Learn about nature, Discover your talents

Develop your skills or discover a new hobby in a relaxed atmosphere with expert advice, whatever your abilities. Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust has an exciting programme of courses including:

Wildlife identification, ecology, surveying techniques, wildlife photography, bush-craft weekends, wildlife art and much more…

Our classes will enable you to get closer to nature, improve your knowledge and help local wildlife. All our courses here are for adults over 18 years of age.

Small Mammal Surveying Techniques
Small Mammal Surveying Techniques
Starts 25 Oct 2017 7pm – 9pm An introduction to small mammal surveying and trapping techniques course, learn about ecology, handling and surveying of small mammals in the UK. This is a rare chance to see our native small mammals up close. This is a two part course with an indoor evening presentation on small mammal ID, ecology and surveying techniques, followed by a morning field session checking the live small mammal traps. You will learn about  
  • Small mammal identification techniques
  • Small mammal ecology
  • Survey techniques
  • Safe handling techniques for small mammals
  • Setting live traps
By the end of the course you will be able to put your small mammal ID skills into practice and handle any small mammals found in the live traps.
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Starts 25 Oct 2017 7pm – 9pm

An introduction to small mammal surveying and trapping techniques course, learn about ecology, handling and surveying of small mammals in the UK. This is a rare chance to see our native small mammals up close.

This is a two part course with an indoor evening presentation on small mammal ID, ecology and surveying techniques, followed by a morning field session checking the live small mammal traps. You will learn about

 

  • Small mammal identification techniques
  • Small mammal ecology
  • Survey techniques
  • Safe handling techniques for small mammals
  • Setting live traps

By the end of the course you will be able to put your small mammal ID skills into practice and handle any small mammals found in the live traps.

£60.00
Dragonfly & Damselfly Surveying Techniques
Dragonfly & Damselfly Surveying Techniques
26 July 2017 9.30am to 4.30pm
This course is an introduction to dragonflies and damselflies (Odonata) for beginners and intermediates, including their ecology, life history and the surveying of dragonflies and damselflies in the UK. Learn about the fascinating aerial acrobats of the insect world.
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26 July 2017 9.30am to 4.30pm

This course is an introduction to dragonflies and damselflies (Odonata) for beginners and intermediates, including their ecology, life history and the surveying of dragonflies and damselflies in the UK. Learn about the fascinating aerial acrobats of the insect world.

£60.00
Management of Chalk Rivers
Management of Chalk Rivers
7 Sep 2017 9:30am – 5:30pm
Our Management of chalk rivers course is a 1 day informative and practical introduction to the ecology and management of chalk river habitats including classroom sessions, practical demonstrations and a field visit to two chalk river sites. You will learn about:
  • The ecology of chalk rivers
  • Key wildlife species of the chalk river environment
  • Management issues and techniques
  • Visit examples of restoration techniques used by the Wildlife Trust in past projects.
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7 Sep 2017 9:30am – 5:30pm

Our Management of chalk rivers course is a 1 day informative and practical introduction to the ecology and management of chalk river habitats including classroom sessions, practical demonstrations and a field visit to two chalk river sites. You will learn about:

  • The ecology of chalk rivers
  • Key wildlife species of the chalk river environment
  • Management issues and techniques
  • Visit examples of restoration techniques used by the Wildlife Trust in past projects.
£80.00
Myotis bat species by Trevor Codlin
Beginners Bat ecology and survey techniques
Starts 7 Sept 2017 6:30pm – 9.30pm A 2 evening introduction bats, their ecology and survey techniques, learn about bat habitat, ecology, natural history and survey techniques for bats. Your tutor will be Sarah Jackson, HIWWT ecologist. This two evening course will include an outdoor session on our Blashford Lakes nature reserve, Ringwood, and a classroom based lecture including: Session 1: Thursday 7 September 2016
  • Bat species
  • Bat ecology
  • Bats and the law
  • How bat detectors work
  • Brief intro into survey techniques (to be covered in more detail in second session) – focus on transect survey
Outdoors for a transect survey from 8 – 9.30pm Session 2: Thursday 14 September (Sunset 7.35pm)
  • Bat ID and analysis of calls
  • Further survey techniques – initial assessment, remote detectors
  • Building and tree assessment
Outdoors for an emergence survey followed by transect walk – 7.30 – 9.30pm
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Starts 7 Sept 2017 6:30pm – 9.30pm

A 2 evening introduction bats, their ecology and survey techniques, learn about bat habitat, ecology, natural history and survey techniques for bats.

Your tutor will be Sarah Jackson, HIWWT ecologist. This two evening course will include an outdoor session on our Blashford Lakes nature reserve, Ringwood, and a classroom based lecture including:

Session 1: Thursday 7 September 2016

  • Bat species
  • Bat ecology
  • Bats and the law
  • How bat detectors work
  • Brief intro into survey techniques (to be covered in more detail in second session) – focus on transect survey

Outdoors for a transect survey from 8 – 9.30pm

Session 2: Thursday 14 September (Sunset 7.35pm)

  • Bat ID and analysis of calls
  • Further survey techniques – initial assessment, remote detectors
  • Building and tree assessment

Outdoors for an emergence survey followed by transect walk – 7.30 – 9.30pm

£60.00
Wildlife Gardening
Wildlife Gardening
9 Sep 2017 9.30am - 3pm
Learn how to welcome wildlife into your garden, the variety of wildlife that you can attract and which plants will attract wildlife. You tutor Susan will start the session with a bit of a brainstorm of ideas and then you will look at how wildlife habitats to attract and help wildlife can be created in more detail. Sometime will be spent outside exploring the dry garden, wildflower meadow and pond at Testwood Lakes Nature Reserve. Discover more about:
  • How to create mini wildlife habitats
  • Plants for pollinators
  • Wildlife species your garden can attract
  • Planting options for borders and wildflower meadows
  • Useful plants for wildlife
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9 Sep 2017 9.30am – 3pm

Learn how to welcome wildlife into your garden, the variety of wildlife that you can attract and which plants will attract wildlife. You tutor Susan will start the session with a bit of a brainstorm of ideas and then you will look at how wildlife habitats to attract and help wildlife can be created in more detail.

Sometime will be spent outside exploring the dry garden, wildflower meadow and pond at Testwood Lakes Nature Reserve.

Discover more about:

  • How to create mini wildlife habitats
  • Plants for pollinators
  • Wildlife species your garden can attract
  • Planting options for borders and wildflower meadows
  • Useful plants for wildlife
£50.00
Beginners Silver Clay Natural Forms
Beginners Silver Clay Natural Forms
23 Sept 2017 9.30am – 4.30pm
Learn basic principles of making your own unique silver clay jewellery using wildlife as your inspiration. Using examples you collect from Testwood Lakes or moulds, you can use art to explore natural forms in a 3D art medium and make a beautiful piece of jewellery to keep or give to a loved one. Silver clay, sometimes called Precious Metal Clay (PMC), is pure silver which comes in the form of a clay, which can be modelled to create unique designs. After shaping and refining, the clay is fired, which converts it into pure solid silver. In this way you can create your own unique, stunning designs. You will learn:
  • Basic silver clay techniques like texturing and rolling
  • Basic design principles
  • Handling and manipulating the silver clay
  • Firing
  • Burnishing and finishing techniques
You will see a demonstration of torch firing, your tutor Hilary Bowen will deal with all the firing of your piece showing you how easy it is to fire your silver clay pieces at home. This course is taught in a small group of no more than 8 and the price includes the cost of the silver clay, enough for the piece of jewellery you make to take home. All the tools and moulds will be available to use and you will also be able to purchase jewellery findings for your piece from Hilary Bowen on the day. Please bring cash on the day to make any additional purchases. At the end of the course you will have sufficient skills and knowledge to make your own silver clay jewellery at home.
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23 Sept 2017 9.30am – 4.30pm

Learn basic principles of making your own unique silver clay jewellery using wildlife as your inspiration. Using examples you collect from Testwood Lakes or moulds, you can use art to explore natural forms in a 3D art medium and make a beautiful piece of jewellery to keep or give to a loved one.

Silver clay, sometimes called Precious Metal Clay (PMC), is pure silver which comes in the form of a clay, which can be modelled to create unique designs. After shaping and refining, the clay is fired, which converts it into pure solid silver. In this way you can create your own unique, stunning designs.

You will learn:

  • Basic silver clay techniques like texturing and rolling
  • Basic design principles
  • Handling and manipulating the silver clay
  • Firing
  • Burnishing and finishing techniques

You will see a demonstration of torch firing, your tutor Hilary Bowen will deal with all the firing of your piece showing you how easy it is to fire your silver clay pieces at home.

This course is taught in a small group of no more than 8 and the price includes the cost of the silver clay, enough for the piece of jewellery you make to take home.

All the tools and moulds will be available to use and you will also be able to purchase jewellery findings for your piece from Hilary Bowen on the day. Please bring cash on the day to make any additional purchases.

At the end of the course you will have sufficient skills and knowledge to make your own silver clay jewellery at home.

£80.00
Bushcraft introduction weekend course shelters
Bushcraft Introduction Weekend
Starts 30 Sep 2017 10am

Spend a fun weekend immersed in the world of bushcraft and learn survival techniques on our weekend bushcraft course

On this 2 day 1 night course you will learn and practice:
  • Fire lighting techniques
  • Erecting natural and manmade shelters
  • Cordage and pot hanger making
  • Meat preparation and outdoor cooking
  • Knife safety and sharpening
  • Edible and medicinal plant ID
We will provide an array of shelters for you to sleep in – some natural which we will make together and some manmade. If you would like to bring your own shelter/tent then please feel free to do so and you will have time to put it up throughout the day.
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Starts 30 Sep 2017 10am

Spend a fun weekend immersed in the world of bushcraft and learn survival techniques on our weekend bushcraft course

On this 2 day 1 night course you will learn and practice:

  • Fire lighting techniques
  • Erecting natural and manmade shelters
  • Cordage and pot hanger making
  • Meat preparation and outdoor cooking
  • Knife safety and sharpening
  • Edible and medicinal plant ID

We will provide an array of shelters for you to sleep in – some natural which we will make together and some manmade. If you would like to bring your own shelter/tent then please feel free to do so and you will have time to put it up throughout the day.

£95.00
Wildlife Tracks Signs and Owl Pellets
Wildlife Tracks Signs and Owl Pellets
7 Oct 2017 9.30am - 12.30pm
Who left that there? Hone your nature detective skills. Learn how to identify animal tracks and signs and discover what owls have for dinner. You will spend part of the morning indoors looking at various feathers and dissecting owl pellets to identify the small mammal bones within. Later you will go outside with the group to look for the tracks and signs that wildlife leave and make plaster casts of the tracks. You will discover how to identify the animal that left them and ask those burning questions like, just what is otter spraint and did a water vole make that latrine?  
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7 Oct 2017 9.30am – 12.30pm

Who left that there? Hone your nature detective skills.

Learn how to identify animal tracks and signs and discover what owls have for dinner.

You will spend part of the morning indoors looking at various feathers and dissecting owl pellets to identify the small mammal bones within.

Later you will go outside with the group to look for the tracks and signs that wildlife leave and make plaster casts of the tracks. You will discover how to identify the animal that left them and ask those burning questions like, just what is otter spraint and did a water vole make that latrine?

 

£35.00
Forest School photo by Nat Light
Forest School Training Level 3 Hampshire
Starts 9 October 2017 FULLY BOOKED
Our Forest School Level 3 training course will enable you to develop and deliver a Forest School Programme for any age group. This LASER accredited Forest School Programme Leadership (QCF) Level 3 Certificate is a nationally recognised, in depth training course. Training Week:  Monday 9 October 2017 – Friday 13 October 2017 Portfolio Days: Friday 16 February 2018 & Friday 13 April 2018 Skills Weekend: Saturday 14 &  Sunday15 April 2018 Forest School is an inspirational process that offers children, young people and adults of all abilities regular opportunities to gain confidence and raise self-worth through a series of hands-on learning experiences in school grounds and local woodlands. Comprising an exciting combination of practical outdoor skills and child development theory our Forest School Level 3 training is taught with the ethos behind the Forest School approach to child led learning. The Forest School Level 3 course is run on Forest School principles and will prepare you to become a Forest School Leader. The Level 3 course will enable you to set up your own Forest School including delivering, planning and monitoring all aspects of a Forest School programme. All our Forest School courses are delivered on our beautiful woodland reserves in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight by our qualified, professional staff.
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Starts 9 October 2017 FULLY BOOKED

Our Forest School Level 3 training course will enable you to develop and deliver a Forest School Programme for any age group. This LASER accredited Forest School Programme Leadership (QCF) Level 3 Certificate is a nationally recognised, in depth training course.

Training Week:  Monday 9 October 2017 – Friday 13 October 2017

Portfolio Days: Friday 16 February 2018 & Friday 13 April 2018

Skills Weekend: Saturday 14 &  Sunday15 April 2018

Forest School is an inspirational process that offers children, young people and adults of all abilities regular opportunities to gain confidence and raise self-worth through a series of hands-on learning experiences in school grounds and local woodlands.

Comprising an exciting combination of practical outdoor skills and child development theory our Forest School Level 3 training is taught with the ethos behind the Forest School approach to child led learning.

The Forest School Level 3 course is run on Forest School principles and will prepare you to become a Forest School Leader. The Level 3 course will enable you to set up your own Forest School including delivering, planning and monitoring all aspects of a Forest School programme. All our Forest School courses are delivered on our beautiful woodland reserves in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight by our qualified, professional staff.

£895.00
Whats That Tree in Autumn
Whats That Tree in Autumn
13 Oct 2017 9.30am - 12.30pm
Our autumn tree identification course will give you memorable tips on how to identify our native trees and shrubs. Autumn is a time of change for our wildlife and the transformation of many tree and shrub species can be remarkable. You will be spending the morning outdoors at Harewood Forest near Andover learning identification tips. You will discover how to tell the difference between live tree and shrub species in autumn by learning the distinctive shapes of leaves as well as learning about the different fruits, barks and even the location of the plant. During the course you will be walking at least 3 miles on uneven terrain including hilly places, a short but steep slope and rough, sometimes muddy tracks.  
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13 Oct 2017 9.30am – 12.30pm

Our autumn tree identification course will give you memorable tips on how to identify our native trees and shrubs.

Autumn is a time of change for our wildlife and the transformation of many tree and shrub species can be remarkable. You will be spending the morning outdoors at Harewood Forest near Andover learning identification tips. You will discover how to tell the difference between live tree and shrub species in autumn by learning the distinctive shapes of leaves as well as learning about the different fruits, barks and even the location of the plant.

During the course you will be walking at least 3 miles on uneven terrain including hilly places, a short but steep slope and rough, sometimes muddy tracks.

 

£35.00
Silver Clay Natural Forms
Silver Clay Natural Forms
29 Oct 2017 9.30am – 4.30pm
Learn basic principles of making your own unique silver clay jewellery using wildlife as your inspiration. Using examples you collect from Testwood Lakes or moulds, you can use art to explore natural forms in a 3D art medium and make a beautiful piece of jewellery to keep or give to a loved one. Silver clay, sometimes called Precious Metal Clay (PMC), is pure silver which comes in the form of a clay, which can be modelled to create unique designs. After shaping and refining, the clay is fired, which converts it into pure solid silver. In this way you can create your own unique, stunning designs. You will learn:
  • Basic silver clay techniques like texturing and rolling
  • Basic design principles
  • Handling and manipulating the silver clay
  • Firing
  • Burnishing and finishing techniques
You will see a demonstration of torch firing, your tutor Hilary Bowen will deal with all the firing of your piece showing you how easy it is to fire your silver clay pieces at home. This course is taught in a small group of no more than 8 and the price includes the cost of the silver clay, enough for the piece of jewellery you make to take home. All the tools and moulds will be available to use and you will also be able to purchase jewellery findings for your piece from Hilary Bowen on the day. Please bring cash on the day to make any additional purchases. At the end of the course you will have sufficient skills and knowledge to make your own silver clay jewellery at home.
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29 Oct 2017 9.30am – 4.30pm

Learn basic principles of making your own unique silver clay jewellery using wildlife as your inspiration. Using examples you collect from Testwood Lakes or moulds, you can use art to explore natural forms in a 3D art medium and make a beautiful piece of jewellery to keep or give to a loved one.

Silver clay, sometimes called Precious Metal Clay (PMC), is pure silver which comes in the form of a clay, which can be modelled to create unique designs. After shaping and refining, the clay is fired, which converts it into pure solid silver. In this way you can create your own unique, stunning designs.

You will learn:

  • Basic silver clay techniques like texturing and rolling
  • Basic design principles
  • Handling and manipulating the silver clay
  • Firing
  • Burnishing and finishing techniques

You will see a demonstration of torch firing, your tutor Hilary Bowen will deal with all the firing of your piece showing you how easy it is to fire your silver clay pieces at home.

This course is taught in a small group of no more than 8 and the price includes the cost of the silver clay, enough for the piece of jewellery you make to take home.

All the tools and moulds will be available to use and you will also be able to purchase jewellery findings for your piece from Hilary Bowen on the day. Please bring cash on the day to make any additional purchases.

At the end of the course you will have sufficient skills and knowledge to make your own silver clay jewellery at home.

£80.00
Astronomy for Beginners
Astronomy for Beginners
1, 8, 15 & 22 Nov 2017 7pm - 9pm
Would you like to learn about the night sky, recognising constellations, understanding the solar system and deep space? We are running a 4 week course suitable for beginners that will help you to learn more about the amazing night sky as well as how to use the equipment needed to see what is not visible with the naked eye. This course is taught by Stephen Tonkin of Fordingbridge Astronomers. You will learn all the skills that you need to start your astronomy adventure, each week if the night is clear you will have the opportunity to put what you have learnt into practice with an observation session, of about 1 hour (it gets a little chilly after that!) This course is run in a small group so there is plenty of opportunity to tap into Stephen’s expertise and you will receive lots of guidance throughout the course.  You will learn: Week 1:  What is Astronomy? Week 2: Observing Equipment  Week 3: Deep Space Week 4: The Solar System 
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1, 8, 15 & 22 Nov 2017 7pm – 9pm

Would you like to learn about the night sky, recognising constellations, understanding the solar system and deep space? We are running a 4 week course suitable for beginners that will help you to learn more about the amazing night sky as well as how to use the equipment needed to see what is not visible with the naked eye.

This course is taught by Stephen Tonkin of Fordingbridge Astronomers. You will learn all the skills that you need to start your astronomy adventure, each week if the night is clear you will have the opportunity to put what you have learnt into practice with an observation session, of about 1 hour (it gets a little chilly after that!)

This course is run in a small group so there is plenty of opportunity to tap into Stephen’s expertise and you will receive lots of guidance throughout the course.  You will learn:

Week 1:  What is Astronomy?

Week 2: Observing Equipment 

Week 3: Deep Space

Week 4: The Solar System 

£96.00