Conservation Management in the Uplands - training course

from Monday, September 22, 2014
to Friday, September 26, 2014

Starts 9 am

22-26 September 2014, Gairloch, Wester Ross
To ensure that upland conservation management is rooted in sound ecological principles
* Invasive plants
* Grazing impact
* Native woodlands old & new
* Peatlands & carbon storage
* Setting objectives
– Nature conservation practitioners: staff of NGOs and agencies involved in practical conservation work and/or policy advice
– Postgraduate students involved in ecological research
– Those involved in governance of NGOs & agencies (trustees, council & committee members)
– Those seeking to advance their Corporate Professional Development
The course provides an opportunity for practitioners to stand-back from their daily work, to look afresh at the ecology of upland ecosystems, and to discuss topical issues with their peers – both informally on-site and in more structured indoor sessions in the evenings.
‘Learning by doing’: participants will undertake fieldwork on key topics and thereafter draw their own conclusions on the dynamics of the ecosystems they are studying.
The course is not designed to teach standard protocols such as NVC and Site Condition Monitoring and neither will it focus on designated sites, although these topics will be discussed.  Instead it will focus on basic ecology with the aim of honing observation skills.
Fieldwork sites will be chosen to best illustrate the underlying ecological principles and discussion will be based on fieldwork results obtained. Informal discussion following Chatham House rules will be a key aspect of the course
The course will take place in an area where natural/semi-natural habitats dominate the landscape, with improved agricultural land or urban development rare. Hence the course is targeted at those professionally working in such areas; it will be less suited to those involved in lowland areas where the reverse is true.
Participants will be expected to have had some experience of nature conservation theory and practice.
Run in association with the Field Studies Council
£240 per participant, which includes daily travel to/from fieldwork sites, fieldwork material, cost of room hire for evening sessions, and tutor costs.
* Course numbers will be restricted to eight.
The facilitator for this course is Dr James Fenton. The course is run in conjunction with the Field Studies Council.
James has a degree in botany and PhD in peat growth. He previously designed and tutored ecology field course for five years in the Lake District while working for the Brathay Hall Trust.
In 1991 he was employed by the National Trust for Scotland as their first Ecologist and remained with them for 14 years. Subsequently he worked on landscape policy for Scottish Natural Heritage for five years, coordinating the work to identify the special qualities of all of Scotland’s National Scenic Areas and both National Parks. Most recently he worked for two years in the Falkland Islands as CEO of the NGO Falklands Conservation.
In recent years he has also led fieldwork days in Wester Ross for postgraduate students from ETH Zurich university and been a STEM ambassador. 

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September 2014
Scourie - seacliffs
18 September 2014
Fungi in Culag Woods, Lochinver
18 September 2014
Geological Time Machine, Rosemarkie beach, cliffs and caves
18 September 2014
Bat Walk, Grantown
19 September 2014
Great Glen Way Whole Way - Walk Day 1: Fort William to Gairlochy
21 September 2014
Conservation Management in the Uplands - training course
from 22 Sep 2014
to 26 Sep 2014
Great Glen Way Whole Way - Walk Day 2: Gairlochy to South Laggan
22 September 2014
Great Glen Way Whole Way - Walk Day 3: South Laggan to Fort Augustus
23 September 2014
Bone Caves. Really Wild! (Inchnadamph)
23 September 2014
Stories of the Fort, Fort William
23 September 2014
Great Glen Way Whole Way - Walk Day 4: Fort Augustus to Invermoriston
24 September 2014
Cnoc na Staing, Lochcarron
24 September 2014
Great Glen Way Whole Way - Walk Day 5: Invermoriston to Drumnadrochit
25 September 2014
Achmelvich Coastal Walk, Sutherland
25 September 2014
Skye and Lochalsh in print: A Tour in Scotland and Voyage to the Hebrides, Thomas Pennant, 1772
25 September 2014
Great Glen Way Whole Way - Walk Day 6: Drumnadrochit to Inverness 

26 September 2014
6th Highland Invasive Species Forum. Ullapool
26 September 2014
Nights Noctural Nature, Geise
, Caithness
26 September 2014
Mammals of the Caledonian Forest, Dundreggan Estate, Glen Moriston
27 September 2014
Camera trapping for mammal recording at Kincraig
27 September 2014
Geology Rocks! Did the Earth Move for You?, Skye
30 September 2014
Stories of the Fort, Fort William
30 September 2014
October 2014
Rural Parliament event, Culbokie
2 October 2014
Clans, Plants and Landscape at Abriachan
4 October 2014
Fungi talk by Dave Genney, Inverness
6 October 2014
The management needs of wild plants and fungi in native pinewoods, Glen Affric
7 October 2014
Stories of the Fort, Fort William
7 October 2014
Ruins and Rutting, near Ullapool
8 October 2014
Fungi & mosses, Dundreggan Estate, Glen Moriston
11 October 2014
Moth identification, Dundreggan Estate, Glen Moriston
17 October 2014
Friends & Membership : How they can support your organisation (Inverness)
23 October 2014
Dark Skye Star Party, Clan Donald Centre, Isle of Skye
25 October 2014
Stories of the Fort, Fort William
28 October 2014
Inverness Community Garden Networking Day
31 October 2014
November 2014
The Salmon's Tale
10 November 2014
Slugs and Snails, talk by David O’Brien, Inverness
10 November 2014
The Salmon's Tale
15 November 2014
The Salmon's Tale
24 November 2014
The Salmon's Tale
29 November 2014
January 2015
The Gaelic Months, talk by Roddy MacLean, Inverness
12 January 2015
February 2015
Aspen, talk by John Parrot, Inverness
2 February 2015
March 2015
Canal Wildlife, talk by Stephen Wiseman, Inverness
2 March 2015
May 2015
Wildcat Action Plan, talk, Inverness
11 May 2015
June 2015
Dragonflies of the Highlands, talk by Jonathan Willet, Inverness
1 June 2015

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