Biodiversity Training to Better Manage Northern Ireland’s Natural Heritage
The Conservation Volunteers, with support from The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), are running a three year programme of training in the skills to understand and manage habitats in the best possible way for the benefit of biodiversity.
This will include:
- The identification of species and habitats
- Planning improvements to enhance biodiversity
- The practical skills to undertake the habitat management work in a sensitive way
- Training the trainer
Most events are FREE for anyone who manages land in any way; farmers, council staff, rangers, volunteers.
Specialised training is available in a wide range of subjects and will be delivered throughout Northern Ireland.
TCV holds an NCFE Investing in Quality (IIQ) Licence. This allows us to write our own courses to meet the specific needs of our learners and the courses are accredited by NCFE, demonstrating quality and rigor. However these courses are “unregulated” and not nationally recognised qualifications, in the way that a longer regulated qualification would be. Participants on many of our practical courses, for example, coppicing or hedgelaying, can achieve a certificate of achievement issued directly by NCFE. The certificate is evidence of the knowledge and skills gained by completing the course.
Training Events & Workshops
This fundamental skill of identifying and interpreting habitats and species will play an important role for developing future management plans and surveys. Simply knowing the value and ecological relationships can prove a useful tool. Typical workshops will include;
- Invasive Alien Species
Learn how to manage and enhance the biodiversity value of Northern Ireland’s natural environment. Use the skills to implement new ways of working for the creation and protection of Northern Ireland habitats. Practical skills will include;
- Invasive species management
- Meadow/Woodland management and creation
- Hedgerow management
- Grazing management
The natural environment is complex and diverse but by understanding habitat classification and using better identification skills, discreet habitats will be more visible and informed decision can be made. Training will include;
- Phase 1 Habitat Survey
- Creating habitat management plans
- Grassland management
We will be helping people who already hold biodiversity skills and knowledge to develop training and presentation skills, so they pass their knowledge on to others and to encourage the transfer of skills.
If you’re currently involved in land management or wish to improve your natural heritage skills, have a training need or for more information contact Rachel O’Malley at our Belfast office. Phone 028 9064 5169 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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