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.

Beginners Silver Clay Natural Forms
Beginners Silver Clay Natural Forms
5 Aug 2018 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 Blashford 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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5 Aug 2018 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 Blashford 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 Select options
Sloe Berries, Linda Priestley
Wild Food Foraging
30 Sep  9.30am - 12.30pm
Learn how to identify and forage wild foods like seeds nuts and berries to use for cooking in a wildlife friendly way. You will spend the morning with Susan Simmonds identifying a number of common trees and shrubs based on their seeds, nuts and berries foraging along hedgerows. Discover which fruits and nuts are edible and which are not and how to forage with wildlife in mind. You will also find out how to forage and select wild food for use in preserves and other recipes. At the end of the course Susan will also provide you with recipes for foraged wild foods that you can take home and try out for yourself.
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30 Sep  9.30am – 12.30pm

Learn how to identify and forage wild foods like seeds nuts and berries to use for cooking in a wildlife friendly way.

You will spend the morning with Susan Simmonds identifying a number of common trees and shrubs based on their seeds, nuts and berries foraging along hedgerows. Discover which fruits and nuts are edible and which are not and how to forage with wildlife in mind. You will also find out how to forage and select wild food for use in preserves and other recipes.

At the end of the course Susan will also provide you with recipes for foraged wild foods that you can take home and try out for yourself.

£35.00 Select options
Wildlife Tracks Signs and Owl Pellets
Wildlife Tracks Signs and Owl Pellets
5 Oct 2018 - 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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5 Oct 2018 – 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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Whats That Tree in Autumn
Whats That Tree in Autumn
12 Oct 2018 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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12 Oct 2018 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 Select options
Forest School photo by Nat Light
Forest School Training Level 3 Hampshire Oct Modular
Starts Weds 17 Oct 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 LASER level 3 Certificate for Forest School Leaders RQF is a nationally recognised, in depth training course. Training Days:  Wednesdays 17th, 31st Oct, 7th, 14th, 21st Nov 2018 Portfolio Days:  Wednesdays 19th Dec, 16th Jan, 24th Apr 2019 Skills Days:  Saturdays 16th Feb & 23rd Mar 2019 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 Weds 17 Oct 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 LASER level 3 Certificate for Forest School Leaders RQF is a nationally recognised, in depth training course.

Training Days:  Wednesdays 17th, 31st Oct, 7th, 14th, 21st Nov 2018

Portfolio Days:  Wednesdays 19th Dec, 16th Jan, 24th Apr 2019

Skills Days:  Saturdays 16th Feb & 23rd Mar 2019

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.

£995.00 Select options
Astronomy for Beginners 2018
Astronomy for Beginners 2018
7, 14, 21 & 28 November 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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7, 14, 21 & 28 November 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 Select options
Forest School photo by Nat Light
Forest School First Aid Training
10 & 11 Nov - 9:30am-5:30pm
This QNUK Level 3 Award in Forest School First Aid (RQF) course is suitable for Forest School leaders who may currently need to undertake up to 3 First Aid qualifications to meet requirements. This qualification ensures they can meet those same requirements simply by completing one qualification. Available to those over 16 years. Candidates should be at least a level 2 numeracy and literacy or equivalent. Some pre-course work may be required. This qualification will also include Paediatric First Aid suitable for working with under 5 year olds.
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10 & 11 Nov – 9:30am-5:30pm

This QNUK Level 3 Award in Forest School First Aid (RQF) course is suitable for Forest School leaders who may currently need to undertake up to 3 First Aid qualifications to meet requirements. This qualification ensures they can meet those same requirements simply by completing one qualification. Available to those over 16 years.

Candidates should be at least a level 2 numeracy and literacy or equivalent. Some pre-course work may be required.

This qualification will also include Paediatric First Aid suitable for working with under 5 year olds.

£195.00 Select options
Beginners Silver Clay Natural Forms
Beginners Silver Clay Natural Forms
24 Nov 2018 9.30am – 4.30pm approx
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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24 Nov 2018 9.30am – 4.30pm approx

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 Select options
Forest School photo by Nat Light
Level 1 Award in Forest School Ethos and Principles RQF
6 & 7 Feb 2019 - 10am - 4pm

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.

This two day LASER accredited course is written for those working with participants at Forest School sessions and especially people who enjoy the outdoors who would like to develop their skills and become an effective team member of a Forest School.

No previous knowledge of Forest School is required this two day course. Our Forest School training includes the Forest School approach to learning and development, introduction to tool safety and use and basic practical skills to help manage and understand your Forest School woodland setting. It is taught through outdoor activities and group discussion with a short workbook to be completed.

Our Forest School training is run with the Forest School ethos, of support and development, so you can fully experience Forest School for yourself.

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6 & 7 Feb 2019 – 10am – 4pm

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.

This two day LASER accredited course is written for those working with participants at Forest School sessions and especially people who enjoy the outdoors who would like to develop their skills and become an effective team member of a Forest School.

No previous knowledge of Forest School is required this two day course. Our Forest School training includes the Forest School approach to learning and development, introduction to tool safety and use and basic practical skills to help manage and understand your Forest School woodland setting. It is taught through outdoor activities and group discussion with a short workbook to be completed.

Our Forest School training is run with the Forest School ethos, of support and development, so you can fully experience Forest School for yourself.

£325.00 Select options
Wild About Ponds
Wild About Ponds
18 May 2019 10am - 1pm
Learn how to site and build your own wildlife pond, plant and maintain it to attract and help wildlife. It doesn't matter if you have a large country garden or a small urban space ponds and water features are an attractive addition to any garden design. Water is vital for all living things and an important habitat for lots of species, a pond of any size is a great way you can help wildlife. On our Wild About Ponds wildlife pond making course you will discover how a pond is a welcoming attraction to your wildlife garden. You will discover the basics about creating a pond including:
  • How to site your pond
  • Building your pond
  • Maintaining your pond
  • Plants and planting your pond
  • Enjoying your pond – including pond dipping equipment and basics of identification of the wildlife you can find living in your pond.
You will receive a free Wildlife Gardening Information Pack as part of the course. The FSC Freshwater Name Trail will be available to purchase on the day of the course.
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18 May 2019 10am – 1pm

Learn how to site and build your own wildlife pond, plant and maintain it to attract and help wildlife.

It doesn’t matter if you have a large country garden or a small urban space ponds and water features are an attractive addition to any garden design. Water is vital for all living things and an important habitat for lots of species, a pond of any size is a great way you can help wildlife.

On our Wild About Ponds wildlife pond making course you will discover how a pond is a welcoming attraction to your wildlife garden. You will discover the basics about creating a pond including:

  • How to site your pond
  • Building your pond
  • Maintaining your pond
  • Plants and planting your pond
  • Enjoying your pond – including pond dipping equipment and basics of identification of the wildlife you can find living in your pond.

You will receive a free Wildlife Gardening Information Pack as part of the course. The FSC Freshwater Name Trail will be available to purchase on the day of the course.

£35.00 Select options