Training courses

Our courses are delivered by experienced advisers who draw on techniques developed across our reserve network, and help landowners manage their land for wildlife each year.

 

Following the latest clear instructions from the Government, we have taken the difficult decision to cancel all our training courses for May, June and July until further notice. These will be rescheduled to later this year.

Please contact holly.jopson@rspb.org.uk for further information.

Land management training

The RSPB runs a programme of habitat management training courses, for a wide range of professional audiences.

Our courses are based on our research and land management experience, and also draw on external expertise and best practice. Led by experienced conservation practitioners, the courses include significant elements of fieldwork to ensure that they remain practical and applied.

To maximise learning opportunities, places on each course are limited to 25. Courses cost £120 plus VAT unless otherwise stated. This includes refreshments, lunch and course materials.

For information or to request booking forms for RSPB and Nature after Minerals courses, please call us on 01767 693308 or email: conservation-advice@rspb.org.uk

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Reedbed courses

An introduction to reedbed management

Tuesday 30th June 2020, RSPB Ham Wall

An introduction to reedbeds and their management for wildlife, focusing on reedbed specialist species.
During the morning session you will cover the ecology of key species and the basic reedbed vegetation types, plus hydrology and management techniques. As well as discussing management, we will also touch on reedbed restoration and creation. After lunch, there will be a site visit. This is a standalone course but can be followed by our ‘Advanced reedbed management’ course.

Advanced Reedbed Management

Wednesday 1st July 2020, RSPB Ham Wall

A standalone course, or a follow-on from the ‘An introduction to reedbeds’. You will go into more detail on some of the advanced and dynamic management solutions available for old or degraded reedbeds, and the outcomes they can deliver. We will also look at the more practical elements of management, including climate mitigation, survey techniques and monitoring and take part in a practical session.

 

A reedbed landscape
Coast on a stormy day

To book please email Holly Jopson

conservation-advice@rspb.org.uk

Wetlands

Dynamic Wetland Management

Tuesday 2nd June 2020, RSPB Campfield Marshes.

£120+VAT (lunch and refreshments included)

Wetlands across the UK include everything from reedbed to wet grassland, swamp to fen and support an incredible array of wildlife, including iconic species like bittern, crane and curlew. Historically widespread they are now fragmented across our landscape and are increasingly challenging to manage. This dynamic wetland management course looks at how we manage wetlands in a changing climate to maximise the outcome for wildlife, and how we replicate natural processes in small, medium and large scale wetlands. This one-day workshop is suitable for those with a good basic knowledge of wetland wildlife and management, and who are managing wetland sites.

Introduction to wet grassland management

Tuesday 21st July 2020, RSPB Otmoor.

£120+VAT (lunch and refreshments included)

An introduction to wet grassland and their management for wildlife, focusing on breeding waders. During the morning session you will cover the ecology of key species, habitat and species consideration, site hydrology and soils. As well as discussing management, we will also touch on the restoration and creation of wet grassland. After lunch, there will be a site visit. This is a standalone course but can be followed by our ‘Advanced wet grassland management’ course.

Advanced wet grassland management

Wednesday 22nd July 2020, RSPB Otmoor.

£120+VAT (lunch and refreshments included)

A standalone course, or a follow-on from the ‘An introduction to wet grassland’. You will go into more detail on some of the advanced management solutions available for wet grassland, and the outcomes they can deliver, and we will look more at the restoration or creation elements of wet grassland. We will also look at the more practical elements of management, including climate mitigation, survey techniques and monitoring. There will be a practical session in the afternoon, and some interactive group activities.

Wetland site assessment and monitoring techniques.

Tuesday 15th and Wednesday 16th September 2020, RSPB Leighton Moss.

£240+VAT (lunch and refreshments included)

The wetland site assessment and monitoring course focuses on the resources and approaches used to identify and plan restoration and management. The course looks at hydrology, soils, and topography in habitats such as reedbed, wet grassland and brackish lagoons, making use of the diversity and richness around the RSPB's Leighton Moss reserve. You will explore desk based approaches and practical field exercises, using these to develop a restoration plan for a real wetland restoration project.
Topics covered include:

  • Levels surveys
  • Site monitoring
  • Using drones to track habitat changes
A wetland management training course
Coast on a stormy day

To book please email Holly Jopson

conservation-advice@rspb.org.uk

Nature After Minerals 2020 courses

Protecting Birds in Quarries

Tuesday 5th May 2020, Marshalls Stainton Quarry, Maltby, South Yorkshire

Birds are a vital part of the UK’s biodiversity and are protected by law. Quarries can often become home to protected birds of prey, such as the peregrine falcon, as well as other species like the sand martin. This Nature After Minerals (NAM) training course will provide information on the law relating to the protection of birds and their nests, and the legal obligations of site owners and managers. You will learn about the ecology and habitat requirements for key species, and how to manage the locations these birds will choose to feed and nest in, to encourage them away from planned extraction areas. After lunch there will be a site visit to look at specific features that are attractive to these key species, and how to manage sites to provide a safe home to protected birds whilst managing the legal and operational risks entailed.

Creation of Reedbeds

Wednesday 3rd June 2020, Hanson Needingworth Quarry and RSPB Ouse Fen, Cambridgeshire

This Nature After Minerals (NAM) training course introduces the principles behind the design and establishment of new reedbeds, from concept through to practical considerations and the requirements of target species. This will be followed by case studies about creating new reedbeds on former extraction sites, and a site visit to RSPB Ouse Fen, a site that, once restored, will be the largest reedbed in the UK.

Managing Quarries for Migrant Birds

Wed 8th July 2020, Paxton Pits, Cambridgeshire 

Many of the iconic species of the UK summer – like turtle dove, cuckoo and nightingale – are long distance migrants, present in the UK for only a few months each year. They travel back from Africa each spring, and all have declined by over 50% in the past 25 years. Extraction sites can provide vital food, water and breeding sites for these birds - before, during and after quarrying has taken place. This Nature After Minerals (NAM) training course will help you to understand the ecology and key requirements of major migrant species, and will explain the steps that can be taken to provide attractive resources to these birds. After lunch, there will be a site visit to see different habitat options and, hopefully, some migrant birds in the field.

What does ‘good’ look like? Delivering for biodiversity through minerals site restoration.

Tuesday 15th September 2020, Stanwick Lakes, Northamptonshire

With many species in rapid decline, and vital habitats being lost at an alarming rate, biodiversity enhancement which is integrated into the full lifecycle of mineral sites can provide a vital lifeline. This Nature After Minerals (NAM) training course will showcase best practice examples of how minerals planning, site design & management and restoration work can facilitate the delivery of significant biodiversity net-gains, particularly at a landscape scale. The day will also include a short site visit after lunch.

Peregrine falcon
Coast on a stormy day

To book please email Holly Jopson

conservation-advice@rspb.org.uk

Managing woodland for wildlife

Managing woodland for wildlife

Tuesday 9th June 2020, RSPB Highnam Woods.

£120+VAT

The UK’s woodlands are many and varied – everything from small farmland copses to the mighty Caledonian pine forests of Scotland and the Western Atlantic forests of Wales. Across the UK these woodlands support a distinct group of flora and fauna, which are dependent on well-managed woodlands.

This one-day course will look at how to manage your woodland, be it large or small, to benefit wildlife, giving it the best chance to thrive. It’s open to anyone who manages woodlands, and is designed for people who are new to managing woodlands for wildlife or who are looking for a bit of a refresher. Topics covered include:

  • Woodland types
  • Woodland species and their requirements
  • Management techniques to benefit wildlife
Woodland river bank
Coast on a stormy day

To book please email Holly Jopson

conservation-advice@rspb.org.uk

Bespoke biodiversity workshops

Our bespoke workshops are a cost-effective way of delivering training for groups of 8 to 15 people. Working with you every step of the way, our advisors tailor all workshops to your needs. We’ll use your sites, ensuring your team gets the most out of each session. Areas we work in include:

  • Urban wildlife
  • Farmed environment
  • Woodlands
  • Wetlands

If you’re looking to restore mineral extraction sites and/or aftercare management planning, we can provide training through the Nature After Minerals programme.

Previous workshops include: managing parks for biodiversity, arable farming for wildlife, and developing spatial visions for landscape areas.

To discuss a bespoke workshop please call us on 01767 693308 or email: conservation-advice@rspb.org.uk