Wildlife and conservation courses with Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust. Learn wildlife identification, wildflowers, habitats, ecology, surveying techniques, photography, bush-craft weekends, wildlife art and more.

Learn about British wildlife and 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:

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.

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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.

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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 

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Hedgerow Frame Baskets – 2 Day Course
Hedgerow Frame Baskets – 2 Day Course
19 & 25 Feb 2018 - 10am - 2.30pm
Make your own frame basket to take home using materials gathered on the beautiful Blashford Lakes Nature Reserve. Basket making is an ancient craft; on week one you will harvest the  willow before learning how to create the framework of your basket using two hoops, binding them together using a God’s eye weave and adding in the ribs. On week two you will be able to gather more willow along with additional suitable natural materials including ivy, larch and broom enabling you to complete your frame basket and leave with a finished piece. The cost of all the materials and use of the tools to make a basket is included in the cost of the course.
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19 & 25 Feb 2018 – 10am – 2.30pm

Make your own frame basket to take home using materials gathered on the beautiful Blashford Lakes Nature Reserve. Basket making is an ancient craft; on week one you will harvest the  willow before learning how to create the framework of your basket using two hoops, binding them together using a God’s eye weave and adding in the ribs.

On week two you will be able to gather more willow along with additional suitable natural materials including ivy, larch and broom enabling you to complete your frame basket and leave with a finished piece. The cost of all the materials and use of the tools to make a basket is included in the cost of the course.

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Astronomy for Beginners 2018
Astronomy for Beginners 2018
20, 27 Feb & 6, 13 Mar 2018 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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20, 27 Feb & 6, 13 Mar 2018 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 Add to basket
Living willow domes and tunnels
Living willow domes and tunnels
Sunday 4 March 10am - 3pm
Willow domes and tunnels are a fantastic way to naturally enhance the play value of an area. Spend the day at Testwood Lakes and team build a dome and tunnel which can be enjoyed by children and adults alike. Learn the basics about:
  • The basics about willow as a species
  • How to plan a willow construction
  • Build your own small living willow construction in a bucket to take home
  • Visit the living willow structures at Testwood Lakes and demonstrate how to build a dome and tunnel
  • The basics about how to care for and maintain your willow structure
You will plan and build your own small living willow construction in a bucket which you can take home at the end of the course and learn the basics of how to care and maintain your new willow structure. Particularly suitable for school or nursery staff, or anyone with an interest in living willow structures, you will leave with the design and build knowledge required for recreating something similar in your own education or play space.. You will leave with the skills and techniques required to create a living willow structure in your own education or play space.
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Sunday 4 March 10am – 3pm

Willow domes and tunnels are a fantastic way to naturally enhance the play value of an area. Spend the day at Testwood Lakes and team build a dome and tunnel which can be enjoyed by children and adults alike.

Learn the basics about:

  • The basics about willow as a species
  • How to plan a willow construction
  • Build your own small living willow construction in a bucket to take home
  • Visit the living willow structures at Testwood Lakes and demonstrate how to build a dome and tunnel
  • The basics about how to care for and maintain your willow structure

You will plan and build your own small living willow construction in a bucket which you can take home at the end of the course and learn the basics of how to care and maintain your new willow structure.

Particularly suitable for school or nursery staff, or anyone with an interest in living willow structures, you will leave with the design and build knowledge required for recreating something similar in your own education or play space..

You will leave with the skills and techniques required to create a living willow structure in your own education or play space.

£60.00 Add to basket
Bushcraft introduction weekend course shelters
Bushcraft Introduction Weekend
Starts 24 Mar 2018 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 24 Mar 2018 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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Forest School photo by Nat Light
Forest School Training Level 3 Hampshire
Starts Mon 21 May 2018
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 21 to Friday 25 May 2018 2 Portfolio Days: Saturday 15 September & Friday 19 October 2018 Skills Weekend: Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 October 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 Mon 21 May 2018

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 21 to Friday 25 May 2018

2 Portfolio Days: Saturday 15 September & Friday 19 October 2018

Skills Weekend: Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 October 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 Add to basket