A course for anyone who enjoys the woodland environment and would like to know more. We will learn about how differing management techniques, past and present, affect the habitats and ecology of a site with lots of tree identification along the way. The course, which is a mix of classroom theory and field site visits, reviews many scenarios and no previous knowledge is required.

Course fee includes FSC fold-out chart: Guide to woodland plants. Today you will learn about woodland ecology and how management practices, or lack of, affect it. No previous knowledge is required. Topics include habitats within woodlands, the role of animals in woodland ecology, primary and secondary succession as well as diversity of structure and species. Also discussed: what conservationists are seeking to achieve in manipulating succession, whether intervention is desirable or non-intervention better, plus types of conservation work used.

Tutor: Andy Deane

Andy Deane is a lecturer in Arboriculture and Countryside Management as well as a qualified Tree Inspector. He is also a Lantra and NPTC registered assessor/trainer in chainsaw and related activities with many years' 'hands-on' experience in woodland management.

Example Timetable

09.30 Registration and refreshments
10.00 Introduction to woodland ecology and habitats
11.30 Site visits to various woodland types
12.30 Lunch
13.00 More site visits
15.30 Return to Centre - discussion and re-cap of the day
16.00 Course ends.

All timings are approximate. This is an outline programme and may be subject to change according to the weather, requirements of the group or access restrictions to field sites on the day of the course. Our courses include some classroom sessions but field visits may be a few hours long and involve walking over uneven ground.

What's Included

  • Expert Tuition
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Hot and Cold Drinks
  • Personal and Travel Insurance

Before You Attend

What to Bring

  • Sensible clothing for the weather
  • Appropriate footwear
  • Lunch and Drinks (refreshments are provided)
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