Course: Introducing the Management of Woods

Surrey Wildlife Trust

26th September 2018 01372379523

Cost: £35/£47

Sectors: conservation & wildlife

This introductory course touches on the three primary concepts to consider when managing a wooded area. You will discuss methods of conserving various habitat types. The seven step approach to creating a site plan will then be reviewed before discussing how best to plan conservation work projects. This course is intended to provide an overview for those who are interested in learning more about their local woods.

Tutor - Paul Ritchie

As a chartered biologist with over 20 years of experience as a countryside manager looking after nature reserves and commons Paul is well placed to deliver training in ecology and practical conservation management. He has held roles training employees and volunteers for the Metropolitan Police, City of London and Surrey Wildlife Trust. 

 He went on to study zoology at the University of Nottingham (studying ants in Edale, African carnivores and tapeworms!) whilst volunteering for organisations conserving canals and waterways. 

As a police officer Paul undertook a variety of roles in Harringey, Highbury and Central London, which included training new recruits, community engagement and rescuing wildlife (a degree in zoology is invaluable for this!). During his spare time Paul helped out in the London Wildlife Trust education centre at Railway Fields. 

After studying ecology and conservation at Birbeck College (University of London) Paul had a second 20-year career in parks, gardens and open spaces with City of London. He helped to establish the community woodland project at Ashtead Common NNR; trained and assessed apprentices; and worked closely with volunteer and community groups. 

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