A one-day course on a range of UK woodlands their ecology and management practices. This course is designed for people new to woodland management and for recent graduates who wish to pursue a career in woodland management, though anyone with an interest in Woodland Ecology is welcome to join us to learn about this fascinating habitat.
The course will develop skills in botany, ecology and taxonomy with respect to broadleaf woodlands, and explore issues associated with sustainable management of broadleaf woodlands.
This course takes place at Yarner Wood, a conservation area managed by Natural England and is located in Dartmoor National Park. This is a one-day course on a range of UK woodlands their ecology and management practices. This course is designed for people new to woodland management and for recent graduates who wish to pursue a career in woodland management. The course will develop skills in botany and taxonomy with respect to broadleaf woodlands and their management. We will then explore issues associated with sustainable management of broadleaf woodlands. No previous knowledge is required, but participants need to be relatively fit as much of the day will require you to walk over fairly rough ground.
Your Day at Yarner Wood
After a brief introduction, we will start the day with a 50-minute talk on Yarner wood and its associated management, this talk will also draw parallels with other similar woodland types in the UK. There will then be a short coffee break followed by a guided study walk around the woodland with the aim of introducing participants to the key tree flora and associated understory components. During this session there will be a number of opportunities to develop key botanical skills such as tree and fern identification and complete a range of tasks in the portfolio pack. This will take us through to lunch. Following lunch there will be another 50-minute talk on a selection of UK woodlands and their biodiversity. Then we will take another walk into Yarner and this time the focus will be reflecting on woodland management in relation sustainable exploitation and best practice that can mitigate against ecological damage and maintain regional biodiversity. The day will end with a debrief of the afternoons field activity.
We will also explore this woodland habitat and its key associated species with respect to conservation, management challenges, pests and diseases, and climate change.
Participants should have sturdy footwear, and suitable clothing for a full day out and about – wet weather gear is advisable – just in case! Bring a packed lunch and plenty to drink. A camera and binoculars are well worth bringing, though not required to complete your day with us. You will be provided with a booklet and all materials that you will need to complete the course.
Health and Safety
Before the visit you will be provided with a brief medical checklist that you will need to send to us prior to the visit. A risk assessment has been prepared and will be discussed in the trip briefing. A copy will also be included in your course booklet.
Please Contact us if you wish to sign up for this course