We are very keen to provide further training to young graduates and others who want to become involved in environmental conservation either professionally or as volunteers. We hope that additional training in species identification, taxonomy and ecological field skills will equip our trainees better for the highly competitive jobs market that they are facing. We also aim to find funding to enable us to provide power tools training to prospective countryside employees or self-employed contractors.

This training can take place during weekends in the UK but also on placements with our European partners. The two week European placements provide a superb opportunity not only to learn about the wildlife and its ecology in other parts of Europe, but also to understand conservation challenges and management techniques in a European context. In addition, there are many cultural activities built into the programme, including tours and presentations to learn about the history, economy and customs of the area.

One of our longer-term aims is to establish a programme of traineeships which will involve individual placements of 4-6 weeks duration with small-scale agricultural or food-production enterprises in Europe, preceded by 2-4 weeks with similar enterprises in the UK. These will be aimed at adults who would use this experience to enable them to become involved in this sector on a longer term basis.

See our events page for current training opportunities.