Due to the difficulty of maintaining social distancing, our courses are temporarily online only. If you have booked a course and have not heard from us already, please do not worry as we are working hard to contact everybody to reschedule bookings. If you have any queries about any courses, please get in touch via email at courses@wildwoodtrust.org.

wildlife interpretation

April 26th & 27th – Wildlife Interpretation: Engaging Visitors with Conservation

Monday 26th and Tuesday 27th April

1.30pm – 5.00pm (both days)

Tutor: Will Hirstle

This online course via Zoom will look at best practice in producing interpretation about wildlife in a range of contexts. It will be of interest to anyone communicating with the public about wildlife and will explore how you can engage visitors in different settings, such as zoos, nature reserves, parks and rewilding projects. It will cover self-guided media, both of the ‘traditional’ kind, (e.g. outdoor panels and printed guides), and those that use new technology.

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

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phase 1 part 1

May 24th – UKHab Webinar Training Course

Monday 24th May

10am – 3.30pm

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

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

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

This one day course comprises 3 Zoom webinar sessions covering:

Introduction and overview of the UKHab
UKHab survey: How to code and map habitats
Using the UKHab Field Key to habitats (includes practical tasks)
Sessions will be 60 to 90mins each to allow time for participant interaction, questions and breaks. Limited to a maximum of 15 participants. Participants will be contacted via email to arrange webinar sessions.

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

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

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Rewilding parts 1 and 2_web

June 12th and June 19th - A Beginner’s Guide to Rewilding, parts 1 and 2

Saturday June 12th and Saturday June 19th
10.00am – 1.00pm (both days)

Tutor: Anne Riddell

Rewilding is the new conservation buzzword but what exactly does it mean? This short online course aims to demystify the term and explain how rewilding may be defined, outline the ecological principles underpinning it and examine some of the rewilding projects in action in the UK and Europe. It will look at the role of large herbivores, beavers and large carnivores and ask if Britain is really ready to rewild.

Saturday, June 12th 2021, 10am-1:00pm
Session 1: Large grazers
Session 2: Beavers as wetland engineers

Saturday, June 19th 2021, 10am-1:00pm
Session 1: Welcoming back the lynx
Session 2: Are we ready for wolves

* Parts 1 and 2 can be booked individually or as a combined course

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Important Information:

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