with organisations/clients.

I will update my progress with this broader objective.