Penllergare Training Sessions

Posted on February 8, 2017 by

The Penllergare Trust is offering a range of 1-day ecology-based training sessions, run by Nigel Robins.

These short courses will run from 10am-2pm on Saturdays at our Woodland Centre in Penllergare Valley Woods. They are suitable for students or keen amateurs, and no prior knowledge or experience is required. You will receive a certificate of completion at the end of the day. There may be a short trip into the Penllergare woodlands to further examine issues raised in the classroom, so please dress appropriately.

Each session is £35 (inc VAT) or you can book the course of all 6 seminars for £195. The tutor is offering his time on a voluntary basis, so all the income will go directly to The Penllergare Trust to help us to continue our work at Penllergare.

Please book ahead by emailing or calling 01792 344 224. Places are limited and are offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Nigel Robins has been a conservation volunteer in many organisations for over 20 years. He has worked as an environmental project manager and ecological surveyor and currently works at the Cabinet Office.

Saturday 18 February
Rewilding and Ecosystem Services
Evidence from the UK and abroad suggests that rewilding can benefit both wildlife and local people…but animal re-introductions will adversely affect some. Are there consequences of increasing the role of natural processes within landscapes?

Saturday 25 February
Evidence-based conservation
“There is nothing a government hates more than to be well-informed; for it makes the process of arriving at decisions much more complicated and difficult” (John Maynard Keynes).

We should not spend money in conservation without knowing as much as possible about the benefits and impacts of our activities. This session looks at how to use knowledge and evidence in our conservation activities.

Saturday 4 March
Building Biodiversity Action Plans
A Biodiversity Action plan can be a vital tool in developing a conservation strategy for any piece of land large or small. These sessions illustrate the process of building a BAP using the Penllergare (Llan) Valley as an example of how to develop a plan.

Saturday 11 March
A Philosophy of Ecological Planting
Planting styles can have massive impact on the look, atmosphere and ultimately success of a conservation scheme. This session looks at some of the styles of planting from horticultural to ecological and the reality of habitat restoration.

Saturday 18 March
Climate Change
Climate change is having a significant effect on habitat and biodiversity. This session looks at the emerging measures the conservation sector has to take to minimise adverse impacts.

Saturday 25 March
Ancient Woodland
Ancient woodlands are irreplaceable features of our landscapes that can be high in biodiversity or cultural value. This session summarises the challenges of conserving the biodiversity and cultural heritage of these sites to provide social and economic benefits, while still meeting the development needs of society

More info and to book contact:
email or calling 01792 344 224.

Places are limited and are offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

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