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May 2019

Basic Tree Mechanics and Common Sense Management

May 7th @ 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Shrewsbury Town Council, Weeping Cross
Shrewsbury, SY5 6HT United Kingdom
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We are lucky enough to have tree expert Bob Watson for a day, looking at basic tree biology and mechanics and how this relates to managing the trees on our land. Author of ‘Trees: Their Use, Management, Cultivation and Biology - A Comprehensive Guide’, and a former Head of School at the National School of Forestry, Bob is known for his down to earth style and passion for the subject. Tea and coffee will be provided. A table will be…

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Great Crested Newt Trapping & Survey Methods Training Evening

May 10th @ 2:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Nymans (National Trust), Staplefield Lane
Handcross, East Sussex RH17 6EB United Kingdom
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Ideal for rangers to gather evidence working towards their individual class 1 GCN Licence. -        Calculating Habitat Suitability Index, Biological Monitoring -        Habitat maintenance and planning -        Working Party Score -        Egg Searches -        Torch Searches -        Net Sweeping -        Bottle Trapping Attendees would need to bring a packed lunch/evening meal as they will be out all evening in the field.  We would also recommend a flask and cup for a hot drink. PPE-wise sturdy walking boots, high vis jacket, a head torch (make sure batteries are…

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June 2019

Introduction to Tree Identification (Part 2: Leaves)

June 21st @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Westley Heights, Langdon Hills, High Road
Basildon, Essex SS16 6HP United Kingdom
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Suitable for attendees who are either beginners to tree identification or expand their knowledge of leaf identification. The training day will include a power point presentation introducing attendees to the basic forms of leaves. The presentation will be supported with handouts (to take away). The day will then continue with a table top ID quiz handing real leaves from the Langdon Hills Country Park estate. After lunch a site wide walk around the site using identification keys to identifying trees…

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Grassland Species Identification Day

June 27th @ 9:30 am - 3:00 pm
Ivythorn Youth Hostel, The Chalet, Marshalls Elm
Street, Somerset BA16 0TZ United Kingdom
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Take a day out to scratch up on your grassland species identification with National Trust Assistant Wildlife & Countryside Advisor, Stephen Beale. We will look at the vast array of species at Ivythorn Meadows then hop across the road to hunt for the enigmatic Large Blue Butterfly with the Somerset National Trust team. Collard Hill is the second best place in the world to see this butterfly…so hopefully we’ll be in with a good chance! Themes to be covered: Species identification.…

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